> Music Dayz - Music facts from 1997

Welcome to MusicDayz

The world's largest online archive of date-sorted music facts, bringing day-by-day facts instantly to your fingertips.
Find out what happened on your or your friends' Birthday, Wedding Day, Anniversary or just discover fun facts in musical areas that particularly interest you.
Please take a look around.

Random selection from around 390 Facts
Click to filter results





On the HIStory World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the first of two nights at the Aloha Bowl, Honolulu, Hawaii, to an audience of 35,000.
Thunder begin a week of record store signings and acoustic sessions in the UK.
Pink Floyd release their tenth studio LP, Animals, on Columbia Records in the USA.
Thunder begin their The Thrill Of It All tour with a gig at The UEA, Norwich, Norfolk, England, UK. Unfortunately due to vocalist Danny suffering pneumonia and laryngitis, the following six shows are postponed. Danny is unable to speak for a week.
The album Emancipation by Prince is certified double-platinum by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Jamiroquai play at the McLaren Formula 1 Launch Party in Alexandra Palace, London, UK.
Christopher George Latore Wallace, best known as rapper The Notorious B.I.G. or Biggie Smalls, is shot dead in a drive-by killing in Los Angeles, California, USA. His death will inspire Puff Daddy to write the song I'll Be Missing You, which draws much of its inspiration from Every Breath You Take by The Police.
Uriah Heep play at The Rodon Club, Athens, Greece, Europe.
Dylan plays at the Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Pioneering blues mandolin virtuoso James 'Yank' Rachell, dies aged 87 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
Jazz trombonist and composer Tom Garling releases his debut album, Maynard Ferguson Presents Tom Garling, in the USA.
Margery Manners, who found success as a singer and dancer in British music halls of the 1940s, dies in London, UK.
Bob Dylan plays at the Capitol Music Hall, Wheeling, West Virginia, USA.
Michael Jackson pays a visit to Stadelheim prison, Munich, Germany, Europe, to meet with his business associate and friend Marcel Avram, a German music promoter. Avram is being held in prison on charges of tax evasion.
Bandleader and 50s recording star Ernie Fields dies aged 92 in the Evergreen Care Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. His biggest hit came in 1959 with an r'n'b version of Glenn Miller's In the Mood which peaked at No4 in the Billboard US Top 40 Singles Chart.
Joni Mitchell, The Jackson 5, The Bee Gees, Bill Monroe, King Records founder Syd Nathan, Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills And Nash are inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Beth Orton re-releases her third single, She Cries Your Name, in the UK. It will peak at No40 in the singles chart.
MMMbop by Hanson reaches No1 in the UK pop singles chart.
The Verve record Bittersweet Symphony. Their use of a sample from a track by Rolling Stones’ manager Andrew Loog Oldham will involve them in a costly legal battle with rock entrepreneur Allen Klein.
Read More
Lawrence Payton, a founding member of The Four Tops, dies of liver cancer at his Detroit, Michigan, home.
Supergrass score their eighth UK singles chart entry with Sun Hits The Sky, which will peak at No10.
Nigerian singer Prince Nico Mbarga, best-known as leader of the internationally acclaimed band Rocafil Jazz, is killed in a motorcycle accident.
On the HIStory World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the first of two nights at the Parc Des Princes, Paris, France, Europe, to an audience of 65,000.
Blues guitarist Johnny Copeland dies at the age of 60, of complications arising from a heart transplant seven months earlier in Manhattan, New York City.
The three-day long Larmer Tree Festival near Salisbury begins. Acts appearing over the weekend include Jazz Jamaica, Rory McLeod, Helen Watson, Pronghorn and Flook!.
On the HIStory World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the first of three nights at the Wembley Stadium, London, England, United Kingdom, to an audience of 72,000.
Walkers Spice Girls Crisps go on sale in the UK, and will sell over 16m bags by the end of the year.
The three-day-long WOMAD Festival begins at Rivermead, Reading, UK.
Rick Neilsen of Cheap Trick is interviewed by Johnny Black on the BBC radio show The Fabulous Fandango Lounge, in Swindon, Wiltshire, Englsand, UK.
Read More
Radiohead release a new single, Karma Police, on Parlophone Records in the UK.
On the HIStory World Tour, Michael Jackson plays at the Nuevo Jose Zorrilla Stadium, Valladolid, Spain, Europe, to an audience of 40,000.
The live double album Before The Flood by Bob Dylan and The Band earns a platinum disc in the USA.
Rolling Stones begin rehearsals at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois, USA, for the imminent first night of their Bridges To Babylon tour.
Bob Dylan releases his 30th album, Time Out Of Mind, on Columbia Records in the USA.
Popular singer Joni James marries retired Air Force General Bernard Adolph Schriever, twenty years her senior, and leader of the crash program that had developed U.S. ballistic missiles — both ICBMs and IRBMs.
Sleeper release their third album, Pleased To meet You, on Indolent Records in the UK.
Garth Brooks plays the first of six nights at Rosemont Horizon, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Motorhead play at The Corn Exchange, Cambridge, UK.
Blues-oriented guitarist and singer-songwriter Rainer Ptacek dies aged 46, from the effects of a brain tumour and lymphoma, in Tucson, Arizona, USA.
Wiltshire's most successful-ever blues band, The Hoax, play at The Arts Centre, Salisbury, UK.
Rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard of the Wu-Tang Clan is arrested for failing to keep up with child support payments to his wife and their three children. Subsequently released on $4,500 bail, Ol' Dirty returns home to discover that his wife has filed for divorce.
Crossover saxophonist Kenny G establishes a new world record by holding a note on his saxophone for 45 minutes and 47 seconds.
Switchblade Symphony and Thanatos play at Cabaret Metro, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Bob Dylan plays concert No928 in his Never-ending Tour at The Trocadero, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Garth Brooks plays the second of two nights at Rosemont Horizon, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Dark Star Orchestra plays at Martyr's, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Wiltshire's most successful-ever blues band, The Hoax, play at The Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth, England, UK.