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This is a summary of significant events in music in 1993.

File:Albert Collins at Reunion on the Mall.jpg

Albert Collins playing event on Washington Mall before the inauguration of US President Bill Clinton.

Events[]

January–February[]

March–April[]

  • March 4Patti LaBelle receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, USA.
  • March 6Whitney Houston's single "I Will Always Love You" posts its 14th week at number one in the USA, becoming the longest-running number one single of all time.
  • March 22Depeche Mode becomes the first alternative British band to achieve the number one in U.S.A. on the Billboard 200, with the album Songs of Faith and Devotion.[citation needed]
  • March 29Suede release their eponymous debut album. It enters the album chart at Number 1 in the UK, setting a new record for the fastest-selling debut album by a UK act in Britain.
  • April 6-Yanni releases his ninth studio album and receives his second Grammy nomination
  • April 12
  • April 16Paul McCartney headlines a concert at the Hollywood Bowl, USA to celebrate "Earth Day". Other performers included Ringo Starr, Steve Miller and Don Henley.
  • April 17The Bangles' Susanna Hoffs marries screenwriter Jay Roach in Los Angeles, USA.[7]
  • April 21 – Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman marries designer Suzanne Accosta in France.[8]
  • April 22 - The Who's Tommy opens on Broadway.
  • April 24Willie Nelson, John Cougar Mellencamp, Neil Young and more than 30 other artists perform at Farm Aid 6 in Ames, Iowa, USA.
  • April 29 – An animated version of Barry White appears on an episode of the US television cartoon series, The Simpsons.[9]

May–June[]

  • May 31Oasis plays at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow, UK supporting 18 Wheeler. Creation Records boss Alan McGee, who is in the audience, offers them their first recording contract after the show.[citation needed]
  • June 1Janet Jackson's janet. debuts at No. 1 becoming the first to do so by a female artist in the Soundscan era. The album's first single "That's the Way Love Goes" began the sixth week of its two-month run at number one.
  • June 4 - Kurt Cobain is taken to jail after a domestic row with wife Courtney Love. No charges are filed.
  • June 5 - Mariah Carey weds music executive Tommy Mottola in Manhattan.
  • June 7
    • On his 35th birthday, Prince announces that he is changing his name to an unpronounceable symbol. This led to him being called The Artist Formerly Known as Prince until 2000.
    • The groundbreaking ceremony for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is held in Cleveland with Pete Townshend, Chuck Berry and Billy Joel among those in attendance. The museum will open in 1995.

July–August[]

  • July 7 - Singer Mia Zapata of punk band The Gits is found dead after being beaten, sexually assaulted and strangled in the Capitol Hill district of Seattle. Her murder goes unsolved for a decade until DNA evidence leads to an arrest and conviction.
  • July 17Guns N' Roses play the final gig on their Use Your Illusion Tour. This will be the last time the original band play together on stage.
  • July 18 - At a Lollapalooza concert in Philadelphia, Rage Against the Machine uses their entire 14-minute performance time to protest their single "Killing in the Name" being banned from radio. With only guitar feedback for sound, the group appears on stage naked with the letters "PMRC" painted on their chests and electrical duct tape over their mouths.
  • July 21 - Ilaiyaraaja becomes the first Asian composer to have a symphony performed by a major UK orchestra (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra).
  • August 5 - Singer Natalie Merchant announces on MTV that she is leaving 10,000 Maniacs after twelve years in the band.
  • August 10
    • Mayhem guitarist Euronymous is stabbed to death by fellow band member Varg Vikernes in Oslo, Norway, causing the temporary end of Mayhem.
    • Billy Joel releases River of Dreams, his final studio album before quitting music.
  • August 24 – News breaks to the public that Michael Jackson is being investigated on allegations of child molestation.
  • August 28Bruce Dickinson plays his final show with Iron Maiden (until his return in 1999) in London. The show is broadcast on British television, and later released on VHS and DVD.

