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Notorious outlaw John Wesley Hardin is sentenced to serve 25 years in Huntsville Prison, Texas, USA, for the killing of Brown County, Texas, Deputy Sheriff Charles Webb. On his arrest, Hardin boasted of having killed 42 men. in 1967, Bob Dylan will be inspired by Hardin's exploits to write his song John Wesley Harding, a somewhat fanciful account of Hardin's life.
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While attending a bar room fight in the Charles Starkes Saloon, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, police officer James Brady is shot dead. A man named Harry Duncan is arrested. Although protesting his innocence until the end, he will be convicted and hanged on July 27, 1894. It is said that the saloon owner, Charles Starkes confessed on his deathbed that it was he who had killed Brady. The incident will inspire the murder ballad Duncan And Brady, which has been recorded by Lead Belly, Bob Dylan, Dave Van Ronk, Judy Henske, Tom Rush, Hoyt Axton, The New Riders of the Purple Sage and others.
Popular composer John Philip Sousa dies of a heart attack.
Legendary blues artist Ma Rainey dies of a heart attack, in Columbus, Georgia.
Jazz clarinet player Omer Simeon, who worked with Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Kid Ory, Coleman Hawkins and many others, dies of throat cancer, aged 57, in New York City, USA.
Having withdrawn a plea of insanity, US country bandleader Spade Cooley, is sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his wife, Ella Mae.
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Record producer Norman Petty and instrumental group The Fireballs overdub additional backings for several songs recorded by Buddy Holly before his death, including Because I Love You, Baby Won't You Come Out Tonight and It's Not My Fault.
Influential trumpet player Ziggy Elman, who worked with the orchestras of Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey, dies aged 54 in Van Nuys, California, USA.
The Grateful Dead play a free concert at Kresge Plaza, M.I.T., Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, in memory of the students killed two days earlier during a demonstration at Kent State University.
Bob Dunn, a pioneer of recording the electric steel guitar and the first steel guitarist to introduce jazz licks into country and western music, dies of lung cancer in Houston, Texas, USA.
Clyde "Chris" Criswell, a former member of Hank Williams' Drifting Cowboys, dies in Tampa, Florida, USA.
Pianist, composer, author, comedian and actor Oscar Levant dies of a heart attack, aged 65, in Beverly Hills, California, USA.
Pioneering British r'n'b bandleader Graham Bond dies aged 36 under the wheels of a Piccadilly line train at Finsbury Park station, London, England, UK, Europe. Most sources list Bond's death as a suicide.
Sid Vicious, former bassist of The Sex Pistols, attempts suicide again in the bathroom of the Hotel Seville, Madison Avenue, New York City, USA, by slashing his wrists with a razor blade and a broken light bulb, then tries to jump out the window. He is admitted to the psychiatric ward of Bellevue Hospital.
Big band leader, pianist and recording artist Edgar Hayes dies in San Bernardino, California, USA.
MOR orchestra leader Mantovani dies aged 74 at a care home in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England, UK, Europe. He was, accoring to the book British Hit Singles And Albums, "Britain's most successful album act before The Beatles ... the first act to sell over one million stereo albums and [have] six albums simultaneously in the American Top 30 in 1959."
Bob Dylan's European tour ends tragically when two audience members die in accidents during the concert in Avignon, France, Europe.
American jazz pianist and composer Duke Pearson dies from MS at Atlanta Veterans' Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. As a record producer, he had played a significant role in shaping the Blue Note label's hard bop direction in the 1960s.
Jazz giant Thelonious Monk dies of a stroke in Engelewood, New Jersey, USA, after a long illness, aged 64.
Big band leader Wayne King dies aged 84 in Paradise Valley, Arizona, USA.
Jenifer Strait, the 13 year-old daughter of country music star George Strait, is killed in a car accident in San Marcos, Texas, USA. The family will set up the Jenifer Lynn Strait Foundation, which donates money to children's charities in the San Antonio area.
Session keyboardist Michael Rudetsky is found dead from drug abuse in the Hampstead, London, England, UK, Europe, home of Boy George.
Evelyn Dove dies of pneumonia, aged 85, at Horton Hospital in Epsom, Surrey, England, UK, Europe. She enjoyed success as a singer, cabaret star and actress in the UK and abroad.
Nico, former Velvet Underground chanteuse and solo singer-singwriter , dies in Hospital Can Misses, Calle de la Corona, Ibiza, Spain, Europe. The previous day, she had fallen from her bicycle while on her way to buy marijuana, and dies in the hospital from the resulting brain haemorrhage.
