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Wiltshire resident Sting is given the Gabriela Mistral Award in Chile, in recognition of his work defending human rights. Sting's 1980 hit, They Dance Alone, was written as a tribute to the mothers of those who disappeared under the rule of Chile's former military leader, General Augusto Pinochet.
A new teen-oriented tv series, As If, is broadcast for the first time on Channel 4 tv in the UK. The female lead in the show is sarcastic goth girl Suzanne 'Sooz' Lee, played by Emily Corrie, whose multi-coloured dreadlocked hair will be much remarked on. She will prove to be the inspiration fo the 2003 UK No1 hit single, Five Colours In Her Hair by McFly.
Sonwriter John Jarrard dies aged 47, in hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Although a seriously ill diabetic, the cause of Jarrard's death is reported as 'respiratory failure brought on by a drug reaction'. Jarrard's best-remembered compositions include George Strait's Blue Clear Sky, Diamond Rio's Mirror, Mirror and Tracy Lawrence's Is That a Tear?.
No Jacket Required by Phil Collins is awarded a 12x platinum disc in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
Babes in Toyland play at Loppen, Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe.
Popular British vocalist Ronnie Hilton dies aged 75, in Hailsham, East Sussex, UK. He was one of Britain's most popular romantic ballad singers during the 1950s, best-remembvered for his 1956 No1 hit No Other Love.
Former Trammps member Jerry Collins is convicted of attempted murder after having been found guilty of bashing his wife's head into a sink and also pistol-whipping her. He is sentenced to a maximum of 35 years.
Three months after being involved in a vehicle accident, blues vocalist and songwriter Robert Ealey dies aged 75 in Fort Worth, Texas, USA.
Pure And Simple, the first single by Hear'Say (a group manufactured from winners of reality tv show Popstars), enters the UK singles chart at No1. The song is a cover of a Girl Thing album track that was released only in Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
Eric Clapton releases a new single, a cover version of the Stevie Wonder composition, I Ain't Gonna Stand For It, on Reprise Records in the UK.
Ain't Nothing 'Bout You by Brooks And Dunn begins a six-week stay at No1 on the Billboard country singles chart in the USA.
The Blind Boys Of Alabama play at The Bottom Line, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
Westlife begin the Asian leg of their Where Dreams Come True tour with a show at Beirut Hall, Beirut, Lebanon, Asia.
A Jeff Koons sculpture, entitled Michael Jackson And Bubbles, is sold for $5.6m at Sotheby's Auction House, New York City, USA. The porcelain statue of Michael Jackson and his pet chimpanzee is life size and was created by Koons in 1988 as part of his Banality series.
Radiohead release a new single, Pyramid Song, in the UK on Parlophone Records.
XTC release Homegrown - The Wasp Star Demos, an album of demos for their album Wasp Star (Apple Venus Vol 2).
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.
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.
The Ryman Auditorium, home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, is designated a National Historic Landmark.
Songs in A Minor, the debut album by Alicia Keys reaches No1 in the Billboard 200 Albums chart in the USA.
Bun E. Carlos, drummer of Cheap Trick, undergoes corrective back surgery which forces him to miss some dates on the band's 25th anniversary tour.
Mariah Carey, on the verge of a breakdown, appears on MTV's TRL in New York City, USA, and begins stripping off her clothes. Within a week she will be in Silver Hill Hospital, New Canaan, Connecticut, being treated for 'exhaustion'.
Folk singer Thirty Odd Foot of Grunts, a band fronted by actor Russell Crowe, play at The House Of Blues, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
US President George Bush declares Eminem to be 'The biggest threat to American youth since polio'.
Aaliyah dies when the plane flying her to Florida crashes on Abaco Island in the Caribbean. On the same day, forty-five audience members are injured in a crowd surge during Eminem's appearance at the On the Green Festival in Glasgow, Scotland. The show is stopped for thirty minutes while police help the injured, and eleven fans are taken to hospital for treatment.
Jazz saxophonist Jay Migliori, who worked with Frank Zappa, Frank Sinatra and many others, dies aged 70 in Mission Viejo, California, USA.
David Walker, manager of Status Quo, dies of a heart attack, aged 57, after celebrating his son Charlie's 18th birthday with his family at their home in Gerrard's Cross, UK. Walker's career had also seen him working with The Sweet, Barclay James Harvest.
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Boz Scaggs releases a new LP, Dig, on Virgin Records in the UK.
Wilco release their fourth album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot as a webstream.
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The San Francisco Blues festival, a two-day event, begins at the Great Meadow, Fort Mason, San Francisco, California, USA. Artists appearing on this day include Ike Turner and the Kings of Rhythm, Billy Preston and Barbara Lewis, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady of Hot Tuna, The Hoodoo Kings with Tabby Thomas, Eddie Bo and special guest Tab Benoit.
The San Francisco Blues festival, a two-day event, concludes at the Great Meadow, Fort Mason, San Francisco, California, USA. Artists appearing on this day include Los Lobos, Little Milton with special guest Trudy Lynn, Robben Ford And The Ford Blues Band, The Jimmy Smith Group and Maria Muldaur.
Usher takes home the Best R'n'B Act and Best Album trophies from the MOBO Awards event in London Arena, London, UK. On the same day, Stevie Wonder's former girlfriend, Angela McAfee, files a $30m palimony lawsuit against him in the US Superior Court, claiming that he gave her a sexually transmitted disease.
Singer-songwriter Barb Jungr spends the first of three days at Mark Angel Studios, London, recording her album Every Grain Of Sand : Barb Jungr Sings Bob Dylan for Linn Records. Every song on the album is written by Dylan.
The Pledge of Allegiance Tour, featuring Slipknot, Rammstein and System Of A Down plays at The Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois, USA.
During his show at the Biscuits And Blues Club, San Francisco, California, USA, Country Joe McDonald is served with legal papers concerning the similarity of his song I Feel Like I'm Fixin' To Die to Kid Ory's earlier composition, Muskrat Ramble.
U2 play at The United Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Michael Jackson, Carole King, P.Diddy, O-Town, 'Nsync, Backstreet Boys, Aerosmith, Mariah Carey, Rod Stewart, Destiny's Child, Pink, Goo Goo Dolls, Train, Bette Midler and America play in the fund-raising United We Stand concert at RFK Stadium, Washington DC. The event is one of many raising funds for victims of the World Trade Center atrocity.
R.E.M. play a surprise show at the Crocodile Cafe, Seattle, Washington, co-owned by guitarist Peter Buck and his wife. The 'secret' gig is a benefit for the Washington Wilderness Coalition starring The Minus 5, which features Buck and longtime R.E.M. sideman Scott McCaughey. Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder joins R.E.M. for several songs.
Michael Jackson releases his tenth album, Invincible, in the USA. It will sell over eight million copies worldwide.
Nick Mason of Pink Floyd participates in the annual London to Brighton Vintage Car Run in the UK coming in 23rd out of more than 200 vehicles.
Miranda Lee Richards plays at Park West, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Live In Paradise by When The Cat's Away debuts at No7 in the Official New Zealand Top 40 Albums Chart, which will be its highest position during a five-week run on the chart.
Rob Zombie plays at The Allstate Arena, Rosemont, near Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Cult play at The House of Blues, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
It is reported that chart-topper Gordon Haskell has cancelled his upcoming gig at Swindon Arts Centre, Swindon, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe, because he has become too famous to play such a small venue.
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