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Jazz guitarist Ike Isaacs dies in Sydney, Australia. Considered to be among the foremost plectrum guitarists of his era, he is best remembered for his collaborations with Stephane Grappelli.
Relish, the debut album by Joan Osbourne is awarded a platinum disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Percy Sledge plays the third of six nights at the Jazz Cafe, Camden Town, London, UK.
Percy Sledge plays the fourth 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.
Garth Brooks refuses to accept the American Music Awards' Favorite Artist of the Year honour, insisting that the award should have gone to Hootie And The Blowfish. Brooks does, however, accept two other awards.
Johnny Winter releases a new LP, Broke And Lonely, in the USA.
When Jethro Tull play at Estadio Siles, La Paz, Bolivia, South America, frontman Ian Anderson performs from a wheelchair, having seriously injured his knee while on stage in Lima two days earlier. The injury will, two months later, bring him close to death as a result of a blood clot.
The Magnetic Fields release the album Get Lost in the UK on Setanta Records.
Jeffrey Lee Pierce, best-known as leader of The Gun Club, dies aged 37 of a brain hemorrhage in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. A regular drug user and heavy drinker, at the time of his death, he was also suffering from cirrhosis and hepatitis.
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Half of the ashes of Grateful Dead founder/leader/guitarist Jerry Garcia are thrown into the River Ganges, India, Asia. (The other half will be sprinkled into San Francisco Bay during a boat trip two weeks later.)
On their X-Factour tour, Iron Maiden play the first of two nights at The Palace, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Sleeper enter the UK singles chart with Sale Of The Century, which will peak at No10 during a five-week run.
The Allman Brothers Band plays the second of five [non-consecutive] nights at The Riviera Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Allman Brothers Band plays the third of five [non-consecutive] nights at The Riviera Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Average White Band play the first of six nights at the Jazz Caf
Fire damages Eric Clapton's house in Chelsea, London, UK. The second floor is gutted and a first floor gallery is badly damaged, but Clapton manages to rescue his guitars. Clapton also owns the
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Ian Anderson, leader of Jethro Tull issues a statement from Australia, announcing that, 'Following a week in a Sydney hospital to stabilise and reduce the deep vein thrombosis in my left leg, I have now had the final round of tests and been given the go ahead to return to the UK later this week, for ongoing treatment.'
Jim Ellison, frontman of Chicago-based 90s alternative rock band Material Issue, commits suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning in his car in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The reasons for his suicide are not made public.
Everclear play at The Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Spencer Davis Group plays at The Twin Towns Services Club, Tweed Heads, New South Wales, Australia, Oceania.
Some Gave All by Billy Ray Cyrus becomes the first debut album by a country artist to be certified for wholesale sales of 9m copies.
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.
Rob Collins, keyboardist of 90s UK band The Charlatans, dies in a car crash while driving his BMW 520i on a country road outside Monmouth, Wales, UK, Europe. Having been thrown through the sunroof, he dies from head injuries on the roadside shortly after the accident. An investigation into the accident will show that Collins had consumed a sizeable amount of alcohol and was not wearing a seatbelt. Investigators conclude that he probably would not have died had he worn a seatbelt.
The Sex Pistols play at The Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Suede release their third album, Coming Up, in the UK on Nude Records. It will peak at No1.
Rapper Tupac Shakur is shot four times in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, while leaving the MGM Grand hotel, after seeing the Mike Tyson vs. Bruce Seldon boxing match, in what is apparently a drive-by shooting.
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.
The album No Code by Pearl Jam enters the Billboard Albums chart in the USA at No1.
Guys Do It All The Time by Mindy McCready reaches No1 in The Billboard Hot Country Singles And Tracks chart in the USA.
311 play at the UNO Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, supported by The Deftones.
Bob Dylan is nominated for Nobel Prize for Literature by professor Gordon Ball of the Virginia Military Institute. He doesn't win.
On the HIStory World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the last of three nights at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Holland.
Wiltshire's most successful-ever blues band, The Hoax, play at The Brook, Southampton.
On the HIStory World Tour, Michael Jackson plays at El Menzah Stadium, Tunis, Tunisia, to an audience of 50,000.
Jazz and blues pianist, trumpeter and vocalist George 'Kid Sheik' Colar dies.
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.
The third annual MTV Europe Music Awards ceremony is held in Alexandra Palace, London, UK. Oasis is named Best Group, and their single Wonderwall is named Best Song.
Michael Jackson marries his plastic surgeon's nurse, Debbie Rowe, in Sydney, Australia.
The Refreshments play at Metro, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
On the HIStory World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the first of two nights at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia, to an audience of 65,000.
Lalo Schifrin records the album Gillespiana, live at the Cologne Philharmonic Hall, Cologne, Germany. First recorded in 1960, the work is an homage to Dizzy Gillespie in the form of a five-movement concerto.
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.
A cover version of Bob Dylan's Knockin' On Heaven's Door by Dunblane reaches No1 the UK singles chart. The song has a new verse added by musician Ted Christopher to include mention of the children who died in the Dublane massacre.
On their Infinite Sdaness tour, Smashing Pumpkins play at Arco Arena, Sacramento, California, USA, supported by Garbage.
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.
Golden Smog play at The Lounge Ax, Chicago, Illinois, USA.