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Folk blues singer Leadbelly
, in jail on murder charges, is formally pardoned by Texas Governor Pat M. Neff, who has been impressed by the prisoner's ability to interpret songs.
Jack And Tony
record I Still Have A Place In My Heart For You, Since I Gave My Heart To You, You're My Old-Fashioned Sweetheart and The Burial Of The Miner's Child, for OKeh Records
in New York City, USA.
Country music bandleader Milton Brown is injured when he crashes his car into a telephone pole outside of Fort Worth, Texas, USA, killing a 16-year-old female passenger. Brown will also die five days later, because a lung punctured in the crash has given him pneumonia.
Betty Jack Davis
of country music singing duo The Davis Sisters
is buried in Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, USA. She had been killed days earlier in a car crash. The other member of the duo, Skeeter Davis
, will go on to achieve success as a solo artist.
Judge Bob Burton, a top music business executive, dies in a hotel fire in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Among other achievements, Burton founded the CMA, modernised the payment of royalties from radio stations, and raised money for building the Country Music Hall Of Fame.
Guitarist Dave Barbour
, who worked with Mildred Bailey, Red Norvo, Artie Shaw
, Benny Goodman
and many others, dies aged 53 in Malibu, California, USA. He married Peggy Lee
in 1943 but their union ended in 1951 because of his alcoholism.
, lyricist of over 400 songs, dies in Montego Bay, Jamaica. His best known songs include Me And My Shadow, Back In Your Own Backyard, It Happened In Monterey and It's Only a Paper Moon.
Pioneering openly lesbian comedienne and recording artist Moms Mabley
dies aged 81, of heart failure in White Plains, New York State, USA.
, a top-rated American blues and jazz guitarist in the 1930s, dies in Lancaster, California, USA. In a long career, he had worked with Sidney Bechet
, Hadda Brooks, Johnny Dodds
, J.C. Higginbotham, Lionel Hampton
, Jimmie Noone and others.
West German punk rock band Die Toten Hosen play a secret gig in Erlöserkirche, East Berlin, East Germany, Europe. The gig is organised by Mark Reeder, formerly of Manchester band The Frantic Elevators, who had moved to West Berlin in 1979.
After a period of declining health, gospel-blues street singer The Reverend Pearly Brown
, aka Blind Pearly Brown, dies in Plains Nursing Home, Plains, Georgia, USA.
Puerto Rican singer, trovador, and composer Ramito
, often described as the king of Jíbaro music, commits suicide by shooting himself in his in-law's house, after learning that a cancer he is suffering has metastasized.
Jazz trumpeter and bandleader King Kolax
dies of Alzheimer's disease in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Popular vocalist Dinah Shore
dies of cancer in Beverly Hills, California, USA.
Actress and singer Martha Raye
dies of pneumonia in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, USA.
When Jethro Tull
play at Muelle Uno, Lima, Peru, frontman Ian Anderson seriously injures his knee while on stage. The injury will, two months later, bring him close to death as a result of a blood clot.
, mother of Sid Vicious, bassist of The Sex Pistols
, commits suicide at home in Swadlincote, Derbyshire, England, UK.
, the bassist for Humble Pie
when they reformed in 1980, dies as a result of having contracted Meningitis while giving a Chinese tourist CPR in Santa Monica, California, USA, for 10-15 minutes until an ambulance arrived.
Virtuoso jazz guitarist Charlie Byrd
dies of lung cancer in the King of France Tavern of the Maryland Inn, Annapolis, Maryland, USA.
The funeral of TLC
vocalist Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes is held in Atlanta, Georgia.
Legendary jazz saxophonist Illinois Jacquet
dies in New York City, aged 81. On the same day, French heart-throb singer Sacha Distel
dies, aged 74, after a long illness.
Former Split Enz/Crowded House
drummer Paul Hester is found dead in Elsternwick Park, near his home in Melbourne, Australia, Oceania
, having hung himself from a tree.
Four bombs are detonated in a series of co-ordinated suicide attacks
by terrorists in London, UK. Fifty-two people, including the four bombers, are killed and over 700 more are injured. The 2008 song, Days Of Fire
by Nitin Sawhney, is described as his first-hand account of the London bombings.
Revered blues singer and guitarist R.L. Burnside
dies aged 78, following several heart attacks and associated surgery, in St. Francis hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
The pre-eminent Chicago blues bassist of the postwar era, Willie Kent
dies of cancer, aged 70, in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Pop/rockabilly vocalist Donnie Brooks
who had enjoyed some success in 1960 with his Top Ten hit single Mission Bell, dies aged 71 of a heart attack in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Guitarist Bill 'Cupid' Bartolin of Powerpop band Blue Ash
dies aged 58 of cancer.
Hume Paton, guitarist of acclaimed 60s Scottish rock band The Poets
, dies of a heart attack, aged 66, in Grenada, West Indies, Caribbean.
Grammy-winning Nashville-based record producer Larry Butler
dies aged 69 of natural causes in Pensacola, Florida, USA. Butler is best-known to public as keyboardist for
whose Keep On Dancing
reached No4 in the Billboard
Top 40 Singles
chart in the USA. However, as an acclaimed record producer, Butler
worked with Johnny Cash
, Charlie Rich, John Denver, Bill Anderson
, Dottie West
and Waylon Jennings
, to name but a few.
Popular bandleader Tommy Reed
dies aged 98, following complications from a broken hip and shoulder, in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
An individual going by the name of @Gunn2urhead begins sending death threats via Twitter
to Shirley Manson, the singer with Garbage
. On this day alone, over 200 threats are sent.
A posthumous exhibition of works by Dee Dee Ramone
of The Ramones
begins at Shepard Fairey's Subliminal Projects gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA, to mark the 10th anniversary of his death. The exhibition, titled Dee Dee Ramone: A Memorial Exhibition, features nineteen canvases, five paintings on wood and one mixed-media work on card stock. It is set to run until November 17th.
Just days after the death of David Bowie
, his 1972 single Starman
re-enters the Official UK Singles Chart at No1. Also, his latest album, Blackstar, debuts at No1 with combined sales approaching 150,000, giving him his tenth chart-topping record and the fastest-selling album of the year so far.
A mass shooting takes place inside Pulse
, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, USA. The shooting results in fifty deaths, including the gunman, 29-year-old Omar Mateen
, who is killed by police after a three-hour standoff. A further 53 people are injured.