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Jesus Jones, including Devizes-born drummer and founder member Simon Matthews, enter the singles chart with International Bright Young Thing. It will be their biggest hit, peaking at No7.
A video for the Traveling Wilburys ' single, Wilbury Twist, is filmed at a Los Angeles mansion. The Wilburys are Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison.
No Jacket Required by Phil Collins is awarded a 7x platinum disc in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
The Gary Moore single, Still Got The Blues, peaks at No97 in the Billboard Hot 100 in the USA. It will prove to be Moore's only single to enter the Billboard chart.
Out Of Time by R.E.M. enters the Billboard album chart in the USA where it will peak at No1.
The Grateful Dead play the first of three nights of concerts in Atlanta, Georgia, during which local police will confiscate 4,856 tabs of acid, 29 bags of mushrooms, 24 lids of marijuana, one vial of crack and 18 nitrous oxide cylinders. 57 arrests will be made.
Martin Hannett, producer of Joy Division, New Order, Happy Mondays, Stone Roses and U2, dies of heart attack in Manchester, UK.
Bob Dylan begins his second tour of 1991, with a show at the Saenger Theatre, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. The tour will run for sixteen dates, mostly in the Southern states.
Green Day release the album 1039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours in the USA on Lookout Records.
If I Know Me by George Strait reaches No1 in the Billboard Country Chart.
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.
The Clash Of The Titans tour, featuring Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer, plays at Pacific Amphitheatre, Costa Mesa, California, USA.
Seal's self-titled debut album reaches No1 in the UK during its first week on the charts. The background vocals on the album are by Wendy And Lisa.
To celebrate his 33rd birthday, Prince releases a ten minute long official bootleg of Gett Off, exclusively to black radio stations and clubs in the USA.
Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa marry in what Hello magazine describes as "a romantic sunset ceremony" on the lawn of their Beverley Hills mansion.
Dinosaur Jr play at the Pompadour Rock'n'Roll Club, Salt Lake City, Utah, supported by Nirvana.
Cheap Trick play at the Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Fireworx play at the University Of Warwick, Coventry, UK.
Scat Opera play at The Marquee, London, UK.
Future country music star Trisha Yearwood releases her debut album, Trisha Yearwood, on MCA Records in the USA.
Carlos Santana is arrested at Houston Airport, Houston, Texas, USA, for possessing five grams of marijuana. Authorities decline to press charges because the amount is so insignificant.
Alison Moyet plays at The Town And Country Club, London, England, UK.
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.
Manic Street Preachers release their first major label single, Stay Beautiful, on Columbia.
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.
Doyle Turner, a former member of Hank Williams' Drifting Cowboys, dies of emphysema in Panama City, Florida, USA.
The band billed as The Four Skins, at The Marquee Club, London, England, UK, Europe, is in fact Motley Crue playing a secret gig as a warm-up for their imminent Monsters Of Rock Shpow at Donington..
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.
Jan Berry of of 60s surf duo Jan And Dean marries former waitress Gertie Filip onstage during the duo's live show in The Stardust Convention Centre, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Eric Carr, drummer of Kiss, suffers a cancer-related cerebral haemorrhage which will, in due course, end his life.
David Cassidy plays at Park West, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Chicago play at Auditorio Nacional, Mexico City, Mexico.
Nirvana release their second LP, Nevermind, on DGC Records in the USA.
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Big Audio Dynamite II play at The Riviera Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Gett Off by Prince is certified as a gold single by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
As well as Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young re-forming, Steve Perry, Neil Schon and Jonathan Cain of Journey re-unite to play to 350,000 people in the Bill Graham tribute concert, Laughter, Love And Music, at the Polo Field, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, Califronia, USA.
Kraftwerk play at The Transbordeur, Lyon, France.
Towards the end of a European tour by Guns N' Roses, it is offically announced that guitarist Izzy Stradlin has left the band.
For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge by Van Halen is certified as a double-platinum album in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
Cream becomes the fifth Billboard singles chart-topper in the USA for Prince. Simultaneously, his LP Diamonds And Pearls peaks at No3.
Jacques Morali, record producer for Village People and The Ritchie Family, dies from AIDS, aged 44.
Paul McCartney's choral/orchestral work, Liverpool Oratorio, has its American premiere at Carnegie Hall, New York City, USA.
David Bowie's band Tin Machine plays at The Orpheum Theatre, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
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.
Pearl Jam play at The Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys is legally forced to sever all links with his controversial therapist/business adviser Dr Eugene Landy.
The Jazz Singer soundtrack album by Neil Diamond is certified as a five times platinum album in the USA by the R.I.A.A..
Aged 80, jazz trumpeter Buck Clayton dies in Manhattan, New York City, USA, of natural causes.