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Kaizers Orchestra is formed in Stavanger, Norway, Europe.
Jazz Composer Nat Adderley (brother of Julian 'Cannonball' Adderley) dies aged 68 from complications arising from diabetes.
Jackson Browne and Bruce Hornsby play in a benefit concert at the Diane Lesher Memorial Auditorium, Walnut Creek, California, USA.
David Lee Roth plays at the Hard Rock, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
A 4.5% drop in sales of country albums in the USA, to 72.5 million in 1998 to 69.3 is revealed in the year-end SoundScan totals.
Silvertide play at The Roxy Theater, Los Angeles, California, USA.
D'Arcy Wretzky, former bassist of Smashing Pumpkins is arrested in Chicago, Illinois, USA, on charges of possessing crack cocaine.
Cowboy Take Me Away by The Dixie Chicks reaches No1 in the Billboard country singles chart in the USA.
Calypso singer and songwriter Lord Kitchener, best-remembered for his popular song Cricket, Lovely, Cricket, dies aged 77 inrnChamps Fleur, Trinidad.
demented r'n'b vocalist Screamin' Jay Hawkins dies in Paris, France, following surgery to treat an aneurysm. He is best-remembered for his hit I Put A Spell On You.
Blues pianist Mark Naftalin plays at Manchester Public Library, Manchester, New Hampshire, USA.
Fifteen-year-old Katie Melua gets her first big break when she wins the Stars Up Their Nose talent show segment of UK children's tv show Mad For It, singing Without You.
Calne-based rock star Julian Cope (formerly of The Teardrop Explodes) presides over the first day of the Cornucopea Festival at Queen Elizabeth Hall on the South Bank, London. The two-day event features performances by Cope, Krautrock legends Ash Ra Tempel, electronic extremists Coil and blues rock veterans The Groundhogs.
Junior's Place, a celebrated juke joint in Chulahoma, Mississippi, USA, burns to the ground. Jumior's had been opened (and run for many years) by blues guitarist, songwriter and singer Junior Kimborough. It attracted blues fans and musicians from all over the world, including members of U2, The Rolling Stones and The Black Keys.
Mariah Carey's sister Alison claims in her newly-published book, Mariah and Me, that she worked as a prostitute to support Mariah at the beginning of her career.
Oasis release a new single, Who Feels Love? in the UK, and play at the Chicago Theater, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Dylan plays his smallest gig in 25 years at the 500 capacity New Theatre, Horsens, Denmark. His fee is raised by local businessmen keen to improve the town’s cultural image.
Day And Night by Billie Piper reaches No1 in the UK Singles Chart.
Rapper 50 Cent is shot nine times while sitting in a car outside his grandmother's house in Queens, New York, USA, allegedly because his song Ghetto Qua Ran upset Kenneth McGriff, the gangster-connected owner of Murder Inc. Records.
Jazz guitarist Joe Puma dies after a lengthy battle with cancer, in New York City, USA. pursuing a successful solo career but also working with Sammy Kaye, Artie Shaw, Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee and others. With Chuck Wayne he formed an outstanding duo in New York City during the early 1970s.
Oops! - I Did It Again by Britney Spears enters the Billboard US Top 40 albums chart at No1. On the same day, former Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts is arrested after destroying the living room of his Osprey, Florida, home, and threatening his wife. He is later sent for psychiatric examination.
Jazz pianist Arnold Ross, who worked with Charlie Parker, Glenn Miller, Harry James, Maureen O'Hara, Lena Horne, Spike Jones, Lester Young and others, dies.
Lorraine Blue, owner of famous 60's club Mother Blues in Chicago, Illinois, USA, dies of lymphoma, aged 73, in Sacramento, California. Mother Blues showcased a broad range of up-and-coming performers, from Buddy Guy to Big Brother And The Holding Company (with Janis Joplin), Jefferson Airplane, Spanky And Our Gang, Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf.
Charley Pride and Faron Young are inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame by The Country Music Association in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
B.B. King opens his new B.B. King blues club in Times Square, New York City.
Mark-Anthony Turnage, Asian Dub Foundation, Blur, Cicala Mvta Clinic, Evan Parker, Jarvis Cocker, Jim O'Rourke, Luc Bondy, the Richard Alston Dance Company and Radiohead play at the Royal Festival Hall, London, UK, as part of the Meltdown Festival, curated by Scott Walker.
The first day of the T In the Park Festival, near Kinross, Scotland, stars Ocean Colour Scene, Gomez, All Saints, Wannadies, Moby and Moloko.
Roger Waters, formerly of Pink Floyd, plays at Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, during his In The Flesh tour.
A $1.45m lawsuit is filed against Michael Jackson by The David Orgell jewelry store of Beverly Hills, California, USA. The store is claiming damages for a diamond-encrusted wristwatch that had been returned to the store in a damaged condition.
On her Twenty Four Seven tour, Tina Turner plays at the RDS Arena, Duiblin, Ireland, Europe, with Lionel Richie as her guest act.
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Tim McGraw releases My Next Thirty Years as the fifth single from his album A Place in the Sun. The song will reach No1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles And Tracks Chart in the USA.
Jazz pianist Sir Charles Thompson plays the first of two nights at the Jazz Showcase, Chicago, Illinois, USA. The shows are recorded and tracks will appear on Thompson's album Robbins' Nest - Live At The Jazz Showcase.
Jerome Smith, guitarist for KC & The Sunshine Band, dies after falling from a bulldozer while working on a construction job.
Everywhere We Go by Kenny Chesney is awarded double-platinum album status by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Mark Knopfler releases his second solo album, Sailing To Philadelphia on Vertigo Records in the UK.
Roy Harper plays at the The Arts Centre, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK.
Julian Cope plays at the The City Hall, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK.
Following an AC/DC concert at Flanders Expo, in Ghent, Belgium, Europe, 38 year old fan Isidoor Theunissen dies of injuries received when he fell from the balcony at the venue.
Linkin Park release their debut album Hybrid Theory, on Warner Bros Records in the USA. By the end of 2009 it will have sold 29m copies worldwide.
On their Stiff Upper Lip Tour, AC/DC play the second of two nights at Bercy, Paris, France, Europe.
Carleen Anderson plays the second of two nights at The Jazz Cafe, Camden Town, London, UK.
Mick Hucknall of Simply Red is among the guests at the wedding of Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas on the Terrace Foyer in The Plaza Hotel, New York City, USA.
Wilco play at The Riviera Theater, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Scott Smith, bassist for Loverboy, dies aged 45 when a 26-foot wave sweeps him overboard in shark-infested waters near the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California, USA.
The star Monoceros RA 8h 6m 46s D-2' 37' is re-named Jessica Dragonette, in honour of the popular American singer of that name, by the International Star Registry in Switzerland, Europe.
In New York City, USA, Bob Dylan records his version of the Dean Martin hit Return To Me, for use in the tv series The Sopranos.
The compilation Essential Bob Dylan is awarded a gold disc in the USA.
The compilation Essential Bob Dylan is awarded a gold disc in the USA.
Primal Scream and Ian Brown play at Alexandra Palace, London, UK.
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