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Michael Jackson settles a civil lawsuit out of court in which he has been accused of molesting a thirteen year old boy. Jackson settles the lawsuit by paying $23m to the family of the boy he was accused of abusing. The Los Angeles and Santa Barbara district attorneys do not file child-molestation charges against him.
Electric blues slide guitarist Johnny Littlejohn dies aged 64, of renal failure in Chicago. Illinois, USA.
The movie Free Willy featuring You Are Not Alone by Michael Jackson as its main theme song, is released to cinemas in France.
The movie Free Willy featuring You Are Not Alone by Michael Jackson as its main theme song, is released to cinemas in Germany.
Soul blues guitarist, singer, songwriter and record producer Gary 'B.B.' Coleman dies aged 47 in Center, Texas, USA.
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers release a new single, Mary Jane's Last Dance.
Blues and jazz fiddler Papa John Creach, best known for his work with San Francisco band Hot Tuna, dies from pneumonia, contracted as a consequence of a heart attack, aged 76 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
The United States Supreme Court decides in favour of 2 Live Crew in the case of Campbell vs Acuff-Rose Music. The lawsuit was based on 2 Live Crew's use of parts of the Roy Orbison song Oh Pretty Woman in their track Pretty Woman. The decision establishes that a commercial parody can qualify as fair use, and is not an infringement of copyright.
Christina Grimmie is born in Marlton, New Jersey, USA. She will find success as a contestant in Season 6 of tv series The Voice, but will be shot dead at the age of 22, while signing autographs for fans at a merchandise table outside The Plaza Live club in Orlando, Florida, USA.
Etta James releases her twentieth studio album, Mystery Lady : Songs of Billie Holiday, on RCA Victor Records in the USA. The album will peak at No2 on Billboard's Top Jazz Albums chart.
Heavy rock guitarist Ted Nugent records a Public Service Announcment in the USA warning young people of the dangers of abusing inhalants. Nugent is well-known for his anti-drug stance.
A warr ant is issued for the arrest of Michael Jackson's brother Jermaine Jackson, over his family's failure to pay producer Gary Smith the $1.6m costs for The Jackson Family Honours TV gala which aired on America's NBC network.
Superunknown, the fourth album by Soundgarden, reaches No1 in the Billboard album chart in the USA
Ella McMahon is born in London, England, UK. She will find success as singer and songwriter Ella Eyre.
Texas blues and soul musician Larry Davis, best known for co-composing the 1958 song Texas Flood, later recorded by Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble, dies of cancer aged 57 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Most Beautiful Girl In The World by Prince , distributed through the indie Bellmark Records following the artist's break with Warners, peaks at No3 in the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart in the USA.
Revered jazz guitarist Joe Pass dies aged 65 from liver cancer in Los Angeles, California, USA.
A Celebration Of 21 Years Of Virgin Records is held at The Virgin Manor, Shipton-On-Cherwell, Gloucestershire, England, UK, Europe. Richard Branson is there in person, and artists performing include Bruce, Baker And Moore, Soul II Soul and Cracker. Jonathan King is also in attendance. Journalist Johnny Black's diary entry about the event is attached here.
Michael Jackson is reported to be visiting sports star Shaquille O'Neal in Florida.
The Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury festival site in Pilton, Somerset, England, UK, Europe, burns down in the night, with just days to go before the festival is due to start.
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Blues singer Little Caesar, best-remembered for his 1952 hit song Goodbye Baby, dies in California, USA.
Latin pop singer Jon Secada falls through the rostrum as he approaches the stage to perform to an estimated one-billion television viewers during the opening ceremonies of the World Cup soccer tournament in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Secada is unable to extricate himself from the hole, and since the band has already started playing, he begins singing with only his head above the stage level. He is eventually pulled from the hole, and moved to centre stage to finish his performance. Secada is later diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder.
The movie Free Willy featuring You Are Not Alone by Michael Jackson as its main theme song, is released to cinemas in Portugal.
The movie Free Willy featuring You Are Not Alone by Michael Jackson as its main theme song, is released to cinemas in Spain.
Phish play at The Bomb Factory, Dallas, Texas, USA.
