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Bryan Harvey, guitarist of House Of Freaks, is found murdered along with his wife Kathryn, and daughters Stella and Ruby, in their home in Richmond, Virginia, USA.
Smooth soul and jazz crooner Lou Rawls dies aged 72 of lung and brain cancer.
The film North Country, starring Charlize Theron, is released in Japan. The movie features several Bob Dylan songs, including the newly-recorded Tell 'Ol Bill.
Sugarland post a message on the band's website announcing that Kristen Hall is leaving the trio to concentrate on songwriting.
The running of Wembley Arena, London's long-established and much-loved major concert venue, is taken over by global concert promotions company LiveNation.
Bob Dylan and his band spend the first of four days rehearsing at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House, Poughkeepsie, New York State.
London-based indie band The Mystery Jets release their debut album, Making Dens, in the UK.
Hot Chip play at Lees Palace, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Phil Collins anounces that he has separated from his third wife, Orianne Cevey. In due course he will pay her as £25m divorce settlement.
The Art Ensemble Of Chicago plays at the Jazz Cafe, Camden Town, London, UK.
Detroit-based rapper Proof is shot dead in a bar fight during a pool game.
Arctic Monkeys release an EP, Who The Fuck Are Arctic Monkeyz, on Domino Records in the UK.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers play at Fliegende Bauten, Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
Tool release a new LP, 10,000 Days, in the USA.
Carrie Underwood's debut album, Some Hearts, is awarded triple-platinum status by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Country-pop singer Lynn Anderson is arrested (for the second time) on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol, following a minor traffic accident near Espanola, New Mexico. USA.
Spock's Beard play at House of Blues, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The three-day long 2006 International Bob Dylan Congress enters its second day in Frankfurt, Germany, Europe. Artists participating include Jewels And Binoculars, FSK and Wiglaf Droste.
High Court Judge Mr Justice Lewison, in London, UK, throws out a claim by bass guitarist Aston 'Family Man' Barrett who is seeking financial recompense for his contributions to the Bob Marley sound. Barrett argued that he had been the author of the bass lines which gave Marley's late-1970s hits their inimitable rhythm.
Having been picked up from Viking Legacy Records by Sony Music, Sandi Thom's debut single, I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker [With Flowers in My Hair], is re-released in the UK.
Lula Mae Hardaway dies aged 76 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She was a songwriter and mother of musical genius Stevie Wonder. She co-wrote many of Stevie's songs during the early years of his career, and was co-nominated for the 1970 Grammy Award for Best R&B Song for co-writing Signed, Sealed, Delivered.
On his Dark Side Of Moon Live tour, Roger Waters plays the second of two nights at The Anfiteatro Arena di Verona, Verona, Italy, Europe.
The Dragonfly Ball at The Town Gardens Bowl in Swindon Old Town, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe, features local bands Belarus, Captain Mandate, Buswsell and Beatbullyz, plus several Swindon DJs, including Elwyn Lloyd and Baila.
The 2006 Playboy Jazz Festival, a two-day event, concludes at the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California, USA, with Bill Cosby as master of ceremonies. Artists appearing over the two days of the event have included Elvis Costello, Jamie Cullum, Branford Marsalis, Allen Toussaint and Ozomatli.
Gretchen Wilson and Josh Gracin perform live for US president George W. Bush along with 6,000 guests at the President's Dinner in the Washington Convention Center, Washington DC, USA.
At the request of astronaut Piers Sellers' family, Just Like Heaven by The Cure is played as a wake-up call for the crew of US Space Shuttle Discovery on their flight STS-121.
The Blind Boys Of Alabama play at the Jazz Cafe, Camden Town, London, England, UK, Europe.
Mindy McCready is found not guilty on a charge of driving under the influence, stemming from an arrest in May 2005. However, the jury finds her guilty of driving on a suspended license.
Eric Clapton plays at SAP Arena, Mannheim, Germany, Europe.
Blackbud, formed in Bradford-On-Avon, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe, release their debut album, From The Sky.
Madonna becomes the first artist to be honoured with a bronze handprint plaque in Wembley Arena, London's Square Of Fame.
Ricky Javon Gray is sentenced to death for the murders of Bryan Harvey, guitarist of House Of Freaks, his wife Kathryn, and daughters Stella and Ruby, in their home in Richmond, Virginia, USA. Gray, a drug user who had already spent more than one-third of his life in jail, had also confessed to four other murders.
Walter "Maynard" Ferguson, jazz trumpeter and big-band leader famous for his screaming solos and ability to hit blisteringly high notes, dies of kidney and liver failure, aged 78.
Bob Dylan releases his 32nd studio album, Modern Times, in the UK on Columbia Records. Jack Frost, credited as producer, is a pseudonym for Dylan.
Josh Ritter and Ed Harcourt headline the first day of the End Of The Road Festival in Larmer Tree Gardens, near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK.
Tool play at The Allstate Arena, Rosemont, near Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Mono spend the first of three days recording tracks for their EP The Phoenix Tree, at Electrical Audio Recording, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Radiohead singer Thom Yorke, a spokesperson for Friends Of The Earth's The Big Ask campaign, publicly expresses his concern about the harmful environmental impact of music tours, stating that he would consider not touring unless changes are made.
Stiff Little Fingers play at the The City Hall, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
Tidworth-born James Blunt plays at the Theatre In The Clouds at the Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon.
Eric Clapton plays at Rainbow Hall, Nagoya, Japan, Asia.
The 2006 Induction Ceremony for the UK Music Hall Of Fame, which took place at Alexandra Palace, London, UK, two days earlier is transmitted on tv in the USA by VH1. Inductees are James Brown (inducted by Jazzie B) performs 'I Got You (I Feel Good)' Led Zeppelin [inducted by Roger Taylor of Queen], Wolfmother perform Communication Breakdown as a tribute; Rod Stewart (inducted by James Morrison) performs The First Cut Is the Deepest and Do Ya Think I'm Sexy; Brian Wilson (inducted by David Gilmour of Pink Floyd) performs God Only Knows and Good Vibrations; Bon Jovi (inducted by David A. Stewart and Kara Dioguardi) performs Livin' on a Prayer, Wanted Dead Or Alive and It's My Life; Prince (inducted by Beyonce Knowles) and Dusty Springfield (inducted by Joss Stone who performs Son of a Preacher Man). The occasion proves to be the last televised performance by James Brown.
It is reported that Michael Jackson intends to visit the African state of Rwanda next year to undertake charity work.
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