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Medgar Evers 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.
Dancer Bill Robinson, who performed under the name Mr Bojangles, dies of heart disease, aged 71, in New York City, USA. His name and his achievements are immortalised in two popular songs. First is Bojangles Of Harlem, written by Jerome Kern for the 1936 Fred Astaire movie Swing Time. The second song is Mr Bojangles, written by Jerry Jeff Walker in 1968.
Edith Piaf records one of her most famous songs, L'Hymne - l'amour, said to be about her unending love for the French boxer Marcel Cerdan who had died in a plane crash in 1949. The song has been recorded in English many times under the title If You Love Me [Really Love Me].
Popular songwriter, pianist and arranger Eliseo Grenet dies aged 57 at home in Havana, Cuba, Caribbean.
Songwriter Roger Dumas dies in Paris, France, Europe.
Jazz pianist Bill Evans and his trio (Scott LaFaro bass, Paul Motian drums) record the album Sunday at the Village Vanguard (Live), at the Village Vanguard, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA. Bassist Scott LaFaro will die in a car accident ten days later.
Andreas Meurer, bassist of Die Toten Hosen, is born in Essen, Germany, Europe.
Phil Everly heads the bill on a package tour at The ABC, Lincoln, UK. The show is supposed to star The Everly Brothers, but Don Everly collapsed after a suicide attempt in London's Savoy Hotel. Other acts on the bill include Frank Ifield, Ketty Lester and The Vernons Girls.
Rich young Baltimore, Maryland, USA, farmer William Zantzinger 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.
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.
Blues star Nehemia 'Skip' James dies of cancer, aged 67, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
The three-day-long 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, Santana, 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.
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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.
Swing jazz trumpeter and bandleader Pee Wee Erwin dies, aged 68, of cancer, in Teaneck, New Jersey, USA.
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.
Luther Vandross 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.
Mae Questel 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 and others.
Brian May, Jeff Beck, Peter Green and others attend the Wiltshire funeral of legendary rock drummer Cozy Powell.
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 Tal Farlow dies of cancer, at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Manhattan, New York City, USA.
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.
Johnny Grande, pianist and founder member of Bill Haley And His Comets, dies in Clarkesville, Tennessee, USA.
Jazz pianist Tupper Saussy, who wrote songs for Perry Como, Brenda Lee, Mama Cass and many others, dies of a heart attack in Nashville, Tennessee, aged 70.
Popular 1950s singer Eddie Fisher dies aged 82 after complications from hip surgery in hospital in Berkeley, Calfornia, USA.
Martins Freimanis, 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 infection.
Sum 41 release a new album, Screaming Bloody Murder, in the USA.
Song lyric writer Fran Landesman dies aged 83, at her home in London, England, UK, Europe. Her songs Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most and Ballad Of The Sad Young Men became jazz standards.
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Ronnie Montrose, guitarist and bandleader, dies, apparently of prostate cancer, aged 64, in the San Francisco Bay area of California, USA, where he was born. However, a coroner's report will later reveal that he committed suicide using an unregistered .38-caliber revolver.
Larry Hoppen, a founder member of the hit-making band Orleans, dies 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.
Popular entertainer Max Bygraves, who enjoyed a stream of hits in Britain during the 1950s, dies, aged 89, after suffering from Alzheimer's disease at his daughter's home in Hope Island, Queensland, Australia.
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.
R'n'B singer, songwriter and record producer Greg Carroll dies, aged 83, following an aneurysm in Creston, North Carolina, USA. Carroll not only co-wrote and produced Doris Troy's 1963 hit Just One Look, but was a member of several successful vocal harmony or "doo-wop" groups including The Four Buddies and The Orioles.
Reggae innovator Wayne 'Sleng Teng' Smith dies aged 48 at Kingston Public Hospital, Kingston, Jamaica, in the Caribbean. He had complained of severe stomach pains three days earlier and, after showing a slight improvement in hospital, relapsed and died.
American singer Tito Torbellino is reported to have been shot dead by two gunmen while dining at a restaurant in Ciudad Obregon, in Sonora state, Mexico, North America. Torbellino specialised in a style of music called narco-corridos - a musical genre extolling the glories of the drug trade.
Reggae singer and songwriter John Holt dies aged 69 in Wellington Hospital, St. John's Wood, London, UK. He had been diagnosed with colon cancer in June 2014. He is perhaps best-known as the composer of the hit The Tide Is High.
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.
Ornette Coleman, one of the major innovators of the Free Jazz movement of the 1960s, dies of a cardiac arrest, aged 85 in Manhattan, New York City, USA.
Jason Mackenroth, former drummer for The Rollins Band dies at home in Henderson, Nevada, USA, aged 46, after a nearly four-year battle with prostate cancer.
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