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Vaudeville impresario Frederick F. Proctor dies at his home in Larchmont, New York, USA, aged 78 years, from congestion of his lungs. 91929)
Gang leaders and multiple murderers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow
are ambushed and killed by a posse of four Texas police officers on a rural road in Bienville Parish, Louisiana, USA. Their outlaw lives and crimes will be glamourised as time goes by and will inspire several songs. Georgie Fame
's The Ballad Of Bonnie And Clyde
was a UK No1 hit in 1967, and Merle Haggard
's identically-named but entirely different 1968 composition The Ballad Of Bonnie And Clyde
also became popular. Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot recorded Gainsbourg's Bonnie And Clyde, and Mel Torme
recorded A Day In The Life Of Bonnie And Clyde.
Blues harmonica star Sonny Boy Williamson (No1)
dies after being mugged and brutally
beaten while returning home after playing at the Plantation Club on the south side of Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The renowned Welsh songwriter Ivor Novello
dies unexpectedly aged 58, of a coronary thrombosis, just a few hours after completing a performance in the run of his successful musical King's Rhapsody in London, UK.
Boogie-woogie pianist and recording artist Jimmy Yancey
dies of complications arising from diabetes, in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Composer, conductor, orchestrator, and arranger, Will Vodery
dies aged 67 in Farmingdale, New York State, USA. Vodery was one of the few black Americans of his time to make a name for himself as a composer on Broadway
, but is best-known for the vocal and choral arrangements he created for the original Broadway
stage production of the 1927 classic musical Show Boat.
Betty Jack Davis
of country music singing duo The Davis Sisters
dies in a car crash. As the pair drive home from their first appearance on the WWVA Jamboree in Wheeling, West Virginia,USA, a soldier falls asleep at the wheel of his car and crashes head on into their automobile. The other member of the duo, Skeeter Davis
, will go on to achieve success as a solo artist.
An inquest into the recent death of rock'n'roll idol Eddie Cochran
continues at Bristol Assizes, Bristol, UK.
Highly-respected cornettist and recording artist Richard Brunies
dies in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
records Alabama Blues and Jesus Died On The Cross To Save The World, for Fontana Records
, in Berkeley, California, USA.
visits the home of his friends Eve and Mac MacKenzie in New York City, USA, who tape him singing San Francisco Bay Blues, Hard Times In New York Town and The Death Of Emmett Till.
Popular French singer Marcelle Bordas
dies aged 61 in Ile-de-France, Paris, France, Europe.
Blues pianist Otis Spann
dies, aged 40, in Cook County Hospital, Chicago, Illinois, USA. On the same day, ABC
by the Jackson Five reaches No1 on the Billboard
Top 40 singles chart in the USA.
Pioneering female blues and country blues singer and songwriter Lillian Glinn
dies in Richmond, California, USA.
British bandleader Victor Silvester
dies while on holiday in La Lavandou, France, Europe, at the age of 78. In his lengthy career, Silvester sold over 75m records.
release their eighth album Never Say Die!
in the UK. This will prove to be the last full studio album featuring the entire original line-up of the group.
New York electronic punk duo Suicide release a new cassette-only album, Half Alive
In Manhattan Supreme Court in New York City, USA, testimony is given by Gail Collins, who is charged with the second degree murder of her husband, Felix Pappalardi
of heavy rock band Mountain
Successful New Zealand songwriter Paul Hewson phones Todd Hunter, bassist and vocalist of Dragon, in Sydney, Australia, Oceania
, to tell him that he won’t be rejoining the group. That same night, after a wild evening of drinking, 32-year-old Hewson dies in a friend's car
, having overdosed on a lethal mix of homebake – a powerful opiate manufactured as a substitute to heroin.
Piedmont-style blues harmonica star Sonny Terry
, best-known for his enduring partnership with Brownie McGhee
, dies of natural causes aged 74 in Mineola, New York State, USA.
dies is Raleigh, North Carolina, USA, aged 79. She was one of America's most popular singers and a major radio variety star, known as The Songbird Of The South. Crippled by diabetes and a weight problem, she spent her final years confined to a wheelchair.
sound engineer Peter Grange is run over and killed in Clearwater, Gloucestershire, UK.
Jazz saxophonist, composer and bandleader Charlie Barnet
dies aged 77.
Jacques Morali, record producer for Village People
and The Ritchie Family, dies from AIDS, aged 44.
W.A.S.P. release their seventh studio LP, Kill.Fuck.Die.
on Castle Records in the USA.
Blues singer and songwriter Barkin' Bill Smith
dies aged 71 from pancreatic cancer, in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Singer-songwriter Warren Zevon
dies of lung cancer at home in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Jhonn Balance, founder and frontman of experimental rock band Coil
, dies after a fall from a second-floor landing at his home in London, UK.
dies of heart failure in Los Angeles, California, USA, aged 50.
, best-remembered as the presenter of 60s teenage music tv show Ready, Steady, Go
!, dies aged 82, of pneumonia, in Devon, England, UK, Europe.
Saxophonist, composer and activist Fred Ho
dies at home in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York City, USA, eight years after being diagnosed with metastatic colorectal cancer.
concludes his 28-date UR Experience Tour
with a gig at The Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa, Florida, USA. At the show, he wears a T-shirt reading 'I can't breathe', which is a reference to the last words of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man killed in July after a white police officer placed him in a chokehold.