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Popular singing diva Madame Tetrazzini lays the corner stone of EMI's new cabinet-making factory at Hayes, Middlesex, UK.
Jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt is treated for burns at the Hopital Saint-Louis, Paris, France, Europe. Reinhardt had sustained the burns, which severely damaged his fingers, when the caravan in which he lived caught fire.
Richard Blandon is born in Montgomery, Alabama, USA. He will grow up to be lead singer of 50s r'n'b group The Dubs.
Swiss scientist Dr. Albert Hoffman accidentally absorbs a new substance he has synthesised, LSD, through his fingertips. The powerful hallucinogenic effects of the drug will have bona fide medical applications, but LSD will also inspire and encourage an entire musical movement, psychedelia, in the mid-1960s. Songs inspired by LSD include Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds by The Beatles, White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane, Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix, Lysergic Bliss by Of Montreal and The Acid Commercial by Country Joe And The Fish.
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Elvis Presley meets Roy Orbison at the Overton Park Shell, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Elvis also swaps autographs with Carl Perkins.
Gene Vincent plays at The Majestic in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England, UK, Europe. After the show, Vincent is injured while trying to evade the attentions of some fans.
Songwriter Cole Porter ends an eight-month stay at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, New York City, USA.
While under treatment in Madison Sanitorium, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, highly respected rock'n'roll guitarist Hank Garland is described in the institution's medical notes as "quite retarded". In recent weeks he has been treated with the drug thorazine and given electro-convulsive shock therapy, because his wife declared him to be agitated, disoriented and hostile, following a recent car crash.
Jazz drummer and songwriter Denzil Da Costa Best dies as a result of a fractured skull caused by falling down the stairway in a subway in New York City, USA. In a long career he had worked with Coleman Hawkins, Thelonious Monk, Illinois Jacquet, Errol Garner, George Shearing, Nina Simone and many others.
Country star Roy Acuff suffers a broken pelvis, fractured collarbone and cracked ribs in a car crash near Sparta, Tennessee, USA. Also injured are singer June Stearns and guitarist Harold Jackson. All three are first treated in Sparta, then transferred to Miller's Clinic, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Having recovered from injuries sustained in a recent car crash, Roy Acuff is released from hospital.
Having broken her arm by tripping over her dog the day before, Judy Garland is hospitalised and cannot complete tonight's engagement at The Greek Theater, Los Angeles, California, USA.
When The Rolling Stones play at the Waldbuhne Halle, Berlin, Germany, Europe, police are called in to quell a fan riot. Thirty fans and six police officers are taken to hospital and fifty rows of seats are damaged.
William 'Benny' Benjamin, drummer for legendary Motown Records house band The Funk Brothers, dies of a stroke, aged 43, in Detroit, Michigan, USA. In his later years he has suffered serious drug and alcohol problems.
Having been diagnosed schizophrenic, Roky Erickson, acid-fried leader of Texan psychedelic rock band The 13th Floor Elevators, is committed to Rusk State Hospital in Rusk, Texas, USA. He will remain there for three years.
Starting an engagement at Harrah's in Reno, Nevada, USA, Bobby Darin performs live for the first time since undergoing heart surgery seven months earlier.
Dave Kapp, who signed artists including The Andrews Sisters, Ernest Tubb, Red Foley, Bing Crosby and The Ink Spots Decca Records impressive hillbilly artists catalogue, dies aged 71 at Doctors Hospital, New York City, USA.
Singer-songwriter Chris Kenner, best known for the 60s hits Land Of A Thousand Dances, I Like It Like That and Something You Got, dies of a heart attack in New orleans, Louisiana, USA, aged 46.
Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne’s father, Jack Osbourne, is operated on for cancer in hospital in the UK. He will die two days later.
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Popular 1960s vocalist Yana dies aged 57, of cancer of the esophagus, in the Middlesex Hospital, London, England, UK.
Dave Pritchard, best remembered as a founding guitarist for popular heavy metal band, Armored Saint, dies at the age of 26 from leukemia in Los Angeles, California, USA.
