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The Way You Make Me Feel by Michael Jackson reaches No1 in the Billboard US Top 40 singles chart.
Seth Putnam founds the outrageous grindcore band Anal C*nt, which then sets out - with considerable success - to shock and offend as many listeners as possible.
The 30th Annual Grammy Awards are held in Radio City Music Hall, New York City, USA. Bruce Springsteen's album Tunnel Of Love scoops Best Rock Solo Vocal Performance. Whitney Houston gets Best Pop Vocal Performance (female). U2's album The Joshua Tree gets two Grammies. Paul Simon gets Record Of The Year for Graceland, curiously, as he also won it for the same album a year earlier. Prince is among the onlookers, but wins nothing.
Enter Shikari play at The Archer, Newcastle, England, UK.
Frank Zappa plays at Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the first of two nights at the Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana.
On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays in Freedom Hall, Louisville, Kentucky.
On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the second of two nights at the the McNichols Arena Denver, Colorado.
Prince is in Los Angeles, California, USA, to make the video for his next single, Alphabet St.
Who’s Leavin' Who by Hazell Dean enters the UK singles chart. It will be her last UK Top 5 hit.
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On the first leg of their Joshua Tree tour, U2 play the first of three nights at the Civic Center, Hartford, Connecticut.
Robert Plant plays in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
Singer-songwriter Nico plays her last live gig, at Berlin Planetarium, Berlin, Germany, Europe.
A private dinner is held for the family and friends of Eric Clapton at The Savoy, London, England, UK, Europe, to mark the guitarist's 25th year in the music business. Guests include George Harrison.
Dire Straits play the first of two warm-up gigs at Hammersmith Odeon, London, for the upcoming Free Nelson Mandela concert.
While on tour in Italy, Europe, Bruce Springsteen meets a group of street musicians in the Piazza Di Spagna, Rome, and joins the group on acoustic guitar to perform I’m On Fire and The River for an audience of passers-by.
The album California Raisins by California Raisins is awarded a Platinum disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
The Bob Marley compilation album Legend is awarded a Platinum disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
The album Appetite For Destruction by Guns N’Roses is certified as a double- platinum disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
The first Hot night is held at The Hacienda club, Manchester, England, UK, Europe.
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A High Court injunction is obtained in London, England, UK, Europe, to prevent Charly Records from issuing the legendary audition tapes made by The Beatles for Decca Records in January 1962. These were the very tapes which prompted Decca A+R man Dick Rowe to tell The Beatles manager, "Groups with guitars are out. Take your boys back to Liverpool, Mr Epstein."
While on tour in Europe, Bruce Springsteen plays acoustic guitar in the streets of Copenhagen, Denmark, with busker John Magnusson.
Pink Floyd play at Espace Richter, Montpellier, France, Europe.
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The album Tracy Chapman by Tracy Chapman is certified as a Platinum disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Aerosmith play at the Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, supported by Guns N'Roses.
On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays at the Municipal Stadium, Marbella, Spain, Europe, to an audience of 28,000.
An early three-member line-up of Smashing Pumpkins plays at The Avalon, Chicago, Illinois. Their future drummer Jimmy Chamberlin is in the audience but is not impressed.
Kiss play at The Marquee Club, Soho, London, England, UK, Europe.
Bob Dylan plays at the Champs de Brionne Music Theater, George, Washington, USA.
Back home in Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA, after a massive world tour, Bruce Springsteen hops on stage at The Stone Pony Club to guest with Cats on Stand By Me and Around And Around.
Bob Dylan plays at The Olympic Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Neil Young And The Bluenotes play at The Tanglewood Music Center, Lennox, Massachusetts, USA.
The Proclaimers and Runrig play at the Greenbelt Arts Festival, Castle Ashby Park, England, UK, Europe.
Prince's 32 date European tour, during which he has been seen by 500,000 fans, ends with the second of two nights at Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, Germany, Europe. The USA leg of the same tour kicks off in one week’s time.
Milli Vanilli enter the UK singles chart with Girl You Know It’s True, which will peak at No3.
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Rakim Mayers is born in Harlem, New York City, USA. He will find success as rapper ASAP Rocky.
Jazz saxophonist Jack Cressy who worked with with Paul Whiteman, Billie Holiday, Paul Specht and others, dies in Cheshire, Connecticut, USA.
On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the second of four nights at The Capitol Center, Landover, Maryland, to an audience of 17,470.
In a ceremony outside the former Motown Records recording studio in Detroit, Michigan, USA, Michael Jackson presents Motown Records owner Berry Gordy with a $125,000 cheque to aid the Motown Records Museum Historical Foundation.
UK tv show Top Of The Pops bans any record including the word 'acid', and Mecca ballrooms ban acid house parties. Even Smiley t-shirts are banned in some shops.
The Jazz Butcher play in the foyer at the The City Hall, Salisbury, supported by Farley 708.
Former Beach Boys' manager Stephen Love (Mike Love's brother) is sentenced to five years' probation for embezzling more than $900,000 from the group.
Phil Collins makes his starring movie debut in the title role of Buster.
Mike And The Mechanics enter the UK album chart with their second album, The Living Years. It will peak at No2 and go on to international success.
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Bon Jovi play at The Ice Hall, Helsinki, Finland, Europe, supported by Joan Jett.
Fields Of The Nephilim play at Cabaret Metro, Chicago, illinois, USA.
The Smiths play their farewell gig at The Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, England, UK, Europe. Entrance to the gig is limited to fans wearing Smiths or Morrissey T-shirts.
Michael Jackson releases his Moonwalker video in Australia.