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Jazz vocalist Madeline Eastman releases the album Mad About Madeline in the USA.
Buck Ram, American music biz manager and composer of hits for The Platters, dies. On the same day, Nirvana play at the Cow Palace, San Francisco, California, supported by The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam.
a-ha play the second of two nights at The Spektrum, Oslo, Norway. This is the second rock gig to be presented at The Spektrum.
Three teenagers die in the crush during an AC/DC gig at Salt Palace Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah.
John Sebastian, the owner and general manager of radio station KLSK FM in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, plays Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin for twenty-four hours non-stop to inaugurate the station's format change to Classic Rock. Police arrive at the station twice with guns drawn: once when a listener reports that the DJ has apparently suffered a heart attack, and a second time when it is suspected that, this being during the Gulf War, the station has been taken hostage by terrorists dispatched by Saddam Hussein, known to be a Zeppelin fan.
Innuendo by Queen enters the UK singles chart at No1.
This year's Glastonbury Festival (normally held in Pilton, Somerset, England, UK) is called off, as owner/organiser Michael Eavis expresses concern about the size of the attendant hippie convoy.
Brother Jukebox gives Mark Chesnutt his first No1 single on the Billboard Country Singles Chart in the USA.
Jack Nicholson presents Bob Dylan with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammy Awards ceremony. In his acceptance speech, Dylan says, "Well, my daddy, he didn't leave me much, you know he was a very simple man, but what he did tell me was this, he did say, 'Son,' he said, (long pause) he said a lot of things, he say, 'you know it's possible to become so defiled in this world that your own father and mother will abandon you, and if that happens, God will always believe in your ability to mend your ways.'"
Celine Dion releases her fifteenth LP, Unison, in Japan, Asia.
Leo Fender, inventor of the Telecaster and Stratocaster guitars, dies aged 82. He had suffered from Parkinson's Disease, and was found unconscious by his wife at their Fullerton, California, home.
Bob Dylan releases a new single, Series Of Dreams/Seven Curses, in the USA on Columbia Records.
Bob Dylan releases a new single, Series Of Dreams/Seven Curses, in the USA on Columbia Records.
French popular music icon Serge Gainsbourg dies.
The album So, by Peter Gabriel is awarded a Triple Platinum Disc in the USA by the R.I.A.A. The album was recorded at Gabriel's Real World Studios complex in Box.
Blues-band The Hoax play their first professional gig, for a fee of
On their Magic Summer tour, New Kids On The Block play at Globen, Stockholm, Sweden, Europe.
Bonnie Raitt marries actor Michael O'Keefe.
Faith by George Michael is certified as a US eight-times platinum album by the R.I.A.A.
Manic Street Preachers sign a contract with Sony Music. "Signing to a major record company," declares bassist Nicky Wire, "is the price of an education. We don't care what they do to us."
The cover photograph for the Nirvana album Nervermind is shot by photographer Michael Lavine at Jay Aaron Studios in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Manic Street Preachers spark a riot when they play at a somewhat delayed 'black tie' May Ball at Downing College, Cambridge, England, UK, Europe.
Paul McCartney's orchestral work, Liverpool Oratorio, is performed at Liverpool Cathedral, Liverpool, UK.
Proggy rock band Azyet [not to be confused with US r'n'b band Az Yet] play at The Royal Standard, Walthamstow, UK.
David Sanborn releases a new album, Another Hand, in the USA, on Elektra Records.
Walking In Memphis by Marc Cohn peaks at No13 on the Billboard pop singles chart in the USA. The song will provide a hit again for Cher in 1995 and for Lonestar in 2003.
The Gathering of the Tribes tour, with a mixed-genres line-up featuring country-rocker Steve Earle, rappers EPMD and Yo-Yo, funk-rockers Fishbone, alternative-rockers Primus and British singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding plays at Pacific Amphitheatre, Costa Mesa, California, USA.
Kraftwerk play in the Apollo, Manchester, UK.
(Everything I Do) I Do It For You by Bryan Adams begins its record-breaking 16-weeks atop the UK singles chart.
The Sisters of Mercy, Public Enemy, Gang Of Four, Warrior Soul and Young Black Teen-Agers play at The D.A.R. Constitution Hall, Washington, USA.
Bob Dylan plays at the Darien Lake Amusement Park, Corfu, New York State, USA.
Shiny Happy People by R.E.M. enters the Billboard Top 40 singles chart in the USA, where it will peak at No10.
The Pogues play their last show with vocalist Shane MacGowan in Yokohama, Japan.
Felony cocaine possession and other criminal charges are filed against soul singer Billy Preston, who was arrested earlier this month after a teenage day laborer told authorities Preston had tried to molest him.
Sierra Dawn Hull is born in Byrdstown, Tennessee, USA. She will find success as bluegrass singer, mandolinist and guitarist Sierra Hull.
Bob Dylan plays in the Guitar Greats Festival in Seville, Spain, Europe. Other artists appearing include Keith Richards and Richard Thompson.
When Nirvana play at The Fox Theatre in Portland, Oregon, they are told that their single, Smells Like Teen Spirit, has gone gold in the USA. Also on the bill are Mudhoney.
When Nirvana play at The Fox Theatre in Portland, Oregon, they are told that their single, Smells Like Teen Spirit, has gone gold in the USA. Also on the bill are Mudhoney.
Darren Burn is found dead, aged 30, on the bathroom floor of his flat in London, England, UK, Europe. Unable to cope with the failure of his teenybop pop idol career, he had taken an overdose of his Dotheipin anti-depressant tablets.
James Taylor plays at The Arie Crown Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Black or White by Michael Jackson enters the UK pop singles chart at No1, a position it will occupy for two weeks. On the same day it enters the Billboard US Top 40 singles chart at No35 - the week's highest new entry.
On his Kill Uncle Tour, Morrissey plays at The Dean Smith Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA.
Pantera play at The Peppermint Beach Club, Virginia Beach,
Queen's publicist Roxy Meade reads an official announcement outside the London home of the band's dying singer, Freddie Mercury, in which he declares that his imminent death has been brought on by AIDS.
Freddie Mercury of Queen dies of AIDS, aged 45, at his home in London, England, UK, Europe.
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Ozzy Osbourne plays at The Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Four teenage girls, Amy Ayres, Jennifer Harbison, Sarah Harbison and Eliza Thomas, are murdered in the I Can't Believe It's Yogurt shop in Austin, Texas, USA. This horrific killing spree will enter the annals of infamy as The Austin Yogurt Shop Murders but despite several confessions, no one will ever be sentenced for the crime. In 2002, Okkervil River will record and release the song Westfall, inspired by the incident.