September–October[]

  • September 2 - Snoop Dogg and his bodyguard are charged with the August 25 murder of a 20-year-old gang member in a drive-by shooting. They are cleared of the charges in 1996.
  • September 14 - A civil lawsuit is filed against Michael Jackson by thirteen-year-old Jordan Chandler and his parents, accusing the singer of sexually abusing the boy over the course of their friendship.
  • September 20 - Depeche Mode becomes among the earliest bands to go on the Internet to interact with fans, as the group holds a question-and-answer session on AOL. The event is marred by technical difficulties as many participants, including the band members themselves, have trouble logging on to the chat.
  • September 25 - Madonna starts The Girlie Show World Tour in London, England. And visit some countries for the very first time like Brazil, Argentina, Israel, Turkey, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Australia.
  • October 1 - MTV Latin America is launched.
  • October 17Savatage guitarist and co-founder Christopher Michael "Criss" Oliva killed in a car accident by a seven-time drunk driver.[citation needed]
  • October 19Pearl Jam release their second album Vs., which sells 950 000 copies in one week.[citation needed]
  • October 31 - Tupac Shakur is arrested and charged with shooting two off-duty police officers in Atlanta. The charges are later dropped.

November–December[]

  • November 9Wu-Tang Clan releases their acclaimed album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) and A Tribe Called Quest releases their acclaimed album Midnight Marauders.
  • November 11Michael Jackson ends his Dangerous World Tour in Mexico City, Mexico.
  • November 18Nirvana play their unplugged concert in New York for MTV.
  • November 19Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder is arrested in New Orleans, USA on charges of public drunkenness after a bar room brawl. Madonna also ended her tour in Tokyo, Japan.
  • November 23Ace of Base releases their debut album for Arista The Sign, also known as Happy Nation, and Happy Nation U.S Version.
  • November 29Autechre's debut album "Incunabula" is released on Warp Records
  • November 30 – A new opera house opens in Töölö, Helsinki, Finland.
  • December 22 - Michael Jackson makes his first public statement regarding the child molestation allegations leveled against him. In a videotaped address, Jackson calls the accusations "totally false" and asks the public to "wait to hear the truth before you label or condemn me."
  • December 31 - The twenty-second annual New Year's Rockin' Eve special airs on ABC, with appearances by Brooks & Dunn, Daryl Hall, Kiss, Joey Lawrence, SWV and Barry Manilow.

Also in 1993[]

  • Anders Fridén quits Dark Tranquillity from his lead vocalist position. Then guitarist/vocalist, Mikael Stanne fills in Fridén's position while abandoning his guitarist position. The band hires Fredrik Johansson to fill the vacant guitar position.
  • Rick Astley retires from the music industry at the age of 27 after selling 40 million records in a five-year period.
  • Jesper Strömblad leaves Ceremonial Oath while Anders Fridén joins the band.
  • New Order break up whilst on the tour for their album Republic, and apparently do not speak to each other for another 5 years.[citation needed]
  • Christian rock label Tooth & Nail Records is formed.
  • Keiko Abe becomes the first woman to be inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame.[10]

Bands formed[]

Bands disbanded[]

Bands reformed[]

Albums released[]

  1. Chrome Catherine Wheel

Biggest hit singles[]

