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Frank Dupree, of Abbeville, South Carolina, USA, who had killed a policeman during a jewelry store robbery in Atlanta, Georgia, on December 15, 1921, is executed for murder. The song Betty And Dupree by Cookie And The Cupcakes and many others, is based on this incident. Other songs based on the same theme are Frank Dupree and Dupree's Diamond Blues by The Grateful Dead.
Jazz pianist/songwriter and recording star Fats Waller dies of pneumonia on a train near Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
Phil Spector's father, Benjamin, commits suicide by inhaling carbon monoxide fumes in his car, because of insurmountable debt problems. Written on his tombstone will be the words, To Know Him Was To Love Him, prompting Phil to write the song To Know Him Is To Love Him which he will record a decade later with The Teddy Bears, giving him his first hit single.
Top jazz drummer Harold 'Doc' West, who worked with Billie Holiday, Jay McShann, Erroll Garner, Joe Turner and Charlie Parker, among others, dies in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, while on the road with Roy Eldridge's band.
Songwriter Egbert Anson Van Alstyne dies in Chicago, Illinois, USA. His best-known songs included Pretty Baby, Navajo, That Old Girl Of Mine and Sailin' Away On The Henry Clay.
Jazz saxophone giant Charlie 'Bird' Parker dies of drug-related problems in Baroness Nica De Koenigswarter's apartment in New York City, USA.
Popular bandleader Ace Brigode dies in Seville, Ohio, USA. Bizarrely, on the way home after the funeral, his daughter-in-law, Ruth Brigode, dies of a cerebral haemorrhage after witnessing a car crash.
Two young men from East Berlin become the first to be killed while trying to cross The Berlin Wall from East to West Germany, Europe. During the history of the Berlin Wall (1961 to 1989), nearly 80 people will be killed trying to escape. The song In Memory Of The Martyrs by Barclay James Harvest is about the sacrifice made by those people.
Ernestine Dickens, the wife of country star Little Jimmy Dickens, dies in a car accident in Sherman, Texas, USA, when her car veers off an overpass.
Singer-songwriter and blues guitarist Blind Joe Reynolds dies in hospital in Monroe, Louisiana, USA, of pneumonia following a stroke.
4. Diane Linkletter commits suicide by jumping out of her tenth-story apartment window in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. Her father, tv personality Art Linkletter, blames Diane's death on a bad LSD trip and begins a high-profile campaign against the drug and its users, publicly blaming acid guru Dr. Timothy Leary.
British dance bandleader Harry Roy dies aged 69 in London, UK.
Flamenco singer Manolo Caracol dies in a road accident in Madrid, Spain, Europe.
Jazz and blues vocalist and recording artist Savannah Churchill dies of pneumonia in Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
Mal Evans, long-term roadie for The Beatles, is shot dead when he threatens police officers in Los Angeles, California, USA, with an unloaded air rifle during a domestic dispute. (According to close friend Harry Nilsson, later, when Evans' body was being sent home to England, it became mislaid and - bizarrely - ended up in the Dead Letter Office. Eventually, Evans was cremated in Los Angeles.)
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Jazz trombonist, vocalist, band leader and successful recording artist Pee Wee Hunt dies in Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA.
50s rock'n'roll star Larry Williams is found dying of a gunshot wound in his Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles, California, USA, home. He will die five days later.
Marvin Gaye is shot dead by his father in Los Angeles, California, USA.
American jazz drummer Kenny Clarke, who worked with Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and countless others, dies aged 71 in Montreuil-Sous-Bois, France.
The Smiths top the UK album chart for the first and last time with Meat Is Murder.
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Jazz trumpeter and bandleader Larry Clinton dies of cancer, aged 75, in Tucson, Arizona, USA.
Stride jazz pianist and recording artist Burt Bales dies in San Francisco, California, USA.
Smokey Robinson sings a medley of hits at the funeral of Mary Wells.
Songwriter/performer Arthur Alexander dies in the Baptist Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, two days after suffering a massive heart attack. The Beatles and The Rolling Stones had both covered his songs.
