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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.
Anarchist plotters Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti are executed for having murdered two men during a 1920 armed robbery in South Braintree, Massachusetts, USA. There has been debate ever since about whether or not they were really guilty and the Woody Guthrie song Two Good Men presents the pair as working class heroes who were killed because of their political beliefs. The Joan Baez song The Ballad Of Sacco And Vanzetti also explores their story.
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.
The Rhythm Rascals record I'm Tickled To Death I'm Me in London, UK.
Songwriter Roger Dumas dies in Paris, France, Europe.
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.
Trumpeter/vocalist Oran Thaddeus 'Hot Lips' Page dies aged 46 of complications arising from pneumonia in New York City, USA.
Songwriter Joe Howard dies in Chicago, Illinois, USA. In a long and illustrious career he wrote such songs as I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now, An Echo Of Her Smile and Can't Get You Out Of My Mind.
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.
Barry McGuire spends the second of three days recording the future No1 protest-rock hit Eve Of Destruction, for Dunhill Records in Los Angeles, California, USA. The song is written by P.F. Sloan.
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.
Billy Rose, 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.
Teddy Bunn, 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.
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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.
Anne Beverley, mother of Sid Vicious, bassist of The Sex Pistols, commits suicide at home in Swadlincote, Derbyshire, England, UK.
Anthony Jones, 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.
Radiohead make an animated guest appearance in anarchic tv series South Park, in an episode entitled Scott Tenorman Must Die.
Oscar-winning song writer Jay Livingston, dies aged 86 in Los Angeles, California, USA. Livingston was usually partnered with lyricist Ray Evans. Their many hits include Buttons And Bows, Que Sera and Mona Lisa.
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.
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.
Sam Mtukudzi, one of Zimbabwe's most promising young musicians, and his sound engineer Owen Chimhare, both die when their car veers off Bulawayo Road in the Kuwadzana Extension area near Mtukudzi's home at Norton, near Harare, Zimbabwe, Africa.
Blues guitarist and singer Larry Dale, noted for his studio session work, dies aged 86 at his apartment in New York City, USA.
Orange County Deputy Coroner Mitchell Sigal reports that The Reverend Tholomew Plague, drummer with Avenged Sevenfold, died in December 2009 of multiple drug intoxication at his home in Huntington Beach, California, USA, aged 28.
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 The Gentrys 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, Kenny Rogers, 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.
Funk vocalist Marva Whitney dies aged 68, in Kansas City, Kansas, USA, from complications from pneumonia. Whitney was nicknamed "Soul Sister Number 1" by her frequent collaborator James Brown.
Rick Rosas, perhaps best-known as the bass guitarist with Neil Young and Crazy Horse, dies aged 65 of complications from lung disease in Los Angeles, California, USA. In a long career, Rosas also played with Joe Walsh, Dan Fogelberg, Albert Collins and Etta James.
Jerome Cooper, a percussionist who played an important role in the post-1960s jazz avant-garde, especially as a member of the influential trio the Revolutionary Ensemble, dies aged 68, from complications of multiple myeloma in Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
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.