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Eva Cassidy records a live session at Blues Alley which will form the basis of her solo live album Live At Blues Alley.
At French President Francois Mitterrand's Funeral in Jarnac, France, Europe, his wife and his long term mistress stood side-by-side at the grave, accompanied by their respective legitimate and illegitimate children. Some years later, when Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand reads about the funeral, he will be inspired to write the song Goodbye Lovers And Friends.
Simply Red play the first of four nights at Wembley Arena, London, UK.
Jazz baritone sax virtuoso Gerry Mulligan dies in Darien, Connecticut, USA, aged 68, following complications arising from knee surgery.
Travis Tritt gets down on one knee and proposes to Theresa Nelson, offering her a six-carat diamond ring, at home near Marietta, Georgia, USA, just a year after they first met. She accepts.
The Bends by Radiohead is awarded a UK platinum disc by the BPI.
On their X-Factour tour, Iron Maiden play at The Vic Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Celine Dion releases her 4th English language album, Falling Into You, in The USA and Canada. It will go on to achieve 32m sales worldwide.
The Magnetic Fields release the album Get Lost in the UK on Setanta Records.
While on probation, Wilson Pickett is arrested for cocaine possession.
The re-united original line-up of Kiss begin their comeback by holding a press conference aboard the decomissioned WW2 aircraft carrier USS Intrepid in New York City, USA.
The Allman Brothers Band plays the second of five [non-consecutive] nights at The Riviera Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Happy Rhodes plays at The Tin Angel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz is spotted attending a Tae Kwon Do grading session with instructor Don Deedigan on the squash court in Devizes Leisure Centre, Devizes, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe. Later, Albarn poses for photographs with fans and signs autographs.
Blues guitarist Johnny 'Guitar' Watson collapses and dies from a heart attack, aged 61, during a concert in Yokohama, Japan, Asia.
Bob Dylan's spring tour ends with a show at the Star Lake Amphitheater, Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, USA. Aimee Mann joins Dylan, playing guitar on the final song Rainy Day Women Nos 12 & 35.
On his first solo tour, Mark Knopfler (formerly of Dire Straits) plays the first of three nights at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
Jazz saxophonist and composer Barney Wilen dies of cancer, aged 59, in Paris, France, Europe.
Tommy Lee of Motley Crue and Pamela Anderson's home safe is broken into and several items, including a video of their five-day, sex-filled houseboat trip on Lake Mead are stolen. The video will go on to make internet porn history and make Tommy Lee more famous than ever before.
Robbie Williams of Take That heads for Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, UK, to see Oasis.
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Bob Dylan tales part in the Prince's Trust concert in London, UK, with The Who and Eric Clapton.
The 1996 Sonoria Festival, a three-day event, has its last day in Parco Aquatica, Milan, Italy, Europe. Artists appearing on this day are Lush, Moby, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, Ocean Colour Scene, Bush, Sepultura, Super Furry Animals, The Presidents of the United States of America, Afterhours, Ash, Catania, Cibo Matto, Credit To The Nation, Dirty Three, Dog Eat Dog, Estra, La Pina, Maoelarivoluzione, Marlene Kuntz, Massimo Bubola and Yo Yo Mundi.
Wannabe, the first single by The Spice Girls, is released in the UK. (1996)
David Bowie plays at Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy, Europe, with Joe Satriani, Moloko, Üstmamò, Carmen Consoli and Black Grape. Of a potential 22,000 tickets only four thousand are sold.
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Alan Vega of pioneering electro-punk duo Suicide dies in his sleep, aged 72, in New York City, USA.
Wannabe, the first single by The Spice Girls, enters the UK singles charts on its way to No1.
Prince's 20th album, Chaos And Disorder (rumoured to be his last for Warner Bros.), peaks at No14 in the UK Albums Chart in its week of entry.
Susannah and Wendy Melvoin, younger sisters of Smashing Pumpkins? member Jonathan Melvoin, issue a statement describing his recent death from heroin overdose as "a tragedy and a travesty, a freak accident - A recreational digression took a deadly turn, and we pray that our loss will not be' in vain... We are consoled in our grief only by the hope that the circumstances surrounding Jonathan's death will inspire at least one person to reconsider before challenging the vagaries of fate."
Wannabe, the first single by The Spice Girls, hits No1 in the UK singles charts.
Dinner With Delores by Prince peaks at No36 in the UK pop singles chart during a two-week chart stay.
Six year old Katherine Korzilius unexpectedly fails to return to her home in Elder Circle, Austin, Texas, USA. She is later found face down on the asphalt about six houses away from the family home. Late that night, Katherine dies from head injuries, but the precise cause of those injuries is never established and no-one is ever charged with having harmed Katherine. She was the daughter of Paul Korzilius, long-time tour manager of Bon Jovi, and in 1997 the band will release the song August 7, 4:15, inspired by the tragic events surrounding her mysterious death.
Bowing to public pressure in the wake of child sex allegations against Michael Jackson, Hyundai pulls its sponsorship from his upcoming concerts in Seoul, South Korea.
During a show by Kiss at Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, a fan throws his prosthetic leg onstage. All four members of the band sign the leg and throw it back to him.
The Sex Pistols play at The Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Michael Jackson begins his HIStory World Tour at Letna Park, Prague, Czech Republic. In the course of the tour Jackson will perform 82 concerts to over 4.5m fans in 58 cities, in 35 countries on 5 continents.
In a legal letter to US Republican Senator Bob Dole, publishers Rondor Music threaten to sue him for up to $100,000 each time the song Dole Man [inspired by their copyright Soul Man] is played at an event. Dole has been using Dole Man in his election campaign even though the original songwriters, Isaac Hayes and David Porter, have stated that they do not support Dole and that the song is being used without their permission. The song was originally a hit in 1967 for soul duo Sam And Dave.
Suzanne Vega releases the album Nine Objects Of Desire, in the USA.
Because brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher are arguing, Oasis cancel tonight's show in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, plus the four remaining dates of this tour.
While Rammstein are playing live at Treptow Arena, Berlin, Germany, Europe, a burning stage prop falls into the audience. Fortunately no-one is seriously injured. In the wake of this potential disaster, Rammstein will begin employing a professional pyrotechnics crew.
On the HIStory World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the first of two nights at the Chamsil Olympic Stadium, Seoul, South Korea, to an audience of 50,000.
Gregory, the recently-born son of Prince and his wife Mayte, dies at the Children’s Health Care Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, because of severe birth defects (skeletal abnormalities). Gregory was a little over one week old.
Soundgarden and Rocket From The Crypt play the first of two nights at The Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
On the HIStory World Tour, Michael Jackson plays at the ANZ Stadium, Brisbane, Australia, to an audience of 40,000.
The Refreshments play at Metro, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Prince gives a rare interview on TV's Oprah chat show in the USA.
Wiltshire's most successful-ever blues band, The Hoax, play at The Arts Centre, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
Ronnie Scott, jazz saxophonist, band leader and founder of prestigious London venue, Ronnie Scott's Club, dies in London, UK, aged 69 from an accidental overdose of barbiturates perscribed by his dentist.
Country-rock supergroup Golden Smog plays at The Lounge Ax, Chicago, Illinois, USA.