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Singer and pioneer sound recording artist George Washington Johnson
's common law wife Roskin Stuart dies after having been found beaten and unconscious in their shared New York apartment. Johnson is tried for first degree murder but acquitted.
22-year-old Frankie Baker shoots her lover, Allen Britt
[aka Albert Britt] in an apartment at 212 Targee Street, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, for cheating on her with another woman, Nellie Bly [aka Alice Pryor]. Britt will die four days later and the incident will become the basis of the song Frankie And Johnny
, which has been recorded in over 250 versions by artists including Jimmie Rodgers (The Singing Brakeman), Lead Belly
, Big Bill Broonzy
, Johnny Cash
, Pete Seeger
, Mississippi John Hurt
, Charlie Patton, Taj Mahal
, Sam Cooke
, Lena Horne
, Lonnie Donegan, Bob Dylan
, Brook Benton
, Jerry Lee Lewis
, Elvis Presley
, Gene Vincent
, Fats Waller
, Van Morrison
, Brook Benton
, Lindsay Lohan, Jack Johnson
and Stevie Wonder
Music hall singer Alexander Hurley, the second husband of popular British music hall singer Marie Lloyd, dies aged 42 of stomach cancer at Jack Straw's Castle, Hampstead, London, UK.
Murder At The
, starring Victor McLaglen, Carl Brisson, Jack Oakie, Kitty Carlisle, Gertrude Michael, Toby Wing and Jessie Ralph, with
an impressive finale featuring Duke Ellington
And His Orchestra
performing Ebony Rhapsody, is released to cinemas in the USA. The
most memorable song introduced by the film is perhaps Cocktails For
Two, but it also includes Marihuana, a song in fulsome praise .
The movie musical
, a celebrated composer of songs, musicals and
operettas, dies of a heart attack in his room at the Marlborough-Blenheim Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA. His
best-known composition is perhaps the jazz standard The
Sheik Of Araby
. The most prolific of all American stage
writers, he is said to have written over 300 librettos and more
than 6000 lyrics.
, uilleann piper and recording artist
, dies in St. Vincent
's Hospital, Athy, County Kildare, Ireland. He had been seriously injured two years earlier and never properly recovered from his injuries.
Popular songwriter, pianist and arranger Eliseo Grenet
dies aged 57 at home in Havana, Cuba, Caribbean.
Pioneering blues vocalist and OKeh Records
artist, Sara Martin
, known as 'the blues sensation from the west' dies of a stroke in Louisville, Kentucky, USA.
The Maddox Brothers and Rose release a new single, the Death Of Rock And Roll in the USA, on Columbia Records
Country singer and top recording star Johnny Horton
first meets with psychic J. Bernard Ricks of Shreveport, Louisiana, USA. They begin a lifelong friendship during which Horton becomes convinced that he has developed his own psychic abilities. It is said that he eventually predicted, correctly, that his own death would be violent
Boogie-woogie piano great Meade Lux Lewis dies in an automobile crash in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
, with an orchestra conducted by Bob Florence, records How Can I Be Sure and An Angel Died, for MGM Records
in Los Angeles, California, USA.
sustains three broken ribs and a broken pelvis in a car crash near Champagne, Illinois, USA. Three other people are killed in the accident.
Popular bandleader and pianist Vincent Lopez
dies following a stroke, aged 80
, in the Villa Maria, a nursing home in North Miami, Florida, USA. His radio sign-on, "Hello everybody - Lopez speaking," was heard for 45 years, making it the most enduring signature of any popular bandleader.
, drummer of 60s hitmakers The Buckinghams, dies at his home in Chicago, Illinois, USA, from drug-related causes, aged 32.
Reggae vocalist Hugh Mundell
is shot and killed
while sitting in a car in the St Andrew community of Grant's Pen Avenue with Junior Reid
, in Kingston, Jamaica. The murderer is never identified and the motive never explained.
Sr is given five years probation for shooting his son.
Having pleaded 'no contest' to a charge of voluntary manslaughter,
R'n'b recording artist Bobby Mitchell
dies of kidney failure, aged 53, in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
, 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.
Free jazz saxophonist Frank Wright
dies in Wuppertal, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, Europe.
, perhaps the best-known blues songwriter in popular music history, dies of a heart attack in Burbank, California, USA.
UK singer/songwriter Duncan Browne
, best remembered for his hit single Journey
, dies after a protracted battle with cancer.
Rock'n'roll singer, guitarist and recording artist Johnny Carroll dies aged 57 at Baylor Hospital, Dallas, Texas, USA, following a failed operation to treat a congenital liver ailment.
Music publisher Lou Levy
, founder of Leeds Music, dies aged 84 at home in Manhattan, New York City, USA. The Leeds Music catalogue included Strangers In The Night, Downtown, I Want To Hold Your Hand, C'est Si Bon and The Girl From Ipanema. The company published songs by Sammy Cahn, Bob Dylan
, The Beatles
, Henry Mancini
, The Andrews Sisters
, Les Paul
, Connie Francis
and Bobby Darin
dies of heart failure in his sleep at Summit Medical Center, Oakland, California. In a long career, he found fame as an R'n'B star from the 40s through to the 60s, first with Johnny Moore's Three Blazers, then as a solo artist.
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.
The body of Rick James
lies in state at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Chapel, Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The West Coast funeral of Rick James
is attended by over one thousand peoiple including Stevie Wonder
boss Berry Gordy, in Los Angeles, California, USA. His body is then flown to Buffalo, New York State, USA, for a service in his birthplace.
Chris Griffin, a member of the acclaimed trumpet section in Benny Goodman
's big-band orchestra, dies of melanoma in Danbury Hospital, Danbury, Connecticut, USA, aged 89.
Detroit-based rapper Proof is shot dead in a bar fight during a pool game.
Paramedics are called to the Nashville home of country singer Mindy McCReady
after an apparent suicide attempt. They transport her to a hospital after finding wounds on her wrists.
, the influential record producer and musician who worked with Al Green
and dozens of others, dies aged 81, at Methodist University Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
(aka Sleazy) of experimental rock bands Psychic TV and Coil
dies aged 55, in his sleep in Bangkok, Thailand, Asia. His cause of death is not made public.
), tweets her condolences on the death of Boy George
. She has confused the still living Culture Club
vocalist with the Wham! star George Michael
, who actually has died.
Sarah Michelle Gellar (best known as the star of tv series Buffy The Vampire
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.