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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.
23-year-old Guinean immigrant Amadou Diallo is shot and killed in New York City, USA, by four plain-clothes Police Department officers who later claim to have mistaken his wallet for a gun. The slaying will inspire the Bruce Springsteen song American Skin [41 Shots].
Perry Farrell of Jane's Addiction attends a symposium in the Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, California, USA, on modern day slavery in Sudan and Mauritania. At the symposium, Farrell meets John Eibner, CEO of the humanitarian group Christian Solidarity International, who will in due course take Farrell to The Sudan on a mission to rescue slaves.
A set of postage stamps is released in Gibraltar, Europe, commemorating what would have been the 30th wedding anniversary of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, who were married there in 1969.
Suffering from respiratory problems, jazz vocalist Joe Williams dies in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, aged 80.
Bob Dylan's double live album Bob Dylan At Budokan earns a gold disc in the USA.
Jazz trombonist, composer and musical arranger Melba Liston dies in Los Angeles, California, USA, after suffering from repeated strokes. In a long and acclaimed career, she worked with Dexter Gordon, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie and Billie Holliday to name but a few.
Garth Brooks is named artist of the decade at the 34th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, in the USA.
Faith Hill wins in four categories - Single Record and Video of the Year for This Kiss; Top Female Vocalist and Vocal Event (shared with Tim McGraw) for Just To Hear You Say That You Love Me - at the 34th annual Academy of Country Music awards in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Keifer Thompson marries Shawna McIlwain in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The couple will go on to find success as country duo Thompson Square
Moby releases his fifth studio album Play on V2 Records.
No Doubt sue the clothing manufacturer No Fear on the basis that the company markets items bearing the name 'No Doubt' which is an infringement on the band's copyrighted service mark. [legal]
The Backstreet Boys release their second studio album, Millennium, worldwide. It will go on to sell over 40m copies.
The 1964 Bob Dylan album, Another Side Of Bob Dylan is finally awarded a gold disc in the USA by the RIAA.
A four-day long Bob Dylan Festival enters its second day at Burg Plankenstein castle in Austria. Artists appearing include Luigi Catuogno, Who Cares, Peter Del Bello and The Plankenstein Allstars. The CD The Plankenstein Tapes is recorded during the event.
Travis release their second album, The Man Who, in the UK on Independiente Records.
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Travis release their second album, The Man Who, in the UK on Independiente Records.
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.
The Man Who by Travis enters the UK pop albums chart. It will peak at No1 and remain on the chart for 102 weeks.
Glen Hansard plays at Gunther Murphy's, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Santana, with Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20 on vocals, release a new single, Smooth, on Arista Records in the USA. It will win three Grammy Awards (Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals). In 2013, Smooth will be ranked as the second most successful song of all time by Billboard.
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Bob Dylan plays in the Eric Clapton Benefit show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA, for Clapton's Crossroads Centre in Antigua. Dylan sings six songs backed by Eric Clapton's band, then returns for an encore of Bright Lights, Big City with Sheryl Crow.
Harry "Sweets" Edison, much-loved jazz trumpeter with the Count Basie Orchestra, dies after a 14-year battle with cancer, aged 83, in Columbus, Ohio, USA.
Bob Dylan and Paul Simon play at the PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, New Jersey, USA.
Paul 'Bonehead' Arthurs quits Oasis declaring that he wishes to "be with his family".
Carlos Cachaca, a successful songwriter, who had earned the title "King of Samba" for his numerous compositions about life in the Brazilian favelas, or shantytowns, dies in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, South America.
Lilith Fair, headlined by Sarah McLachlan, plays at The New World Music Theater, Tinley Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
R.E.M. play 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.
Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx is arrested on charges of having incited a riot during an October 1997 concert in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA.
Louis "Moondog" Hardin, the enigmatic New York City, USA. street performer who dressed in elaborate garb and garnered great acclaim as a composer and conducter, dies of heart failure, aged 83.
Jazz pianist Patricia Barber releases a new album, Cafe Blue 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.
Debbie Rowe divorces Michael Jackson. Rowe, who receives an $8-million settlement and a house in Beverly Hills, California, USA, gives full custody rights of their children to Jackson.
The Family Values Tour, featuring Korn, Limp Bizkit, Staind and others plays at The Allstate Arena, Rosemont, near Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Paul McCartney enters the UK albums chart with Run Devil Run which will peak at No12 during an eleven-week run.
When Beth Orton plays at The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, UK, she is supported by Liverpool band Shack.
When Beth Orton plays at The University, Exeter, UK, she is supported by Liverpool band Shack.
On their Fireworks tour, Angra play at Credicard Hall, Sao Paulo, Brazil, South America.
Doug Sahm, guitarist, singer and songwriter with the Sir Douglas Quintet and Tex-Mex supergroup The Texas Tornados is found dead from a heart attack, aged 58, in a hotel room in Taos, New Mexico, USA.
On their 13 tour, Blur play at Credicard Hall, Sao Paulo, Brazil, South America.
Jazz/blues violinist Don Sugarcane Harris dies of respiratory failure in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Rick Danko of The Band dies in his sleep in Marbletown, New York State.
David Lee Roth plays at The Station, Fern Park, Florida, USA.
Richard Ashcroft sacks Jazz Summers, former manager of The Verve.
Jazz saxophonist Grover Washington Jr collapses from a heart attack in a New York City tv studio shortly after taping four songs for a performance on CBS-tv's Early Show. He is taken to St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital, where he is pronounced dead.
Madonna and Guy Ritchie bring in the new millenium at a party given by Donatella Versace in the Versace Mansion, Miami, Florida, USA.
On the day that Vladimir Putin takes over from Boris Yeltsin as Prime Minister of Russia, the country's longest-established hard-rock band, Mumiy Trol, releases a new single provocatively titled The Carnival Is Over.