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Blues guitarist and singer Frank Stokes is born in White Haven, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA.
Sia enters the Official UK Singles Chart at No13 with Elastic Heart.
During a 22-date US tour, Bob Dylan plays at Symphony Hall, Springfield, Massachusetts.
Catatonia secure their first UK Top Ten hit single when Mulder And Scully enters the singles chart, where it will peak at No3 during a ten-week run.
Madonna releases the album Ray Of Light.
Lemmy of Motorhead walks off during an episode of UK comedy music quiz show Never Mind The Buzzcocks when the team's taunting of Jay Aston of Buck's Fizz becomes too offensive for him.
Iron Maiden release a new album, Virtual XI, on EMI Records in the UK. The title is a reference to the fact that the 1998 FIFA World Cup was taking place in the same year.
Singer-songwriter Bernard Lavilliers plays the second of four nights at L'Olympia, Paris, France.
Singer-songwriter Bernard Lavilliers plays the third of four nights at L'Olympia, Paris, France.
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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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.
Brian May, Jeff Beck, Peter Green and others attend the Wiltshire funeral of legendary rock drummer Cozy Powell.
Shania Twain reaches No1 in the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA with You're Still The One.
On their Virtual World Tour, Iron Maiden play at Sporthalle Boblingen, Stuttgart, Germany, Europe.
On their Virtual World Tour, Iron Maiden play at Philipshalle, Dusseldorf, Germany, Europe.
On their Virtual World Tour, Iron Maiden play at Le Zenith, Paris, France, Europe.
After suffering a heart attack, Frank Sinatra dies aged 82, at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, USA, with his wife Barbara by his side.
On their Virtual World Tour, Iron Maiden play at Pabellon Val De Hebron, Barcelona, Spain, Europe.
No Fences by Garth Brooks becomes the first country album to be certified by the R.I.A.A. in the USA for shipments of 14m copies.
On their Virtual World Tour, Iron Maiden play at Ta'Qali Open Air, Malta, Europe. This show marks the end of the first European leg of the tour.
Jazz/New Flamenco guitarist and recording artist Jesse Cook releases his third album, Vertigo, on Narada Records.
Songwriter, playwright, producer and actor Edward Eliscu dies in Newtown, Connecticut, USA. Some of his best-known songs included Carioca, More Than You Know and Without A Song.
Jazz tenor sax maestro Benny Green dies of cancer, aged 70, at the Royal Marsden Hospital, Surrey, UK.
Iron Maiden begin the North American leg of their Virtual XI tour with a show at The Riviera Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard of the Wu Tang Clan is taken to hospital after being shot in the arm and back while trying to prevent a robbery at his cousin's home in Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
On the North American leg of their Virtual XI tour, Iron Maiden play at Roseland Ballroom, New York City, USA.
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.
Bob Dylan's latest single, Love Sick, enters the UK pop singles chart where it will peak at No64 during a one-week run.
Jazz guitarist Tal Farlow dies of cancer, at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Manhattan, New York City, USA.
The two-day-long World of Bamboo Festival - a music, arts and dance event presented by WOMAD in association with The Environmental Bamboo Foundation, begins in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
In Los Angeles Country Superior Court, Los Angeles, California, USA, Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac is awarded a restraining order against 38-year-old mental patient Ronald Anacelteo, who is believed to want to kidnap her and "absorb her spiritual powers".
Biffy Clyro play at The Harbour Arts Centre Irvine, Scotland.
Iron Maiden play at The Forest Theatre, Thessaloniki, Greece, Europe.
Iron Maiden play at Eden Sports Hall, Prague, Czechoslovakia, Europe.
An inquiry at the Sheriff Court, Dumbarton, Scotland, UK, Europe, into the death of Oasis' roadie Jim Hunter in 1996, is told that the man died by being crushed between a lorry and a fork-lift truck shortly after an angry outburst by vocalist Liam Gallagher.
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.
BabyBird play at the The Arts Centre, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK.
Baby Bird play at the The Arts Centre, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK.
Famed singing cowboy and star of radio, tv and movies, Gene Autry dies of lymphoma, aged 91, in Studio City, California, USA.
Iron Maiden play at The City Hall, Newcastle, UK.
Honey To the B, the debut album by Billie Piper is awarded a UK Gold Disc by the BPI.
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 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.
Junior Brown plays at The Double Door, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Weezer by Weezer is certified as a triple platinum album in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
Come On by Prince charts at No65 in the UK for just one week.
The first portable mp3 player, The Diamond Rio PMP300, goes on sale in the USA, despite objections from the R.I.A.A. [Recording Industry Association of America]. The device costs $200 and can play about a dozen songs.
The shceduled release of Rick James from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Denver, Colorado, USA, is delayed for further blood tests. He had collapsed onstage during November because of a neck aneurysm which resulted in a blood clot travelling to his brain and causing a stroke. In hospital, his condition was referred to as "rock'n'roll neck" because it was caused by tossing his head violently during his performance.
Oscar Scaggs, the 21-year-old son of musician Boz Scaggs dies in San Francisco from an accidental heroin overdose. He is pronounced dead at 5:06 a.m. after he having been found at the Mission District address of a known drug dealer.