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Eighteen political protesters are killed and over 400 are injured in The Peterloo Massacre at St Peter's Field, Manchester, UK, when British cavalry charge into a crowd of 60,000
Having long suffered from poor health, Russell Alexander, an entertainer and composer, active primarily with vaudeville shows and musical comedy organizations, dies aged 38 in Liberty, New York State, USA.
A feature in the arts section of the Salt Lake Tribune, declares that "Mechanization is having its effect upon the presentation of music. It is possible to sit home and have a completely Varied program of music just by turning the dials of the radio. Quite often there will be a symphony, a part of an opera, a top-rank soloist, and always the ever-present jazz. Radio Is not killing the desire for flesh and blood musical performances. Audiences may be more discriminating, but their appetite for the best is whetted and not killed by the radio."
Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Marty Robbins, Johnny Horton and others play at the Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. [This is the show to which Hank Williams was driving when he died.]
Jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt dies, aged 43, from a brain hemorrhage in hospital in Fontainebleau, France, Europe. Reinhardt is regarded as one of the greatest guitar players of all time and the first important European jazz musician to make major contributions to the development of the genre.
Country hitmaker Johnny Horton dies in Milano, Texas, USA, when his cadillac is hit by a truck on a bridge. Horton is best-remembered for his hits The Battle Of New Orleans and North To Alaska.
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.
Phil Everly heads the bill on a package tour at the Gaumont, Ipswich, UK. The show was supposed to star The Everly Brothers, but Don Everly collapsed after a suicide attempt in London's Savoy Hotel. Other acts on the bill include Frank Ifield, Ketty Lester and The Vernons Girls.
Bluegrass mandolin player and pioneering recording artist Pee Wee Lambert dies in the USA. He is best remembered for his work with The Stanley Brothers.
Popular singer Tommy Edwards dies at home in Richmond, Virginia, USA, of a brain aneurism. His biggest hit was It's All In The Game.
After playing at a New Year's Eve Party at St. Michael's Hall in Lynn, Massachusetts, USA, famed polka musician and recording artist Frankie 'Gee' Grybosh is struck and killed by a car.
Bandleader and recording artist Barney Rapp dies aged 70 in Cincinnatio, Ohio, USA, and will be buried in the Memorial Mausoleum, Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, USA.
Chris Criswell, who played steel guitar with Hank Williams' Drifting Cowboys, dies in Tampa, Florida, USA.
Paper Lace release a new single, The Night Chicago Died, on Philips Records in the UK. It will go to No1 in the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart in the USA.
Critically-lauded UK singer-songwriter Nick D rake dies at home in Tanworth-in-Arden, Warwickshire, England, UK, Europe, in his sleep, after an overdose of Tryptizol.
Tom Wilson, producer of albums for Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, The Mothers Of Invention and others, dies of a heart attack in Los Angeles, aged 47.
Jazz saxophonist, clarinettist and bandleader Barney Bigard dies in Culver City, California, USA, aged 74. Bigard played with Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Joe "King" Oliver and others.
Over 100,000 mourners attend a public vigil for the recently assassinated John Lennon in Central Park, New York City, USA. Ten minutes of silence are observed at 2pm.
Suffering from anorexia nervosa, Karen Carpenter makes her last live appearance with The Carpenters at a gig in Sherman, California, USA. She will die less than two months later, aged 32 from heart failure caused by complications of the illness.
Albert Grossman, manager of Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul And Mary, and many others, dies of a heart attack on board a plane flying him to Cannes, France, Europe, where he was to attend the annual Midem music biz bash.
On the last night of The Cure's North American tour, at a concert in The Forum, Los Angeles, California, USA, a fan called Jonathan Moreland jumps on stage and stabs himself several times, because he has been jilted by his girlfriend. The audience cheers enthusiastically, assuming it all to be part of the show.
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Nesuhi Ertegun, one of the founders of Atlantic Records, dies aged 71 from complications following cancer surgery at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, USA.
Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler, famed for his 1966 hit The Ballad Of The Green Berets, dies in Tennessee, USA, aged 49, from a bullet wound in his head, sustained three months earlier in Guatemala, where he was said to have been training Contra rebels. Sadler's life had been peppered with many violent incidents, including two earlier shootings in which he was implicated as the perpetrator.
