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Toby Keith and Willie Nelson perform with Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aurosmith in a live episode of CMT Crossroads from Houston, Texas, USA.
Les Gray, vocalist with glam rock hitmakers Mud, dies aged 57 from throat cancer, at home in Portugal, Europe.
Ash play at King Tut's, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
Randy Rhoads, best-known as guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, is inducted into the Guitar Center Rock Walk in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
In an online poll conducted by Yahoo, Ozzy Osbourne is named as the UK's favourite ambassador to welcome aliens to planet earth. Ozzy secures 26% of the vote, while music biz entrepreneur Simon Cowell, who came last on the list, had just 3%.
Music trade magazine Music Week announces that radio station Jazz FM is to mount a two-day event, 'Soul and Jazz at the Palace', featuring Amy Winehouse, Jamelia, Al Jarreau and Angie Stone on July 17 and 18 at Alexandra Palace, London, UK. The event will be cancelled at the end of June because of poor ticket sales.
CKY begin recording their third album, An Answer Can Be Found, at 4th Street recording, Santa Monica, California, USA.
Russian pop singing star Zara marries Sergey Vladimirovich Matviyenko, but the couple will divorce one year later.
Jazz piano star Jamie Cullum appears live on tv talk show Late Night With Conan O'Brien in the USA.
Michael Jackson issues a statement on the death of Ray Charles : "I am saddened to hear of the death of my friend, Ray Charles. He was a true legend...an American Treasure. His music is timeless; his contributions to the music industry...unequaled; and his influence, unparalleled. His caring and humility spoke volumes. He paved the way for so many of us, and I will forever remember him in my heart."
Country music star Glen Campbell begins serving ten nights in jail for a November 2003 drink-driving, hit-and-run collision. The 68 year old entertainer also got 75 hours of community service, two years on probation and a $900 fine.
Jazz pianist and recording artist James Williams dies of liver cancer, in Manhattan, New York City, USA.
Legendary jazz saxophonist Illinois Jacquet dies in New York City, aged 81. On the same day, French heart-throb singer Sacha Distel dies, aged 74, after a long illness.
Dry You Eyes by The Streets reaches No1 in the UK Singles Chart, a position it will hold for just one week.
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.
Immediately after attending a Prince concert at The Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon, USA, 23 year old Omar Rodriguez, drunk on Remy Martin, drives his Lincoln Navigator into four of the venue's security guards causing minor injuries. He is arrested and charged with attempted murder.
Mark Knopfler's second solo album, Sailing To Philadelphia is awarded a Gold Disc by the R.I.A.A in the USA.
Green Day release their seventh album, American Idiot, on Reprise Records in the UK.
Efterklang play at Modstrøm, Kolding, Denmark, Europe, with Norr Liva.
Tom Waits releases a new album, Real Gone, on Anti Records in Europe.
Biffy Clyro release their third album, Infinity Land, on Beggars Banquet Records in the UK.
Mark David Chapman, the man who killed John Lennon, is refused parole for the third time. Grounds of the refusal are that he still does not hold human life in sufficiently high regard.
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 MEN Arena, Manchester, England, UK.
Incubus play at the MCI Center, Washington DC, USA.
Travis play at Carling Academy, Bristol, England, UK.
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Nanci Griffith plays at The Waterfront Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, supported by The Crickets.
Congolese music star Papa Wemba appears in court in Paris, France, Europe, on charges relating to the smuggling of illegal immigrants from Africa to Europe under the pretense that they were members of his band. A month later he will be sentenced to thirty months in jail and a $13,000 fine. Most of the sentence, however, is suspended because of time already spent in jail while awaiting trial.
Leonard Cohen releases a new album, Dear Heather, in Europe.
Malmesbury-raised jazz star Jamie Cullum plays a live concert at The Roxy Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia.
Terry Knight, former manager of Grand Funk Railroad, is stabbed to death at the age of 61, in Temple, Texas, USA, while attempting to prevent an argument between his daughter and her boyfriend, Donald Fair, over Fair's use of methamphetamine.
Elton John releases a new single, All That I’m Allowed, on Mercury Records worldwide.
The Zutons, Razorlight, Mory Kante, Roni Size and Beverley Knight perform live on tv show Later With Jools Holland in London, England, UK.
The Czars play at Hanbury Ballroom, Brighton, England, UK.
Ol' Dirty Bastard, a founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan and one of the most eccentric personalities in hip-hop, dies after collapsing from an overdose of cocaine and tramadol at the band's studios on West 34th Street, in New York City, USA.
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Incubus play at The Roy Wilkins Auditorium, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA.
Incubus play at The Ralph Engelstad Arena, Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA.
Elton John, Keane, Interpol, Bloc Party and Ray Lamontagne perform live on UK tv show Later With Jools Holland.
During a hearing on charges of assault and malicious damage, in Balmain Local Court, Sydney, Australia, Oceania, Craig Nicholls, vocalist of The Vines, is revealed to be suffering from the neurobiological disorder Asberger’s Syndrome, which causes victims to exhibit autistic-like behaviour and deficiencies in social and communication skills. The charges against Nicholls are dismissed.
The prosecution in Michael Jackson's ongoing child molestation case in Santa Barbara, California, USA, accuses Jackson's legal team of abusing the judicial process by demanding highly detailed medical records of the alleged victim and his family.
The Darkness play at Carling Academy, London, UK.
The Darkness play at Nottingham Arena, Nottingham, UK.
Lostprophets play at The Carling Apollo, Manchester, England, UK.
Band Aid 20 release a new single, Do They Know It’s Christmas, in the UK on Mercury Records.
When the recently re-formed Wet Wet Wet play at The Metro Arena, Newcastle, England, UK, Europe, lead singer Marti Pellow upsets fans who have paid £300 to meet the band backstage by telling the assembled throng how much he hates such occasions.
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The Stereophonics announce that they have recruited a new drummer, Javier Weyler.
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Elvis Costello plays the second of two nights in the Kosei Nenkin Hall Tokyo, Japan, Asia.
American Hi-Fi play at Metro, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The album Twentysomething by Hullavington-raised jazz star Jamie Cullum reaches No.1 on the Alternative Charts in the Netherlands ' ahead of Keane and Franz Ferdinand.
Atreyu, Bullet For My Valentine and The Black Maria play at The Zodiac, Oxford, England, UK, Europe.
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Big band leader Artie Shaw dies, aged 94, of complications arising from diabetes in Thousand Oaks, California, USA.
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