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Rod Stewart, Sting and Bryan Adams reach No1 in the US Top 40 singles chart with All For Love.
George Strait earns his first triple-platinum album when the R.I.A.A. awards that status to his movie soundtrack album Pure Country.
San Francisco-born jazz vocalist Madeline Eastman releases the album Art Attack in the USA.
The movie Free Willy featuring You Are Not Alone by Michael Jackson as its main theme song, is released to cinemas in the UK, Finland and Sweden.
UK tabloid The Daily Star runs a front page story about visiting "evil gangster rapper" Snoop Doggy Dogg with the headline Kick This Evil Bastard Out.
UK tabloid The Daily Star runs a front page story about visiting "evil gangster rapper" Snoop Doggy Dogg with the headline Kick This Evil Bastard Out.
A 600-strong crowd gathers at Paisley Park Studios, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, to hear Prince play a seventy-minute set, described as "The Beautiful Experience", to celebrate the release of the single, The Most Beautiful Girl In The World.
Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson play at Flinders Park, Melbourne, Australia. While there, Cash is photographed in the suburb of Werribee for the cover of his album American Recordings.
Blues and jazz fiddler Papa John Creach, best known for his work with Hot Tuna, dies from pneumonia, contracted as a consequence of a heart attack, aged 76 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Popular vocalist Dinah Shore dies of cancer in Beverly Hills, California, USA.
Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, hospitalised in Rome, Italy, Europe, in a coma after an overdose of alcohol and prescription drugs, wakes up and asks for a milkshake.
Etta James releases her twentieth studio album, Mystery Lady : Songs of Billie Holiday, on RCA Victor Records in the USA.
Courtney Love hires private detective Tom Grant to locate her 'missing' husband Kurt Cobain of Nirvana.
In New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, jazz singer Harry Connick Jr marries model and video director Jill Goodacre.
While working on his album HIStory, Michael Jackson books into a three bedroomed duplex suite in Trump Tower, New York City.
Baron Frederik Jan Gustav Floris van Pallandt of popular 1960s folk duo Nina And Frederick, is shot dead in Puerto Talera, The Philippines, in what police describe as "a mysterious professional killing", thought to have been carried out by a member of a drug trafficking syndicate with which van Pallandt was affiliated.
Jon Entwistle, bass-player of The Who, is interviewed at his home, Quarwood, on the Fosseway at Stow-On-The-Wold, Gloucestershire, England, UK, Europe. The interview is conducted by Johnny Black of Mojo magazine whose diary entry about their meeting is attached here.
The Most Beautiful Girl In The World by Prince is certified as a gold disc by the RIAA in the 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.
An Atlanta, Georgia, USA, police officer begins a $10m legal action action against rapper Tupac Shakur. The officer claims that Tupac shot him in the buttocks.
Michael Jackson is reported to be visiting sports star Shaquille O'Neal in Florida.
The famed Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury festival site in Somerset, UK, burns down in the night, with just days to go before the festival is due to start.
Blues singer Little Caesar, best-remembered for his 1952 hit song Goodbye Baby, dies in California, USA.
Orbital provide one of the musical highlights of this year's Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, Somerset, England, UK.
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Stevie Wonder joins Prince onstage to perform Maybe Your Baby at The Glam Slam, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
Fragments of an object designated as Comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9 are colliding spectacularly with the planet Jupiter. This is the first collision of two solar system bodies ever to have been observed. The Cure's 1996 song Jupiter Crash is about a couple watching the crash from earth and the effect it has on them.
Rick James is sentenced to five years plus in prison for assaulting two women and for cocaine use. He will serve his time at Folsom Prison, California, USA.
Trouble, the debut single by UK girl-power duo Shampoo, reaches No14 in the UK singles chart.
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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Jazz trumpeter and bandleader Max Kaminsky dies at Castle Point, New York State, USA, on the day before his 86th birthday..
The first Oasis album, Definitely Maybe, enters the UK chart at No1.
The Penguin Cafe Orchestra plays at Wilton Church, Wilton, Wiltshire, UK.
Pato Banton releases a new single, Baby Come Back, in the UK. It will peak at No1 and hold that position for four weeks.
The Cranberries play at the Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool, UK.
Amelia Lily Oliver is born in Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough, UK. She will find success as singer Amelia Lily after several appearances on reality tv series The X-Factor.
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.
The Solid Gold Rock'n'Roll Show, featuring Brenda Lee, Marty Wilde, Joe Brown, Eden Kane, John Leyton and The Vernons Girls, plays at The Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, UK.
What's The Frequency, Kenneth? by R.E.M. peaks at No21 in the Billboard US Top 40 Singles Chart.
5. The Carpenters release a new single, Ticket To Ride, in the USA on A+M Records. The song is written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney of The Beatles.
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.
Prince performs Peach at MTV's inaugural European Music Awards, at the Brandenburg Gate, Pariser Platz, Berlin, Germany, Europe.
Tower Of Power play at The Palomino, North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Prince sings a track from his album The Gold Experience on CBS-TV's Late Show With David Letterman, in the USA.
Freddy Fender plays the second of two nights at The Palomino, North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Bob Dylan's MTV special, Bob Dylan : Unplugged, is broadcast throughout Europe.
Songwriter and performer Howard Crockett dies in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. Crockett is best-remembered for his song Honky Tonk Man which became a hit in 1956 for Johnny Horton, and again in 1986 for Dwight Yoakam.
In a survey carried out by BBC Radio 1 and The Times Magazine, Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen is declared the greatest song of all time.
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