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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.
The movie musical Murder At The Vanities, 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 .
Harry B. Smith, 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.
Johnny Doran, 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.
In his last recording session, Eddie Cochran records Three Steps To Heaven at Gold Star Studios in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. In the same session he also records Cut Across Shorty and Cherished Memories. Just three months later, Cochran will die in a car crash during a tour of the UK.
Boogie-woogie piano great Meade Lux Lewis dies in an automobile crash in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
The Detroit Race Riots [also known as the 12th Street Rioting] begin in Detroit, Michigan, USA. Over the next five days, 43 people will die. The Gordon Lightfoot song Black Day In July is about these riots.
Lainie Kazan, 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.
Muddy Waters 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.
Texas blues guitarist Melvin "Lil' Son" Jackson dies from cancer in Dallas, Texas, USA.
Jon Poulous, 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.
Having pleaded 'no contest' to a charge of voluntary manslaughter, Marvin Gaye Sr is given five years probation for shooting his son.
Nico, former Velvet Underground chanteuse, falls from her bicycle while on her way to buy marijuana in Ibiza, Europe, and will die the following day from the resulting brain haemorrhage.
R'n'b recording artist Bobby Mitchell dies of kidney failure, aged 53, in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
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.
Free jazz saxophonist Frank Wright dies in Wuppertal, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, Europe.
Jazz drummer, vocalist and bandleader Freddie Kohlman dies, aged 75, of cancer at his home in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Willie Dixon, perhaps the best-known blues songwriter in popular music history, dies of a heart attack in Burbank, California, USA.
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UK singer/songwriter Duncan Browne, best remembered for his hit single Journey, dies after a protracted battle with cancer.
Blues singer Little Caesar, best-remembered for his 1952 hit song Goodbye Baby, dies in California, USA.
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 ,Ames Brothers, The Andrews Sisters, Les Paul, Connie Francis and Bobby Darin.
Charles Brown 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.
Blind jazz/r'n'b vocalist Al Hibbler dies, aged 85 at Holy Cross Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, USA. After working with Duke Ellington, he scored a No1 hit in 1955 with Unchained Melody.
Jazz guitarist John Collins dies aged 88, in Los Angeles, California, USA. As well as leading his own Quartet, Collins also played with Nat King Cole, Bobby Troup, Sammy Davis Jr, Frank Sinatra and Nancy Wilson.
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 and Motown 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.
Popular US vocalist Georgia Gibbs dies aged 87 in New York City, USA, after a long battle with leukaemia. Among her fifteen US Top 40 hits were If I Knew You Were Coming I'd Have Baked A Cake and The Hula Hoop Song.
Ian Wallace, former drummer of King Crimson, dies of cancer, aged 60 in Los Angeles, California. Wallace also played drums for Bob Dylan, Don Henley, Jackson Browne and many others.
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.
Willie Mitchell, 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.
Peter Christopherson (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.
Carl Gardner, a founder member of The Coasters, dies aged 83. Gardner suffered from congestive heart failure and Alzheimer's disease, when he died in hospice care in Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA. His voice can be heard on such hits as Poison Ivy, Charlie Brown and Yakety Yak.
Die Arzte play at The Westfalenhalle 1, Dortmund, Germany, Europe.
Jazz bassist Chuck Metcalf dies aged 81, after a long battle with neuroendocrine cancer, USA. In an acclaimed career, Metcalf played with Quincy Jones, Ernestine Anderson, Buddy Catlett, Ray Charles, Anita O'Day, Joe Venuti, Dexter Gordon and many others.
Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!, the fourth album by Panic! At The Disco, enters the Billboard 200 Albums Chart in the USA at No2.
Sarah Michelle Gellar (best known as the star of tv series Buffy The Vampire Slayer), 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.
Glen Campbell dies, aged 81, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, six years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
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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