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Cliffie Stone dies, aged 80, of a heart attack at his home in Saugus, California, USA. He found success for over twenty years as a country singer, musician, record producer, music publisher, and radio and TV personality.
One third of the ashes of Michael Hutchence of INXS are scattered in Rose Bay, Sydney Harbour, Australia, Oceania. The ashes had been split three ways, between his father, his miother and Paula Yates.
Thunder release the LP 'Live' in the UK.
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].
Iron Maiden release a new single, The Angel And The Gambler, on EMI Records in the UK. It is the first single from their imminent album, Virtual XI.
Bob Dylan plays the first of two nights at the Cameo Theater, Miami Beach, Florida, USA.
Wendy O. Williams of The Plasmatics dies, aged 48, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Storrs, Connecticut, USA.
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Kiss The Rain by Billie Myers enters the UK Pop Singles Chart, where it will peak at No4 during a nine-week run on the chart.
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Shania Twain, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, Gloria Estefan and Carole King perform at The Beacon Theatre, New York City, USA, for the taping of VH1 Divas Live. All six singers combine their talents on a rendition of Carole King's composition Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like).
The second Terrastock Festival, promoted and organised by Melksham-based music journalist/entrepreneur Phil McMullen, begins at the Custer Avenue Stages in San Francisco, California, USA. Artists appearing today, the first of the festival's three nights, include Mountain Goats, Mick Farren And The Deviants, Bevis Frond, Kendra Smith and Medicine Ball.
Iron Maiden begin their Virtual World Tour at The Zenith, Lille, France, Europe.
Dee Dee Bridgewater plays the second 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.
Thunder begin a british tour with a show at Rock City, Nottingham, UK.
Bob Dylan plays at The Rage, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
On their Virtual World Tour, Iron Maiden play at Ahoy, Rotterdam, Holland, Europe.
Rapper DMX is arrested in New York City, USA, on charges of rape, sodomy and unlawful imprisonment. DMX denies the charges.
Jazz/New Flamenco guitarist and recording artist Jesse Cook releases his third album, Vertigo, on Narada Records.
The 1998 Lilith Fair, featuring Sarah McLachlan, Natalie Merchant, Bonnie Raitt, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Heather Nova, Beth Orton, Abra Moore and many others, starts off on a 57-date trek at Portland Meadows, Portland, Oregon, USA.
Robbie Williams is presented with the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Original Talent Award in London.
Legendary Italian music promoter Franco Mamone, collapses with heart failure in Milan, Italy, Europe. He will die in hospital eight days later. 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.
A new boy band, Westlife, is formed after auditions are held in Dublin, Ireland, Europe.
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.
Nancy Sinatra announces, at a press conference in The Capitol that the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., USA, have agreed to become the repository of the late Frank Sinatra's music and movie archives.
Robbie Williams headlines the T In The Park festival in Balado, Kinross, Scotland.
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The single Ray Of Light by Madonna enters the Billboard singles chart in the USA, where it will peak at No5.
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On the North American leg of their Virtual XI tour, Iron Maiden play at Universal City, Los Angeles, California, USA.
It is reported that UK pop star Louise Nurding, formerly of Eternal, has turned down an offer to join The Spice Girls.
Iron Maiden play at The Forest Theatre, Thessaloniki, Greece, Europe.
Depeche Mode play at SKK Arena, Saint Petersburg, Russia, Europe.
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The term "britpop" is added to the newly-published fourth edition of Collins English Dictionary.
Iron Maiden play the first of two nights at Cemil Topuzlu Open Air, Istanbul, Turkey, Europe.
Iron Maiden play at Spodek, Katowice, Poland, Europe.
New Orleans soul balladeer, Johnny Adams, known as the Tan Canary, dies of prostate cancer at Lake Hospital, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA.
Eddie Rabbitt, Kent Robbins and Merle Kilgore are inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame during an award ceremony at Loews Vanderbilt Plaza Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
The Artist aka Prince, plays at The MCI Center, Washington DC, USA, with Chaka Khan and Larry Graham.
Iron Maiden play at The Grugahalle, Essen, Germany, Europe.
Wu Tang Clan rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard is ejected from The Four Seasons hotel in Berlin, Germany, Europe, for repeatedly mooning at passers-by over the balcony of his room.
Iron Maiden play at The Palais Des Sports, Mulhouse, France, Europe.
Iron Maiden play at The Bullring, Albacete, Spain, Europe.
Iron Maiden play at Campo Du Futbol, Dos Hermanas, Spain, Europe.
Iron Maiden play at Theatre De Verdure, Nice, France, Europe.
Iron Maiden play at Maison Des Sport, Clermont-Ferrand, France, Europe.
Cher releases her new single, Believe, in France. 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.
Cher releases her new single, Believe, in the USA. 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.
Smoking Popes record the album The Smoking Popes Live, during a gig at Metro Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Honey To the B, the debut album by Billie Piper, is awarded a UK Platinum Disc by the BPI.
She Wants You, the fourth single by Billie Piper, is awarded a UK Silver Disc by the BPI.
Pigface, Sow, Thee Majesty and The Final Cut play at The House Of Blues, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
During a confrontation at his home, Ronnie Hammond, lead singer for the southern rock band The Atlanta Rhythm Section, charges at police officers in Macon, Georgia, USA, weilding a claw hammer, but is shot in the stomach by Sgt. Neal Smith before he can cause injury.