Royston Wood, a member of Albion Country Band and The Young Tradition, and one of the leading figures in the English folk music revival of the mid-'60s, dies aged 54, in a car accident.
Chicago-based jazz/blues pianist Art Hodes dies aged 88 in Harvey, Illinois, USA.
Former Ozark Mountain Daredevils' member Stephen Canaday dies when the vintage aeroplane in which he is riding crashes into a vacant house in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Songwriter/producer Hank Cosby who worked with Smokey Robinson, The Supremes and The Jackson 5, and also played saxophone for Marvin Gaye, John Lee Hooker, The Temptations and Mary Wells, dies after a protracted illness.
Jazz guitarist Remo Palmier dies in The Bronx, New York City, USA, aged 78, having long suffered from leukemia and lymphoma. In his acclaimed career he had worked with Coleman Hawkins, Red Norvo, Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie and many others.
Bob Copper, often regarded as England's most important traditional folk-singer, dies in Brighton, Sussex, UK.
Sammi Smith dies aged 61 of emphysema, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. She is best-remembered for having reached No1 in the Billboard Country Singles Chart in the USA with her 1970 version of the Kris Kristofferson composition Help Me Make It Through The Night.
Harry 'Big Daddy' Hypolite dies aged 68 in a car crash near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. Hypolite worked as a sideman for more than 40 years, notably alongside Zydeco great Clifton Chenier, before establishing himself as a blues singer, guitarist and bandleader and recording artist in his own right.
Black rock'n'roll, blues and country music vocalist and songwriter Big Al Downing dies of leukemia aged 65, im Massachusetts, USA.
Reggae legend Laurel Aitken dies at home in Leicester, England, UK, following a heart attack.
Blues guitarist/singer/songwriter Little Milton dies aged 70 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, following a cerebral haemorrhage.
Country music singer and songwriter Charlie Walker dies aged 81, of colon cancer in Hendersonville, Tennessee, USA.
British record producer Jonny Dollar dies of cancer, aged 45. Dollar was widely considered the primary architect of the trip-hop genre of music for his innovative work on Massive Attack's influential album Blue Lines. He also worked with Neneh Cherry, Gabrielle and Youssou N'Dour.
Fayette Pinkney, a founder member of the Three Degrees, dies in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA, of acute respiratory failure aged 61.
Author, music publisher and BBC DJ Charlie Gillett dies of a heart attack in hospital in London, UK, after a long illness, aged 68. Known as a champion of world music, Gillett is credited with discovering Dire Straits in 1976 after playing Sultans of Swing from their demo tape on his Radio London show Honky Tonk.
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.
Legendary bluegrass banjo pioneer Earl Scruggs dies in hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, aged 88, of natural causes.
Michael Scaccia guitarist for the metal bands Ministry and Rigor Mortis dies after collapsing during a performance at The Rail Club in Fort Worth, Texas, USA.. He is pronounced dead of a heart attack at 12:26 a.m. in the emergency room at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.
Martin Sharp, who designed album covers and posters for Cream, Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix, and co-founded the radical Oz magazine, dies aged 71 from emphysema in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, Oceania.
A Florida, USA, judge sentences Michael Dunn to life imprisonment for the murder of African-American teenager Jordan Davis. The teenager died when Dunn fired into an SUV in Jacksonville, Florida, during an argument over loud music. The sentence includes an additional ninety years for three convictions of attempted murder and firing a weapon into a vehicle.
The Black Dahlia Murder release a new LP, Abysmal, on Metal Blade Records in the UK.
Stevie Wonder is among those attending a Celebration Of Natalie Cole's Life at the West Angeles Church of God, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Richard Neville, controversial counter-culture editor, writer and broadcaster, dies aged 74 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, Oceania. He had been diagnosed with early-onset dementia in his mid sixties.
Ariana Grande reveals that she has had a bee tattooed behind her left ear. The bee is a symbol of the city of Manchester, England, UK, Europe, where 22 people were killed in a terror attack shortly after Grande's concert there had finished, on 22 May 2017, with
Israeli pop singer Yigal Bashan is found dead, aged 68, at his home in Tel Aviv, Israel. Having been hospitalised twice previously with self-inflicted stab wounds, his death is ruled as suicide.
Lorna Doom, bassist for The Germs, dies aged 61 from breast cancer in Thousand Oaks, California, USA.
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