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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.
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
Popular composer John Philip Sousa
dies of a heart attack.
Legendary blues artist Ma Rainey dies of a heart attack, in Columbus, Georgia.
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.
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.
, 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.
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."
'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
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.
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
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
Alan Blakely, drummer of UK hitmakers Brian Poole and the Tremeloes
, dies of cancer.
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.
Swiss country-music singer John Brack
, known to his fans as 'Mr. Swiss Country', dies aged 56 from cancer.
, who played drums for The Box Tops and The Board Of Directors, dies aged 63 in his sleep, in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
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.
, 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
All-female dream-pop trio Vivian Girls
play at Death By Audio, Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
'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
, 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.
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.
Hal Blaine, considered by many to have been the greatest sessions drummer in popular music history,