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Vaudeville star and Black Swan
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.
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.
, 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.
, 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
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
Leonard Chess, co-founder of Chess Records
, dies of a heart attack, in Chicago, Illinois, USA, aged 52.
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
a jazz trombonist, violinist and vocalist best-remembered for his work with Benny Goodman
during the 1940s, dies in Alexandria, Virginia.
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.
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.’
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.
, 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
, guitarist with legendary instrumental rock band The Ventures
, dies in Vancouver, Washington, aged 75 after battling non-Hodgkin lymphoma for several years.
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.
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
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.
, 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.
dies aged 74, of liver cancer, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA.
, 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.