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Vaudeville star and Black Swan recording artist Katie Crippen, remembered for her ensemble Kate Crippen and Her Kids, dies of cancer in New York City, USA.
Tenor Franklyn Baur of popular vocal group The Revelers, dies in Brooklyn, New York, USA. The Revelers were the most popular vocal group of the late 1920s and early 1930s.
Revered Philippine composer and performer Francisco Buencamino dies.
International famed samba singer and movie star Carmen Miranda, noted for her exotic outfits and exuberant personalty, dies aged 46, following a heart attack the day before, in Beverly Hills, California, USA.
Eli Oberstein, owner of Union City, Jersey-based Rondo Records, dies. His son, Maurice Oberstein, will first inherit control of Rondo, then go on to become head of both the CBS and PolyGram labels in the UK.
Ragtime jazz pianist and recording artist 'Poppa' John Gordy dies in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Andreas Meurer, bassist of Die Toten Hosen, is born in Essen, Germany, Europe.
Jazz pianist, band leader and recording artist Sonny Clark dies, aged 31, in New York City, USA. The cause of his death is listed as a heart attack, but it is widely believed to have been caused by a heroin overdose.
Legendary boogie-woogie jazz pianist Meade Lux Lewis dies in a car crash in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Rear-ended at 80 miles per hour, his car hits a tree, and Lewis is crushed to death.
A funeral service for country singer Jim Reeves is held at the Hawthorn Funeral Home in Carthage, Texas, USA.
Blues-rocker Mark Leeman of the Mark Leeman Five dies, aged 24, dies in a car smash, returning from Blackpool, England, UK, to London after a concert.
Sixteen-year-old Sylvia Marie Likens dies, having been tortured to death by her carers in a basement in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. Her tragic story will inspire the 1990 song The Basement by The Pain Teens.
Abram Zimmerman, father of Bob Dylan, dies in Hibbing Hospital, Hibbing, Minnesota. Soon after, Dylan visits Israel.
Leonard Chess, co-founder of Chess Records, dies of a heart attack, in Chicago, Illinois, USA, aged 52.
And When I Die by Blood, Sweat And Tears reaches No1 in the Cash Box magazine chart of the best-selling singles in the USA. The song is written by Laura Nyro.
Jimi Hendrix dies in the Samarkand Hotel, London, UK, where he has spent recent days with his German girlfriend, Monica Danneman. This is also the day set for the preliminary court hearing of Hendrix's impending case against Track Records and Polydor Records.
Lou McGarity a jazz trombonist, violinist and vocalist best-remembered for his work with Benny Goodman during the 1940s, dies in Alexandria, Virginia.
Smith "Hezzy" Adair, a former member of Hank Williams' Drifting Cowboys, dies in Montgomery, Alabama, USA.
78 clubbers die when the Time Go-Go Club in Seoul, South Korea, Asia, burns down. Six of the victims jump to their deaths from the seventh floor because a club official bars the doors after the fire started.
Wiltshire anarcho-punk band The Subhumans spend the last of five days recording their debut album, The Day The Country Died, for Spiderleg Records.
When a major earthquake strikes Mexico City, Mexico, Central America, one of those killed is folk-rock pioneer Rodrigo Gonzalez, better known as Rockdrigo or El profeta del nopal ['The Nopal Prophet'].
Big band leader Harry Owens dies in Eugene, Oregon, USA.
Chris Schlosshardt, bassist of San Francisco-based sleaze-metal band The Sea Hags, dies of pneumonia, effectively bringing the band to an end.
Martin Hannett, producer of Joy Division, New Order, Happy Mondays, Stone Roses and U2, dies of heart attack in Manchester, UK.
Jim Nash, president/founder of Chicago, Illinois, USA, record label Wax Trax! dies of AIDS. The label had pioneered industrial rock in the USA with releases by Ministry, Revolting Cocks, Front 242, Meat Beat Manifesto, KMFDM, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult and Nine Inch Nails.
Percy Dickins, co-founder of UK music paper NME [New Musical Express], and deviser of its pop music chart, dies aged 80.
Errol 'ET' Thompson, one of the most respected reggae engineers in Jamaica, Caribbean, dies aged 55 after a series of strokes. In a long career he had worked with Bob Marley, Augustus Pablo, Burning Spear and countless others.
