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Trinidad-born producer and songwriter Keith Diamond dies of a heart attack at home in New York City, USA. Diamond co-wrote the Billy Ocean hit Caribbean Queen, and also worked with Mick Jagger, Michael Bolton and Donna Summer.
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.
Michael Jackson's wife, Debbie Rowe, gives birth to a baby boy, Prince Michael Joseph Jr. The godmother is Elizabeth Taylor. The godfather is Macaulay Culkin.
Mindy McCready releases a new single, A Girl's Gotta Do, on BNA Records in the USA.
In San Diego, California, USA, police discover the bodies of 39 members of the Heaven's Gate UFO religion cult who have committed suicide in order to reach an alien space craft which they believe is following the Comet Hale-Bopp. The recently-discovered Comet Hale-Bopp was about to make its closest approach to Earth. Also known as the Great Comet of 1997, it is perhaps the most widely observed comet of the 20th century, and one of the brightest seen for many decades. The 2012 song The Hale Bop by The Mystery Jets is about this grimly bizarre incident.
Bob Dylan plays at Harbor Station, St John, New Brunswick, Canada.
Pioneering blues mandolin virtuoso James 'Yank' Rachell, dies aged 87 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
Travis Tritt marries Theresa Nelson at his home in Paulding County, Georgia, USA, with Marty Stuart as best man. Tritt sings More Than You'll Ever Know to the bride. Also attending the wedding are Lari White, Tanya Tucker, Connie Smith and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Prefab Sprout release a new LP, Andromeda Heights, in the UK.
Bob Dylan is admitted to hospital in Los Angeles, California, USA, for nine days suffering from "histoplasmosis", a potentially fatal heart condition. After recovering he quips, "I really thought I'd be seeing Elvis soon."
Jeff Buckley drowns in Wolf River Harbor, a slackwater channel of the Mississippi River in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
The hit single MMMbop by Hanson is awarded a platinum disc in the UK by the BPI.
The hit single MMMbop by Hanson is awarded a platinum disc in the UK by the BPI.
Toots And The Maytals play at the Jazz Cafe, Camden, London, UK.
A riverboat tourist in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, notices a body floating amoung detritus in Wolf River. When the body is recovered and brought back to dry land near Beale Street, it is discovered to be singer and songwriter Jeff Buckley, who had disappeared a week earlier.
On the second leg of the HIStory World Tour, Michael Jackson plays a show at the Weserstadion, Bremen, Germany, Europe, to an audience of 55,000.
Compilation album The Best Of Bob Dylan enters the UK albums chart where it will peak at No6 during an eighteen-week run.
On the HIStory World Tour, Michael Jackson plays at the Parkstadion, Gelsenkirchen, Germany, to an audience of 55,000.
On the HIStory World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the first of two nights at La Pontaise Stadium, Lausanne, Switzerland, to an audience of 35,000.
Prince attends a press conference announcing an October benefit show to promote international harmony and tolerance, with Muhammad Ali also in attendance.
On the HIStory World Tour, Michael Jackson plays at the Ernst-Happel Stadium, Vienna, Austria, to an audience of 50,000.
The three-day long Larmer Tree Festival near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK, begins. Acts appearing over the weekend include Jazz Jamaica, Rory McLeod, Helen Watson, Pronghorn and Flook!.
On his Earthling Tour, David Bowie plays at Manchester Academy, Manchester, England, UK.
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On the HIStory World Tour, Michael Jackson plays at the Olympic Stadium, Berlin, Germany, Europe, to an audience of 78,000.
Having been asked by travel writer Joe Cummings if the song Hotel California had anything to do with The Hotel California in Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico, Don Henley of The Eagles sends a fax stating unequivocally that, "neither myself nor any of the other band members have had any sort of association - business or pleasure - with that establishment."
Lilith Fair, headlined by Sarah McLachlan, plays at The New World Music Theater, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
On the HIStory World Tour, Michael Jackson plays at the Song Festival Grounds, Tallinn, Estonia, Europe, to an audience of 75,000.
The three-day-long WOMAD Morecambe Bay 97 Festival begins at Morecambe Bay, UK.
The Artist, better known as Prince, is the featured guest on the season opener of The Muppets Tonight airing on the Disney cable channel in the USA.
Bob Dylan performs Knockin' On Heaven's Door, A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall and Forever Young for Pope John Paul at the World Eucharistic Congress in Bologna, Italy, Europe.
Robbie Williams releases his solo debut album, Life Thru A Lens, in the UK. On the same day, The Verve release their album Urban Hymns, which enters the UK chart at No1.
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.
Country music singer and songwriter Johnny Darrell dies aged 57 of diabetes in Kennesaw, Georgia, USA.
On the HIStory World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the first of two nights at the Johannesburg Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa, to an audience of 47,000.
On the HIStory World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the second of two nights at the Johannesburg Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa, to an audience of 58,000.
Sleeper release their third album, Pleased To meet You, on Indolent Records in the UK.
Motorhead play at The Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, UK.
Garth Brooks plays the third of six nights at Rosemont Horizon, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Bob Dylan's album Time Out Of Mind earns a gold disc from the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Everclear play at Metro, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Shania Twain releases her third studio album Come On Over, in the USA. Eventually, notching up over 40m sales worldwide, it will become the best-selling country music album of all time. Twelve singles will be released from the album, of which eleven will become top five country hits in Canada.
Wiltshire's most successful-ever blues band, The Hoax, play at The Arts Centre, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK.
Celine Dion releases her 5th English-language album Let's Talk About Love, in the USA. The album includes My Heart Will Go On, the theme song from the movie Titanic, a No1-selling single worldwide. 20m units of Let's Talk About Love will be sold in its first four months of release, including over 10m in Europe alone, and 31m will be sold as the years go on, making Celine Dion the only female recording artist to have two albums with more than 31m copies sold.
New Age guitarist and songwriter Michael Hedges dies aged 43 in a car accident in Mendocino County, California, USA.
George Chisholm, popular jazz trombonist and comedian, dies aged 82 in London, UK.
Bob Dylan plays at Metro, Chicago, Illinois, USA.