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Loudon Wainwright III records his live album, Career Moves, at the Bottom Line, New York City, USA.
Courtney Love begins a legal action, suing Cedars Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles, California, USA, for fraud, negligence and wrongful disclosure of information concerning her heroin addiction.
Bob Dylan plays at newly elected US president Bill Clinton's Inaugural Concert at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC, USA, backed by the Quincy Jones orchestra. Later the same day, at the Blue Jean Bash, Dylan plays with two members of The Band, Rick Danko and Levon Helm.
Fleetwood Mac, Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, Chuck Berry, Elton John, Kenny Rogers and Trisha Yearwood perform in The Presidential Inaugural Gala one day before Bill Clinton takes office in Washington DC, USA.
Harry Nilsson suffers a non-fatal heart attack.
Bop pianist and composer George Wallington, who worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Gerry Mulligan, Charlie Parker and others, dies in Cape Coral, Miami, Florida, USA.
Eric Clapton plays at The Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK.
The Morning Papers by Prince enters the UK singles chart at No52, which will prove to be its peak.
Belgian pop-rap duo 2 Unlimited reach No1 in the UK singles chart with No Limit.
Sting's fourth album, Ten Summoner's Tales, peaks at No2 in the American album chart. The album was recorded at Sting's home, Lake House, Great Durnford, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
Longbox packaging for CDs in the USA is abandoned. The system, whereby 12" long carboard boxes were slipped over the original CD packaging was, among other things, deemed by music retailers to take up too much rack space.
Australian band Godstar record Look-A-Like, When The Sun Goes Down, Smothered and Doubledecker Bus at at Stuffhouse Studio, Glasgow, Scotland. The tracks will appear on the EP Glasgow on Rugger Bugger Discs. The band's line up at this time includes guitarist Eugene Kelly of The Vaselines and Eugenius, plus bassist Dee Bahl, who will go on to manage Biffy Clyro.
Everybody Hurts by R.E.M. enters the UK singles chart where it will peak at No7.
Mick Mars of Motley Crue files for divorce from Emi Canyn, of the Nasty Habits duo who were backing vocalists for the band. Mars alleged that Canyn's relationship with guitarist Chet Thompson in her Alice 'N Thunderland project went deeper than just band activities.
Mick Ronson, guitarist for Mott The Hoople, David Bowie, and Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Review band, dies aged 46 of cancer, in London, England, UK, Europe.
No Fences by Garth Brooks becomes the first country album to be certified by the R.I.A.A. for shipments of 10m units in the USA.
John Michael Montgomery secures the first Billboard No1 single of his career with I Love The Way You Love Me.
10cc play at The Apollo, Manchester, UK.
Emmett Berry dies aged 77 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. He had found success as a jazz trumpeter, working with Fletcher Henderson, Count Basie and Billie Holiday.
On his Secret World Tour, Peter Gabriel plays the second of two nights at The Rosemont Horizon, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
While in London, UK, making a promo video for the song Blood In My Eyes, Bob Dylan takes some time to check out the prices of houses in Camden Town.
A white-supremacist plot to assassinate Ice-T and Ice Cube is uncovered by the FBI, and revealed to the UK in NME, following the firebombing of the offices of the National Association For The Advancement Of Colored People in Tacoma, Washington, USA. On the same day, Elton John auctions his entire record collection, with proceeds going to AIDS charities.
Oystein Aarseth, aka Euronymous, a member of Norwegian death metal band Burzum, is found dead in the stairwell of his building, with 23 knife wounds in his corpse.
Swervedriver release a new album, Mezcal Head, on Creation Records in the UK.
On their Get A Grip tour, Aerosmith play in the Memorial Coliseum Portland, Oregon, USA.
On his Dangerous World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the second of two nights at the Singapore National Stadium, Singapore, Asia.
Creep by Radiohead reaches No34 in the Billboard Top 40 singles chart in the USA.
Johnny Cash plays the second of two nights at Foxwoods High Stakes Bingo And Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, USA.
Los Angeles Police Department say they have issued an 'open invitation' for Michael Jackson to report to them at any time to help clear up the child sex allegations which have been made against him.
Bob Dylan and Carlos Santana play at the Sports Arena, San Diego, California, during a co-headlining tour.
Bob Dylan plays at the Pavillion, Concord, California, USA.
On his Dangerous World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the first of three nights at the River Plate Stadium , Buenos Aires, Argentina.
On his Dangerous World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the second of two nights at the Morumbi Stadium, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi is certified as a US ten-times platinum album by the R.I.A.A. On the same day, George Michael takes Sony Music to the High Court, London, in a battle for his creative freedom (and not a few bob to boot).
Peach by Prince peaks at No14 in the UK singles chart.
Johnny Cash plays a gig in Middletown, New York State, USA.
Cilla Black and Dusty Springfield enter the UK singles chart with Heart And Soul, which will peak at No75 in its week of entry.
On his Dangerous World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the third of five nights at the Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico.
Johnny Cash plays at The Wayne Newton Theatre, Branson, Missouri, USA, during a lengthy series of concerts at the venue.
Michael Jackson, reportedly addicted to painkillers, is smuggled out of Mexico to an English clinic with help from his actress chum Liz Taylor.
Pepsi cancels its nine-year multi-million dollar sponsorship deal with Michael Jackson. "All links have come to an end," says a spokesperson. Jackson, who has recently cancelled his Dangerous tour, tells the press that he is going to receive treatment for an addiction brought on by the stress of the child sex allegations that have been brought against him.
Billy Joel plays at Rosemont Horizon, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Nirvana record their MTV Unplugged session at Sony Music Studios in New York City, USA. it will later be released as an acoustic live album.
Enormously influential blues guitarist Albert Collins, aka The Iceman, dies of lung cancer, aged 61, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
INXS play the second of two nights at The Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Lum Guffin, who enjoyed some success as a blues singer, guitarist and recording artist, dies in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Matthew John Trippe of Tampa, Florida, USA, finally drops an unusual lawsuit which he had filed in 1988 against Motley Crue. Trippe, who has a history of mental health issues and trouble with the law, had claimed that he was secretly hired to pose as Nikki Sixx and toured, wrote and recorded with the band for a time during 1983 and 1984.
Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We by The Cranberries is certified as a platinum album in the USA by the R.I.A.A.