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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.
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
, 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.
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
a response to
the Columbine tragedy
. Cassie Bernall was a student at
Columbine High School who died in the massacre.
, 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.
Wiltshire-based blues band The Hoax
announce that they are splitting up after the release of four internationally-acclaimed albums.
reaches No1 on the Billboard
Country music album chart in the USA with his debut LP, Killin' Time.
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 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.
, 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.
70's teen heart-throb
Country vocalist Boots Faye
, who often recorded with her husband Idaho Call, dies in the USA.
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.
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.
enters the UK pop albums chart with her debut album Honey To The B, which will peak at No14.
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
to be the most overrated guitarist of the millennium.