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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.
Three teenagers die in the crush during an AC/DC gig at Salt Palace Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Prince performs at the opening night of the Rock In Rio II festival in Maracana soccer stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, South America, before an estimated crowd of 60,000.
Just ten days into the Persian Gulf War, Whitney Houston performs The Star Spangled Banner on The Super Bowl XXV at Tampa Stadium, Tampa, Florida, USA in front of 73,813 fans. The show is seen by 115m tv viewers in the United States plus a worldwide television audience of 750m. Speculation begins soon after that Houston actually lip-synched the entire performance.
Ed Sheeran is born in Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe. He and his family will move soon after to Framlingham in Suffolk.
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 home in Fullerton, California, USA.
When rapper DJ Quik makes a reference to Los Angeles gang The Compton Crips, at a gig in the Jam Zone, Daly City, California, USA, 75 youths attack the stage, throwing bottles and chairs and shouting rival gang names.
The Sisters of Mercy play at Massey Hall, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, supported by Danielle Dax.
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.
Henry Glover dies of a heart attack in St. Albans, Queens, New York, aged 69. Glover was a successful songwriter, musical arranger, record producer and trumpet player, working often with King Records of Cincinatti, Ohio. His songs, including Drown In My Own Tears, California Sun, Annie Had A Baby, Blues Stay Away From Me and Peppermint Twist have been recorded by many prominent artists.
Per 'Dead' Ohlin, Swedish vocalist of black/death metal bands Mayhem and Morbid, finally lives up to his nickname by slitting his wrists and throat with a knife and then shoooting himself in the forehead with a shotgun, at home in Krakstad, Norawy, Europe. He leaves a brief suicide note, which apologizes for firing a gun indoors and begins, "Excuse the blood"...
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The Sisters of Mercy play at Kingsbury Hall, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, supported by Danielle Dax.
Nirvana perform the song Smells Like Teen Spirit live for the first time during a gig at the OK Hotel, Seattle, Washington, USA.
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.
Faith by George Michael is certified as an eight-times platinum album by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
If I Know Me by George Strait reaches No1 in the Billboard Country Chart.
The Clash Of The Titans tour, featuring Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer, plays at Pacific Amphitheatre, Costa Mesa, California, USA.
Dinosaur Jr play at the Pompadour Rock'n'Roll Club, Salt Lake City, Utah, supported by Nirvana.
Manic Street Preachers spark a riot when they play at a somewhat delayed 'black tie' May Ball at Downing College, Cambridge, England, UK, Europe.
Sacrifice/Healing Hands by Elton John reaches No1 in the UK singles chart for the first of five weeks.
Paul McCartney's orchestral work, Liverpool Oratorio, is performed at Liverpool Cathedral, Liverpool, UK.
Axl Rose of Guns N'Roses attacks a fan who is taking photographs at a concert in the Riverport Performing Arts Center, Maryland Heights, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. 2,500 fans riot, the show is stopped, $200,000 worth of damage is done, sixty people are injured and sixteen arrested.
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 Great Woods Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
The travelling Lollapalooza Festival plays the first of three nights at Irvine Meadows, Irvine, California, USA, with a line-up featuring Jane's Addiction, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Living Colour, Ice-T, Nine Inch Nails, BH Surfers and The Rollins Band.
On A Friday (later to become Radiohead) play their first after-graduation gig at the Hollybush, Oxford, UK.
The travelling Lollapalooza Festival plays the last of three nights at Irvine Meadows, Irvine, California, USA, with a line-up featuring Jane's Addiction, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Living Colour, Ice-T, Nine Inch Nails, BH Surfers and The Rollins Band.
The Sisters of Mercy, Public Enemy, Gang Of Four, Warrior Soul and Young Black Teen-Agers come to the end of a North American tour at The James L Knight Center, Miami, Florida, USA. The tour has been dogged with problems, because of which it has been cut short.
Singer Billy Preston, who wrote the hit song You Are So Beautiful and played keyboards with The Beatles, is arrested at his home in Malibu, California, USA, on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy.
Metallica by Metallica reaches No1 in the Billboard album chart in the USA, for the first of four weeks.
The album Heavy Weather by Weather Report is awarded a platinum disc in the USA by the RIAA.
Status Quo release their 20th album, Rock Til You Drop, on Vertigo Records in the UK.
Hit-making singer, bandleader and instrumentalist Billy Vaughan dies aged 72 of mesothelioma at Palomar Hospital, Escondido, California, USA.
Primal Scream release the album Screamadelica in Japan.
Primal Scream release the album Screamadelica in the USA.
The Smash Hits Annual Poll Winners Party in London, UK, is enlivened when Fruitbat of Carter USM brings down tv presenter Philip Schofield with a flying rugby tackle. Fruitbat was annoyed because Carter's set had been cut short. EMF is named Best British Group.
The Moody Blues play at The Oasi s Leisure Centre, Swindon, Wiltshire, England, Europe.
Michael Jackson's Black Or White video premieres on the Fox tv network in the 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 Top 40 singles chart in the USA at No35 - the week's highest new entry.
Bob Dylan plays at The Stanley Performing Arts Center, Utica, New York State, USA.
Metal Church play at Club Citta, Kawasaki, Japan, Asia.
The Michael Jackson album Dangerous is launched in the UK with a lavish invitation-only party for 400 media folks in the Lancaster Room of the Savoy Hotel, 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.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers play at Veterans' Memorial Park, 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.
Tin Machine, featuring David Bowie, plays at The Riviera Theatre, Chicago, Illinos, USA.
Ian McCulloch plays at Top Note Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.