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Rod Stewart, Sting and Bryan Adams reach No1 in the Billboard Top 40 singles chart in the USA with All For Love.
Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac marries Kim Anderson in Los Angeles, California, USA.
San Francisco-born jazz vocalist Madeline Eastman releases the album Art Attack in the USA.
Composer, bandleader, pianist and electronic music inventor Raymond Scott dies aged 85 in North Hills, California, USA.. His melodies, adapted by Carl Stalling, were heard in over 120 Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons.
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.
The fourteenth BRIT Awards event is held at Alexandra Palace, London, UK, hosted by Elton John and RuPaul. Winners include Sting for Best British Male Solo Artist, Brian Eno as Best British Producer, Crowded House as International Group and Van Morrison as Outstanding Contribution. Pray by Take That wins for Best British Single and Best British Video, and the band perfoms live doing a medley of the Beatles' hits. Prince wins the Best International Male Artist award.
Police are called to deal with a dispute between Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes of TLC and her football-player boyfriend Andre Rison at his house. Having caught him with another woman, she set fire to the teddy bears he had given her, which was followed by him striking her.
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.
English-born soul / neo-soul and R&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.
Love/Hate release the album Let's Rumble, on Calibre Records in the USA.
Ella McMahon is born in London, England, UK. She will find success as singer and songwriter Ella Eyre.
During a 23-date US tour, Bob Dylan plays at the Fox Theater, St. Louis, Missouri.
In New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, jazz singer Harry Connick Jr marries model and video director Jill Goodacre.
Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny releases his controversial album Zero Tolerance For Silence, on Geffen Records in the USA.
Isobel Beardshaw is born in London, England, UK, Europe. She will find success as soul/pop singer-songwriter Izzy Bizu.
James McVey, vocalist and lead guitarist of The Vamps is born in Bournemouth, UK.
Country stars Kathy Mattea, Hal Ketchum, Waylon Jennings, Vince Gill, Janis Gill, Carlene Carter, Reba McEntire and Clint Black are all featured in cameo roles in the movie Maverick, which opens today at cinemas across the USA.
Bob Dylan performs with the New Tokyo Symphony Orchestra at The Great Music Experience, an all-star show at Todaiji Temple, Nara, Japan. The event is broadcast live in over fifty countries.
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.
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.
Before Depeche Mode and Primal Scream play this night's gig at The Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas, USA, members of Primal Scream are arrested for swimming naked in the local river.
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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.
Depeche Mode and Primal Scream play at Great Woods Performing Arts Centre, Mansfield, Massachusetts, USA.
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Depeche Mode and Primal Scream play at The 6X8 Club, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
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Latin pop singer Jon Secada fell through the rostrum as he was approaching the stage to perform to an estimated one-billion television viewers during the opening ceremonies of the World Cup soccer tournament in Chicago. Secada was unable to extricate himself from the hole, and since the band had already started playing, he began singing with only his head above the stage level. He was eventually pulled from the hole, and moved to centre stage to finish his performance. Secada was later diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder
Depeche Mode and Primal Scream play at Lakewood Amphitheatre, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
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The movie Free Willy featuring You Are Not Alone by Michael Jackson as its main theme song, is released to cinemas in Spain.
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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Aerosmith become the first major band to let fans download a full new track free from the internet.
Pink Floyd play at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Radiohead leave The Manor Studios, Oxfordshire, UK, having completed two weeks of recording sessions for the album The Bends.
With Richey Edwards now checked into a rehab clinic in Cardiff, Wales, UK, suffering nervous exhaustion, Manic Street Preachers perform at the T In The Park Festival, Strathclyde Park, Scotland, UK, as a trio.
Popular big band era singer Anne Shelton dies, aged 70, of a heart attack in Herstmonceux, Sussex, England, UK.
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.
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..."
On his Secret World Tour, Peter Gabriel plays at Woodstock Festival '94, Woodstock, New York State, USA.
Blur release a new single, Parklife, in the UK on Food Records. It will peak at No10 in the UK singles chart.
The first Philips Monsters of Rock festival takes place at Pacaembu Stadium, Sao Paulo, Brazil, South America. Artists appearing include Dr. Sin, Creek, Raimundos, Viper, Suicidal Tendencies, Black Sabbath, Slayer and Kiss.
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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..
On his 63rd birthday, George Jones undergoes triple bypass surgery at Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Take That play the first of seven nights at the NEC, Birmingham, UK.
The Offspring play at The Vic Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Come, the fifteenth LP by Prince, is certified by the R.I.A.A. as a gold album in the USA.
Supergrass score their first UK singles chart entry with Caught By The Fuzz, which will peak at No43.
What's The Frequency, Kenneth? by R.E.M. peaks at No21 in the Billboard US Top 40 Singles Chart.
Aerosmith play at The United Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Black Album by Prince enters the Billboard 200 Albums Chart in the USA at No47, which will prove to be its peak.
Freddy Fender plays the second of two nights at The Palomino, North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Eric Clapton is made an O.B.E. in the Queen's New Year's Honours List.