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Simply Red play the first of four nights at Wembley Arena, London, UK.
Percy Sledge plays the third of six nights at the Jazz Cafe, Camden Town, London, UK.
Percy Sledge plays the fifth of six nights at the Jazz Cafe, Camden Town, London, UK.
Radiohead release a new single, Street Spirit (Fade Out) on Parlophone Records in the UK.
Shania Twain reaches No1 in the Billboard Country Singles Chart in the USA with (If You're Not In It For Love) I'm Outta Here!
Everclear play at Metro, Chicago, Illinois, USA. On the same day they make an in-store appearance at Tower Records.
William Orbit releases the compilation LP, The Best of Strange Cargos, on I.R.S. records in the UK.
Celine Dion releases her 4th English language album, Falling Into You, in Europe. It will go on to achieve 32m sales worldwide.
Dale Potter, a former member of Hank Williams' Drifting Cowboys, dies in Puxico, Missouri, USA.
The Magnetic Fields release the album Get Lost in the UK on Setanta Records.
Monika Dannemann, who had been a girlfriend of both Jimi Hendrix and Uli Jon Roth of Scorpions, commits suicide at the age of 50, by inhaling carbon monoxide in her Mercedes at her home in Sussexx, England, UK, Europe. Two days earlier, Dannemann had been found guilty of contempt of court for breaching an order of the High Court of England and Wales not to repeat allegations she had previously made against another of hendrix's girlfriends, Kathy Etchingham.
After seeking an examination for numbness in his fingers, country star Clay Walker is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis by a doctor in Houston, Texas, USA, He is told - incorrectly, it turns out- that he will be in a wheelchair within four years, dead within eight.
Mark Knopfler records a tv special, Later with Jools Holland, at BBC Television Centre, Wood Lane, London, UK.
Rob Pilatus of disgraced pop duo Milli Vanilli is jailed for ninety days in Los Angeles, California, USA, for three violent attacks and parole violation.
Popular organist Ethel Smith, who played primarily in a pop style on the Hammond organ, dies aged 93 in Palm Beach, Florida, USA.
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 And 35.
Leslie Allen dies aged 96 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He had found success in the 1920s and 30s as saxophonist Les Allen, playing and singing with several leading British dance orchestras (including those of Carroll Gibbons, George Melachrino and Geraldo)
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.
An inscribed commemorative stone is placed at the woodland site of the plane crash near Camden, Tennessee, USA, which killed Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkins and Randy Hughes in 1963.
Wannabe, the first single by The Spice Girls, is released in the UK. (1996)
Some Gave All by Billy Ray Cyrus becomes the first debut album by a country artist certified for wholesale sales of 9m copies. The album placed four hit singles on the Billboard country charts, first of which was Cyrus's breakthrough song Achy Breaky Heart.
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.
Bob Dylan performs at the Olympic Games closing party in Atlanta, Georgia.
Guys Do It All The Time by Mindy McCready reaches No1 in The RPM Top Country Tracks Chart in Canada.
The album New Adventures In Hi-Fi by R.E.M. is released in Europe and Australasia. On the same day, when Steely Dan play at Wembley Arena, London, Kate Bush is in the audience to see them.
Iron Maiden release a new single, Virus, on EMI Records in the UK.
The album No Code by Pearl Jam enters the Billboard Albums chart in the USA at No1.
On the HIStory World Tour, Michael Jackson plays at El Menzah Stadium, Tunis, Tunisia, 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.
The album So, by Peter Gabriel is awarded a five times Platinum Disc in the USA by the R.I.A.A. The album was recorded at Gabriel's Real World Studios complex in Box.
On the HIStory World Tour, Michael Jackson plays at the National Stadium, Singapore, to an audience of 35,000.
William Clarke, whose skills on harmonica made him a sensation in blues circles during the late '80s and early '90s, is admitted to hospital after collapsing onstage in Fresno, California, USA, with a bleeding ulcer.
In a USA Today interview, The Artist (aka Prince ) speaks about his recently born child, Gregory. According to media reports, Gregory was born with allegedly severe birth defects, on October 16th at Children’s Health Care Hospital in Minneapolis, and died a week later. Prince says, "Mayte and I decided it’s cool to talk about ourselves but not about our children. There is a rumour out that my baby died. My skin is so thick now. I care much more about my child than about what anyone writes or says." He also previews his forthcoming album, Emancipation, with a live midnight concert from Paisley Park, beamed around the world via satellite.
R'n'b keyboardist Bill Doggett, who enjoyed American chart success in 1956 with Honky Tonk, Parts 1 and 2, dies of cancer at Lennox Hill Hospital, Manhattan, New York City, USA..
A new concert version of the stage musical Chicago, set in prohibition-era Chicago, opens on Broadway, New York City, USA. This revised version will set a record for recovering its initial costs faster than any other musical in history.
On the HIStory World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the second of two nights at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia, to an audience of 65,000.
A statue of Freddie Mercury of Queen is unveiled in the Place du Marche, Montreux, Switzerland, Europe. Created by sculptor Irena Sedlecka, the three metre high statue overlooks Lake Geneva, and is unveiled by Freddie's father and oepra singer Montserrat Caballe. Queen owned a flat above Hotel Eden Palace Au Lac in Montreux.
On the HIStory World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the last of three nights at the Burswood Dome, Perth, Australia, to an audience of 20,000.
The 36-song, three-CD set, Emancipation, by Prince peaks at No11 in the Billboard Hot 100 Albums Chart in the USA in its week of entry.
Country recording star Faron Young attempts suicide by shooting himself in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
On the HIStory World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the first of four nights at the Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan, to an audience of 45,000.
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.
On the HIStory World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the second of two nights at the Fukuoka Dome, Fukuoka, Japan, to an audience of 40,000.
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