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Jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis comes to the end of a Christmas/New Year season of shows at The Hyatt Regency Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Joan Baez releases a new album, Play Me Backwards, on Virgin Records in the UK.
The Pure Country movie soundtrack by George Strait is awarded double-platinum status by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Radiohead release their debut album, Pablo Honey, in the UK.
Benny Loban, a bandleader and violinist recording with some of the finest musicians and dance bands in Britain, including The Savoy Orpheans, during the 1920s and 1930s, dies of a stroke while visiting his son in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Sting's album, Ten Summoner's Tales, recorded at Lake House, Great Durnford, peaks at No2 in the American album chart.
During an eighteen-date European tour, Bruce Springsteen makes his BBC Top Of The Pops debut, live by satellite from Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
On his Secret World Tour, Peter Gabriel plays at The Ventura Theater, Ventura, California, USA.
Toyah plays at the The City Hall, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK.
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.
Radiohead release a new single, Pop Is Dead, on Parlophone Records in the UK.
Randy DeLay, drummer with The Georgia Satellites, dies of cancer.
The Morning Papers by Prince peaks at No44 in the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart in the USA.
Swamp blues guitarist and singer Clarence Edwards dies aged 60 in Scotlandville, Louisianna, USA.
Blues one-man-band Doctor Ross dies aged 67 in Flint, Michigan, USA.
Johnny Cash plays at The Wayne Newton Theatre, Branson, Missouri, USA, during a lengthy series of concerts at the venue.
Kurt Cobain of Nirvana is arrested following a fight with his wife, Courtney Love, at their home in Seattle, Washington.
Toby Keith scores his first No1 on the Billboard country singles chart in the USA with Should've Been A Cowboy.
Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Peter Nero and others perform during A Capitol Fourth on the west lawn of the United States Capitol Building in Washington DC, USA. A Capitol Fourth is an annual music and arts event celebrating Independence Day.
While Van Halen are playing their set at Great Woods Center, Mansfield, Massachusetts, USA, a June bug lodges itself in Eddie Van Halen's ear. Woken by pain in his head during the night at the Four Seasons Hotel, he squirts saline solution in his ear and an inch-long live, wriggling bug falls out into the sink. He requires treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.
On his Secret World Tour, Peter Gabriel plays the second of two nights at The Rosemont Horizon, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Loser, a single by obscure singer-songwriter Beck, receives its first airplay from deejay Chris Douridas on his show, Morning Becomes Eclectic, on KCRW radio, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Funky jazz keyboardist Richard Tee, who had worked with Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Roberta Flack and others, dies of prostate cancer in Cold Spring, New York State, 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.
Singer/songwriter Natalie Merchant quits 10,000 Maniacs after twelve years.
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.
New Age music duo Runestone release their debut album which is entitled Stonehenge. Over the years, many musicians have been inspired by Stonehenge, with albums of that name released by Ten Years After, Richie Havens, The David Bacha Band and others.
Randy Jo Hobbs, bass guitarist of 60s pop-rock band The McCoys, is found dead of heart failure, aged 45, in a hotel room in Dayton, Ohio, USA.
Johnny Cash plays at Nevada County Fair, Grass Valley, California, USA.
On their Get A Grip tour, Aerosmith play in the Memorial Coliseum Portland, Oregon, USA.
The Boo Radleys release their third LP, Giant Steps, in the UK on Creation Records.
Janna Allen, songwriter who provided hit material for Hall And Oates, Cheap Trick, Peter Wolf and others, dies of leukemia, aged 36, in Millbrook, New York State, USA.
Johnny Cash plays a gig in Meadville, Pennsylvania, USA.
Lenny Kravitz plays at The Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Charlatans UK keyboard player Rob Collins is sentenced to eight months in jail for taking part in a robbery.
Wiltshire's most successful-ever blues band, The Hoax, play at the Boar's Head, Wickham, as support to Smokin' Joe Kubek.
Bob Dylan plays at The Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
It is reported that popular folk singer and recording artist Burl Ives has been released from hospital in Anacortes, Washington, USA, after treatment for a high fever that resulted from a foot infection. According to his wife, the 84-year-old singer-actor will continue receiving antibiotics and nursing care at home.
Paul McCartney plays the first of two nights at The Palasport, Florence, Italy, Europe.
Johnny Cash plays a gig in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, USA.
On his Dangerous World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the first of five nights at the Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico.
It is reported that Michael Jackson's lucrative Pepsi sponsorship deal could be lost, following reports that the star has been addicted to painkillers ever since being burnt while filming a Pepsi ad in 1984.
Johnny Cash plays at The Wayne Newton Theatre, Branson, Missouri, USA, during a lengthy series of concerts at the venue.
Bruce Turner dies in Newport Pagnall, Buckinghamshire, UK. He found success over many years as a jazz clarinettist, saxophonist and band leader. He enjoyed a particularly long working relationship with Humphrey Lyttelton.
Seriously alcoholic Doug Hopkins, guitarist and songwriter of The Gin Blossoms, checks himself out of the detox unit at St. Luke's Hospital, Phoenix, Arizona, USA. The following day he will commit suicide.
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.
LaToya Jackson appears on TV to discuss the accusations of child abuse against her brother, Michael Jackson. "I cannot and will not be a silent collaborator of his crimes against small children," she says loyally.