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Prince premieres his latest backing band, the New Power Generation at The Glam Slam club in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. The band comprises Tony M (rapper), Rosie Gaines (six octave range singer), Michael Bland (drums), Levi Seacer Jr. (guitar), Kirk Johnson (guitar), Damon Dickson (dancer), Sonny T (bass) and Tommy Barbarella (keyboards).
a-ha play the first of two nights at The Spektrum, Oslo, Norway. This is the first rock gig to be presented at The Spektrum.
The VHS video Hulmerist by Morrissey is certified Gold by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
The Source Featuring Candi Staton release You Got The Love on Positiva Records in the UK. The track is a re-mix based on the original version of the song, recorded by Staton in 1986 for a documentary about a grossly obese man.
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Innuendo by Queen enters the UK singles chart at No1.
Ed Sheeran is born in Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe. He and his family will move soon after to Framlingham in Suffolk.
On his first Mexican tour, Bob Dylan plays the second of two nights at the Instituto Cultural Cabanas, Guadalajara, Mexico, Central America.
Michael Jackson signs a $60m contract renewal with Sony Music.
Bob Dylan releases a new single, Series Of Dreams/Seven Curses, in the USA on Columbia Records.
Donnie Wahlberg of New Kids On The Block is charged with setting fire to a vodka-soaked hotel carpet in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. He is freed on $5,000 bail pending a court appearance on 11 April.
Joe Williams dies ages 80, after collapsing in a city street in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Earlier in the day, he had discharged himself from Sunrise Hospital, where he was being treated for a respiratory ailment.
70s teen pop idol David Cassidy marries his third wife, Sue Shifrin. The couple will have one child, Beau, before separating in 2013.
The Sisters of Mercy play at The Citadel Center, Washington DC, USA, supported by Danielle Dax.
The Sisters of Mercy play the second of two nights at The Warfield Theater, San Francisco, California, USA, supported by Danielle Dax.
Faith by George Michael is certified as a US eight-times platinum album by the R.I.A.A.
Ozzy Osbourne is cleared in an Atlanta, Georgia, USA, court of 'culpably exciting' a young fan, John McCollum, to shoot himself by listening to Ozzy's 1986 song Suicide Solution.
The studios and offices of Chess Records at 2120 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, are designated an official Chicago Landmark. Chess was the home of many of the most influential artists of the 50s and 60s including Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf.
The studios and offices of Chess Records at 2120 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, USA, are designated an official Chicago Landmark. Chess was the home of many of the most influential artists of the 50s and 60s including Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf.
Gene Clark of The Byrds dies of a heart attack in Sherman Oaks, California, USA, aged 49.
Natalie Cole releases a new album, Unforgettable, on Elektra Records in the USA. The album includes an electronically-created duet with her father father Nat King Cole.
Manic Street Preachers spark a riot when they play at a somewhat delayed 'black tie' May Ball at Downing College, Cambridge, UK.
The Replacements play their final concert together, in The Petrillo Music Shell, Grant Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
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.
Thirty minutes before Happy Mondays are due on stage at the Bullring, Valencia, Spain, a lighting rig crashes down, destroying all their equipment.
At his Neverland Ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley, California, Michael Jackson celebrates his father's birthday by holding a special Joe Jackson Day.
Mariah Carey, Debbie Gibson, Jon Bon Jovi and the Black Crowes play at the eighth birthday party of WHTZ Radio in New York City, USA.
It is announced that The Tune In, Turn On, Burn Out tour - featuring Sisters of Mercy, Public Enemy, Gang of Four, Warrior Soul and Young Black Teenagers - has been cancelled five days before it was to play in Southern California. Sisters of Mercy spokeswoman Ellen Bello states that the tour, which had six dates remaining, has been cancelled due to "lack of ticket sales."
Known car thief and burglar Spencer Goodman, who had murdered Cecile Ham, the wife of Bill Ham, manager of rock group ZZ Top, a month earlier, is arrested after a high-speed car chase in Colorado, USA. He will die by execution in 2000.
Nirvana film a video for their single Smells Like Teen Spirit at GMT Studios in Culver City, California, USA. Costing less than $50,000 to make, the shoot features real Nirvana fans as the audience.
After twelve weeks of radiation treatment, rock'n'roll legend Carl Perkins is advised that he no longer has throat cancer.
The Pogues play their last show with vocalist Shane MacGowan in Yokohama, Japan.
The Top 5 Jazz albums in the USA on this date are as follows :rn1. Unforgettable - Natalie Cole [Elektra.2. Another Hand - David Sanborn [Elektra.3. Artistry - The Harper Brothers [Verve.4. I Remember - Diane Reeves [Blue Note.5. Terence Blanchard - Terence Blanchard [Columbia]
Eric Carr of Kiss suffers a cancer-related cerebral haemorrhage which will, in due course, end his life.
Nirvana release a new single, Smells Like Teen Spirit, in the USA.
More To Life by Cliff Richard enters the singles chart where it will peak at No23. The song is written by Devizes, Wiltshire, UK-born Simon May.
To mark the release of their 20th album, Rock Til You Drop, Status Quo play four arena shows across the UK in one day. The four gigs are played in Glasgow, Sheffield, Birmingham and Wembley, London, with the band flying between the arenas in helicopters. The achievement wins them a place in the Guinness Book Of Records.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers release their fifth studio album, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, in the USA on Warner Bros Records.
Nirvana play at JC Dobbs, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, with The Melvins.
Country music recording artist Shorty Long dies in St. Joseph Hospital, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA.
As the last date on their Magic Summer tour, New Kids On The Block play at Helsinki Ice Hall, Helsinki, Finland, Europe.
Kraftwerk play at The Transbordeur, Lyon, France.
Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam play at the Houston Field House, Troy, New York State, USA.
The video of Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio has its UK tv premiere on Granada tv.
Black Or White by Michael Jackson reaches No1 in the UK singles chart.
Freddie Mercury of Queen dies of AIDS, aged 45, at his home in London, UK.
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Kurt Cobain of Nirvana and Courtney Love of Hole decide to get married. On the same day, Nirvana plays at the Kilburn National, London, UK.
Nirvana appear on UK tv show Tonight With Jonathan Ross. Their host announces that they will play Lithium, but they launch into the rather less viewer-friendly Territorial Pissings instead, then trash their gear.
Jazz baritone sax player Ronnie Ross dies in London, UK.