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Billy Mayerl is born in Tottenham Court Road, London, UK. He will find success as a jazz and popular music pianist and prolific composer.
Popular English singer Isabel Jay gives birth to her second daughter, Pamela Stephanie.
Elvis Presley is born as Elvis Aaron Presley in a house built by his father Vernon, on North Saltillo Road, East Tupelo, Mississippi, USA. His twin brother, Jesse Garon Presley, dies at birth.
Jazz trumpeter, singer and bandleader Hot Lips Page dies aged 46 in New York City, USA. He had suffered a heart attack seven days earlier, but his death was caused by complications from pneumonia.
Ricky Valance's death disc, Tell Laura I Love Her, reaches No1 in the UK pop singles chart, making Valance the first Welsh male vocalist to reach No1 in the UK. The song is a cover version of an American hit by Ray Peterson.
Elvis Presley is in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, re-shooting the ending of Wild In The Country, because pre-release screening audiences did not like the original ending in which Hope Lange committed suicide.
Riots break out when James Meredith becomes the first black American to be admitted to the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi, USA. Bob Dylan will write his song Oxford Town about this violent racist action by white residents of the town, in which two people die and over 75 are injured.
Professional boxer Davey Moore dies as a result of inoperable brain damage at White Memorial Hospital, New York City, USA. The damage was inflicted in a featherweight championship fight four days earlier against Cuban Sugar Ramos in Dodgers Stadium. Moore's death will inspire the 1964 Bob Dylan song Who Killed Davey Moore, and also Davey Moore by Phil Ochs, which is even more scathingly critical of the boxing hierarchy.
The Case Of The Lover's Leap, an episode of the tv detective series Perry Mason, airs for the first time in the USA. The show centres on a murderer who fakes his own suicide in order to escape justice and, years later, it will inspire Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy to write the song Suicide.
Bob Dylan is booed off the stage at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, Newport, Rhode Island, USA, because he has introduced electric instruments into his music. Donovan and Joan Baez appear at the same show.
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John Coltrane records his album Sun Ship, at RCA Studios, New York City, USA. It will not be released until 1971 after his death.
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band start work on their classic triple-album set, Will The Circle Be Unbroken at Woodland Sound Studios, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The album brings together several generations of country-inspired musicians by featuring The Dirt Band along side such country legends as Mother Maybelle Carter, Earl Scruggs (and his banjo too), Doc Watson, Roy Acuff, Merle Travis and Jimmy Martin.
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After suffering from a bleeding ulcer for months, Gene Vincent dies of a seizure in Newhall, California, USA. English rock artist Ian Dury, a lifelong Gene Vincent fan will, in due course, be inspired to write the song Sweet Gene Vincent (1979) about his life and death.
In the wake of the failure of their most recent album, Mardi Gras, Creedence Clearwater Revival split up.
The Sex Pistols play their first live gig, at St Martin’s School Of Art, London, UK, supporting Bazooka Joe. After ten minutes, the social secretary pulls the plugs.
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Jackson Browne begins recording sessions for his fourth album, The Pretender, with producer Jon Landau. The sessions will, however, be abandoned on the 25th when Browne's wife Phyllis Major commits suicide.
During a round of golf near Madrid, Spain, Europe, Bing Crosby suffers a heart attack, collapses and dies soon after, aged 74.
The Ramones play at The State Cinema, Dublin, Ireland, Europe. All four members of future megaband U2 go to see them. In 2014, after the death of Joey Ramone, Bono of U2 will be inspired to acknowledge the influence of The Ramones in the single The Miracle Of Joey Ramone.
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Janet Vogel of hit-making 60s vocal group The Skyliners commits suicide in her car in her garage at home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
The official coroner's report on the recent death of singer Bon Scott of AC/DC, who passed away in a car in Overhill Road, London, England, UK, Europe, is death by misadventure – acute alcohol poisoning.
World Boxing Association lightweight champion Ray 'Boom Boom' Mancini defends his title against South Korean challenger Duk Koo Kim at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. During the fight, Kim suffers brain injuries that will lead to his death four days later. Kim's mother will commit suicide four months later, and referee Richard Green will kill himself in July 1983. Grief-stricken, Mancini will quit boxing in 1985. The 1987 Warren Zevon song Boom Boom Mancini examines Mancini's career in the light of the after-effects of Duk Koo Kim's tragic but accidental death.
65,000 fans make the annual pilgrimage to the three-day-long Glastonbury Festival, Pilton, Somerset, England, UK, where a £28 ticket gives them the opportunity to savour the delights of The Wonderstuff, Elvis Costello, Van Morrison, Pixies and Suzanne Vega (who appears despite a death threat). Those wanting a programme pay a further £2.
Slaughter Shack, Hull abaloo, Candy Striper, Death Orgy, Temporary Insanity and Imetapsyche play at The Channel, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Madonna's steamy hotel bedroom video for Justify My Love is banned by MTV.
Jeff Porcaro, drummer of Toto, dies at the age of 38. Porcaro fell ill after spraying insecticide in the yard of his home in Hidden Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA, and died later that evening at Humana Hospital-West Hills. It is widely reported that his death came from an allergic reaction to the pesticide, but The Los Angeles County Coroner's office lists the cause of death to be a heart attack from the hardening of the arteries caused by cocaine use.
Oystein Aarseth, aka Euronymous, a member of Norwegian death metal band Burzum, is found dead in the stairwell of his building, with 23 knife wounds in his corpse.
Country guitar virtuoso Danny Gatton, nicknamed The Humbler, locks himself in his garage and commits suicide by shooting himself, aged 49, at his home in Newburg, Maryland, USA. No specific reason for his suicide ever emerges, although friends and relatives were of the opinion that he had suffered from depression for many years.
