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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.
Blues singer and guitarist Lawyer Daniel Houston, a.k.a. Soldier Boy Houston
, dies in Lancaster, California, USA.
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.
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
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.
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.
resident Midge Ure takes part in the Kosovo Charity Concert at The Oasis
, Swindon. (1999).
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.
reaches No1 on the Billboard
Country music album chart in the USA with his debut LP, Killin' Time.
receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
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.
play the first of two nights at The Hammerstein Theatre, New York City, USA.
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.
bassist Nikki Sixx is arrested on charges of having incited a riot during an October 1997 concert in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA.
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.
Mark Williams, founder and editor of the short-lived weekly music paper New Music News, is
Bono of U2
has an audience with Pope John Paul II in his summer house near Rome, Italy, Europe.
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.
makes a guest
appearance on US tv sitcom Dharma & Greg.
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.
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.