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Queen are chosen as the greatest British band of all time in a poll of listeners to BBC Radio 2 in the UK, ahead of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Oasis and Take That.
Visionary jazz pianist and composer Alice Coltrane, the wife of John Coltrane, dies of respiratory failure at West Hills Hospital And Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, USA. Although overshadowed by her husband's fame, Alice Coltrane was a powerfully influential musician and thinker, and her legacy has been celebrated since her death in songs including Song For Alice (Dedicated to the Beautiful Legacy of Mrs. Coltrane) by Paul Weller [2008], Alice by Sunn and That Alice by Laura Veirs [2013].
The album Taylor Swift by Taylor Swift is awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Bob Dylan's album Modern Times wins the Grammy award for best contemporary folk/Americana album, while the song Someday Baby wins for solo rock vocal performance. This brings his total of Grammy Award wins to ten.
Eldee Young, Chicago-born jazz bassist with The Ramsey Lewis Trio and Young-Holt Unlimited, dies of a heart attack in Bangkok, Thailand, Asia.
Ian Wallace, former drummer of King Crimson, dies of cancer, aged 60 in Los Angeles, California. Wallace also played drums for Bob Dylan, Don Henley, Jackson Browne and many others.
Folk singer, guitarist and recording artist Mark Spoelstra dies from complications of pancreatic cancer at his home in Pioneer, California, USA.
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Bryan Ferry releases a new album, Dylanesque, dedicated entirely to Ferry's versions of Bob Dylan songs.
It is revealed that Pope Benedict XVI violently disagreed with his late predecessor Pope John Paul II's decision to allow Bob Dylan to perform for him in Bologna, Italy, Europe, ten years earlier.
Film music composer Herman Stein dies aged 91 of congestive heart failure at his home in Los Angeles, California, USA. He found success as the composer of music for many 1950s science-fiction and horror films from Universal Studios, including This Island Earth and It Came From Outer Space.
Eric Clapton plays at The HP Pavilion, San Jose, California, USA.
The Twang release their debut single, Wide Awake, on B-Unique Records in the UK.
Cha Burns, guitarist for Scottish bands Fingerprintz and The Silencers, dies aged 50 in Prestatyn, Wales, of cancer.
Arctic Monkeys release their fourth single, Brianstorm, on Domino Records in the UK.
Chris Whitley and Jeff Lang release their collaborative album Dislocation Blues on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation label, in the USA. The album includes their versions of two Bob Dylan songs, When I Paint My Masterpiece and Changing Of The Guards.
Bob Dylan plays at The Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Europe.
Kings Of Leon play at the O asis Leisure Centre, Swindon, Wiltshire, England, UK
Favourite Worst Nightmare the second LP by Arctic Monkeys reaches No1 in the Official Albums Chart in the UK. It will remain at No1 for three weeks.
Carrie Underwood earns three awards - Top Female Vocalist and Album of the Year for Some Hearts; and Video, for Before He Cheats, at the 42nd annual Academy of Country Music awards in the MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Beatlejazz, a group specialising in jazz interpretations of The Beatles songs, release the album, All You Need, featuring guest appearances by Toots Thielemans [harmonica], Richard Bona [bass and vocals] and Joe Lovano [saxophone].
Michael Jackson flies into London, England, UK, Europe, where is shortly to be paid $5m simply to attend a private 25th birthday party for HRH Prince Azim of Brunei.
Billy Bragg plays in the City Hall, Salisbury during the Salisbury Arts Festival.
Former 60s pop idol Wayne Fontana is remanded in custody in Glossop, Derbyshire, England, UK, on charges of having set a car alight with a bailiff inside when he was pursued for bankruptcy.
Rik Gunnell, a music business entrepreneur [some might say gangster], who owned The Flamingo Club at 33 Wardour Street, in Soho, London, UK, dies aged 75, in Austria, Europe. Rik and his brother John were notorious for their strong arm ways and associations with underworld figures.
Bon Jovi becomes the first rock band to play a gig at the newly-opened O2 Arena (formerly the Millennium Dome) in London, England, UK, Europe.
The Paris Sisters perform Dream Lover on weekly tv pop show American Bandstand in Los Angeles, California, USA.
The four-day long Kavarna Rock Festival continues at Kaliakra Stadium, Kavarna, Bulgaria. Headline act on this day is Motorhead.
Canada Post (the Canadian Post Office) issues limited edition postage stamps bearing the images of Anne Murray, Paul Anka, Gordon Lightfoot and Joni Mitchell.
In the wake of heavy rains, thousands of fans are turned away from The T In The Park music festival at Balado near Kinross, Scotland. Fans are critical of the event's organisers and water-logged car parks are closed because of fears that vehicles would become bogged down in the mud.
Arctic Monkeys release a new single, Fluorescent Adolescent on Domino Records in the UK.
Rapper P. Diddy [aka Puff Daddy, Seam Combs etc] provokes over 10,000 job applications after he posts an advert on Youtube seeking a new personal assistant.
Barbra Streisand plays the first of three non-consecutive nights at The O2 Arena, London, England, UK, Europe.
System 7 play the first of two nights at Close Up 2, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Lindsay Lohan, having only recently left rehab, is arrested in Santa Monica, California, USA, for drunk driving. When searched at the local police station, a quantity of cocaine is found in her pocket. She is charged with driving under the influence, cocaine possession, transporting a narcotic into a custody facility and driving on a suspended licence.
Amy MacDonald releases her debut album, This Is The Life, in the UK on Vertigo Records. It will sell over 3m copies worldwide.
The Black Keys complete the recording of their fifth album, Attack And Release, at Suma Recording Studio, Painesville, Ohio, USA.
Bloc Party, 1900s, The Changes, The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir and The Cinematics play at the Hideout Block Party, Chicago, IL, USA.
Incubus, The Bravery and Simon Dawes play at The Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Irvine, California, USA.
The first annual Hyde Park Jazz Fest takes place at various locations around Hyde Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Artists appearing include Dee Alexander, Orbert Davis, Bill McFarland And The Chicago Horns and Sax in the City.
The Ginge play at McGee's, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
George Malone, second tenor of 1950s r'n'b hitmakers The Monotones, dies of a stroke in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
Bowling for Soup play at The Oasis Leisure Centre, Swindon, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe, supported by The Bloodhound Gang, Zebrahead, Army of Freshmen.
Jazz vocalist Amanda Ambrose dies at the age of 82.
Linda Stein, former manager of The Ramones, is found murdered - battered to death - on the floor of her Fifth Avenue, New York City, USA, penthouse. Her personal assistant Natavia Lowery is arrested and charged with the murder.
John Mellencamp plays at The Metrocenter, Rockford, near Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Chris Brown, supported by Soulja Boy, plays at The Allstate Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The film I'm Not There, directed by Todd Haynes, goes on general release in Belgium. In the film, which claims to be 'Inspired by the music and the many lives of Bob Dylan', six different actors depict separate facets of Dylan's life and public persona. Dylan himself does not appear.
Troubled rock star Pete Doherty of Libertines and Babyshambles fame, brings in the New Year with a party at the Earl Of Cardigan's nine-bedroom mansion, Sturmy House in Durley, Wiltshire.