Wednesday 6pm: MaxMusic 20th Century – 1997 (Part 2)

April 2 – Joni Mitchell is reunited with her daughter, Kilauren Gibb, whom she gave up for adoption 32 years earlier.
April 7 – Wynton Marsalis becomes the first jazz artist to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music.
April 8 – Third Eye Blind releases their self-titled debut album, selling 6,000,000 copies in the US and featuring the massive hit “Semi-Charmed Life”.
April 10 – Nigel Kennedy, now calling himself simply Kennedy, returns to the stage at the Royal Festival Hall after a five-year absence from the concert stage resulting from neck surgery.
April 14 – Depeche Mode come back with their 9th album, Ultra.
April 15 – Hanson releases “MMMBop”, one of the most successful debut singles of all time, reaching number one in 27 countries.
April 25–27 – The first Terrastock festival is held in Providence, Rhode Island, USA.
May 3
5ive’s musical career begins after auditions are held in London, UK to find potential band members, with over 3,000 hopefuls showing up to audition.
The Spice Girls attend the Cannes Film Festival to announce their plans to hit the big screen with Spiceworld: The Movie. A photo call on top of the Hotel Martinez entrance brings the area to a standstill.
At the 42nd Eurovision Song Contest, held in Dublin’s Point Theatre, the UK win with “Love Shine a Light”, sung by Katrina and the Waves.
The Notorious B.I.G. single Hypnotize is #1 for three weeks.
May 6 – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is held in Cleveland at the site of the hall itself for the first time. Prior to this year, the ceremony had only been held in New York City.
May 11 – The Spice Girls perform their first British live gig for the Prince’s Trust 21st anniversary concert at the Manchester Opera House They break royal protocol by kissing The Prince of Wales on the cheeks and even pinching his bottom.
May 15 – The Spice Girls’ album Spice reaches number one on the US charts, making them the first British act to top the charts with a debut album.
May 20
Foo Fighters release their album The Colour and the Shape.
Michael Jackson releases Blood on the Dance Floor: History in the Mix which became the best seller remix album with 15 million copies sold.
May 23 – Brainiac frontman Tim Taylor is killed in a car crash driving to his Dayton, Ohio home. He was 29. The band soon announces they will not continue.
May 24 – The first proper Ozzfest tour kicks off at the Nissan Pavilion in Washington, D.C, featuring Pantera and a reconstituted Black Sabbath with three of the four original members.
May 28 – Japanese pop singer and songwriter Miho Komatsu release her first and debut song entitled Nazo. It is used as an opening soundtrack in popular hit anime Detective Conan.
June
June 14 – Puff Daddy and The Family’s “I’ll Be Missing You” single is #1 on the Hot 100 charts for the next eleven weeks, only to be replaced by The Notorious B.I.G. posthumous single “Mo Money Mo Problems”, also featuring Puff Daddy.
June 16 – Radiohead release OK Computer in the United Kingdom (almost one month later than in Japan) to huge critical acclaim.
June 17 – Blink-182 release their second studio album Dude Ranch which gains small mainstream success. This is the last album that drummer Scott Raynor contributes to. He is replaced by Travis Barker in 1998.
June 24 – Disney-owned Hollywood Records drops Insane Clown Posse from their roster and pulls the album The Great Milenko after only six hours of release, in an attempt to placate the Southern Baptist Church who were threatening to boycott the company for straying from its family-friendly image. The controversy generates tremendous publicity for the band, who soon sign with Island Records.[6]
June 29 – Missy Elliott releases single “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” from her debut album Supa Dupa Fly.

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