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Johnny D'Arc of The Four Lads dies of a heart attack, aged 60, in Sacramento, California, USA, while working on a new show at the Riverside Community Players Theatre.
Blues guitarist T.D. Bell dies aged 76 of heart and kidney failure related to prostate cancer, at the Austin Diagnostic Center, Austin, Texas, USA.
Barry Pritchard, original singer and guitarist of 60's hitmakers The Fortunes, dies in Swindon, Wiltshire, UK.
Talk On Corners by The Corrs is certified as a UK six-times platinum disc by the B.P.I.
Revered Texan steel guitar player Jimmy Day dies aged 65 of cancer in Houston, Texas, USA. In a long career he played with Webb Pierce, Red Sovine, Hank Williams, Jim Reeves, Lefty Frizzell, Elvis Presley, Ray Price, Ernest Tubb, Willie Nelson, Johnny Bush, Ferlin Husky, George Jones, Tracy Nelson And Mother Earth, Leon Russell, Commander Cody and Skeeter Davis.
Blur release a new album, 13, in the UK. The album is produced by William Orbit.
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Purple Rain, the sixth album by Prince, is honoured for having achieved sales in excess of 10m, at the inaugural Diamond Awards in The Roseland Ballroom, New York City, USA.
Britney Spears signs a deal with Columbia TriStar to star in an upcoming tv show. Her previous experience in the medium includes a stint as a Mickey Mouse Club member on the Disney Channel when she was 11.
The album 1999 by Prince is certified for achieving four million sales by The R.I.A.A. in the USA.
The stage musical Mamma Mia!, based on the music of Abba, opens at the Prince Edward Theatre in the West End, London, UK.
A Concert For Linda, in memory of Paul McCartney's wife, Linda McCartney, takes place at The Royal Albert Hall, London, UK. Performers include George Michael, Tom Jones, Elvis Costello, Sinead O'Connor, Des'Ree, Heather Small, Johnny Marr, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Neil Finn, The Pretenders, The Duke String Quartet and Eddie Izzard.
Cher releases her new single, Believe, in Canada.
Two senior students, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, embark on a random killing spree, shooting dead twelve students and one teacher at Columbine High School, Columbine, Colorado, USA. The pair then commit suicide. The incident will become known as The Columbine High School Massacre. The 2005 song Cassie by Flyleaf is a response to the Columbine tragedy. Cassie Bernall was a student at Columbine High School who died in the massacre.
Roger Troutman, best-known as vocalist for pioneering funk band Zapp is found shot and critically wounded outside his northwest Dayton, Ohio, USA, recording studio around 7 a.m. He dies soon after during surgery at the Good Samaritan Hospital and Health Center. The precise circumstances of his death are never established.
Emily Erwin of The Dixie Chicks marries country singer Charlie Robison, at Cibolo Creek Ranch, in the Chinati Mountains of the Chihuahuan Desert, near Shafter, Presidio County, Texas, USA.
Record producer Bruce Fairbairn, who worked with Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Van Halen and many others, dies in his sleep at home in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, aged 49.
Spock's Beard play at Martyr's, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Rufus "Puddin" Taylor, a former member of Hank Williams' Drifting Cowboys, dies.
Wiltshire-based blues band The Hoax announce that they are splitting up after the release of four internationally-acclaimed albums.
The 44th Annual Ivor Novello Awards ceremony takes place at the Grosvenor House Hotell, London. The team of Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers is named Songwriters of the Year. Robbie Williams' hit single, Angels, is Most Performed Work.
Clint Black reaches No1 on the Billboard Country music album chart in the USA with his debut LP, Killin' Time.
Biffy Clyro release their debut single, Iname, on Babi Yaga Records in the UK.
It is reported that Sir Elton John has collapsed during a flight from France to Ireland, on his way to attend the wedding of Victoria 'Posh Spice' Adams and footballer David Beckham.
The four-day long Larmer Tree Festival begins near Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe. Acts appearing over the weekend include Jools Holland, Black Umfolosi, Lunasa, Jackie Leven, Martyn Bennett and Pronghorn.
When Willie Nelson plays a concert in Westport, Connecticut, USA, his is joined onstage by The Rolling Stones' guitarist Keith Richards.
Roger Waters plays at The Rosemont Theater, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The album Come On Over by Shania Twain is certified by the R.I.A.A. for shipments of 12m copies in the USA, superceding her own The Woman In Me as the best-selling country album ever by a female artist.
70's teen heart-throb Leif Garrett, in Los Angeles Municipal Court, Los Angeles, California, USA, on heroin and cocaine possession charges, is ordered to undergo a "diversion program", or face a jail sentence.
Tom Waits plays at The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Country vocalist Boots Faye, who often recorded with her husband Idaho Call, dies in the USA.
The third Terrastock Festival, promoted and organised by Melksham-based music journalist/entrepreneur Phil McMullen, begins at the University Of London in, er, London. Artists appearing today, the first of the festival's three nights, include Bardo Pond, Man, Green Pajamas, Lucky Bishops and Pat Orchard.
Marcelo Rodriguez, the Los Angeles, California, policeman who arrested George Michael in a Beverly Hills toilet, takes the star to court alleging slander and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Jazz pianist Patricia Barber releases a new album, Cafe Blue on Blue Note Records in the UK.
Billie Piper releases her second album, Walk Of Life. It will peak at No14 in the albums chart.
Bebop trumpet and flugelhorn player Art Farmer, who worked extensively both as a leader and as a sideman to many of the greats of his era, dies of a heart attack, aged 71.
The Artist (better known as Prince) closes the Billboard/Airplay Monitor And Seminar Awards ceremony with a 90-minute set.
Chicago release a new album, Chicago XXVI: Live in Concert, in the USA. It will become the first Chicago album to fail to chart.
When Beth Orton plays at The Octagon, Sheffield, UK, she is supported by Liverpool band Shack.
When Beth Orton plays at Colston Hall, Bristol, England, UK, Europe, she is supported by Liverpool band Shack.
Reggae star Horace Andy releases a new album, Living In The Flood, his first collection of new material in ten years.
Billie Piper enters the UK pop albums chart with her debut album Honey To The B, which will peak at No14.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers play at The Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
Baby One More Time by Britney Spears is certified as a nine times platinum album in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
Eric Clapton And His Band play in Yokohama Arena, Yokohama, Japan.
Hard bop and free jazz drummer Clifford Jarvis, who worked and recorded with Sun Ra Arkestra from 1962 to 1976, dies in London, UK.
Rick Danko of The Band dies in his sleep in Marbletown, New York State.
A poll among readers of UK Guitar magazine finds Noel Gallagher of Oasis to be the most overrated guitarist of the millennium.
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