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Vernon Dalhart [under the name Al Craver] records Little Mary Phagan for Columbia Records in the USA. Written by Fiddlin' John Carson in 1915, the song is about the rape and murder of Mary Phagan by Leo Frank at the National Pencil Company, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Vaudeville impresario Frederick F. Proctor dies at his home in Larchmont, New York, USA, aged 78 years, from congestion of his lungs. 91929)
Popular singer and recording company executive Harry MacDonough dies.
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.
Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper play their last live show on the Winter Dance Party tour at The Surf Ballroom, Clear Lake, Iowa, USA. They will all die when the plane carrying them to their next gig crashes near Clear Lake.
An inquest into the recent death of rock'n'roll idol Eddie Cochran continues at Bristol Assizes, Bristol, UK.
Twenty five thousand copies of Ray Peterson's 'death disc' hit single Tell Laura I Love Her are destroyed by Decca Records in the UK, because the song has been declared tasteless and vulgar.
Highly-respected cornettist and recording artist Richard Brunies dies in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Bukka White records Alabama Blues and Jesus Died On The Cross To Save The World, for Fontana Records, in Berkeley, California, USA.
Bob Dylan 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.
Country music star Moon Mullican dies of a heart attack, aged 57, in Beaumont, Texas, USA.
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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.
Black Sabbath 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.
Kate Smith 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.
Dire Straits sound engineer Peter Grange is run over and killed in Clearwater, Gloucestershire, UK.
Lance David Railton, lead guitarist of popular early 60s band Earl Preston And The TTs, dies in Liverpool, 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.
Marcel King, vocalist of hit-making 1970s British soul band Sweet Sensation dies as a result of a brain haemorrhage.
W.A.S.P. release their seventh studio LP, Kill.Fuck.Die. on Castle Records in the USA.
New Age guitarist and songwriter Michael Hedges dies aged 43 in a car accident in Mendocino County, California, USA.
23-year-old Guinean immigrant Amadou Diallo is shot and killed in New York City, USA, by four plain-clothes Police Department officers who later claim to have mistaken his wallet for a gun. The slaying will inspire the Bruce Springsteen song American Skin [41 Shots].
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.
Modern electric blues guitarist Buddy Blue, best-known as a member of The Beat Farmers dies aged 48, of a herat attack, in La Mesa, California, USA.
Cliff Hall, a founder member and singer of internationally-famed Liverpool folk group The Spinners, dies aged 82 of progressive heart failure, in Adelaide, Australia.
Michael Jackson dies of heart failure in Los Angeles, California, USA, aged 50.
Maurice Jones, co-promoter of Live Aid and founder of the Monsters Of Rock festival, dies of cancer, aged 64, in the UK.
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.
Songwriter Nick Ashford who, with his wife Valerie Simpson, co-wrote numerous Motown hits, dies of complications from throat cancer in New York City, USA.
The Cure headline the Bestival 2011, at Robin Hill Country Park, Isle Of Wight, UK. Also on the bill is PJ Harvey.
Sir Charles Ogle Mather dies in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. As a theatrical agent and manager, Mather worked with stars including Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Liberace, Tom Jones, Mel Torme and Shirley Bassey. He is said to have been responsible for arranging The Beatles work permits when they played in Vegas.
Pete Seeger, a folk music legend and a force for good in our world, dies aged 94, of natural causes, in New York City, USA.
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.
Every Time I Die release a new album, From Parts Unknown, in the USA.
Usher 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.
The Los Angeles Coroner's Office announces that the recent death of Keith Emerson, keyboardist with The Nice and Emerson, Lake And Palmer, was suicide. Emerson was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in Santa Monica, California, USA. He suffered for many years with a painful nerve condition, and was thought to have become depressed.