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Fess Williams And His Royal Flush Orchestra record Gambler's Blues for Vocalion Records in their studio at 799 South Avenue/52nd Street, Manhattan, New York City, USA. After some modifications, the song will find wider fame as St. James Infirmary Blues.
Country music outlaw Willie Nelson is born in Abbott, Texas, USA.
Charlie Spivak plays at Lakeside Park, Dayton, Ohio, USA.
Bing Crosby makes a live open air broadcast of the Chesterfield Cigarettes Radio show from the Polo Grounds, Palm Springs, California, USA. He is heard singing Be My Life's Companion, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and Please Mister Sun, but it is likely that these songs were recorded in a studio and spliced into the live broadcast.
Broadway singing star Irene Bordoni dies aged 68 at The Jewish Memorial Hospital in New York City, USA.
Billie Holiday records Lady Sings The Blues, Trav'lin Light, I Must Have That Man and Some Other Spring, in New York City, USA, for Verve Records.
The term "Nashville Sound", as a description of a particular type of country music recording, first appears, in Time magazine in the USA.
Stuart Sutcliffe, bassist of The Beatles, flies back to Liverpool, UK, from Hamburg, Germany, Europe. He is planning to apply for a university place in Liverpool, while continuing to play with The Beatles.
Judy Garland trips over her dog and breaks her arm. Nevertheless, she plays her evening show at The Greek Theater, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Gene Clark leaves The Byrds. Just as they set off to play a live gig, Clark's fear of flying overcomes him and he disembarks from the plane. Byrds leader Roger McGuinn decides that if Clark can't fly, then he can't function as a member of The Byrds.
When The Herd play at The Pavilion, Bridlington, England, UK, Europe, guitarist Peter Frampton is taken to hospital after the gig suffering from a septic thumb.
Disgruntled fan Trevor Charles Howell pushes Frank Zappa off the stage at The Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park, London, England, UK, Europe, inflicting multiple injuries and leaving him bound to a wheelchair.
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Mathurin Campbell is born in St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London, UK. She will find success in the late 90s as singer Shola Ama.
David Lynch, a founder-member of The Platters, dies of cancer at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Long Beach, California, USA, aged 51.
Jazz guitarist Skeeter Best dies aged 70 in Jacobi Hospital, The Bronx, New York City, USA, after a long illness. In an acclaimed career, Best had worked with Earl Hines, Ray Charles, Milt Jackson and many others.
On the final night of the Glastonbury Festival, Pilton, Somerset, England, UK, a fan is crushed against the barriers in front of the stage, and The Cure's set is interrupted by a helicopter descending during Fascination Street to rescue the injured person.
Bob Dylan is forced to cancel the first show in his current European tour because of influenza. The tour begins instead in Prague in the Czech Republic, the following day.
Ten weeks after undergoing surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome, drummer Brian Prout returns to live work with his band Diamond Rio at Sam's Town in Robinsville, Mississippi, USA.
Pop singer and actress Billie Piper collapses in Bar 38, Covent Garden, London, UK, and is rushed to hospital, suffering from a kidney infection.
Sharon Osbourne, wife of Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath, is diagnosed with colorectal cancer. Ozzy's response, on hearing of the diagnosis, is to swallow a handful of pills and wash them down with vodka.
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Singer-songwriter John Martyn has his right leg amputated from below the knee. The leg had become poisoned when a cyst behind his knee burst.
When Bruce Springsteen plays at Shea Stadium, New York City, Bob Dylan makes guest appearance.
Bruce Johnston of The Beach Boys undergoes cardiac bypass surgery.
Singer and songwriter Kevin Coyne dies at home in the arms of his wife Helmi, in Nuremberg, Germany, Europe, of complications arising from the lung disease fibrosis.
A statement on his website reports that former Orange Juice frontman Edwyn Collins is ‘making progress’ after undergoing surgery following two brain haemorrhages.
John Fred Gourrier, best-known as the leader of 60s hitmakers John Fred And His Playboy Band, dies aged 53 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He had been hospitalised for many months as a result of complications following a kidney transplant.