Napalm Death play at the The Arts Centre, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK.
Stefanie Sargent, guitarist of Seattle, Washington, girl grunge band 7 Year Bitch, dies of a heroin overdose, aged 24.
Bandleader and recording artist Glenn Henry, dies aged 77 in Santa Barbara, California, USA.
Serial killer and rapist Fred West hangs himself while on remand in his cell at Winson Green Prison, Birmingham, UK. West and his wife Rosemary were being held in prison on eleven counts of murder. Their crimes will provide subject matter for the song Evil by Interpol.
Alan Blakely, drummer of UK hitmakers Brian Poole and the Tremeloes, dies of cancer.
New Age guitarist and songwriter Michael Hedges dies aged 43 in a car accident in Mendocino County, California, USA.
60's US folk singer-songwriter Tim Rose dies in London, UK, aged 62.
After a month in hospital, Keith Knudsen, drummer of the Doobie Brothers, dies aged 56 of pneumonia at Kentfield Rehabilitation Hospital, California, USA.
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Swiss country-music singer John Brack, known to his fans as 'Mr. Swiss Country', dies aged 56 from cancer.
Thomas Boggs, who played drums for The Box Tops and The Board Of Directors, dies aged 63 in his sleep, in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Blues guitarist and pianist Mel Brown, a long-time staple of Bobby 'Blue' Bland's band, dies aged 69, of emphysema in hospital in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.
A private funeral service is held for Bob Bogle, guitarist with legendary instrumental rock band The Ventures, who died recently in Vancouver, Washington, aged 75 after battling non-Hodgkin lymphoma for several years.
Songwriter Jerry Ragavoy dies aged 80, following a stroke, at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, New York City, USA. Ragavoy's best-remembered compositions include the Irma Thomas hit Time Is On My Side and Erma Franklin's Piece of My Heart.
Paul Tanner, jazz/swing trombonist and former member of The Glenn Miller Orchestra, dies of pneumonia aged 95 in Carlsbad, California, USA. Tanner developed and played the Electro-Theremin, an electronic musical instrument which mimics the sound of the theremin. The Electro-Theremin is featured in several songs by The Beach Boys, with Tanner playing the instrument; most notably Good Vibrations, Wild Honey, and I Just Wasn't Made For These Times.
Kevin McDade, singer and bassist with Los Angeles, California, USA-based band Behold! the Monolith, dies in a car accident.
The Observer newspaper reports that the family of young actor, Mark Blanco, who died in 2006 in a fall from a balcony at a party in East London, UK, attended by Pete Doherty of Babyshambles, is calling for a cold case review of the incident. The house was owned by drug-dealer Paul Roundhill, and recent forensic evidence has suggested that Blanco's death may not have been an accident.
All-female dream-pop trio Vivian Girls play at Death By Audio, Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
On his Riser Tour, Dierks Bentley plays a hometown concert at The Ak-Chin Pavilion, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Slipknot's three day long Knotfest begins at San Manuel Amphitheater And Campgrounds in San Bernardino, California, USA. Artists appearing over the three days include Danzig, Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Anthrax, Killswitch Engage and, er, Slipknot.
Popular singer and recording artist Frankie Randall dies aged 76, of lung cancer, in Indio, California, USA.
It is reported that, in the wake of his recent demise, David Bowie now has 12 albums in the Official UK albums chart. Blackstar is spending its third week at No1, while Best Of Bowie, Nothing Has Changed, Hunky Dory and The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars are all in the Top Ten.
A hearing is held in Chaska, Minnesota, USA, to determine whether to declare Prince's siblings as his heirs, and who should manage the rock superstar's estate going forward. No will has surfaced since Prince died.
Mikio Fujioka, heavy metal guitarist with the band Babymetal, falls from an observation tower while stargazing. He will die a few days later from the injuries he sustains.
On her 39-date LA To The Moon tour Lana Del Rey plays at The Valley View Casino Center, San Diego, California, USA.
Hal Blaine, considered by many to have been the greatest sessions drummer in popular music history, dies aged 90 in Palm Desert, Los Angeles, California, USA. As a member of the Los Angeles session elite known as The Wrecking Crew, he played on over 40 singles which reached No1 in the Billboard pop singles chart in the USA, and worked with Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, The Beach Boys, Simon And Garfunkel, The Ronettes and many others.