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Jazz trumpet virtuoso Dizzy Gillespie dies aged 75 of pancreatic cancer in Englewood, New Jersey, 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.
Garth Brooks, Tanya Tucker, Billy Burnette and Fleetwood Mac perform at Super Bowl XXVII in the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California, USA.
When The Faces re-unite for a one-off set at the thirteenth annual British Music Awards (BRITS) in Alexandra Palace, London, UK, Rolling Stones member Bill Wyman joins them on bass. R.E.M. win the Best International Group award. Brett Anderson of Britpop band Suede causes some embarrassment by repeatedly slapping his bum with his microphone. Prince wins in the Best International Solo Artist category.
The Christians enter the UK singles chart with The Bottle, which will peak at No39 during a three-week run.
Suede release their long-awaited eponymous debut album in the UK on Nude Records. On the same day, they begin a UK tour at The Limelight, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
In the cover feature in Rolling Stone magazine, Garth Brooks defends his stance on homosexuality and interracial marriage in his song We Shall Be Free. He declares, "I do believe that God exists. I do believe in the Bible. But I can't see that loving somebody is a sin".
Toyah plays at the The City Hall, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
It is announced that Prince is retiring from studio recordings to concentrate on theatre, film and other ventures.
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.
The Highwaymen (Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings, play in Central Park, New York City, USA, during the Country Takes Manhattan Extravaganza.
Micahel Jackson, Tina Turner, Whitney Houston and Rod Stewart are among the guests seen performing when the World Music Awards event is televised in the UK to an audience of over 4m viewers. The worldwide total audience of this event is estimated at 500m. Michael Jackson is presented with awards for Best-Selling American Artists of the Year, World's Best-Selling Recording Artist of the Year and World's Best-Selling Recording Artist of the Era.
Johnny Cash plays at The Wayne Newton Theatre, Branson, Missouri, USA, during a lengthy series of concerts at the venue.
Prince announces that he has changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol, apparently as a protest against the unfairness of his record company contract. Before long, he will be commonly referred to as TAFKAP - an acronym standing for The Artist Formerly Known As Prince.
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.
Blyth Power play at the The Arts Centre, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
Dave Stewart of Eurythmics acts as director on Bob Dylan's promo video for Blood In My Eyes, which is shot on Camden High Street in North London, England, UK, Europe.
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.
Johnny Cash plays at Elkhart County Fairgrounds, Goshen, Indiana, USA.
Johnny Cash plays in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Sheryl Crow releases the album Tuesday Night Music Club on A+M Records in the USA, where it will go on to sell over 5m copies.
Johnny Cash plays in Seattle, Washington, USA.
The Steve Morse band playa at The Iron Horse, Northampton, Massachusetts, USA.
Yazz, Aswad and bad Boys Inc., appear on weekly UK tv show Top Of The Pops.
Jaz Coleman and Youth of Killing Joke are recording vocal tracks for the album Pandemonium, in The King's Chamber, The Great Pyramid, Giza, Egypt, Africa.
Johnny Cash plays the second of two nights at The Mountain Winery, Saratoga, California, USA.
A hectic day for the long arms of the law. Police raid Michael Jackson's homes in California after allegations of child abuse. On the same day, when a 22 year old man is shot in Los Angeles, California, police issue a warrant for the arrest of rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg. The man had made threats against Dogg, only to find himself shot by the rapper's bodyguard. Meanwhile, in the UK, Rob Collins, keyboardist of UK band The Charlatans, pleads guilty at Stafford Crown Court to being an accessory in an armed robbery.
Successful Chicago-born songwriter and big band leader Al Trace dies of a stroke in Sun West Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Sun City West, Arizona, USA. He was best-known as the popularizer of the novelty song Mairzy Doats.
On his Dangerous World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the second of two nights at the Taipei Municipal Stadium, Taipei, Taiwan, Asia.
Mariah Carey's single Dreamlover ascends to the Billboard No1 slot in the USA and refuses to be budged for a solid eight weeks. On the same day, her third album Music Box enters the UK charts at No1.
Johnny Cash plays at The Wayne Newton Theatre, Branson, Missouri, USA, during a lengthy series of concerts at the venue.
Peter Gabriel plays at The WOMAD Festival, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California, USA.
On his Dangerous World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the second of two nights at Hayarkon Park, Tel Aviv, Israel.
On his Secret World Tour, Peter Gabriel plays at Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, California, USA.
The Boo Radleys release a new single, I Wish I Was Skinny, in the UK on Creation Records. On the same day, they begin a UK tour at The Wheatsheaf, Stoke, UK.
Internationally acclaimed jazz saxophonist Fraser MacPherson dies in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, aged 65.
Johnny Cash performs Don't Take Your Guns To Town on the David Letterman Show on tv in the USA.
Johnny Cash plays a gig in Rahway, New Jersey, USA.
On his Dangerous World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the fourth of five nights at the Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico.
Phil Collins' fifth studio album, Both Sides, which he had recorded at his home studio, playing all of the instruments himself and handling the production duties, reaches No1 in the UK albums chart.
INXS play the first of two nights at The Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Enormously influential blues guitarist Albert Collins, aka The Iceman, dies of lung cancer, aged 61, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Lum Guffin, who enjoyed some success as a blues singer, guitarist and recording artist, dies in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Elton John plays the third of four nights at The Superbowl, Sun City, South Africa, accompanied by percussionist Ray Cooper.
Phil Collins, Madness, Eternal, Lulu and Tasmin Archer are among the artists who contribute clothes to a celebrity garment auction for the homeless peoples' charity, Shelter, held at the N.E.C., Birmingham, UK, by BBC tv's Clothes Show.
Johnny Cash plays at Fisher Auditorium, Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA.
Michael Clarke, original drummer with The Byrds, dies of liver failure in Treasure Island, Florida, USA.
Both Sides by Phil Collins is certified as a platinum album by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
A feature in the Chicago Tribune concludes that 1993 has been one of the most exciting years in Chicago's music history, with the national success of local artists including Smashing Pumpkins, Urge Overkill and Liz Phair.
AC/DC manager Crispin Dye is beaten to death by thieves in Sydney, Australia, Oceania, while on his way to visit his mother for Christmas.
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