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Charles Brown dies of heart failure in his sleep at Summit Medical Center, Oakland, California. In a long career, he found fame as an R'n'B star from the 40s through to the 60s, first with Johnny Moore's Three Blazers, then as a solo artist.
Walk Like A Panther by The All Seeing I featuring Tony Christie enters the UK singles chart where it will peak at No10 during a seven-week run.
Miss Toni Fisher, best-known for her 1959 hit single The Big Hurt dies of a heart attack in Los Angeles, California, USA. The Big Hurt is memorable as one of the first commercial recordings to make use of the sound effect known as phasing.
Chicago-based guitarist Jimmie Lee Robinson spends the first of two days recording his album All My Life at Blue Heaven Studios, Salina, Kansas, USA.
The 8th annual Echo Music Awards are held in the Congress Centre, Hamburg, Germany. Celine Dion is named Best International Female. R.E.M. play live.
Just Another Suicide by Thunder is released as a single in the U.K. and Japan, Asia. The single is renamed You Wanna Know for the U.K. market as Eagle Records believe that the radio won't play a song with 'suicide' in the title. Ironically, the track picks up more airplay in Japan than it does in the U.K.
Spunge play at the The Arts Centre, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK.
Brother John Sellers, gospel/jazz singer and recording artist, dies in New York City, USA, aged 74.
The stage musical Mamma Mia!, based on the music of Abba, opens at the Prince Edward Theatre in the West End, London, UK.
Billie Piper releases her fifth single, Honey To The Bee, in the UK. It will peak at No3 in the UK singles chart.
Cher releases her new single, Believe, in Canada.
Outrageous bluesman Curly 'Barefoot' Miller dies of a heart attack and stroke, in Dallas, Texas, USA, with his bank account standing at $4.
Garth Brooks is named artist of the decade at the 34th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, in the USA.
Bob Dylan's album Desire earns a double platinum disc award from the R.I.A.A. in the USA. Simultaneously Blonde On Blonde and Freewheelin' are awarded platinum discs.
Record producer Bruce Fairbairn, who worked with Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Van Halen and many others, dies in his sleep at home in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, aged 49.
Moby releases Run On, the second single from his 1999 CD Play. The single extensively samples the 1949 track Run On For A Long Time recorded by gospel group Bill Landford and the Landfordaires for Columbia Records in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Phil Collins receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Glen Hansard plays at Gunther Murphy's, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Biffy Clyro release their debut single, Iname, on Babi Yaga Records in the UK.
It is reported that Hollywood spiritualist Father Gilberto has performed an exorcism on former Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee to banish evil demons which his wife, Pamela Anderson, believes have been affecting his behaviour.
The four-day long Larmer Tree Festival near Salisbury begins. Acts appearing over the weekend include Jools Holland, Black Umfolosi, Lunasa, Jackie Leven, Martyn Bennett and Pronghorn.
On their Into The Millennium tour, The Backsteet Boys play in the Stadio Comunale, Via Reggio, Italy, Europe.
Roger Waters plays at The Rosemont Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Paul 'Bonehead' Arthurs quits Oasis declaring that he wishes to "be with his family".
Tom Waits plays at The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Louis "Moondog" Hardin, the enigmatic New York City, USA. street performer who dressed in elaborate garb and garnered great acclaim as a composer and conducter, dies of heart failure, aged 83.
Mark Williams, founder and editor of the short-lived weekly music paper New Music News, is jailed for three years at Southwark Crown Court, London, England, UK, Europe, for his part in laundering more than £2m of drug money from cocaine deals.
Bob Dylan plays at the Arthur L. Andrews Outdoor Theater, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.
Be-bop jazz guitarist Sal Salvador dies of cancer in Stamford, Connecticut, USA. As well as pursuing an acclaimed solo career, he worked with Stan Kenton, Sonny Stitt and others.
John Mellencamp plays at The United Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Bebop trumpet and flugelhorn player Art Farmer, who worked extensively both as a leader and as a sideman to many of the greats of his era, dies of a heart attack, aged 71.
Chicago-style jazz trumpeter Lester Bowie dies of cancer, aged 58.
Debbie Rowe divorces Michael Jackson. Rowe, who receives an $8-million settlement and a house in Beverly Hills, California, gives full custody rights of their children to Jackson.
Vibraphonist and co-founder of the Modern Jazz Quartet, Milt Jackson, whose instantly recognizable style and improvisational ability made him a major jazz artist, dies of liver cancer, aged 76. On the same day, Heartbreaker by Mariah Carey reaches No1 in the Billboard US Top 40 Singles Chart.
The Family Values Tour, featuring Korn, Limp Bizkit, Staind and others plays at The Allstate Arena, Rosemont, near Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Chicago release a new album, Chicago XXVI: Live in Concert, in the USA. It will become the first Chicago album to fail to chart.
Paul McCartney enters the UK albums chart with Run Devil Run which will peak at No12 during an eleven-week run.
Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band play the first-ever music concert at The Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, USA.
When Beth Orton plays at The Grand Opera House, York, UK, she is supported by Liverpool band Shack.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers play at The Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
The Who play the first of two nights at The House Of Blues, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Who play the second of two nights at The House Of Blues, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic, the 20th LP by Prince, reaches No42 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart in the USA.
Virtuoso jazz guitarist Charlie Byrd dies of lung cancer in the King of France Tavern of the Maryland Inn, Annapolis, Maryland, USA.
Rick Danko of The Band dies in his sleep in Marbletown, New York State.
Richard Ashcroft sacks Jazz Summers, former manager of The Verve.
Former New York Dolls frontman David Johansen participates in a version of Handel's Messiah at The Bottom Line, New York City, USA.
Wax models of The Spice Girls are unveiled at Madame Tussaud's waxworks in London, UK.