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Having sold 2.5m copies during 2005, Tidworth-born James Blunt's album Back To Bedlam is reported to have been the UK's best-selling album of that year.
A badly decomposed body recovered recently from the Chartres Street Wharf in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, is identified as Barry Cowsill of family-oriented pop band The Cowsills. The coroner rules that he died of drowning during Hurricane Katrina.
Revered San Francisco-based jazz and blues critic Phil Elwood dies aged 79 from heart failure.
Alan Sytner, founder of Liverpool, UK's, Cavern Club dies in Cannes, France.
Daniel Powter releases Bad Day, the first single from his self-titled debut album, in the USA.
Sherman Ferguson, celebrated Philadelphian jazz drummer who worked with Dizzy Gillespie, George Shearing, Horace Silver and mony others, dies at home in La Crescenta, California, USA, of complications arising from diabetes.
Bob Dylan and his band spend the second of four days rehearsing at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House, Poughkeepsie, New York State.
The film North Country, starring Charlize Theron, is released in Austria, Italy, Sweden and Iceland. The movie features several Bob Dylan songs, including the newly-recorded Tell 'Ol Bill.
Scott Stapp, the former frontman of Creed who became married yesterday, is arrested for alleged drunkenness in Los Angeles International Airport, Los Angeles, California.
The hit single Boondocks by Little Big Town is awarded gold status by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
The film North Country, starring Charlize Theron, is released in Brazil, Panama and Poland. The movie features several Bob Dylan songs, including the newly-recorded Tell 'Ol Bill.
Hot Chip play at Austin, Texas, USA.
Feeling unwell, Patti LaBelle struggles through Lady Marmalade, On My Own and a handful of gospel tunes before leaving the stage abruptly after just 45 minutes at the Riviera Beach Jazz And Blues Festival, Riviera Beach, Florida, USA. She later calls it the "worst show I've ever done."
The film North Country, starring Charlize Theron, is released in Spain. The movie features several Bob Dylan songs, including the newly-recorded Tell 'Ol Bill.
Zen Cafe play in the Tavastia Club, Helsinki, Finland.
When Jo Dee Messina runs the 26.2-mile course in the 110th Boston Marathon, she injures her knee halfway through the race, but still completes the course in five hours and 47 minutes, ranking No19,681 among the runners.
The David Bromberg Quartet plays at MerleFest 2006, Wilkesboro, North Carolina, USA.
The Black Keys release a new EP, Chulahoma: The Songs of Junior Kimbrough, on Fat Possum Records in the USA.
Hot Chip play at The Roadhouse, Manchester, UK.
The three-day long 2006 International Bob Dylan Congress begins in Frankfurt, Germany, Europe. Artists participating include Jewels And Binoculars, FSK and Wiglaf Droste.
Billy Joel is the keynote speaker at Syracuse University's commencement ceremony, in Syracuse, New York State, USA.
TV Personalities play at Thames Polytechnic, Woolwich, London, England, UK, Europe, supported by One Thousand Violins.
The Neil Cowley Trio release their debut album Displaced in the UK.
Innovative guitarist Robert Fripp, founder of King Crimson, records a live album at Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
The 2006 Playboy Jazz Festival, a two-day event, begins at the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, with Bill Cosby as master of ceremonies. Artists appearing over the two days of the event include Elvis Costello, Jamie Cullum, Branford Marsalis, Allen Toussaint and Ozomatli.
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 released in the USA.
In a shock announcement that publicly reveals his homosexuality, former Savage Garden singer Darren Hayes announces that he recently married his boyfriend Richard Cullen in a civil partnership ceremony in London, UK.
Eric Clapton plays at The Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany, Europe.
Jump blues piano player, singer and recording artist Floyd Dixon dies aged 77, of cancer, in Orange, California, USA.
The Rex acoustic guitar on which Paul McCartney of The Beatles learned his first chords is sold for
Suzanne Vega becomes the first major recording artist to perform live in the Internet-based virtual world, Second Life. The event is hosted by John Hockenberry of public radio's The Infinite Mind.
Mentally disturbed songwriter Wild Man Fischer plays his final live show at The Trunk Space, Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
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.
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.
The second day of the first Osheaga Festival takes place in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, with Ben Harper And The Innocent Criminals, Islands, Wolf Parade, G. Love And Special Sauce and Damian Marley.
Ian Hamer dies, following a heart attack, in Brighton, England, UK. He had found success as a jazz trumpet player, working with Tubby Hayes, Ted Heath, Jack Parnell and Johnny Dankworth to name but a few. As a session musician, he played on recordings by The Beatles (Got To Get You Into My Life), Bing Crosby, Tom Jones, Dusty Springfield, Shirley Bassey, Barbra Streisand, James Last and Matt Monro.
The Great Performers of Illinois series of concerts begins in Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA, with a Folk And Alternative Country day featuring The Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, Robbie Fulks, Suzy Bogguss and others.
The End Of The Road Festival continues into its second day at Larmer Tree Gardens, near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK. Artists appearing over the three days of the event include Badly Drawn Boy.
Prentiss Barnes, bass vocalist of 50s doo-wop stars The Moonglows, dies, aged 81. in a car crash while driving to choir practice in Magnolia, Mississippi, USA.
The Rolling Stones play to 23,000 fans in Washington-Grizzly Stadium, Missoula, Minnesota, USA.
Mono spend the last of three days recording tracks for their EP The Phoenix Tree, at Electrical Audio Recording, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The first annual ThisDay Music Festival, a two-day event to commemorate the anniversary of Nigeria's Independence, concludes in Lagos, Nigeria. Artists appearing over the two days of the festival have included Beyonce Knowles, Jay-Z, Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes and Ciara.
Ziggy Marley plays at The Fillmore, San Francisco, California, USA.
Oakland-born blues musician Seasick Steve releases his second album Doghouse Music on Bronzerat Records.
Blues guitarist and singer Seasick Steve releases his second album, Doghouse Music, on Bronzerat Records.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers play at The Schleyerhalle, Stuttgart, Germany, Europe.
Struggling elderly blues musician Seasick Steve performs Dog House Boogie on BBC tv show Jools Holland's 14th New Year's Eve Hootenanny in London, UK. Within a week, visitors to his website rocket from 75 to 1.7m, and his career is launched.
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