We continue our spot light on the music of 1995.
July 3 – The members of TLC file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, declaring debts of over $3.5 million.
July 9 – The Grateful Dead performs its final show with Jerry Garcia at Soldier Field in Chicago he dies one month later of a heart attack at the age of 53.
July 14 – George Michael and Sony Music complete their acrimonious split. In 1994 Michael lost a lawsuit seeking to be released from his Sony contract, but he vowed to never sing for the company again. Michael will now record for the new label DreamWorks Records.
July 17 – Robbie Williams announces he is quitting Take That.
July 18 – Selena becomes the first Hispanic singer to have an album debut and peak at number-one on the US Billboard 200 chart. She also becomes the first and only female singer to place five albums simultaneously on the Billboard 200 chart.
Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead passes away of a heart attack at age 53. In cities all over the United States, deadheads spontaneously gather to mourn his death and celebrate his life.
Kiss performs on MTV Unplugged. The band’s current lineup is joined by original members Peter Criss and Ace Frehley, setting the stage for the band’s reunion tour the following year.
August 12 – The Offspring’s Dexter Holland marries hairstylist Kristine Luna, who co-wrote one of the band’s songs “Session”.
August 22 – Rancid release their third studio album …And Out Come the Wolves. Along with Green Day’s Dookie and The Offspring’s Smash (both released a year before), this album helped revive mainstream popular interest in punk rock in the mid-1990s, and becomes one of the best-selling independent records of all time. …And Out Come the Wolves eventually goes platinum.
Oingo Boingo announce that they will break up following a series of Halloween shows in Los Angeles, California, USA. Lead singer Danny Elfman has established a career scoring motion pictures.
The official end of Sarah Records is marked with a farewell party featuring live sets by many of the label’s acts. It was the last live appearance by The Orchids before they split up.
August 29 – Al Jourgensen and Mike Scaccia of Ministry are arrested for heroin possession in two separate incidents in Texas.
September 1 – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opens in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
September 5 – The Luminiş Villa, George Enescu Memorial House, becomes an official memorial to the composer.
September 8 – For Squirrels vocalist Jack Vigliatura, bassist Bill White and manager Tim Bender are all killed in a van accident near Savannah, Georgia.
September 15 – Alternative-country magazine No Depression publishes its first issue, with Son Volt on the cover.
September 27 – Time Warner agrees to sell back its 50 percent share of Interscope Records. The media giant had come under intense fire for the explicit lyrics of rap artists on the label.
The first International Guitar Festival is held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Oasis release their second album, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?. The album spawns several number one singles around the world and eventually becomes the third best-selling album in the UK ever.
October 10 – Mariah Carey performed at Madison Square Garden to promote her album Daydream.
October 11 – Tupac Shakur is released from Clinton Correctional Facility, New York, USA, on US$1.4 million bail which was posted by Suge Knight. In return Tupac signed a three-album deal with Knight’s Death Row Records.
October 21 – Blind Melon singer Shannon Hoon is found dead of a cocaine overdose at the age of 28.
October 23 – Def Leppard enters the Guinness Book of World Records by performing three shows in three continents in the same day, playing Tangier, Morocco, London, England and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
October 24 – The Smashing Pumpkins released their album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
October 30 – Oasis released their single Wonderwall