1996 – In the middle of performing his big hit “Tip-Toe Thru’ the Tulips With Me” in Montague, Mass., Tiny Tim suffers a heart attack and has to be taken off stage. He dies two months later.
1996 – Alanis Morissette finishes her first U.S. tour in Houston, Texas.
1996 – The Grateful Dead unveil their new line of ties at a New York art gallery.
1996 – Reclusive Abba singer Agnetha Faltskog publishes her autobiography, As I Am, in Sweden. The singer has been living for the last decade on the isolated island of Ekero.
1996 – The audience at the Grand Ole Opry witness a historic moment when 23-year-old Hank Williams III, son of Hank Williams Jr. and grandson of country music legend Hank Williams makes his Opry debut. Hank III wears a black western shirt trimmed with green fringe that belonged to his grandfather. His set includes “Moanin’ […]
1996 – Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher walks out on the band in the middle of their American tour. He’s reported to have fought with his brother, singer Liam Gallagher, and is tired of “touring sh*tholes.”
1996 – Jessie Hill dies in New Orleans. The R&B vocalist/drummer/pianist recorded the rabble-rousing “Ooh Poo Dah Doo” single with Allen Toussaint in 1960.
1996 – Singer and arranger Silas Roy Crain dies at the age of 85.
1996 – Rapper Tupac Shakur dies while in intensive care. The Deaths Row Records star had been shot four times in a gangster-style drive-by shooting in Las Vegas six days earlier.
1996 – CMT (Country Music Television) is allowed to once again broadcast in Canada. The network had been booted off the air over a broadcasting rights dispute.
1996 – For the first time ever, a new single by a major recording artist is released exclusively on the Internet. David Bowie’s “Telling Lies” is released on Bowie’s Website (www.davidbowie.com), where it can be played and downloaded; the song does not appear anywhere on CD, record or cassette and is not to be heard […]
1996 – Michael Hutchence of INXS pleads guilty to assaulting a photographer who lay in ambush for him outside a hotel where he was staying with Bob Geldof’s ex-wife Paula Yates. Hutchence is fined $600.