The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the charts of 1993.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart entries
1 Meat Loaf I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That) 1993 United States UK 1 – Oct 1993, US BB 1 of 1993, Holland 1 – Oct 1993, Austria 1 – Nov 1993, Switzerland 1 – Nov 1993, Norway 1 – Oct 1993, Germany 1 – Jan 1994, Éire 1 – Oct 1993, New Zealand 1 for 5 weeks Sep 1993, Australia 1 for 8 weeks Dec 1993, Sweden 2 – Oct 1993, Poland 5 – Nov 1993, Australia 5 of 1993, France 10 – Sep 1993, US BB 15 of 1993, Europe 20 of the 1990s, Germany 28 of the 1990s, US CashBox 32 of 1994, POP 34 of 1993, Belgium 210 of all time, OzNet 375
2 UB40 I Can't Help Falling in Love With You 1993 United Kingdom UK 1 – May 1993, US BB 1 of 1993, US CashBox 1 of 1993, Holland 1 – May 1993, Sweden 1 – Jun 1993, Austria 1 – Jul 1993, New Zealand 1 for 11 weeks Jun 1993, Australia 1 for 7 weeks Oct 1993, Switzerland 2 – Jun 1993, Germany 2 – Jun 1993, Australia 3 of 1993, Norway 4 – Jun 1993, US BB 6 of 1993, POP 6 of 1993, France 10 – May 1993, Poland 12 – Aug 1993, Scrobulate 48 of reggae, Germany 85 of the 1990s, Italy 88 of 1993, OzNet 836
3 4 Non Blondes What's Up? 1993 United States Holland 1 – Jul 1993, Sweden 1 – Aug 1993, Austria 1 – Aug 1993, Switzerland 1 – Jul 1993, Norway 1 – Jul 1993, Poland 1 – Jul 1993, Germany 1 – Jul 1993, Éire 1 – Jul 1993, UK 2 – Jun 1993, Italy 8 of 1993, Australia 10 of 1993, US BB 14 of 1993, Germany 17 of the 1990s, US BB 31 of 1993, Scrobulate 46 of 90s, US CashBox 50 of 1993, RYM 61 of 1993, Europe 62 of the 1990s, POP 67 of 1993, Belgium 209 of all time
4 Snow Informer 1993 Canada US BB 1 of 1993, Sweden 1 – Mar 1993, Switzerland 1 – Apr 1993, Norway 1 – Apr 1993, Germany 1 – Apr 1993, Éire 1 – Apr 1993, New Zealand 1 for 3 weeks May 1993, Australia 1 for 5 weeks Sep 1993, UK 2 – Mar 1993, Holland 2 – Mar 1993, Austria 3 – May 1993, Australia 6 of 1993, US CashBox 9 of 1993, US BB 13 of 1993, POP 51 of 1993, Germany 52 of the 1990s, Italy 68 of 1993
5 Haddaway What is Love? 1993 File:Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg US BB 1 of 1993, Holland 1 – Apr 1993, France 1 – Apr 1993, Austria 1 – May 1993, Switzerland 1 – Apr 1993, Norway 1 – Apr 1993, Éire 1 – Jul 1993, POP 1 of 1993, UK 2 – Jun 1993, Sweden 2 – Mar 1993, Germany 2 – Mar 1993, Scrobulate 4 of 90s, Italy 5 of 1993, Germany 10 of the 1990s, US BB 11 of 1993, RYM 154 of 1993

Top hits[]

  1. Insane in the Brain Cypress Hill

Births[]

  • January 2 - Bryson Tiller, American singer-songwriter
  • January 12 - Zayn Malik, British singer of the band One Direction
  • February 6 - Tinashe, American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress (The Stunners)
  • February 19 - Victoria Justice, American singer-songwriter actress
  • March 4 - Bobbi Kristina Brown, American singer (d. 2015)
  • March 15 - Alyssa Reid, Canadian singer-songwriter
  • April 16 - Chance the Rapper, independent American Christian rapper
  • April 25 - Shiloh, Canadian singer
  • May 11 - James Reid, Filipino singer-actor
  • May 14 - Miranda Cosgrove, American singer and actress
  • June 6
    • Vic Mensa, American rapper (Kids These Days)
    • Tom Swoon, Polish DJ and producer
  • June 25 - Piero Vergara, Filipino singer-songwriter and actor
  • June 26 - Ariana Grande, American singer
  • July 5 - Hollie Cavanagh, English-American singer
  • July 7 - Capital Steez, American rapper (Pro Era) (d. 2012)
  • July 18
    • Lee Taemin, Korean singer (SHINee)
    • Casey Veggies, American rapper and songwriter
  • July 28 - Cher Lloyd, British rapper, singer songwriter
  • July 26 - Taylor Momsen, American rock singer
  • August 29 - Liam Payne, British singer of the band One Direction
  • September 7Mohamed Ali, Danish singer
  • September 13 - Niall Horan, Irish singer of One Direction
  • October 4Mina, German singer
  • October 13Tiffany Trump, American socialite, and singer
  • November 13Julia Michaels, American singer and songwriter
  • November 24Ivi Adamou, Greek Cypriot singer
  • November 26Erena Ono, Japanese singer
  • December 7 - Jasmine Villegas, American singer
  • December 10 - Rachel Trachtenburg, American singer and actress (Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players and Supercute!)
  • December 22
    • Ali Lohan, American actress, model and singer
    • Meghan Trainor, American singer-songwriter, musician and producer

Deaths[]