A series of four co-ordinated suicide attacks on the USA, usually referred to as The 9/11 Attacks, take place in New York City and Washington, D.C. Terrorists from the Islamist militant group Al-Qaeda hijack four passenger jets and deliberately crash two of them, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. Another plane, American Airlines Flight 77, is crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. The fourth jet, United Airlines Flight 93, crashes into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania after passengers attempt to take control before it can reach its intended target in Washington, D.C. Nearly 3,000 people die in the attacks. Several songs will be written about the attacks including The Rising by Bruce Springsteen, Let's Roll by Neil Youn, Wall Street by Van Dyke Parks and This Ain't No Rag, It's A Flag by Charlie Daniels. The track 9-11-01 by Soulfly consists of one minute of silence. Several songs on Trouble Is Real, the debut LP by Johnathan Rice, are about the attacks, including City On Fire, Put Me In Your Holy War, and Salvation Day.
The Six Parts Seven and The Black Keys release a joint EP, The Six Parts Seven/The Black Keys, on Suicide S queeze records in the USA.
Innovative rock guitarist Robert Quine dies aged 61 in New York City, USA. Depressed by the death of his wife, Alice, he deliberately takes an overdose of heroin at his New York City apartment. Quine worked with Richard Hell, Lou Reed, Brian Eno, Tom Waits and many others.
Jason McGerr of Death Cab For Cutie and Kele Okerere of Bloc Party are among guests attending an after-show party for the Austin City Limits Festival in The Old Bicycle Sports Shop, Austin, Texas, USA.
Linda Stein, former manager of The Ramones, is found murdered - battered to death - on the floor of her Fifth Avenue, New York City, USA, penthouse. Her personal assistant Natavia Lowery is arrested and charged with the murder.
Celebrated record producer Hugh Mendl dies aged 88 in Torbay, Devon, UK, Europe. Mendl was responsible for Lonnie Donegan's first recordings, which launched the skiffle craze and led to the birth of British rock'n'roll. In the 1960s he was instrumental in bringing David Bowie and Genesis to Decca and produced The Moody Blues' album Days of Future Passed.
Cuban tv announces the death at 79 of Jorge Serguera, the former Cuban TV and radio boss who banned The Beatles' music from the country's airwaves, fearing the band's music could threaten the communist revolution.
Thirty-seven year old Leon Desmond Barrett is charged in Detroit, Michigan, USA, with mailing threatening communications, including death threats, to celebrities including Jay-Z and Beyonce.
Londell McMillan, lawyer for the Jackson family, refutes actor Mark Lester's claim to be the sperm-donor responsible for the birth of Michael Jackson's daughter Paris. McMillan dismisses Lester's claim as "unproven and meaningless."
An announcement on Van Morrison's website states, "Gigi and Van Morrison are proud to announce the birth of their first born son, George Ivan Morrison III. 'Little Van' born Dec 28, 2009 - the spitting image of his daddy. Shortly after, Morrison shuts down the site and claims that the announcement was posted by a hacker.
Charles Haddon, 22 year old lead singer of pop band Ou Est Le Swimming Pool jumps to his death from a telecommunications mast behind the main stage onto a parking area after playing at the Pukkelpop music festival in Belgium, Europe. Local police treat the death as suicide.
Lady Gaga posts a Twitter message revealing that she has spent recent days "reflecting, crying and yelling" because of her grief and anger following the death of 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer of Williamsville, New York State, USA, who took his own life because of bullying. "Bullying must become illegal," she Tweets. "It is a hate crime. I am meeting with our president. This must end. Our generation has the power to end it."
Ronnie Montrose, guitarist and bandleader, dies, apparently of prostate cancer, aged 64, in the San Francisco Bay area of California, USA, where he was born. However, a coroner's report will later reveal that he committed suicide using an unregistered .38-caliber revolver.
Country singer Mindy McCready gives birth to her second son, Zayne, in the 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.
After a heated argument with his estranged wife, hip-hop music mogul Chris Lighty commits suicide by shooting himself outside his New York City, USA, apartment. Lighty was the manager of both 50 Cent and P. Diddy.
Rapper Capital Steez commits suicide by jumping from the roof of the Cinematic Music Group headquarters in Manhattan's Flatiron District, New York City, USA.
RiSe, a member of South Korean girl group Ladies' Code, dies in Suwon, South Korea, Asia, several days after being seriously injured in a car accident which also resulted in the death of another member, EunB.
When The Eagles Of Death Metal play at The Grog Shop, Cleveland Heights, Ohio, USA, they perform their version of Duran Duran's Save A Prayer live for the first time.
Signe Toly Anderson, the original vocalist for Jefferson Airplane, dies at her home in Beaverton, Oregon, USA, aged 74, having suffered chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for some while. Her death comes on the same day as former bandmate Paul Kantner.
On their The Book Of Souls World Tour, Iron Maiden play at Estadio Jorge Magico Gonzalez, El Salvador, San Salvador, Central America. While in the region, Maiden's drummer Nicko McBrain and guitarist Janick Gers visit the tomb of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, who was assassinated by members of a Salvadoran death squad, during a mass in 1980 at the start of the Salvadoran Civil war.
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A statistical report by data analytics engineer Jason Crease confirms that, as widely believed, 2016 included an unusually high number of celebrity deaths. According to Crease's figures the number of celebrity deaths in 2016 is likely to occur only once in every 200 years.
In Manhattan, New York City, USA, Paul McCartney files a federal lawsuit against music publisher Sony/ATV to "confirm his ownership" of 267 songs by The Beatles. He has been trying to get these rights back since the 1980s, when Michael Jackson famously out-bid him for the rights. However, Jackson's debt-ridden estate subsequently sold the songs to Sony.