Monday 6pm: MaxMusic 20th Century – 1991 (Part 1)

15 January – A new all-star rendition of the John Lennon song “Give Peace a Chance” is released, featuring Yoko Ono, Lenny Kravitz, Peter Gabriel, Alannah Myles, Tom Petty, Bonnie Raitt and many more, billed as “The Peace Choir”. The single has been rushed to market in response to the imminent Gulf War.
16 January – The sixth annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is held in New York. The event goes forward despite a tense atmosphere due to the President’s announcement of the Gulf War the same evening. The inductees are Ike & Tina Turner, Jimmy Reed, John Lee Hooker, LaVern Baker, The Byrds, The Impressions, Wilson Pickett and Howlin’ Wolf.
18 January – Three people are crushed to death during an AC/DC concert in Salt Lake City, Utah, when audience members rush the stage.
18–27 January – The massive nine-day festival Rock in Rio II is held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The headliners are a-ha, Prince, INXS, Guns N’ Roses, New Kids on the Block, George Michael and Happy Mondays.
19 January – Janet Jackson with seventh single from Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814, “Love Will Never Do (Without You)”, making her the only artist to have seven singles from the same album chart in the top five.
27 January – Whitney Houston sings “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Super Bowl. The recording is then released and becomes a hit single.
31 January – DJ Magazine is founded.
27 February – James Brown is granted an early parole and released from jail, following his arrest after a high-speed car chase through two states in 1989. Pop Will Eat Itself documented the affair with their song, “Not Now James, We’re Busy”.
28 February – Hollywood’s Record Plant Studios recording studio closes down. Among the albums recorded at the Record Plant were The Eagles’ Hotel California, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours and Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life.
11 March – Janet Jackson signs a US$30 million contract with Virgin Records, making her the highest paid female recording artist ever.
12 March – R.E.M. release their seventh studio album, Out of Time. The album would serve as the band’s breakthrough, catapulting the Georgia alternative rock band from cult status to a massive international act.
16 March – Seven members of country music singer Reba McEntire’s band and her road manager are killed when their private plane crashes in California, near the U.S.-Mexico border. McEntire travels on a separate plane.
20 March
Michael Jackson signs a contract with Sony for 1 billion dollars.
Eric Clapton’s four-year-old son, Conor, dies after falling 49 stories from a New York City apartment window, which would inspire Clapton to write the hit single “Tears in Heaven”.
24 March – The Black Crowes are dropped as the opening act of ZZ Top’s tour for repeatedly insulting the tour’s sponsor, Miller Beer.
27 March – New Kids on the Block star Donnie Wahlberg is arrested in Louisville, Kentucky for allegedly setting his hotel room on fire.
28 March – George Harrison, Phil Collins and others attend funeral services for Eric Clapton’s late son, Conor.
28 April – Bonnie Raitt marries actor Michael O’Keefe in New York.
4 May – The Eurovision Song Contest 1991 is held in Rome, Italy and, after a highly controversial voting segment, Sweden’s Fångad av en stormvind by Carola is declared the winner.
7 May – In Macon, Georgia, a judge dismisses a wrongful death lawsuit against Ozzy Osbourne. The suit was filed by a local couple that believed their son was inspired to attempt suicide by Osbourne’s music.
10 May – Truth or Dare, a documentary chronicling singer Madonna’s 1990 Blond Ambition Tour, is released to theatres.
24 May – Guns N’ Roses kick off their 26 months world Use Your Illusion Tour in Alpine Valley in East Troy.
25 May – The Billboard 200 album chart starts incorporating electronically monitored sales data provided by Nielsen SoundScan, thus beginning what chart aficionados tag as the “SoundScan era”.
28 May – The Smashing Pumpkins releases their debut album Gish, establishing the band as one of the most important of the alternative scene.
7 June – ABC revives the late-night rock performance series In Concert.
21 June – The Mérida State Symphony Orchestra is founded in Venezuela.
28 June – Paul McCartney’s classical composition, the Liverpool Oratorio, receives its premiere at the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral.

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