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Left-wing anarchist folk-oriented singer-songwriter Fabrizio De Andre dies of lung cancer, aged 58, in Milan, Italy, Europe.
Alan Jackson ascends to No1 in the Billboard Country Music Singles chart with Right On The Money.
Angel Of Mine by Monica reaches No1 in the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA.
Doug Weston, owner of LA's legendary Troubadour Club dies of pneumonia, aged 72, in Midway Hospital Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Rapper Lamont Coleman, known as Big L of Tommy Boy label band Diggin’ In Tha Crates, is shot dead in front of his home in Harlem, New York City, USA.
Bob Dylan and Natalie Merchant play at Broome County Arena, Binghampton, New York State, USA.
1999 The New Masters (EP) by Prince peaks at No150 in the Billboard Albums Chart in the USA.
Bob Dylan and Natalie Merchant play at the Marine Midland Arena, Buffalo, New York State, USA.
Eminem releases The Slim Shady LP, his major label debut album, on Aftermath/Interscope Records, in the USA. It will turn double-platinum within a month.
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Oasis start work on a new album with producer Mark 'Spike' Stent. It will be released in February 2000 as Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants.
The 41st Annual Grammy Awards are held in New York City, USA. Celine Dion's My Heart Will Go On gets Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Song Of The Year, Record Of The Year and Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television.
Bob Dylan and Natalie Merchant play at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA.
Bob Dylan and Natalie Merchant play at Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland, Maine, USA.
Two albums by Robbie Williams, Life Thru A Lens and I've Been Expecting You, are certified by the BPI as having each achieved 1.8m sales in the UK.
UK newspaper The Guardian reports that Meg Matthews, wife of Noel Gallagher of Oasis, has had to give up her job as a gossip columnist for the Sunday Times because her image "is at odds with the band's. They’re working class lads. All the hobnobbing and Meg's spending was sticking in craws…"
Gigolo Aunts play at The Paradise, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
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.
Lillian McMurray, founder of influential early blues label Trumpet Records, dies in Jackson, Mississippi. Her label was first to record both Elmore James and Sonny Boy Williamson II.
The album 1999 by Prince is certified for achieving four million sales by The R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Suffering from respiratory problems, jazz vocalist Joe Williams dies in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, aged 80.
Catatonia play at The Forum, London, England, UK, Europe, supported by Coldplay.
On the Reunion Tour, Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band play at Palasport, Bologna, Italy, Europe.
On their Psycho Circus tour, Kiss play at The Autódromo de Interlagos, São Paulo, Brazil, South America.
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Portly jazz trumpeter Al Hirt, nicknamed the Round Mound Of Sound, dies aged 76 of liver failure in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Iron Maiden release Ed Hunter, on EMI/Chrysalis Records in The UK. The album is a 2-CD compilation including a computer game based on the band's mascot, Eddie. The tracks on the album form the sountrack to the computer game, and were chosen by fans who voted for them on the band's internet site.
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.
The Backstreet Boys release their second studio album, Millennium, worldwide. It will go on to sell over 40m copies.
Wiltshire-based blues band The Hoax announce that they are splitting up after the release of four internationally-acclaimed albums.
Jazz crooner Mel Torme, known as the Velvet Fog, dies of a stroke in Los Angeles, California, USA, aged 73.
Phil Collins receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
When Michael Jackson plays at the Olympic Stadium, Munich, Germany, Europe, a stage-prop bridge collapses as he dances along it, hurling him into the pit. He is not seriously injured.
The four-day long Larmer Tree Festival near Salisbury begins. Acts appearing over the weekend include Jools Holland, Black Umfolosi, Lunasa, Jackie Leven, Martyn Bennett and Pronghorn.
The T In The Park festival is being held in Scotland.
Guitarist Steve Howe releases a new album, Portraits Of Bob Dylan, on Eagle Records in the UK.
Phil Collins and Orianne Cevey are wed in a civil ceremony in Begnins, Switzerland.
Lilith Fair, headlined by Sarah McLachlan, plays at The New World Music Theater, Tinley Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Rob Fisher of UK hitmaking duo Climie Fisher, dies aged 42, following bowel surgery for cancer.
Tom Waits plays The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
One of the bizarre highlights of the second day of the UK's annual Reading Festival is the appearance of former Dexy's Midnight Runners leader Kevin Rowland, in a white sarong and stockings, singing to backing tracks for fifteen minutes, while simulating sex with a pair of strippers in black underwear.
Jazz pianist Patricia Barber releases a new album, Modern Cool, on Blue Note Records in the UK.
Wiltshire's most successful blues band The Hoax release a new album, Live Forever, on East West Records.
Wiltshire's most successful-ever blues band, The Hoax, play at The Astoria, London.
When Beth Orton plays at The Octagon, Sheffield, UK, she is supported by Liverpool band Shack.
British metal band Thunder announce that they are to split due to 'outside business forces'. The Thunder Channel! fan club is closed down shortly afterwards.
When Prince begins a European promotional tour with a showcase at The Mermaid Theatre, London, England, UK, Europe, he is joined on stage for the encore by Beck and Beverley Knight.
Eric Clapton And His Band play at Osaka-Jo Hall, Osaka, Japan.
Soul jazz composer, organist and saxophonist Charles Earland dies of heart failure the day after playing a concert in Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
During rehearsals for a concert in Bournemouth, UK, Boy George has a brush with death when he is struck a glancing blow on the shoulder by a 300 kilo glitter-ball falling from the lighting rig.
Wax models of The Spice Girls are unveiled at Madame Tussauds waxworks in London, UK.
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