British composer and performer Richard Wolfson dies as a result of an aortic aneurysm. He is best remembered for the 1995 album Kaddish by his group Towering Inferno. The album was described by Brian Eno as, ‘The most frightening record I have ever heard.’
Folk singer Doris Henderson, who was much admired by Bob Dylan and John Renbourn, and also worked with UK folk-rock band Eclection, dies in London, UK, of cancer.
Marion 'Suge' Knight, head of Death Row Records, is shot in the leg at an MTV party, hosted by Kanye West, in the VIP Room of the Shore Club, Miami Beach, Florida, USA.
Death Cab For Cutie release their fifth album, Plans, in the USA.
Bud Prager, President of E.S.P. Management, Inc., dies from esophageal cancer at his home in Montauk, New York State, USA. In a long career, Prager had managed artists including Mountain, Foreigner, Bad Company, Ted Nugent, Megadeth and others.
Bob Bogle, guitarist with legendary instrumental rock band The Ventures, dies in Vancouver, Washington, aged 75 after battling non-Hodgkin lymphoma for several years.
More than 150 club-goers die when fire sweeps through the Lame Horse nightclub in Kuybyshev Street, Perm, Russia, Europe. The fire was sparked by the use of indoor pyrotechnics and, within days, Russian President Vladimir Putin will ban the use of such fireworks throughout Russia.
Greg Pianka, bass player of San Francisco-based hard rock band Dirty Looks, is stabbed to death during a bar brawl in The Hi And Dri Pub, Millcreek, Pennsylvania, USA.
Dale Hawkins, composer of the rock classic Suzie Q, dies of cancer in Little Rock, Arkansas, aged 73.
Singer and songwriter Don Partridge, known as The King Of The Buskers, dies aged 68 of a heart-attack in Peacehaven, UK. Partridge is best-remembered for his 1968 hit Rosie, which transformed him from a street busker into a major success.
Diamanda Galas plays at Die Glocke, Bremen, Germany.
Funeral For A Friend play at The Borderline, London, England, UK, as part of HMV's Next Big Thing.
Jazz guitarist Hy White, dies in Riverdale, The Bronx, New York City, USA, aged 95 as a result of complications arising from an infection. White had pursued his own successful solo career, but also worked with Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, Pearl Bailey, Gene Krupa, The Dorsey Brothers, Woody Herman, Les Brown and others. He also played with Ray Bloch
Songwriter Jerry Ragavoy dies aged 80, following a stroke, at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, New York City, USA. Ragavoy's best-remembered compositions include the Irma Thomas hit Time Is On My Side and Erma Franklin's Piece of My Heart.
Jimmy Jones, best-remembered for his hits Handy Man and Good Timin', dies aged 82 in Aberdeen, North Carolina, USA.
Multiple-Grammy-winning producer Phil Ramone dies aged 72, at New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, New York City, USA, of a brain aneurysm.
Country music singer, songwriter and producer 'Cowboy' Jack Clement dies at his home in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, having suffered from liver cancer. As a producer at Sun Records in the 1950s, Clement worked with Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash. For Cash, Clement produced Ring of Fire and wrote Guess Things Happen That Way. He also discovered Charley Pride, and produced his first twenty albums.
Bob Casale, guitarist and founding member of Devo, dies aged 61 of heart failure, in New York City, USA. He passes away without life insurance or even a will, leaving his family in severe financial jeopardy.
The medical examiner's office in Richmond, Virginia, USA, reports that Dave Brockie, the frontman for the heavy metal band GWAR, died of an accidental heroin overdose.
Percy Sledge dies aged 74, of liver cancer, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA.
Stewart Edwards, guitarist of 70s hitmakers Edison Lighthouse, dies aged 73 from cancer.
Walter Morrison, aka Junie, dies aged 62 in London, England, UK, Europe. No cause of death is reported. Junie first found success as keyboard player, vocalist, producer and songwriter for the Ohio Players during the early '70s, but later went on to work with Parliament-Funkadelic.
BBC Radio 2 broadcaster Brian Matthew, who worked for the BBC for 63 years (1954 - 2017), dies aged 88,
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