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Serial killer and rapist Fred West hangs himself while on remand in his cell at Winson Green Prison, Birmingham, UK. West and his wife Rosemary were being held in prison on eleven counts of murder. Their crimes will provide subject matter for the song Evil by Interpol.
The album Dookie by Green Day is certified as having achieved four million sales in the USA.
Charles Baskerville, a vocalist with doo-wop band Shep And The Limelites, dies aged 58 in New York City, USA.
Michael Jackson spends the second of four days in Los Angeles playing host to King Nana Amon Ndoufou IV, ruler of Sanwi on the Ivory Coast, Africa.
Michael Jackson spends the third of four days in Los Angeles playing host to King Nana Amon Ndoufou IV, ruler of Sanwi on the Ivory Coast, Africa.
Skrewfish play their first live gig, as support to Pink Kross, at Key Youth Centre, East Kilbride, Scotland. Skrewfish will find greater success as Biffy Clyro.
Record producer Denny Cordell dies aged 51, from lymphoma, in Dublin, Ireland, Europe. Cordell produced hits with The Moody Blues, Procol Harum, The Move, Joe Cocker, Leon Russell, Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, J.J. Cale and Phoebe Snow.
Frank O'Keefe, bass player for Southern Rock stalwarts The Outlaws is found dead at his home in Clearwater, Florida, USA, after taking a drug overdose.
Chuck Berry plays at The Barbican Centre, York, England, UK, supported by Johnny And The Roccos.
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The Climax Blues Band plays at The Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea, Hampshire, England, UK.
Prince comes to the end of his month-long The Ultimate Live Experience European tour with a show at The Point, Dublin, Eire, Europe.
Billy Swan plays at The Red Lion, Brentford, Middlesex, England, UK.
Shakin' Stevens plays at The Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, England, UK.
10cc play at The Empire, Liverpool, UK.
Billy Swan plays at Roisin Dubh, Galway, Ireland, Europe.
Bob Dylan's album MTV Unplugged enters the UK albums chart where it will peak at No10 during a five-week run.
The Crickets and Bobby Vee play at The Barbican Centre, York, England, UK.
Bob Dylan's album Unplugged enters the UK albums chart where it will peak at No10 during a five-week run.
The Crickets and Bobby Vee play at The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, England, UK.
Bob Dylan plays the second of three nights at the Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Bob Dylan plays the last of three nights at the Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Michael Jackson smashes a US singles chart record held by The Beatles for 25 years when his new single Scream (a duet with Janet Jackson) enters the Billboard Hot 100 at number five. The Fab Four's Let It Be entered at number six in 1970.
Alanis Morissette releases the album Jagged Little Pill, in the UK, Europe, Australia and Japan.
Prince performs at an open-house evening with a $5 cover admission at his Paisley Park Studios, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. The event includes use of a recreation center with late-night dancing and music videos.
Rupert Robert "Bob" McNett , a former member of Hank Williams' Drifting Cowboys, dies of prostate cancer in Montgomery, Pennsylvania, USA.
Dylan releases the album MTV Unplugged in the USA.
Violinist, dance band leader, broadcaster and recording artist Sydney Lipton dies in Florida, USA.
In the wake of Robbie Williams leaving top UK boy band Take That, social workers set up emergency hotlines to help devastated fans threatening to kill themselves.
Radiohead release a new single, Just, on Parlophone Records in the UK.
First the good news. The album Monster by R.E.M. is certified as having achieved 4m sales in the USA. On the same day, R.E.M.'s singer Michael Stipe, is diagnosed with an inguinal hernia prior to a concert on their Monster world tour at Sportovni Hala, in Prague, Czechoslovakia, Europe.
Backstreet Boys film the video for their debut single, We've Got It Goin' On, in Orlando, Florida, USA.
Obsesssive Bee Gees fan Marilyn Holmes, 43, appears in court in the UK charged with breaking into the Oxfordshire home of Bee Gee Robin Gibb, where she was found hiding in a cupboard with a tape recorder and video camera.
Backstreet Boys release their debut single, We've Got It Goin' On, in the USA.
Belgian composer Yves Swolfs sues Michael Jackson for allegedly basing his song Give In To Me on Swolf's Boulevard Des Reves Brises.
Blur release their fourth album, The Great Escape, on Food Records in the UK. On the same day, a study by the American Institute of Heartmath, an organization producing stress relieving music, claims that Pearl Jam's music can adversely affect listeners' mental health.
Gloria Estefan and her husband Emilio are quizzed by police in Miami, Florida, USA, after their speedboat collides with a jet-ski, killing the rider.
Prince releases a new LP, The Gold Experience, in the USA.
On his Never-Ending Tour schedule, Bob Dylan plays concert No716, at Lee Civic Center, Fort Myers, Florida, USA.
Marcel King, vocalist of hit-making 1970s British soul band Sweet Sensation dies as a result of a brain haemorrhage.
PJ Harvey and Ben Harper play at The Riviera Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
With no reason given, The Lebanese Government bans Iron Maiden from playing in Mont La Salle, Beruit.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers play at The Sporthalle, Koln, Germany, Europe.
Blur are forced to flee from the Stockholm Plaza Hotel in Stockholm, Sweden, Europe, after it catches fire.
A re-issue of Lucky You by Liverpool band The Lightning Seeds enters the UK pop singles chart where it will peak at No15 during a six-week run.
Calne-based rock star Julian Cope (formerly of The Teardrop Explodes) releases a new album, 20 Mothers.
Aerosmith release a rock and roll-themed computer game Quest For Fame.
Blur's album Parklife is awarded a UK Quadruple-platinum Disc by the BPI, and their album The Great Escape is awarded a Double-platinum Disc.
Country recording star Faron Young dies, aged 64, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, having attempted suicide by shooting himself the previous day. His ashes are scattered during a ceremony at Johnny Cash's estate, while Cash is away. Unfortunately, a gust of wind blows the ashes onto Cash's car. "When I came home, I found I had Faron on my windshield", remarked Cash later. "I turned the wipers on. There he went, back and forth, back and forth, until he was all gone."
On his Never-Ending Tour schedule, Dylan plays concert No750, the second of two nights at The Orpheum Theatre, Boston, Massachusetts.
Lionel Richie marries Diane Alexander, the woman with whom he had an affair while still married to his college sweetheart Branda Harvey.