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Lorrie Morgan, Sammy Kershaw, Lee Ann Womack and Brooks And Dunn perform at the inaugural celebrations for president George W. Bush in Washington DC, USA.
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.
The soundtrack to the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? is given gold status by The R.I.A.A. in the USA. The country-flavoured album features tracks by Alison Krauss, The Soggy Bottom Boys, Emmylou Harris, John Hartford, Ralph Stanley, Harry McClintock, The Whites and Norman Blake.
Bowling For Soup play at The University, Liverpool, England, UK.
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.
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.
Sacha Distel performs live at Kitsch Lounge Riot in The Cafe De Paris, London, UK.
Bob Dylan wins a Best Song Oscar for Things Have Changed which appears in the soundtrack of the movie Wonder Boys.
Neil Finn of Crowded House fame begins a week of solo shows at the St James Theatre, Auckland, New Zealand, Oceania. During the week he is joined on stage by guests including his brother, Tim Finn, plus Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, Lisa Germano, Ed O'Brien and Phil Selway of Radiohead, Johnny Marr of The Smiths and Sebastian Steinberg of Soul Coughing.
The Stereophonics third album Just Enough Education To Perform, recorded at Real World Studios, Box, enters the album charts. It will peak at No1.
Tim McGraw releases a new album, Set This Circus Down, on Curb Records in the USA.
Singer, guitarist and songwriter Ernie Graham, best known as a member of Eire Apparent, dies in London, UK. It is said that his "strong alcohol dependence" contributed to his demise.
Wiltshire pop star Billie Piper marries radio deejay Chris Evans in a secret ceremony at the Little Church of the West in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Brian Pendleton, the original bassist/guitarist for The Pretty Things, is found dead, aged 57, by the door of his flat in Maidstone, Kent, UK. He had been suffering from lung cancer.
Blues-rock singer Top Jimmy, a colourful and inspirational presence on the Los Angeles music scene with his band Top Jimmy And The Rhythm Pigs in the 1980s, dies aged 46 of liver failure in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
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).
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.
Lonestar released their fourth album, I'm Already There, in the USA.
Jazz saxophonist and celebrated Blue Note recording artist Joe Henderson dies from emphysema in San Francisco, California, USA.
New Orleans city council votes unanimously to change the name of New Orleans International Airport to Louis Armstrong International Airport.
George Harrison, formerly of The Beatles, is in hospital in Zurich, Switzerland, being treated for a cancerous brain tumour.
The Eagles play at Lucca festival, Lucca, Italy, Europe.
Country Joe McDonald is advised that Babette Ory, daughter of Dixieland jazz legend Kid Ory, intends to take legal action against him. She claims that his song I Feel Like I'm Fixin' To Die was plagiarized from her father's composition Muskrat Ramble.
Country Joe McDonald is advised that Babette Ory, daughter of Dixieland jazz legend Kid Ory, intends to take legal action against him. She claims that his song I Feel Like I'm Fixin' To Die was plagiarized from her father's composition Muskrat Ramble.
Country Joe McDonald is advised that Babette Ory, daughter of Dixieland jazz legend Kid Ory, intends to take legal action against him. She claims that his song I Feel Like I'm Fixin' To Die was plagiarized from her father's composition Muskrat Ramble.
Roxy Music play at The Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Jim Carroll plays at The Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, California, USA.
Roger McGuinn releases a new LP, Treasures From The Folk Den, on Appleseed Records in the USA.
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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.
US radio network Clear Channel Communications fires controversial hip-hop journalist Davey D from his post as Community Affairs Director at KMEL/San Francisco. The move is widely interpreted as an attempt to silence any voice which airs views at odds with the official US government stance on the World Trade Center attack.
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.
The Bob Dylan album Love And Theft is awarded a gold disc in the USA by the R.I.A. A.
Rapper Jay-Z pleads guilty in court to having stabbed record producer, Lance 'Un' Rivera, in an argument about bootlegging.
Alice Cooper plays at The House Of Blues, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Dave Matthews Band cancels an international tour because of the recent attacks on the World Trade Center.
Michael Jackson releases his tenth album, Invincible, in the USA. It will sell over eight million copies worldwide.
Incubus play at The Riviera Theater, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
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.
LSD guru and icon of the hippy generation, Ken Kesey, dies in Pleasant Hill, Oregon, USA, as a result of complications following liver surgery. Closely associated with The Grateful Dead, Kesey lived for many years in La Honda, in the mountains south of San Francisco.
Jazz impresario Norman Granz dies of cancer in Geneva, Switzerland, Europe, aged 83. Said to have been the first jazz millionaire, Granz founded the historic Jazz At The Philharmonic concerts, launched and ran four record labels, including Verve Records, and managed the careers of Ella Fitzgerald and Oscar Peterson, to name but two.
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.
Chris de Burgh plays at The Ahoy, Rotterdam, Holland, Europe.
The Dixie Dregs play at Royal Music, Merrick, New York State, USA.
Perry Farrell of Jane's Addiction spends the first of eight days in the Sudan, North West Africa, as part of a mission, organised by he humanitarian group Christian Solidarity International, to free Southern Sudanese slaves from their Northern masters.
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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.
Freddie Hansson, who had found success as the pianist and songwriter of the band Noice, dies aged 38 in Gustavsberg, Sweden, Europe, after a life of heavy involvement with drugs and drink.
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