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Internationally successful Latin-jazz guitarist and recording artist Reba McEntire steps into the starring role as Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun at The Marquis Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA.
Buster Bloodvessel, frontman of 80s hitmakers Bad Manners, is hospitalised in Perugia, Italy, Europe, after collapsing on stage because of a strangulated hernia.
A British High Court action about Elton John's overseas touring costs closes in London, England, UK. At the end of the hearing, Mr Justice Ferris reserves his decision and will not announce his ruling for several weeks. In the case, Sir Elton was suing Andrew Haydon, of Elton's former management company John Reid Enterprises (JRE), and City accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), which looked after his business interests.
The album Blues, by Jimi Hendrix, is certified as a platinum disc by the R.I.A.A. [Recording Industry Association of America] in the USA.
Bowling For Soup play at The University, Liverpool, England, UK.
Babes in Toyland play at Loppen, Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe.
Bob Dylan plays the first of two nights at the Kosei Nenkin Kaikan, Osaka, Japan, thus notching up concert No1284 in his Never-ending Tour schedule.
Judy Garland's rendition of Over The Rainbow is chosen by The US National Endowment for the Arts, in conjunction with the RIAA, as No1 in the Top Ten songs of the 20th century. Over the Rainbow first appeared in the movie The Wizard Of Oz in 1939, but it was almost dropped from the film because MGM chief executive Louis B. Mayer and producer Mervyn LeRoy felt that it slowed down the action too much.
Popular calypso singer and recording artist Sir Lancelot dies of natural causes, aged 98, in Anaheim, California, USA.
Eric Clapton releases his fifteenth studio album, Reptile, in the UK.
The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Awards ceremony is held in New York City, with live appearances by Kid Rock and Aerosmith. New inductees include Michael Jackson, Paul Simon, Steely Dan and Aerosmith.
Bob Dylan wins a Best Song Oscar for Things Have Changed which appears in the soundtrack of the movie Wonder Boys.
Bob Dylan wins a Best Song Oscar for Things Have Changed which appears in the soundtrack of the movie Wonder Boys.
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.
The Blind Boys Of Alabama play at The Bottom Line, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
Country music star Tim McGraw receives an honorary doctorate from the University of Louisiana-Monroe in the USA.
Acclaimed jazz-pop interpretative vocalist Susannah McCorkle commits suicide by jumping from the window of her New York City apartment, after penning a suicide note.
Radiohead release a new single, Pyramid Song, in the UK on Parlophone Records.
Country music pioneer and Texas music legend, Marvin "Smokey" Montgomery, banjo player of The Light Crust Doughboys dies of leukemia in Dallas, Texas, aged 88.
Myrna Myron, a former chorus girl who founded Myron's Ballroom, a downtown Los Angeles live music landmark, dies aged 91 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Anhgeles, California, USA.
Songs in A Minor, the debut album by Alicia Keys reaches No1 in the Billboard 200 Albums chart in the USA.
George Harrison, formerly of The Beatles, is in hospital in Zurich, Switzerland, being treated for a cancerous brain tumour.
Jim Carroll plays at The Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, California, USA.
When Metallica tribute band Creeping Death play at the Metallibash 2001 in San Francisco, they are unexpectedly joined onstage by two bona fide members of Metallica, Lars Ulrich and Kirk Hammett.
The MV Tampa, carrying over 400 distressed Indonesians, including women and children in various states of health and stress, who had been rescued from a sinking boat, is refused permission to land on the Australian territory of Christmas Island. According to a subsequent poll, 77% of Australians expressed support for their government's stance. The MV Tampa incident will become a global scandal, and is recorded in the song 77% by Australian band The Herd.
On her Drowned World Tour Madonna plays at The Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Bob Dylan releases his 31st studio album, Love And Theft, in the USA on Columbia Records.
The website run by political activist rock band Rage Against the Machine is closed, allegedly by the Secret Service in the USA, who are angered that the group has voiced opinions which are not in line with the US government's views of the World Trade Center attack.
Bob Dylan's album Love And Theft enters the UK pop albums chart where it will peak at No3 during a five-week run.
Farm Aid 2001, A Concert for America, takes place at the Verizon Wireless Music Center, Noblesville, Indiana, USA. Held to raise money for family farmers in the USA, artists appearing include Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, The Doobie Brothers and Martina McBride.
Marilyn Manson appears in court in Clarkston, Michigan, facing charges of indecent assault.
Singer-songwriter Barb Jungr spends the first of three days at Mark Angel Studios, London, UK, recording her album Every Grain Of Sand : Barb Jungr Sings Bob Dylan for Linn Records. Every song on the album is written by Bob Dylan.
When Bob Dylan turns up to play at Jackson County Fairgrounds, Central Point, Oregon, USA, he is refused entry by security guards because he does not have a backstage pass.
Slipknot postpone tours of the UK, Japan and Australia, citing the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York as a reason for not flying.
Muse play the first of two nights at Le Zenith, Paris, France, Europe. Recordings from this gig will appear on the album Hullabaloo Soundtrack.
Sting records an hour-long UK tv special for Top Of The Pops at the BBC Television Centre in London, UK, to an audience drawn from his fan club.
LSD guru and icon of the hippy generation, Ken Kesey, dies in Pleasant Hill, Oregon, USA, as a result of complications following liver surgery.
Juan Jinojosa dies in a car accident in dense fog near Corpus Christi, Texas, USA. As a founder member of Los Fabulosos Cuatro, Jinojosa was a pioneer of Tejano music.
Starsailor begin their first tour of the USA at The Paradise, Boston, Massachusetts.
Donny H [aka Donny Hyder] performs live for the first time, at The Grand Plaza Hotel for the Fowler All Night Sings, Branson, Missouri, USA.
Britney Spears turns twenty years old. At this point in her career, she has already sold 37m records worldwide, earning her the title of all-time best-selling teenage artist.
Richie Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi perform a tribute to the recently deceased George Harrison of The Beatles, at the My VH1 Music Awards show which is broadcast from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Chris de Burgh plays at The Ahoy, Rotterdam, Holland, Europe.
PJ Harvey is the greatest female rock and pop artist of all time, according to a poll of readers published in Q magazine. Harvey beat Madonna into second place and Kate Bush into third. Q Magazine editor Danny Eccleston says, "She (Harvey) makes music of substance and our readers respond to that. Whereas we know everything about Madonna, there is a real mystique about Polly."
The Hives play at a Kerrang! event in The Astoria, London, England, UK, Europe.
Singer songwriter Clifford T. Ward dies aged 57, from pneumonia, in Tetbury Wells, Worcestershire, England, UK.
French singer-songwriter Bernard Lavilliers performs a special mini-concert for workers in the Vosges region whose factory has been shut down.
It is reported that former Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider has signed a deal with VH1 to play himself in an upcoming docudrama about the 1985 Parents Music Resource Center [PMRC] hearings. Filming is to begin in February in Texas, USA, and a summer 2002 air date is expected.