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Michael Jackson issues a statement to the effect that his recently departed publicist Stuart Backerman was fired from his job, and did not resign.
The R.I.A.A. announces that, with sales of 117.5 million units, Elvis Presley is now officially the biggest selling solo artist in American history.
After a jazz funeral, tuba player Anthony Lacen, known as Tuba Fats, is buried in St. Louis Cemetary No1, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He was the most famous tuba player from New Orleans, and played traditional New Orleans jazz and blues for over 40 years.
It is announced that Gretchen Wilson has been signed to Epic Records in the USA.
When Malmesbury-raised jazz pianist and singer Jamie Cullum plays at the Room 5 club in Los Angeles, jazz stars Herbie Hancock and Michael Buble attend the show.
Straight From The Heart, the comeback album by Carlos Guitarlos is nominated for a California Music Award in the Outstanding Blues Album category. Carlos first found critical success as guitarist with Los Angeles-based blues outfit Top Jimmy And The Rhythm Pigs before relocating to San Francisco, California, USA, where he spent several years scraping a living as a street busker on the corner of 16th and Mission.
Eric Clapton plays at Paris Bercy, Paris, France, Europe.
Michael Jackson pleads not guilty in court in California, USA, after his grand jury indictment on charges of child molestation.
Vince Gill sings When Love Finds You during the ceremony when Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts' marries Allison Alderson in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Guests include fellow band members Gary LeVox and Joe Don Rooney, plus comedian Cledus T. Judd.
Halfway through David Bowie's third song at the Norwegian Wood music festival in Oslo, Norway, a fan throws a lollipop which lodges in Bowie's eye requiring him to receive medical treatment.
It is announced that the album Twentysomething by Malmesbury-raised jazz star Jamie Cullum has now gone gold in Australia and New Zealand.
Tommy Chong of hippy comedy duo Cheech and Chong appears on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on tv in the USA to explain how his California-based company was tricked into selling bongs and marijuana pipes via the internet to Drug Enforcement Agency staff in Pennsylvania and then arrested. [The same equipment can be bought legally on the street but it is illegal to ship it across state borders in the USA.] Chong was sentenced to nine months in jail and fined $20,000.
In the new edition of Seventeen Magazine, published today, Courtney Love criticises Gwen Stefani with the comment, "Being famous is just like being in high school. But I'm not interested in being the cheerleader. I'm not interested in being Gwen Stefani. She's the cheerleader, and I'm out in the smoker's shed." Angered by the insult, Stefani will be inspired to write her song Hollaback Girl as a rejection of Love's criticism.
The music divisions of the Sony Corporation and German media conglomerate Bertelsmann AG [BMG: RCA Victor, Bluebird, etc.] merge. The new company, Sony BMG, will be based in New York City, USA, and will be owned 50/50 by the two partners.
Following an extended drug binge, Rick James dies of a heart attack, aged 56, in Los Angeles, California, USA. The autopsy finds cocaine, methamphetamine, diazepam, bupropion, Xanax, citalopram, Vicodin, digoxin and clorpheniramine in his system.
Mark Knopfler's second solo album, Sailing To Philadelphia is awarded a Gold Disc by the R.I.A.A in the USA.
LeAnn Rimes plays at Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, Europe.
Little Richard, The Crickets and Jet Harris play on the second night of the 10th Annual Eddie Cochran Festival in Monkton Park, Chippenham. Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin is in the audience.
The Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame is inaugurated at the Frederick P. Rose Hall, Lincoln Centre, New York City, USA. The first inductees into the Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame are Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Bix Beiderbecke, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, Billie Holiday, Thelonious Monk, Jelly Roll Morton, Charlie Parker, Art Tatum and Lester Young.
After attending the Mobo Awards in London, England, UK, Janet Jackson avoids the official party and goes out to the Kabaret club.
Corporation Lane in Central Melbourne, Australia, Oceania, is officially renamed AC/DC Lane in honour of the band. However, because the City of Melbourne forbids the use of the slash character in street names, the four letters are combined and a lightning flash is added to the outside of the street sign.
Bruce Palmer, bass player for Buffalo Springfield, dies of a heart attack, aged 58, in Belleville, Ontario, Canada.
Jersey Boys, a musical based on the career of 60s vocal harmony quartet The Four Seasons, premieres at the La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego, California, USA. This is an out-of-town tryout, and will run for over three months.
Courtney Love is guest DJ on Indie 103.1 Radio in Los Angeles, California, USA. Among the tracks she plays are The Drugs Don't Work by The Verve.
It is announced that country-rock singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge has cancelled her current tour of the USA after being diagnosed with breast cancer.
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Jazz pianist and singer Jamie Cullum plays a live concert at Park West in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Oncologist Dr. Albert Malcolm, writes a letter to successful country music singer and songwriter Wayne Perry advising him that his throat cancer is terminal.
British jazz and r'n'b drummer Bill Eyden, a stalwart of Georgie Fame's Blue Flames and other bands, dies in Isleworth, Middlesex, England, UK, after a lengthy illness. Eyden was also the session man who played drums on A Whiter Shade Of Pale by Procol Harum.
The Best Disco In Town tour, featuring Chic, The Pointer Sisters, Candi Staton, The Emotions, The Three Degrees, Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King and Boney M, plays at the NEC, Birmingham, England, UK.
Sir Cliff Richard and Alvin Stardust attend the first night of Oscar Wilde – The Musical, at the Shaw Theatre, London, England, UK. The show, written by UK radio deejay Mike Read, will close the following day after scathing reviews, making it the fastest closing musical in the history of London's West End.
Efterklang play at Haderslev, Denmark, Europe, with Blue Foundation.
The Cure, Jackson Browne, Anita Baker, Embrace and The Futureheads perform live on UK tv show Later With Jools Holland.
Incubus play at Allen County Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA.
Incubus play at The Breslin Events Center, East Lansing, Michigan, USA.
Marc Almond, recently injured in an accident while riding pillion on a motorbike in London, UK, is discharged from the Royal London Hospital.
Jhonn Balance, founder and frontman of experimental rock band Coil, dies after a fall from a second-floor landing at his home in London, UK.
Lostprophets play at Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK.
Lostprophets play at Carling Apollo, Hammersmith, London, England, UK.
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EMI announces increased profits, despite an 11.4% drop in sales, for the last six month accounting period. The company also announces that it will be more actively promoting the digital downloading aspect of music sales.
Incubus play at The Budweiser Events Center, Loveland, Colorado, USA.
Curtain Falls by Blue enters the Music Week UK singles chart at No4.
Elvis Costello plays at The State Theatre, Sydney, Australia, Oceania.
Lostprophets play at The Carling Apollo, Manchester, England, UK.
Country-pop singer Lynn Anderson is arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated in Denton, Texas, USA.
Hawkwind play at the Oasis Leisure Centre, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK.
It is announced that the album Twentysomething by young British jazz star Jamie Cullum has now notched up total sales of over 2 million worldwide, achieving Triple Platinum status in the U.K. while spending its amazing 31st straight week in the Top 5 of the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart in the U.S.A.
The Annual Jingle Bell Jam, featuring David Bowling, Jimmy Damon and Shay Jones, takes place at Rizzo's Live, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Marc Cohn plays at Park West, Chicago, Illinois, USA.