Blues singer, songwriter and guitarist John Campbell dies of heart disease, aged 41, in New York City, USA.
The death certificate for Kurt Cobain of Nirvana states the cause of his death to have been "Contact perforating shotgun wound to head (mouth)".
Alan Wilder of Depeche Mode narrowly escapes death when an RAF Tornado plane crashes into a hillside near the A85 trunk road at Lochearhead, Perthshire, Scotland, UK, Europe, just 200 yards from his open-topped car which is showered with debris. The two airmen in the plane are killed.
Alan Blakely, drummer of UK hitmakers Brian Poole and the Tremeloes, dies of cancer.
Country recording star Faron Young attempts suicide by shooting himself in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Margery Manners, who found success as a singer and dancer in British music halls of the 1940s, dies in London, UK.
Jazz and popular music vocal legend Peggy Lee dies at home in Los Angeles, California, USA, of a heart attack.
Celebrated musicologist Alan Lomax dies in Mease Countryside Hospital, Safety Harbor, Florida, USA, aged 87. From the 1930's onward, Lomax preserved and documented America's musical heritage by making thousands of location and studio recordings of folk, blues and jazz musicians.
Popular singer Laura Canales, known as the Queen Of The Tejano Wave, dies aged 50 in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA. She had undergone gall bladder surgery in recent weeks and then contracted pneumonia and other complications.
Undercut release a new album, Something To Die For, in the UK on Distiller Records.
Irish/American virtuoso acoustic guitarist and recording artist Eric Roche dies in his sleep, in Haverhill, Suffolk, England, UK, after a year-long battle with cancer.
Highly respected jazz guitarist Freddy Rundquist dies aged 91, of complications from pneumonia, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Orange County Deputy Coroner Mitchell Sigal reports that The Reverend Tholomew Plague, drummer with Avenged Sevenfold, died in December 2009 of multiple drug intoxication at his home in Huntington Beach, California, USA, aged 28.
Influential jazz vocalist Abbey Lincoln, known as 'the black Marilyn Monroe', dies aged 80 in a Manhattan, New York City, USA, nursing home, after suffering deteriorating health for many years following open heart surgery.
Keith Fordyce, best-remembered as the presenter of 60s teenage music tv show Ready, Steady, Go!, dies aged 82, of pneumonia, in Devon, England, UK, Europe.
Blues-oriented one-man-band and recording artist Steve White dies after a long struggle with cancer, in San Diego, California, USA.
One of the UK's greatest jazz vocalists Ottilie Patterson dies aged 79 in Ayr, Scotland, UK, Europe.
Donald 'Duck' Dunn, the bassist who helped create the gritty Memphis soul sound at Stax Records in the 1960s as part of the legendary group Booker T. And The MGs and contributed to such classics as In The Midnight Hour, Hold On, I'm Coming and [Sittin' On] The Dock of the Bay, dies in his sleep, aged 70, while on tour in Tokyo, Japan, Asia.
Big Jim Sullivan, a revered session guitarist who performed on more than one thousand charting singles over his career, including 55 UK Number One hits, dies aged 71 at home in West Sussex, England, UK, Europe.
Popular big band singer Fran Warren dies on her 87th birthday of natural causes at her home in Brookfield, Connecticut, USA.
Faith Petric an influential folk and country music singer dies aged 98 of natural causes at a hospice house in San Francisco, California, USA.
Jason Mackenroth, former drummer for The Rollins Band dies at home in Henderson, Nevada, USA, aged 46, after a nearly four-year battle with prostate cancer.
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.
During a Channel 4 news interview, Lily Allen claims that the true death toll in the Grenfell Tower fire in London, England, UK, Europe, is closer to '150 people' than the 17 so far officially confirmed.
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Dennis Edwards, who was the lead vocalist of The Temptations from 1968 to 1989 dies aged 74, in hospital in Chicago, Illinois, USA. No cause of death is disclosed at this time, but he had suffered from meningitis for some time.
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