Singer and songwriter June Carter Cash, who was also the wife of Johnny Cash, dies aged 73 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, of complications following heart-valve replacement surgery.
It is announced that Kylie Minogue's battle with breast cancer has led to a significant rise in the number of Australian women seeking early screening for the disease.
Steven Isham, keyboardist with Autograph, dies of cancer aged 56, in Pocatello, Idaho, USA.
Federal drug agents raid the Mickey Fine Pharmacy And Grill, Beverly Hills, California, USA, seeking evidence of improper dispensing of controlled substances, as part of the ongoing investigation into Michael Jackson's death.
Jake Brockman, keyboard player with Echo And The Bunnymen since 1989, dies aged 53, after his motorbike collides with a converted ambulance near Kirk Michael on the Isle Of Man.
Mary Travers of 60s folk sensations Peter Paul And Mary dies at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut, USA, aged 72, after several years of suffering from leukaemia.
Jazz and Western Swing guitarist Jimmy Wyble dies aged 87 of heart failure while under hospice care at his home in Altadena, Los Angeles, California, USA, working for much of his career in Los Angeles, with artists including Bob Wills, Benny Goodman and Tony Rizzi's group The Five Guitars.
Glasgow-born singer and songwriter Alastair Hulett dies of cancer at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow, Scotland. As well as producing many solo albums, Hulett also worked in the context of several bands including The Furious Chrome Dolls, Roaring Jack, The Hooligans and The Malkies.
Russian rocker Yury Shevchuk, leader of Russian band DDT, clashes openly with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin at a charity literary-musical evening for children with cancer and leukemia in St. Petersburg, Russia, Europe.
No Doubt begin an eleven-day charity auction on e-Bay. The band is auctioning off memorabilia from their 2009 tour to raise money for charity: water, Animal Acres, the ALS Association and the Children's Hospital of Orange County.
Francesca Spero, a former executive at P. Diddy's Bad Boy Records company, files a $12m lawsuit in New York City, USA, against her ex-employer, claiming that after she told him she needed hip surgery, he froze her out of her position at the company and eventually sacked her.
PJ Harvey plays the second of two nights at L'Olympia, Paris, France, Europe, while touring in support of her tenth studio album, Let England Shake.
Opeth play at Grosse Freiheit 36, Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
Xiu Xiu play at The Ruby Lounge, Manchester, UK.
Strangeland, the fourth studio album by Keane, reaches No1 in the UK Albums Chart.
Jazz pianist and singer Jamie Cullum and his wife Sophie Dahl become parents of their second child, Margot.
Phil Everly, one half of The Everly Brothers, dies in Providence St. Joseph
Ed Sheeran is named an official ambassador for East Anglia's Children's Hospices, during a visit to The Treehouse, Ipswich, Suffolk, England, UK, Europe. The charity supports youngsters with life-shortening illnesses and their families. During the visit, Sheeran takes part in a Music Therapy session.
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Revered jazz singer Little Jimmy Scott dies aged 88, of cardiac arrest at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Scores of concertgoers are hospitalised, mainly because of drug and drink problems, after a concert by DJ and producer Avicii at TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
It is announced that Do They Know It's Christmas? by Band Aid 30 has become the fastest-selling single of the year so far. The single is an all-star charity fund-raiser to raise money to fight the Ebola crisis in Western Africa.
Country music singer, Lynn Anderson, dies of a heart attack, aged 67, at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. She is best-remembered for her 1970 hit single Rose Garden.
Revered French composer and pioneer of electronic music, Jean-Jacques Perry, dies aged 87 from lung cancer in Lausanne, Switzerland, Europe. Despite countless other innovations and achievements, he is perhaps best-remembered as the composer of Baroque Hoedown, heard by millions as the music for the Main Street Electrical Parade at Disneyland and other Disney theme parks.
Pete Overend Watts, bass guitarist for Mott The Hoople, dies aged 69 as a result of throat cancer.