  • January 6
    • Dizzy Gillespie, jazz trumpet virtuoso and co-founder of bebop, 76
    • Rudolf Nureyev, ballet dancer, 54
  • January 15Sammy Cahn, songwriter, 79
  • February 3Karel Goeyvaerts, composer, 69
  • February 25 - Toy Caldwell, guitarist (The Marshall Tucker Band), 45
  • February 26Pina Carmirelli, violinist, founder member of the Boccherini Quintet, 78
  • March 3Carlos Montoya, guitarist, 89
  • March 31Mitchell Parish, 92, US lyric writer
  • April 19 - Steve Douglas, saxophonist, 54
  • April 23Daniel Jones, composer, 80
  • April 30Mick Ronson, guitarist, 46 (liver cancer)
  • May 22Juice Wilson, jazz violinist, 89
  • May 30Sun Ra, jazz composer, 79
  • June 5Conway Twitty (real name: Harold Jenkins) country rock singer, 59
  • June 9 - Arthur Alexander, country soul singer, 53
  • June 13 - John Campbell, blues guitarist, 41 (heart failure)
  • June 28 - GG Allin, punk singer, 36 (heroin overdose)
  • July 7Mia Zapata (The Gits), 27 (murdered)
  • July 14Léo Ferré, French singer, songwriter and composer, 76
  • July 19Szymon Goldberg, Polish-born American violinist and conductor, 84
  • July 21 - Richard Tee, pianist and singer, 49 (prostate cancer)
  • August 5Eugen Suchoň, Slovak composer, 84
  • August 7Roy Budd, jazz pianist and film composer, 46 (brain haemorrhage)
  • August 10Øystein Aarseth, aka Euronymous, black metal guitarist of Mayhem fame, 25 (murdered)
  • August 17 - Phil Seymour, drummer, guitarist and singer, 41 (cancer)
  • August 21 - Tatiana Troyanos, operatic mezzo-soprano, 54 (breast cancer)
  • August 25 - Janna Allen, songwriter, 36 (leukemia)
  • August 26 - Rockin' Dopsie, zydeco accordionist and singer, 61
  • September 9Helen O'Connell, singer, actress and dancer, 73
  • September 22Maurice Abravanel, conductor, 90
  • October 23Elena Nicolai, opera singer, 88
  • October 31River Phoenix, actor and singer of Aleka's Attic, 23 (drug overdose)
  • November 3Léon Theremin, inventor of the Theremin musical instrument, 97
  • November 6Torsten Fenslau, (Culture Beat), 29 (car accident)
  • November 7 - Adelaide Hall, jazz singer, actress, entertainer, 92
  • November 11 - Erskine Hawkins, trumpet player and bandleader, 79
  • November 18 - Arvid Fladmoe, Norwegian composer and conductor, 78
  • November 22Anthony Burgess, composer and polymath best known as a novelist, 76
  • November 24 - Albert Collins, blues guitarist and singer, 61 (cancer)
  • November 26César Guerra-Peixe, violinist and composer, 79
  • November 30David Houston, singer 57
  • December 1Ray Gillen, former vocalist of Black Sabbath and Badlands, 34 (AIDS-related)
  • December 4Frank Zappa, "Mothers of Invention" musician/composer, 52 (prostate cancer)
  • December 5Doug Hopkins, guitarist and songwriter for Gin Blossoms, 32 (suicide)
  • December 12Joan Cross, operatic soprano, 93
  • December 19 - Michael Clarke, drummer (The Byrds), 47

Awards[]

Filmfare Awards[]

  • Kumar SanuFilmfare Best Male Playback Award
  • Alka Yagnik & Ila Arun win the Filmfare Best Female Playback Award

Grammy Awards[]

  • 1993 Grammy Awards

Country Music Association Awards[]

  • 1993 CMA Awards

Country Music Hall of Fame[]

Eurovision Song Contest[]

  • Eurovision Song Contest 1993

Japan Record Awards[]

  • 35th Japan Record Awards

Mercury Music Prize[]

  • SuedeSuede wins.

Glenn Gould Prize[]

  • Oscar Peterson (laureate), Benny Green (protégé)

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame[]

Charts[]

Triple J Hottest 100[]

Main article: Triple J Hottest 100, 1993

See also[]

  • 1993 in British music
  • Record labels established in 1993

References[]

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