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Guitarist Robert Fripp, founder and leader of King Crimson, plays the last of four concerts in Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe
Texas release a new single, Say What You Want, in the UK on Mercury Records. It will peak at No3 in the UK singles chart.
Prince's Love 4 One Another Charities Tour 1997 opens at The Tower Theater, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. All proceeds go to benefit Prince's Love 4 One Another Charity.
B.B. King plays at The Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Ben And Jerry's Ice Cream company launches a new flavour, Phish Food, in honour of the band Phish. The ingredients are chocolate ice cream with marshmallow (15%), caramel (10%) and fish-shaped chocolate chunks (7.5%). All of the band's profits from the venture go to a project to clean up Lake Champlain, which straddles the borders between Canada, New York State and Vermont, USA.
The Holy River by Prince peaks at No19 in the UK in its week of entry.
Blues harmonica player Harmonica George [real name: George W. Robinson] dies in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
For his services to popular music, Paul McCartney is knighted by her Royal Majesty the Queen, Elizabeth II, in Buckingham Palace, London.
Phil Everly of The Everly Brothers buys the 55-room Lake Malone Inn, Powderly, Kentucky, USA. His manager states that he has "been wanting to buy a place to get away".
Uriah Heep begin a brief Greek tour with a show at The Milos Club, Thessaloniki, Greece, Europe.
Boz Scaggs releases a new LP, Come On Home, on Virgin Records in the UK.
The first Terrastock Festival, promoted and organised by Melksham-based music journalist/entrepreneur Phil McMullen, comes to an end at the Rogue Lounge in Providence, New Jersey . Artists appearing today, the last of the festival's three nights, include Damon and Naomi, Papas Fritas, Bardo Pond, Olivia Tremor Control and V.Majestic.
Bob Dylan plays at the Capitol Music Hall, Wheeling, West Virginia, USA.
The "coming out" episode of ABC tv's Ellen in the USA, features Dwight Yoakam as a grocery-store employee. The episode also features appearances by Demi Moore, Oprah Winfrey and k.d. lang.
After suffering from chest pains for several days, guitarist Rick Parfitt of Status Quo is taken into the intensive care unit of Wellington Hospital in London, UK, for immediate triple bypass heart surgery.
Blood On The Dancefloor by Michael Jackson reaches No1 in the UK pop singles chart.
Jazz trumpeter Tommy Turrentine - the brother of Stanley Turrentine - dies in New York City, USA.
Beth Orton re-releases her third single, She Cries Your Name, in the UK. It will peak at No40 in the singles chart.
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.
George Strait reaches No1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart with Carrying Your Love With Me.
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.
Paul Weller plays a rooftop gig from the top of the Hayward Gallery in London. The performance is recorded for a C4 tv special.
Country music stars Marty Stuart and Connie Smith are married in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, USA.
It's Your Love by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill becomes the first song in twenty years to spend six weeks at No1 in the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart in the USA. Last to have done so was Luckenbach, Texas, by Waylon Jennings in 1977.
British prime minister Tony Blair hosts a private party at No10 Downing Street, London, England, UK, Europe, to celebrate the success of the UK music industry, with guests including Oasis and Pet Shop Boys.
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On the HIStory World Tour, Michael Jackson plays at the Festwiese, Leipzig, Germany, to an audience of 55,000.
On their PopMart tour, when U2 play at Valle Hoven, Oslo, Norway, Europe, their showpiece special effect, a giant mechanical Lemon, fails to open, trapping the band inside inside until the Lemon is dragged off the stage and the somewhat embarassed band set free.
British electronic music trio Dario G release their debut single, Sunchyme, on Warner Records in the UK. The track extensively samples the vocal chant from the Dream Academy single Life In A Northern Town.
David Bowie plays at The Vic Theatre, Chicago, illinois, USA.
The Rolling Stones have a second day of 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.
Whitney Houston plays the first of two nights at DAR Constitution Hall, Washington DC, USA.
The novel Underworld by Don Delillo is published by Scribner. Passages from the book, pertaining to Delillo's character Ismael Munoz, will inspire Conor Oberst while he is writing the 2007 Bright Eyes song Four Winds.
Mindy McCready releases a new single, What If I Do, on BNA Records in the USA.
On their Three Dollar Bill Tour, Limp Bizkit play at the Huntridge Theatre, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Bob Dylan's album Time Out Of Mind enters the UK albums chart where it will peak at No6 during an eighteen-week run.
Sleeper release their third album, Pleased To meet You, on Indolent Records in the UK.
Garth Brooks plays the last of six nights at Rosemont Horizon, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
R.E.M. advises Warner Bros that drummer Bill Berry has decided to leave the group.
Bob Dylan's album Time Out Of Mind earns a gold disc from the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Jazz bassist Carson Smith dies in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. In a long career, he worked with Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker, Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday and others.
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.
The triple album Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Vol 1, by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is certified as a platinum album by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Sleeper play at The Oasis Leisure Centre, Swindon.
The Cure release a new single, Wrong Number, on Fiction Records. It will peak at No62 in the UK, spending just two weeks on the chart.
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Dylan plays concert No923 in his Never-ending Tour at The Roxy, Atlanta, Georgia.
George Chisholm, popular jazz trombonist and comedian, dies aged 82 in London, UK.
Switchblade Symphony and Thanatos play at Cabaret Metro, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
US President Bill Clinton presents Bob Dylan with the Kennedy Center Honors Lifetime Achievement Award in the East Room of the White House, Washington, DC., USA
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