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Reba McEntire steps into the starring role as Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun at The Marquis Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA.
David Heneker, composer of musicals including Expresso Bongo, Irma La Douce, Half a Sixpence and Charlie Girl, dies aged 94 in Llwyndyrys, Gwynedd, Wales.
While recording their latest album in Wisconsin, USA, Garbage begin a law suit against their record label, Almo Sounds, alleging that their original contract specified that they could to leave the company if the chairman ever left. Label boss Jerry Moss recently departed from Almo Sounds when it was sold to the Universal Music Group, so Garbage are keen to enforce their contract.
Liverpool band Ladytron release their debut album, 604, on the Emperor Norton/Invicta Hi-Fi labels in the UK.
No Jacket Required by Phil Collins is awarded a 12x platinum disc in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
While en route to a recording session for their second album, Satellite, the band P.O.D. is held up in traffic. The delay is caused by a shooting at nearby S antana High School, Santee, California, USA, where fifteen-year-old student Charles Andrew Williams has killed two and wounded thirteen. Horrified by the incident, the band will write the song Youth Of The Nation which will appear on Satellite and will be released as a single.
Three months after being involved in a vehicle accident, blues vocalist and songwriter Robert Ealey dies aged 75 in Fort Worth, Texas, USA.
Eric Clapton plays at Flanders Expo, Ghent, Belgium, Europe.
Blues guitarist and recording artist Big Daddy Kinsey dies of prostate cancer, aged 74, in Gary, Indiana, USA.
Lionel Richie plays at RDS Arena, Dublin, Ireland, Europe.
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Blind jazz/r'n'b vocalist Al Hibbler dies, aged 85 at Holy Cross Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, USA. After working with Duke Ellington, he will score a No1 hit in 1955 with Unchained Melody.
Blind jazz/R'n'B vocalist Al Hibbler dies, aged 85 at Holy Cross Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, USA. After working with Duke Ellington, he will score a No1 hit in 1955 with Unchained Melody.
In a British newspaper interview, Rod Stewart calls for marriage vows to be changed to bring them into line with modern times. His specific suggestions include the notion that marriage vows should be renewed annually and that their wording should be simplified to be more like a dog licence.
The various artists tribute album A Nod To Bob is released in the UK. The album includes cover versions of songs written by Bob Dylan, performed by artists including Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Spider John Koerner And Dave Ray, Suzzy And Maggie Roche, John Gorka, Martin Simpson and The Paperboys.
Country music star Tim McGraw receives an honorary doctorate from the University of Louisiana-Monroe in the USA.
A new $37m Country Music Hall of Fame opens in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The ribbon is cut by Charley Pride, Brenda Lee and Kitty Wells, while other stars attending the ceremony include Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, George Jones, Emmylou Harris, Diamond Rio, Martina McBride and Bill Anderson.
Radiohead release a new single, Pyramid Song, in the UK on Parlophone Records.
Bob Dylan compilation album The Essential Bob Dylan enters the UK albums chart where it will peak at No9 during a twelve-week run.
Radiohead release their fifth album, Amnesiac, in the UK on Parlophone Records. On the same day, they play at the Pinkpop Festival, Landgraaf, Holland, Europe.
Madonna's Drowned World tour, her first in eight years, sets off from Palau Saint Jordi Arena, Barcelona, Spain.
Dr. Feelgood play at the Corn Exchange, Devizes, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
US rap star Lil? Mo is struck in the head with a bottle by an unidentified man as she is leaving the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, California, USA, after a gig. She is rushed to California Pacific Hospital and receives twenty stitches to the head wound. Her upcoming UK promo trip is cancelled.
Suzanne Vega plays at the The City Hall, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
Composer, arranger, bandleader and trumpet player Chico O'Farrill dies aged 79 in New York City, USA. He found fame as one of the main guiding lights in the emergence of Afro-Cuban Jazz in the late 1940s and early 1950s.
Legendary Latin-jazz composer/arranger Chico O'Farrill, who worked with Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, David Bowie and many others, dies aged 79.
Fred Neil, composer of Everybody's Talkin' and Dolphins, dies of cancer in Summerland Keys, Florida, USA, aged 65. On the same day, Radiohead host and headline the South Park event, Oxford, UK, along with Supergrass, Sigur Ros and Beck.
Songs in A Minor, the debut album by Alicia Keys reaches No1 in the Billboard 200 Albums chart in the USA.
Radiohead play at Madison Square Garden Garden, New York City.
It is reported that Madonna has visited the £9m Ashcombe House on Cranbourne Chase in Wiltshire, UK, several times, with a view to buying it.
Merle Haggard And The Strangers play at The Showbox, Seattle, Washington, USA.
After bitter disputes with her record label, Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes of TLC fame releases her solo album, Supernova, by streaming it on her website. On the same day, it is announced that multi-instrumentalist Jay Bennett has left Wilco to work on a solo project.
Beatlejazz, a group specialising in jazz interpretations of The Beatles songs, release their second album, Another Bite Of The Apple.
Madonna plays at The United Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
System Of A Down release their new album, Toxicity in the USA on American records. It will debut at No1 in both the US and Canadian charts.
Bob Dylan releases his 31st studio album, Love And Theft, in the USA on Columbia Records.
Weezer play at The United Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Bob Dylan's album Love And Theft enters the UK pop albums chart where it will peak at No3 during a five-week run.
Jazz guitarist John Collins dies aged 88, in Los Angeles, California, USA. As well as leading his own Quartet, Collins also played with Nat King Cole, Bobby Troup, Sammy Davis Jr, Frank Sinatra and Nancy Wilson.
Ozzy Osbourne releases Down To Earth, his first solo album in six years.
Oscar-winning song writer Jay Livingston, dies aged 86 in Los Angeles, California, USA. Livingston was usually partnered with lyricist Ray Evans. Their many hits include Buttons And Bows, Que Sera and Mona Lisa.
Alice Cooper plays at The House Of Blues, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
On their Jubilee Tour, Jane's Addiction play at Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. Support act Courtney Love plays so badly that the promoters have her unplugged and physically carried off the stage by security men.
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Britney Spears plays at The Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois, USA.
Miranda Lee Richards plays at Park West, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Toni Braxton, at the age of 34, gives birth to her first child, a son Denim Cole Braxton-Lewis.
Canned Heat play at the City Hall, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK.
French singer, composer and actor Gilbert Becaud, known to his millions of fans worldwide as Monsieur 100,000 Volts, dies of lung cancer. He will be buried in the Cimetiere du Pere Lachaise, Paris, France, Europe.
Television personality, magazine columnist and new wave rock-n-roll performer Lance Loud dies of liver failure as a result of hepatitis C and a co-infection with HIV, aged 50, in Los Angeles, California, USA.
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