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Black Or White by Michael Jackson is certified as a platinum single by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
EMF perform a charity show at The Snooker And Bowls Centre, Cinderford Dean, Gloucestershire, England, UK, to raise money for the blind.
Nevermind by Nirvana reaches No1 in the Billboard 200 Albums Chart in the USA, establishing the widespread popularity of Grunge.
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Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind by George Strait is certified as a platinum album by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Dee Murray, bassist for Elton John's band, dies of a stroke, aged 45, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. For many years, Murray had suffered with skin cancer.
Eric Clapton records a live session at Bray Studios, Berkshire for MTV’s Unplugged.
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Simply Red play at the EAndCC, Abdereen, Scotland, UK.
God Gave Rock'n'Roll To You, a cover by Kiss of the Argent classic, peaks at No4 in the UK singles chart.
Simply Red play at The SECC, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
Garth Brooks wins three trophies, including Favorite Country Album for No Fences at the American Music Awards.
On her Little Earthquakes tour, Tori Amos plays the first of two nights at The Shaw Theatre, London, England, UK.
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My Bloody Valentine play at Slim's, San Francisco, California, USA.
Pearl Jam play their first-ever UK gig, at the tiny Borderline Club, London, UK, with tickets costing just
Motley Crue members Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee and Mick Mars drive for over two hours through one of the worst flash-flood storms Los Angeles has ever seen to get to a recording session. They wait over four hours for Vince Neil to also arrive. The longer they wait, the more irate they become as Vince only needs to travel half the distance they did. As they wait for him to come to the studio, someone says they saw him out, drunk with a girl at three in the morning. Upon Vince's arrival, they tell him during an argument that they are thinking of getting a new lead singer. Vince says the new album is stupid and disapproves of keyboards being used, before storming out of the studio, feeling he has been fired.
Outrageous rocker G.G.Allin is arrested at The Cavity Club, Austin, Texas, USA, for defecating on stage while performing in the nude.
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Singer Vince Neil leaves Motley Crue after 11 years to spend more time on his career as a racing car driver.
Approximately 40,000 people attend Farm Aid Five in Irving, Texas, USA. The event is hosted by Willie Nelson, and artists appearing include John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Paul Simon.
Bob Dylan plays at The Entertainment Center, Adelaide, Australia, Oceania, during a two-month long tour which covers both the Far East and the USA.
Garth Brooks appears on the cover of the influential Time magazine in the USA. The accompanying feature describes him as a "jumping-jack-flash performer who can bring 40-year-olds to tears with existential hymns about accepting life's compromises".
The NBC tv series Friday Night Videos devotes an entire edition, entitled Live & Dangerous, to the videos of Michael Jackson.
The album Wish by The Cure enters the UK chart, where it will peak at No1.
Daniel Jack "Beanpole" Boling, a former member of Hank Williams' Drifting Cowboys, dies.
American-born Canadian jazz and blues singer Big Miller dies in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
The three-day-long Glastonbury Festival attracts 70,000 fans who each pay £49 to see Carter USM, Shakespeare's Sister, Primal Scream, Tom Jones, P J Harvey, Saw Doctors and The Levellers. The souvenir programme costs £4. Feeling that people's concerns have shifted away from the possibility of nuclear war towards environmental concerns, Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis decides to change the charitable objectives of the event, with the result that £250,000 is raised for Greenpeace, Oxfam and other local charities.
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When Morrissey plays at Les Eurockeennes Festival, in Belfort, France, Europe, he drapes himself in a Union Jack flag and uses enlarged photographs of skinheads as a stage backdrop. When he repeats this stunt later in the UK, he will be pilloried by the NME (New Musical Express) as a fascist and a racist.
On his Dangerous World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the first of two nights at the Stadio Brianteo, Monza, Italy.
Axl Rose of Guns N'Roses enters a plea of not guilty in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, to charges of assault and property damage stemming from a riot at a St. Louis concert a year earlier. He is released on $100,000 bail in order to resume touring. The St. Louis riot had started after Rose leaped from the stage, allegedly to take a camera from a fan, and then abruptly ended the show.
When Axl Rose is diagnosed as having damaged his vocal chords, the next three shows in the Guns N'Roses/Metallica joint tour have to be re-scheduled.
A diverse group of musicians and composers, including Simon Jeffes of Penguin Cafe Orchestra
When Nirvana play at Reading Festival, Reading, UK, Kurt Cobain provides the highlight of the day when he takes to the stage in a wheelchair, wearing a white dress and a ladies wig.
Camel play at The Town And Country Club, London, UK.
On his Dangerous World Tour, Michael Jackson plays at the Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys, Barcelona, Spain.
Charlie Daniels hosts Volunteer Jam XV at The Starwood Amphitheater, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The event features Eddie Rabbitt, Paulette Carlson, Suzy Bogguss, Jo-El Sonnier, Pirates Of The Mississippi, Confederate Railroad, The Oak Ridge Boys, Little Feat, Hal Ketchum, Poco and The Desert Rose Band and more.
Madonna exposes her breasts in front of 6,000 people during an AIDS benefit show with Jean Paul Gaultier at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA. Also appearing as catwalk models in the show are singer Anthony Kiedis and bassist Flea of The Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Guns N' Roses and Metallica play the twenty-third show in a co-headlining 25-date US tour at The Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego, California, USA, with Faith No More as the opening act.
Saxophonist Alvin Davis releases the album Let It Blow on FM Jazz Records in the UK.
Eddie Kendricks, co-lead vocalist of The Temptations and successful solo artist, dies of lung cancer in Birmingham, Alabama.
Liverpudlian singer and songwriter Julian Cope enters the UK singles chart with Fear Loves This Place, which will peak at No42 during a two-week run.
On the Creep tour, Radiohead play at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow, Scotland, as support to Kingmaker.
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Mark Murphy plays the first of two nights at The Jazz Cafe, Camden Town, London, UK.
Highly-touted Liverpool, UK, band The Stairs release their final single, Last Time Around, on Imaginary Records.
Noted British jazz pianist Brian Leake dies aged 58.
Antonio Forcione's Acoustic Band plays at The Bull's Head, London, SW13, UK, Europe.
The soundtrack album to the movie The Bodyguard is released in the USA. It features six songs by Whitney Houston, plus several by other artists including Kenny G, Lisa Stransfield and Joe Cocker. Most significantly, it includes Houston's cover of the Dolly Parton song I Will Always Love You - an international No1 hit. It will become the first album to sell more than a million copies in a single week, and will go on to score over 42m copies worldwide.
Influential country fiddler, singer, songwriter and publisher Roy Acuff dies aged 89 of congestive heart failure at Baptist Hospital, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Known as 'The King of Country Music', he founded the massive Nashville-based Acuff-Rose Music Publishing house.
Sugar play at the Stadthalle Mulheim, Cologne, Germany, supported by Uncle Tupelo.
Mariah Carey's seven track mini-album, MTV Unplugged, becomes the first MiniDisc title to be commercially released in the USA.
King Pleasure And The Biscuit Boys play at The 100 Club, London, UK.
On his Dangerous World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the fifth of eight non-consecutive nights at the Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan.