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Mae Questel best-remembered as the voice of Olive Oyl in the Popeye Cartoons, Betty Boop, Felix the Cat and Casper The Friendly Ghost, dies in New York City, USA, aged 89, from complications related to Alzheimer's disease. In the 1930s she released a recording of On the Good Ship Lollipop which sold more than two million copies, and billed as 'Mae Questel - Personality Singer of Personality Songs', she had also impersonated Fanny Brice, Marlene Dietrich, Eddie Cantor, Mae West, Maurice Chevalier and others.
Songwriter, bandleader, keyboardist, radio celebrity and record producer Owen Bradley dies aged 82. In 1955, Bradley built the first recording studio on what would become Music Row in Nashville, Tennessee. As a producer he helped define the Nashville Sound and is best-remembered for his work with Kitty Wells, Patsy Cline and Brenda Lee.
Beyonce is issued with a US passport by the Houston, Texas, USA, passport agency.
Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy is born in Plantation, Florida, USA. He will find success as rapper XXXTentacion but will be shot dead at the age of 20.
Jazz guitarist and filmscore composer Attila Zoller dies of colon cancer in Townshend, Vermont, USA. In a long and acclaimed career, Zoller worked with Benny Goodman, Stan Getz, Herbie Hancock and many others.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd plays at John F. Savage Hall, Toledo, Ohio, USA.
Sleeper play at the Oasis Leisure Centre, Swindon.
Jazz guitarist, bandleader, composer, vocalist and recording artist Malcolm Mitchell dies in Bognor Regis, Sussex, UK. Among many other achievements, he was the first British musician to play with Duke Ellington and earn money for doing so. [N.B. In 1933, the Duke of Windsor had insisted on sitting in on drums with the Ellington band when it visited Britain but he didn't get paid].
Korn announces that the band has taken legal action in the form of a 'cease and desist' order against Zeeland High School, Zeeland, Michigan, USA, which recently suspended a student, Eric VanHoven, for wearing a t-shirt bearing the band's name.
Pulp release their sixth album, This Is Hardcore, on Island Records in the UK.
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The second Terrastock Festival, promoted and organised by Melksham-based music journalist/entrepreneur Phil McMullen, continues at the Custer Avenue Stages in San Francisco. Artists appearing today, the second of the festival's three nights, include Olivia Tremor Control, Neutral Milk Hotel, Tom Rapp, Young Fresh Fellows and Damon & Naomi.
Dee Dee Bridgewater plays the first of four nights at Yoshi's Jazz Club, Oakland, California, USA. During these four nights she records the album Live At Yoshi's, which features several songs associated with Ella Fitzgerald, who had died a year earlier.
Fans, estimated at around 50,000 in number, flood into central Tokyo, Japan, to attend the funeral of Hideto Matsumoto [aka Hide], guitarist of the group X Japan. The centre of the city is brought to a standstill as ambulances carry away dozens overcome by emotion and the 82-degree [28c] heat.
On their Virtual World Tour, Iron Maiden play at Brabanthal, Leuven, France, Europe.
Bob Dylan plays at The Rage, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
On their Virtual World Tour, Iron Maiden play at Velodromo Anoeta, San Sebastian, Spain, Europe.
Country music's first stadium tour, headlined by George Strait, concludes at Rice Stadium, Houston, Texas, USA. Also on the bill are Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, John Michael Montgomery, Lee Ann Womack and Asleep At The Wheel.
The Rubinoos release a new LP, Paleophonic, on Pynotic records in the USA.
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Billie Piper releases her debut single, Because We Want To, which will debut at No1, making her the youngest artist ever to do so.
Thunder begin a whistle stop tour of Japan, Asia.
It is reported that Tom Petty has paid $3.7m to buy a 10,000 sq. ft. eight-bedroom house in Malibu, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Legendary Italian music promoter Franco Mamone dies in hospital in Milan, Italy, Europe, eight days after having collapsed with heart failure. As the head of promoting company Commusications, he was considered the first of the modern generation of Italian rock promoters and managers. From the seventies, he organized concerts by Bob Marley, Bruce Springsteen and countless others.
