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Oasis begin recording Definitely Maybe, their debut album, at Monnow Valley Studios, Rockfield, near Monmouth, Wales.
Lorena Bobbitt who chopped off her husband's penis, claiming it was in retaliation for him sexually assaulting her, is acquitted by a jury in Manassas, Virgina, USA, by reason of temporary insanity. Bobbitt's revenge will inspire several songs, including Bobbit Song by stand-up comedian Richard Morton and Lorena Bobbitt [2012] by Aaradhna. The Bee Gees also parodied their own song To Love Somebody as To Lose Your Penis on the Howard Stern Show in 1994.
Sara Evans and Maroon 5 film their joint episode of CMT Crossroads at The Factory in Franklin, Tennessee, USA.
The Judds, Clint Black, Travis Tritt and Tanya Tucker perform during a Rockin' Country halftime show at the Super Bowl (Dallas Cowboys vs the Buffalo Bills) in the Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Warner Brothers Records and Paisley Park Enterprises (representing Prince release a statement announcing the end of their joint venture.
I Swear by John Michael Montgomery begins the first of four weeks at No1 on the Billboard country singles chart in the USA.
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.
Eric Clapton plays at The Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK, Europe.
The movie Free Willy featuring You Are Not Alone by Michael Jackson as its main theme song, is released to cinemas in Japan, Asia.
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.
English-born soul / neo-soul and R'n'B singer and songwriter Ephraim Lewis dies dies after having apparently jumped from a fourth floor balcony in Los Angeles, California, USA. His death will be ruled as suicide, but some reports say that LAPD officers stunned him with a Taser after a hyperactive exchange, perhaps connected to his use of methamphetamine.
Damien Echols and Jason Baldwin are found guilty on three counts of murder relating to the deaths of three eight-year-old boys the previous year in The Robin Hood Hills, West Memphis, Tennessee, USA. The court sentences Echols to death and Baldwin to life in prison. They, along with an associate, Jessie Misskelley, Jr, [convicted at an earlier date] will become known as The West Memphis Three. Several rock musicians, convinced that the trio are innocent, will work to have them released and will write songs inspired by the case. Black Flag will release the 2002 album Rise Above: 24 Black Flag Songs to Benefit the West Memphis Three. Also in 2002, metalcore band Zao will record Free The Three, and in 2011 Disturbed will release a song entitled "3" as a download on their website, with 100% of the proceeds going to their benefit foundation for their release. Eddie Vedder, Natalie Maines [of The Dixie Chicks], Tom Waits and Metallica will also work for the release of the trio, which will finally take place on August 19, 2011 - after 18 years in jail.
Ginny Simms dies aged 78, of a heart attack in Palm Springs, California, USA. She had found success as an actress and big band singer working with Kay Kyser and others.
Soul and r'n'b singer Percy Sledge pleads guilty to tax evasion in the USA.
During their Exotic Tour, Depeche Mode play at Velodromo del Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile, South America.
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The death certificate for Kurt Cobain of Nirvana states the cause of his death to have been "Contact perforating shotgun wound to head (mouth)".
Barbra Streisand plays the first of four non-consecutive shows at Wembley Arena, London, UK. These record-breaking world shows had a staggering ticket price of
When The Jeff Healey Band plays the second of two nights at Grossman's Tavern, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the show is recorded and some tracks will be released on the album The Jeff Healey Band Live At Grossman's - 1994.
Free jazz guitarist Sonny Sharrock dies unexpectedly of a heart attack, aged 53, in his hometown of Ossining, New York State, just as he is about to sign the first major label recording deal of his career. Although a prolific and highly respected recording artist, he is perhaps best-known for his theme song to the animated program Space Ghost Coast to Coast.
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.
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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When Depeche Mode and Primal Scream play at The Garden State Arts Centre, Holmdel, New Jersey, USA, Throb of Primal Scream becomes so drunk that he falls of the back of the stage.
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Orbital provide one of the musical highlights of this year's Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, Somerset, England, UK.
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Oasis play on the NME stage on the last day of the Glastonbury Festival, Pilton, Somerset, England, UK. Radiohead and Blur are also on the bill.
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Stevie Wonder joins Prince onstage to perform Maybe Your Baby at The Glam Slam, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
Phish play at The Bomb Factory, Dallas, Texas, USA.
The first Sonoria Festival has its second of three days in Parco Aquatica, Milan, Italy, Europe. Artists appearing on this day are Bob Dylan, Big Country, Blur, Jimmy Cliff, The Nits, Ozric Tentacles, Paul Rodgers And Company, The Jeff Healey Band, Therapy?, Urban Dance Squad and Willy DeVille.
Eddie Campbell, who had been half of the sixties soul duo Eddie And Ernie, dies in Los Angeles, California, USA, apparently of the effects of alcoholism.
Prince duets with Nona Gaye on Love Sign, during a guest appearance on NBC-TV's The Tonight Show in New York City, USA.
Pink Floyd guitarist/singer David Gilmour marries journalist Polly Samson at Marylebone Registry Office, London, England, UK. The reception is held in Twickenham.
One louder, indeed. When Manowar play at the Music Halle, Hanover, Germany, Europe, they use ten tonnes of amplifiers to pump up a city-shaking 129.5 decibels of rock'n'roll, thus breaking their own record in the Guinness Book of World Records as the loudest band on the planet.
The movie Free Willy featuring You Are Not Alone by Michael Jackson as its main theme song, is released to cinemas in South Korea.
During his Dance Naked Tour John Mellencamp suffers a major heart attack after a show at Jones Beach, New York State, USA. He is hospitalised and forced to cancel the last few weeks of the tour.
In his Never-Ending Tour schedule, Bob Dylan plays concert No593, in the State Theatre, Portland, Maine, USA.
Frankie Miller suffers a major brain haemorrhage in New York City, USA, as a result of which he will sink into a coma for five months. Miller and his partner Annette Creedon are in New York meeting old friend Joe Walsh of The Eagles who is performing that night.
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.
On his 63rd birthday, George Jones undergoes triple bypass surgery at Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Not a Moment Too Soon, the second LP by Tim McGraw hits No1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart in the USA. It will spend 29 weeks in the top slot, becoming Billboard's best-selling Country album of 1994. The Academy of Country Music will also name it Album Of The Year.
The album Monster by R.E.M. enters the Billboard US Albums Chart at No1.
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.
Baby Come Back by Pato Banton peaks at No1 in the UK pop singles chart for the first of four weeks.
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.
What's The Frequency, Kenneth? by R.E.M. peaks at No21 in the Billboard US Top 40 Singles Chart.
The album So, by Peter Gabriel is awarded a Quadruple Platinum Disc in the USA by the R.I.A.A. The album was recorded at Gabriel's Real World Studios complex in Box.
Green Day play at The Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Prince performs Peach at MTV's inaugural European Music Awards, at the Brandenburg Gate, Pariser Platz, Berlin, Germany, Europe.
Aerosmith play at The United Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Eric Clapton is made an O.B.E. in the Queen's New Year's Honours List.