The Wonder Stuff announce the 'end' of their career with a 'final' gig at The Phoenix Festival in the UK.
The first day of the first-ever T In The Park festival is held in Strathclyde Park, Hamilton, Glasgow, Scotland, UK. Rage Against The Machine is the headline act, with Cypress Hill, Manic Street Preachers, Blur, Pulp, The Grid, Eugenius, 18 Wheeler, Bjork, The Levellers, Crash Test Dummies, Chumbawamba and more. A day ticket cost £23.50, and a weekend ticket £43.00.
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Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley make public their secret marriage, which was conducted eleven weeks earlier in the Dominican Republic.
Singer, songwriter, actor, guitarist and, in later life, a member of the Italian Parliament, Domenico Modugno dies of a heart attack, aged 66, on the island of Lampedusa, Sicily, Italy, Europe. He is perhaps best-remembered as the co-composer, with Franco Migliacci, of the international hit song Volare.
After playing Hultsfred Festival, Sweden, Europe, Verve and Oasis are nicked by the law after wrecking a hotel bar, to the tune of £1,000, then breaking into a church to steal communion wine. "Everyone was really drunk," admits a Verve spokesperson. "When they got back to the hotel, the bar was open. Unfortunately, the management tried to close it and an argument ensued. Some bottles were purloined..."
While in the midst of a very public and heated dispute with his record company, Warner Bros, Prince releases his fifteenth LP Come, which is basically a compilation of previously unreleased tracks.
Baby Briscoe a pioneering female jazz band leader and businesswoman, known as "the Sweetheart of New Orleans", dies, having recently been hospitalized with bone cancer at St. Alexis Hospital.
R. Kelly marries 15 year old R'n'B vocalist Aaliyah at the Sheraton Gateway Suites in Rosemont. Believing the ceremony to be joke, Aailiyah plays along until, just a few hours later, she realizes she has been duped into a real, but illegal, marriage, complete with a faked certificate listing her age as 18. With the help of her family, the couple are soon separated and the marriage is annulled a few weeks later in Detroit, Illinois, USA.
Alan Wilder of Depeche Mode narrowly escapes death when an RAF Tornado plane crashes into a hillside near the A85 trunk road at Lochearhead, Perthshire, Scotland, UK, Europe, just 200 yards from his open-topped car which is showered with debris. The two airmen in the plane are killed.
The first Oasis album, Definitely Maybe, enters the UK chart at No1.
Level 42 play their last show together at The Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK, Europe.
Pink Floyd play a benefit for Greenpeace, Amnesty International and other charities, at Earls Court Exhibition Hall, London, UK.
Former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl is recording demos in Bob Lang Studios, Seattle, Washington. The recordings will become the basis for his new band, the Foo Fighters.
Actress and singer Martha Raye dies of pneumonia in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Prince reportedly signs an agreement letting Warners release his controversial LP The Black Album.
Supergrass score their first UK singles chart entry with Caught By The Fuzz, which will peak at No43.
Pink Floyd complete their Division Bell tour with a show at Earl's Court, London, England, UK. It has been the highest-grossing tour ever to that date.
The Spin Doctors play at Zeleste, Barcelona, Spain, Europe.
The Moody Blues 1970 album A Question Of Balance is finally certified as a platinum disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Jimmy Page and Robert Plant appear on The Andrew Denton Show on the Seven Network in Australia, Oceania, during the 'round the world' promo for Unledded. They perform Sun Arise, as a tribute to Rolf Harris, with accompaniment by several didgeridoo players.
Jazz drummer Connie Kay dies in New York City, USA. Kay is best remembered a drummer of the Modern Jazz Quartet, in which he played for almost forty years.
The live acoustic studio concert Bob Dylan : Unplugged is broadcast by MTV in the USA.
Musical arranger, composer, bandleader and recording artist Jack Fascinato dies in Palm Springs, California, USA. His 1959 album Music From A Surplus Store, integrating sound effects produced by, or imitating, common junk-store items including oil cans and bedsprings, became highly collectable.
Eric Clapton is made an O.B.E. in the Queen's New Year's Honours List.
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