One of America's greatest all-round entertainers, Sammy Davis Jr., dies at the age of 64, of throat cancer in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Flaming Lips release their fourth LP, In a Priest Driven Ambulance, on Restless Records in the USA.
Chuck Greenberg dies of a heart attack on Santa Cruz Island, California, USA. He found success with his new age band Shadowfax in the early 70s, developed a strong career as a record producer, and then developed the first electronic wind instrument, The Lyricon.
After suffering a heart attack, Frank Sinatra dies aged 82, at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, USA, with his wife Barbara by his side.
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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Marc Almond, recently injured in an accident while riding pillion on a motorbike in London, UK, is discharged from the Royal London Hospital.
During a gig at The Canyon Club, Agoura Hills, California, USA, The Tubes' front man, Fee Waybill, is bitten by a number of Mouse Ear bats, and has to spend the next week in Cedars Sinai Hospital, Los Angeles, undergoing blood tests and anti-rabies injections.
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Popular Afghan singer Nasrat Parsa dies in hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The night before, he had been punched by a young man after his concert in Vancouver. Parsa fell down a flight of stairs, hitting his head on the concrete steps, and did not recover from his injuries.
Denis D'Amour, guitarist of Voivod dies of colon cancer, aged 45, in hospital in Montreal, Canada.
Mel Galley, lead guitarist for the bands Whitesnake, Trapeze, Finders Keepers and Phenomena, announces that he is suffering from oesophageal cancer, and has only a short time to live.
Late 70s and early 80s hitmaker Viola Wills dies of cancer, aged 69, in Phoenix, Arizona, USA
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.
Following a horse riding accident, singer Leona Lewis is hospitalised and treated for suspected torn ligaments in Los Angeles, California, USA,
The Charlatans' drummer Jon Brookes collapses during a gig at Johnny Brenda's, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. After being resuscitated by a doctor in the audience he is taken to St. Joseph's Hospital, where he is found to be suffering from a brain tumour.
Bono of U2 and actress Liv Tyler are among the guests attending a private presentation of the Stella McCartney Spring 2012 fashion collection in New York City, USA.
Country-rock singer and songwriter Eric Church releases his third album, Chief, in the USA. It will reach No1 on both the Billboard Country Albums Chart and the Billboard 200 Albums Chart.
Popular British DJ, TV presenter and charity fundraiser Sir Jimmy Savile dies, aged 84, at home in Roundhay, Yorkshire, UK. He had recently been hospitalised with pneumonia.
Henry McCullough who, in a long and acclaimed career, played guitar with Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Joe Cocker and many others, suffers a major heart attack and is taken into intensive care near his home in Ballysally, Coleraine, Northern Ireland, UK.
On his Blue Guitar Tour, jazz guitarist Jesse Cook plays in The Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Revered flamenco-jazz guitarist Paco de Lucia dies aged 66 in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico. He is reported to have died of a heart attack while playing with his children on a beach.
Paul McCartney's gig today at The National Stadium, Tokyo, Japan, Asia, is postponed until the 19th because McCartney has been infected by a virus.
When Jack White plays at The Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin, Ireland, Europe, the venue pulls the plug on him during his encore rendition of the Leadbelly classic Goodnight Irene. Undeterred, he completes the song unplugged.
Australian radio station Triple M bans the music of Kiss leader Gene Simmons in the wake of his irresponsible comments about depression in an interview with music website Songfacts.com.
The Who, Wilko Johnson and others play in a Teenage Cancer Trast concert at The Royal Albert hall, London, UK.
It is reported that B.B. King has been hospitalized in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, with a diabetic health issue.
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.
Drummer Dale Griffin, a founder member of Mott The Hoople, dies aged 67, in Brecon, Wales, UK, having suffered for some time with Alzheimer's disease.
Maurice White, singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, arranger and founder of Earth, Wind And Fire, dies in his sleep, aged 74, from the effects of Parkinson's disease at his home in Los Angeles, California, USA.
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Axl Rose plays his first concert as vocalist with AC/DC in Lisbon, Portugal, Europe. Rose, better known as the frontman of Guns N'Roses, is replacing the band's former vocalist Brian Johnson, who left the band because of hearing problems.