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UK record company Big Life Records Ltd is put into receivership by Telstar Records, which holds a 10% stake. Company debts are estimated at about $5m. Big Life had put out releases by artists including The Orb, Stare, Yazz, Junior Reid, Coldcut and De La Soul.
Talk On Corners by The Corrs is certified as a UK six-times platinum disc by the B.P.I.
After half a century in the music business, Freddy Fender finally receives his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Gene play at the The Arts Centre, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK.
Blues singer and guitarist Lawyer Daniel Houston, a.k.a. Soldier Boy Houston, dies in Lancaster, California, USA.
Thunder release their fifth studio LP, Giving The Game Away, in the UK.
A set of postage stamps is released in Gibraltar, Europe, commemorating what would have been the 30th wedding anniversary of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, who were married there in 1969.
Billie Piper releases her debut album, Honey To The B. It will peak at No14 in the albums chart.
Wu Tang Clan rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard is stopped by police in Harlem, New York City for driving without licence plates. Police then discover that he is driving on a suspended licence, and he is arrested.
Two senior students, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, embark on a random killing spree, shooting dead twelve students and one teacher at Columbine High School, Columbine, Colorado, USA. The pair then commit suicide. The incident will become known as The Columbine High School Massacre. The 2005 song Cassie by Flyleaf is a response to the Columbine tragedy. Cassie Bernall was a student at Columbine High School who died in the massacre. Youth Of A Nation by P.O.D. is also a response to Columbine and a list of contemporary cultural references to Columbine can be found by clicking here.
Outrageous bluesman Curly 'Barefoot' Miller dies of a heart attack and stroke, in Dallas, Texas, USA, with his bank account standing at $4.
Rufus "Puddin" Taylor, a former member of Hank Williams' Drifting Cowboys, dies.
The live album Dylan - A Tribute To His Bobness, Vol. 1 is recorded at the "Dylan-Festival" at Forum Wasserturm in Meerbusch, Germany.is recorded live at the Dylan-Festival at Forum Wasserturm in Meerbusch, Germany. Artists taking part include The Beatlesons, The Jokermen, Robert Berger, Uncle Willy and Digger's Fake.
The album Dylan - A Tribute To His Bobness, Vol. 1 is recorded live at the "Dylan-Festival" at Forum Wasserturm in Meerbusch, Germany. Artists taking part in this tribute to Bob Dylan include The Beatlesons, The Jokermen, Robert Berger, Uncle Willy and Digger's Fake.
Monkton Farleigh resident Midge Ure takes part in the Kosovo Charity Concert at The Oasis, Swindon. (1999).
Brad Paisley releases his debut LP, Who Needs Pictures, on Arista Records in the USA.
Jazz crooner Mel Torme, known as the Velvet Fog, dies of a stroke in Los Angeles, California, USA, aged 73.
The Man Who by Travis enters the UK pop albums chart. It will peak at No1 and remain on the chart for 102 weeks.
Two members of Rammstein are jailed overnight on charges of 'lewd and lascivious behaviour' in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA. Rammstein's vocalist, Till Lindemann, had engaged in simulated sodomy onstage with keyboardist, Christian Lorenz during their performance of Buck dich at The Palladium. Headline band on this show is Skunk Anansie.
Clint Black reaches No1 on the Billboard Country music album chart in the USA with his debut LP, Killin' Time.
Phil Collins receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
When Michael Jackson plays at the Olympic Stadium, Munich, a stage-prop bridge collapses as he dances along it, hurling him into the pit. He is not seriously injured.
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.
Mark Sandman of Morphine dies of a heart attack while onstage during the Nel Nome del Rock festival in the Giardini del Principe, Palestrina, Italy.
The T In The Park festival is being held in Scotland.
On the last day of the T In The Park festival in Scotland three festival goers are attacked in a campsite by an axe-wielding man.
Iron Maiden play the first of two nights at The Hammerstein Theatre, New York City, USA.
Kevin Wilkinson, an acclaimed drummer who had worked with The Waterboys, China Crisis, Squeeze and many others, commits suicide by hanging himself at his home in Baydon, near Swindon.
70's teen heart-throb Leif Garrett, in Los Angeles Municipal Court on heroin and cocaine possession charges, is ordered to undergo a "diversion program", or face a jail sentence.
Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx is arrested on charges of having incited a riot during an October 1997 concert in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA.
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.
The guitar that John Lennon of The Beatles was playing on the day he met Paul McCartney in a church hall in Liverpool, UK, is sold at auction in London for
Jazz pianist Patricia Barber releases a new album, Cafe Blue on Blue Note Records in the UK.
Bono of U2 has an audience with Pope John Paul II in his summer house near Rome, Italy, Europe.
Billie Piper releases her second album, Walk Of Life. It will peak at No14 in the albums chart.
Chicago-style jazz trumpeter Lester Bowie dies of cancer, aged 58.
Vibraphonist Milt Jackson, whose instantly recognizable style and improvisational ability made him a major jazz artist, dies of liver cancer, aged 76, in Manmhattan, new York City, USA.
Bob Dylan makes a guest appearance on US tv sitcom Dharma & Greg.
Wiltshire's most successful-ever blues band, The Hoax, play at The Astoria, London.
When Beth Orton plays at Manchester University, Manchester, UK, she is supported by Liverpool band Shack.
Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band play the first-ever music concert at The Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Matthew Sweet plays at Schubas Tavern, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Backstreet Boys win Artist Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Albums Artist Of The Year and Albums Artist Duo/Group Of The Year at the 1999 Billboard Music Awards ceremony.
During a performance at The Astoria, London, DJ Sid of American shock-rockers Slipknot throws himself off a 35ft high balcony. Apparently uninjured, he does it again later, this time falling backwards.
Jazz saxophonist Grover Washington Jr collapses from a heart attack in a New York City tv studio shortly after taping four songs for a performance on CBS-tv's Early Show. He is taken to St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital, where he is pronounced dead.
The Buzzcocks play at the The Arts Centre, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
Following a 2am car chase up 8th Avenue, rapper Sean 'Puffy' Combs and girlfriend Jennifer Lopez are arrested in New York City in connection with a shooting incident at Club New York, Times Square, in which three people are injured. Lopez is quickly released but Combs is held, for criminal possession of a 9mm gun and possession of a stolen property.
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