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is born in Decatur, Mississippi, USA. Evers will become a committed anti-segregation campaigner and, in 1963 in Jackson, Mississippi, he will be shot in the back and killed by a white racist gunman. Evers' death will be the spark for the Bob Dylan
song Only A Pawn In Their Game
Jazz clarinetist and alto-saxophonist Frank Teschemacher
dies in Ravenswood Hospital, Chicago, Illinois, USA, following a car crash.
Popular American singer Edward Meeker
, who enjoyed bestsellers with Harrigan and Take Me Out to the Ball Game, dies in Orange, New Jersey, USA. Meeker was also well-known to pioneer recording aficionados as Edison's song announcer and sound effects specialist in the first two decades of the century.
Popular songwriter, pianist and arranger Eliseo Grenet
dies aged 57 at home in Havana, Cuba, Caribbean.
, bassist of Die Toten Hosen, is born in Essen, Germany, Europe.
is jailed for just six months for the murder of Hattie Carroll, a black barmaid. Zantzinger struck her with a walking cane and she died later the same day. When Bob Dylan
reads news reports of the killing, he is so angered that he writes his song The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll
Rich young Baltimore, Maryland, USA, farmer
Controversial deejay Alan Freed
enters a hospital in Palm Springs, California, USA, suffering from gastrointestinal intestinal bleeding, resulting from cirrhosis of the liver. He will die twenty days later.
Actress/singer Judy Holliday
is admitted to Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City, USA, suffering from terminal cancer. She will die after drifting in and out of consciousness for twelve days.
Erie Canal Soda Pop Festival
staggers into its third and last day on Bull Island in the Wabash River, Illinois, USA. The event was billed as featuring major bands including Black Sabbath
, Joe Cocker
, Fleetwood Mac
, Canned Heat
, The Allman Brothers, The Eagles
and many more. In the end, over 200,000 people arrived instead of the 30,000 expected, and the event has become a disaster, with most of the bands pulling out because of the chaos. Bands who actually do play include Canned Heat
, Brownsville Station, Black Oak Arkansas and Pure Prairie League. The angry crowd burns the stage down.
Shirley Brickley, lead vocalist for 60's hitmaking girl group The Orlons
, is shot dead at her home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
The second leg of Black Sabbath
’s US tour for the album Never Say Die, begins at the Bayfront Center, St Petersburg, Florida, USA.
Drummer William 'Cozy' Cole who had a huge hit in the 50s with Topsy Pt. 1, dies of cancer in Alabama, USA, aged 72.
Jazz piano star Earl 'Fatha' Hines
dies of heart failure in Oakland, California, USA, aged 77.
In Manhattan Supreme Court in New York City, USA, the prosecution rests its case in the trial of Gail Collins, who is charged with the second degree murder of her husband, Felix Pappalardi
of heavy rock band Mountain
Tom Evans, former bass player with Badfinger
, is found hanged at his home in Surrey, England, UK, Europe, aged 36.
is seriously injured when his Mercedes Benz goes out of control and crashes on Laurel Canyon Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, USA. Because his passenger is killed in the crash, Vandross is charged with manslaughter.
jazz and r'n'b guitarist Tiny Grimes
dies, aged 72, from meningitis in New York City, USA. As well as pursuing a successful solo career, Grimes
had played with Art Tatum
, Jay McShann
, Milt Buckner and others.
best-remembered as the voice of Olive Oyl in the Popeye Cartoons, Betty Boop, Felix the Cat and Casper The Friendly Ghost, dies in New York City, USA, aged 89, from complications related to Alzheimer's disease. In the 1930s she released a recording of On the Good Ship Lollipop which sold more than two million copies, and billed as 'Mae Questel - Personality Singer of Personality Songs', she had also impersonated Fanny Brice, Marlene Dietrich
, Eddie Cantor
, Mae West, Maurice Chevalier
Songwriter, playwright, producer and actor Edward Eliscu
dies in Newtown, Connecticut, USA. Some of his best-known songs included Carioca, More Than You Know and Without A Song.
Jazz guitarist George Van Eps
, considered one of the fathers of the modern plectrum guitar style and a pioneer of the seven-string guitar, dies of pneumonia, aged 85 in Newport Beach, California, USA.
Michael Babatunde Olatunji
, one of the most celebrated and influential percussionists and composers in jazz, dies aged 75, of diabetes, in Salinas, California, USA.
Chris Griffin, a member of the acclaimed trumpet section in Benny Goodman
's big-band orchestra, dies of melanoma in Danbury Hospital, Danbury, Connecticut, USA, aged 89.
Popular 1950s singer Eddie Fisher
dies aged 82 after complications from hip surgery in hospital in Berkeley, Calfornia, USA.
, the Latvian Eurovision Song Contest entrant
in 2003 and composer of their 2005 entry, dies aged 33 in hospital
in Riga, Latvia, Europe, following complications of an influenza
release a new album, Screaming Bloody Murder, in the USA.
Larry Hoppen, a founder member of the hit-making band Orleans
aged 61 in Florida, USA, of undisclosed causes.
Two people are killed and eight injured following a lightning strike at a music festival attended by more than 55,000 people in Nagai Park in Osaka, Japan, featuring J-pop acts including Exile and Every Little Thing
Rapper Capital Steez
commits suicide by jumping from the roof of the Cinematic Music Group headquarters in Manhattan's Flatiron District, New York City, USA.
The results of a University Of Sydney study into the life-spans of musicians are published in The Conversation
. After studying the lives of almost 13,000 musicians in the USA, the conclusions are that their lifespans were up to 25 years shorter than the comparable US population. Accidental death rates were between five and 10 times greater. Suicide rates were between two and seven times greater; and homicide rates were up to eight times greater than the US population.