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Praise You by Fatboy Slim reaches No1 in the UK singles chart.
Barry Pritchard, original singer and guitarist of 60's hitmakers The Fortunes, dies in Swindon, Wiltshire, UK.
Jimmy Day, a former member of Hank Williams' Drifting Cowboys, dies.
Michael Jackson is treated for a broken wrist at Cedars Medical Center, Miami, Florida. He spends eleven hours in the hospital but the cause of the injury is never revealed.
Dusty Springfield dies from cancer at home in Henley-on-Thames, UK. On the same day, cancer also takes the life of US singer-songwriter David Ackles in Tujunga, California.
Purple Rain, the sixth album by Prince, is honoured for having achieved sales in excess of 10m, at the inaugural Diamond Awards in The Roseland Ballroom, New York City, USA.
The R.I.A.A. [Recording Industry Association of America] launches Diamond Awards, recognising sales of ten million copies or more of an audio recording. No Doubt's Tragic Kingdom becomes one of the first albums to receive the Diamond award, and other winners include Alanis Morissette, Pearl Jam, Green Day and the The Backstreet Boys.
Billie Piper releases her debut album, Honey To The B. It will peak at No14 in the albums chart.
The album 1999 by Prince is certified for achieving four million sales by The R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Blues guitarist Mighty Joe Young dies aged 71 in Chicago, Illinois, USA, from a complication of spinal surgery.
Suffering from respiratory problems, jazz vocalist Joe Williams dies in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, aged 80.
The Fall play at the The Arts Centre, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK.
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.
Cher releases her new single, Believe, in Japan.
Brad Paisley releases his debut LP, Who Needs Pictures, on Arista Records in the USA.
LA Guns release the album Shrinking Violet, on Perris Records in the USA.
Jazz crooner Mel Torme, known as the Velvet Fog, dies of a stroke in Los Angeles, California, USA, aged 73.
Iron Maiden play the first of two nights at The Hammerstein Theatre, New York City, USA.
Kevin Wilkinson, who found success as drummer with China Crisis, The Waterboys, Squeeze, Holly Beth Vincent and others, hangs himself at his family home in Baydon, near Swindon, Wiltshire, UK.
Roger Waters plays at The Rosemont Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Tom Waits plays at The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Country vocalist Boots Faye, who often recorded with her husband Idaho Call, dies in the USA.
Lou Bega reaches No 1 on the UK singles chart with his hit summer smash Mambo No 5, a dance-oriented cover version of Perez Prado's 1949 Latin-pop hit.
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
Bob Dylan plays at the Arthur L. Andrews Outdoor Theater, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.
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.
The Artist (better known as Prince) closes the Billboard/Airplay Monitor And Seminar Awards ceremony with a 90-minute set.
Bob Dylan makes a guest appearance on US tv sitcom Dharma & Greg.
Jazz and pop vocalist Ella Mae Morse dies, aged 75, of respiratory failure in Bullhead City, Arizona, USA.
When Beth Orton plays at The Octagon, Sheffield, UK, she is supported by Liverpool band Shack.
When Beth Orton plays at The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, UK, she is supported by Liverpool band Shack.
When Beth Orton plays at The University, Exeter, UK, she is supported by Liverpool band Shack.
When Beth Orton plays at The Derngate, Northampton, UK, she is supported by Liverpool band Shack.
Onstage at The Adams Mark Hotel, Dallas, Texas, USA, singer Kenny Rogers flips a frisbee into the crowd. Soon after, audience member Kevin O'Toole sues Rogers, claiming that the frisbee caused a chandelier to fall on him and render him impotent.
When Beth Orton plays the first of two nights at Shepherd's Bush Empire, London, England, UK, Europe, she is supported by Liverpool band Shack.
When Prince begins a European promotional tour with a showcase at The Mermaid Theatre, London, England, UK, Europe, he is joined on stage for the encore by Beck and Beverley Knight.
Jazz/blues violinist Don Sugarcane Harris dies of respiratory failure in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Virtuoso jazz guitarist Charlie Byrd dies of lung cancer in the King of France Tavern of the Maryland Inn, Annapolis, Maryland, USA.
Renowned British jazz trumpeter Kenny Baker dies in Felpham, West Sussex, UK, aged 78, after suffering from a viral infection for more than three weeks.
The Strokes make their CBGB's, New York City, USA, debut on an audition night.
During rehearsals for a concert in Bournemouth, UK, Boy George has a brush with death when he is struck a glancing blow on the shoulder by a 300 kilo glitter-ball falling from the lighting rig.
Richard Ashcroft sacks Jazz Summers, former manager of The Verve.
Wax models of The Spice Girls are unveiled at Madame Tussaud's waxworks in London, UK.
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 was pronounced dead.
Madonna and Guy Ritchie bring in the new millenium at a party given by Donatella Versace in the Versace Mansion, Miami, Florida, USA.
On the day that Vladimir Putin takes over from Boris Yeltsin as Prime Minister of Russia, the country's longest-established hard-rock band, Mumiy Trol, releases a new single provocatively titled The Carnival Is Over.