Ol' Dirty Bastard of the Wu Tang Clan is arrested in Lynnhaven, Virginia, USA, for shoplifting Nike trainers from a Sneaker Stadium store.
A concert by Pearl Jam in Dallas, Texas, USA, is marred by the arrival on stage of shirtless, shoeless, inebriated basketball star Dennis Rodman who 'sings' Alive and Spin The Black Circle with the band. Rodman makes a fool of himself for about 45 minutes before finally leaving the stage.
Roy Rogers, King of the Cowboys, dies aged 86 of congestive heart failure at home in Apple Valley, California. Musically, he is remembered for his signature song, Happy Trails to You, which inspired the title of the Quicksilver Messenger Service album Happy Trails.
Two armed men break into the home of Foxy Brown while she and her mother are both in the apartment. Fortunately, neither of the women suffer any injuries.
The Hoax, play at Twyford Parish Hall, near Reading in Berkshire, UK.
Chicago, Hall And Oates and Billy Mann play at The Starwood Amphitheatre, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Jello Biafra plays a spoken-word show at The Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, California, USA.
On the North American leg of their Virtual XI tour, Iron Maiden play at Universal City, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Popular singer Eve Boswell dies aged 76 in Durban, South Africa.
DNA evidence presented in court in the Bronx, New York City, USA, clears rapper DMX of charges of felony rape.
After being absent from the music scene for most of the 90s, Terence Trent D'Arby reveals via a web site message board that, 'I am a holographic representation in the third dimension of what was requested by your souls that one of your favourite artists be. I sent a portion of my soul to embody as an artist called TTD to favour that request.'
Charlie Foxx, one half of successful 60s soul duo Inez And Charlie Foxx, dies aged 64 from leukemia in Mobile, Alabama, USA.
Metallica are recording Garage Inc, a 27-song double album of cover versions, at The Plant Studios, Sausalito, California, USA.
Billie Piper releases a new single, Girlfriend, which will enter the UK singles chart at No1.
The Artist aka Prince, plays at The MCI Center, Washington DC, USA, with Chaka Khan and Larry Graham.
Baby Bird play at the The Arts Centre, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK.
Iron Maiden play at The Stadhalle, Offenbach, Germany, Europe.
Iron Maiden play at Pabellone Principe Felipe, Zaragoza, Spain, Europe.
Girlfriend, the second single by Billie Piper, is awarded a UK Silver Disc by the BPI.
Cher releases her new single, Believe, in the UK. Noted for its use of Antares Auto-Tune pitch-correction software on her vocals, it will become one of the best-selling singles of all time, selling over 10m copies worldwide.
Sixteen Horsepower play at the Bataclan, Paris, France, Europe.
Former Stone Roses singer Ian Brown is jailed for four months for having threatened the captain and a flight attendant on British Airways flight BA 1611 from Charles De Gaulle airport, Paris, France, to London, England, UK, Europe, earlier in the year.
The historic Dylan in-concert album Live At The Royal Albert Hall enters the UK pop albums chart where it will peak at No19 during a two-week run.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, USA, announces the purchase of its first painting by Jasper Johns, White Flag [1955], which carries an estimated price tag of $20m. Tied to the purchase is a promise by William S. Lieberman, chairman of the Met's department of 20th-century art, to give the museum a gift of Flag, a Johns work from 1957. The 2012 song Jasper Johns' Flag by Jason Collett will be inspired by the impact of Johns' artworks on contemporary culture.
Cher enters the UK singles chart at No1 with Believe. Noted for its use of Antares Auto-Tune pitch-correction software on her vocals, it will become one of the best-selling singles of all time, selling over 10m copies worldwide.
Georgie Fame plays at The Jazz Cafe, Camden Town, London, UK.
Singer, actress and comedienne Damita Jo DeBlanc a.k.a. Damita Jo, dies aged 68 of a respiratory illness in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. She had enjoyed hits in the USA with I Don't Care [1953], I'll Save The Last Dance For You [1960] and I'll Be There [1961].
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