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Eighteen political protesters are killed and over 400 are injured in The Peterloo Massacre
at St Peter's Field, Manchester, UK, when British cavalry charge into a crowd of 60,000
Having long suffered from poor health, Russell Alexander, an entertainer and composer, active primarily with vaudeville shows and musical comedy organizations, dies aged 38 in Liberty, New York State, USA.
A feature in the arts section of the Salt Lake Tribune, declares that "Mechanization is having its effect upon the presentation of music. It is possible to sit home and have a completely Varied program of music just by turning the dials of the radio. Quite often there will be a symphony, a part of an opera, a top-rank soloist, and always the ever-present jazz. Radio Is not killing the desire for flesh and blood musical performances. Audiences may be more discriminating, but their appetite for the best is whetted and not killed by the radio."
Jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt
dies, aged 43, from a brain hemorrhage in hospital in Fontainebleau, France, Europe. Reinhardt is regarded as one of the greatest guitar players of all time and the first important European jazz musician to make major contributions to the development of the genre.
is in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, re-shooting the ending of Wild In The Country
, because pre-release screening audiences did not like the original ending in which Hope Lange committed suicide.
After playing at a New Year's Eve Party at St. Michael's Hall in Lynn, Massachusetts, USA, famed polka musician and recording artist Frankie 'Gee' Grybosh is struck and killed by a car.
Critically-lauded UK singer-songwriter Nick D rake
dies at home in Tanworth-in-Arden, Warwickshire, England, UK, Europe, in his sleep, after an overdose of Tryptizol.
Over 100,000 mourners attend a public vigil for the recently assassinated John Lennon
in Central Park, New York City, USA. Ten minutes of silence are observed at 2pm.
Suffering from anorexia nervosa
, Karen Carpenter makes her last live appearance with The Carpenters
at a gig in Sherman, California, USA. She will die less than two months later, aged 32 from heart failure caused by complications of the illness.
Albert Grossman, manager of Bob Dylan
, Peter, Paul And Mary
, and many others, dies of a heart attack on board a plane flying him to Cannes, France, Europe, where he was to attend the annual Midem music biz bash.
On the last night of The Cure
's North American tour, at a concert in The Forum, Los Angeles, California, USA, a fan called Jonathan Moreland jumps on stage and stabs himself several times, because he has been jilted by his girlfriend. The audience cheers enthusiastically, assuming it all to be part of the show.
, one of the founders of Atlantic Records
, dies aged 71 from complications following cancer surgery at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, USA.
Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler
, famed for his 1966 hit The Ballad Of The Green Berets
, dies in Tennessee, USA, aged 49, from a bullet wound in his head, sustained three months earlier in Guatemala, where he was said to have been training Contra rebels. Sadler's life had been peppered with many violent incidents, including two earlier shootings in which he was implicated as the perpetrator.
, 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.
Chicago-based jazz/blues pianist Art Hodes
dies aged 88 in Harvey, Illinois, USA.
, often regarded as England's most important traditional folk-singer, dies in Brighton, Sussex, UK.
Harry 'Big Daddy' Hypolite
dies aged 68 in a car crash near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. Hypolite worked as a sideman for more than 40 years, notably alongside Zydeco great Clifton Chenier, before establishing himself as a blues singer, guitarist and bandleader and recording artist in his own right.
Black rock'n'roll, blues and country music vocalist and songwriter Big Al Downing
dies of leukemia aged 65, im Massachusetts, USA.
Reggae legend Laurel Aitken
dies at home in Leicester, England, UK, following a heart attack.
Blues guitarist/singer/songwriter Little Milton
dies aged 70 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, following a cerebral haemorrhage.
Country music singer and songwriter Charlie Walker
dies aged 81, of colon cancer in Hendersonville, Tennessee, USA.
British record producer Jonny Dollar
dies of cancer, aged 45. Dollar was widely considered the primary architect of the trip-hop genre of music for his innovative work on Massive Attack
's influential album Blue Lines. He also worked with Neneh Cherry, Gabrielle
and Youssou N'Dour.
Author, music publisher and BBC DJ Charlie Gillett
dies of a heart attack in hospital in London, UK, after a long illness, aged 68. Known as a champion of world music, Gillett
is credited with discovering Dire Straits
in 1976 after playing Sultans of Swing
from their demo tape on his Radio London show Honky Tonk.
A Florida, USA, judge sentences Michael Dunn to life imprisonment for the murder of African-American teenager Jordan Davis
. The teenager died when Dunn fired into an SUV in Jacksonville, Florida, during an argument over loud music. The sentence includes an additional ninety years for three convictions of attempted murder and firing a weapon into a vehicle.
The Black Dahlia Murder release a new LP, Abysmal, on Metal Blade Records in the UK.
is among those attending a Celebration Of Natalie Cole
's Life at the West Angeles Church of God, Los Angeles, California, USA.
dies aged 74
in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, Oceania
. He had been diagnosed with early-onset dementia in his mid sixties.
Richard Neville, controversial counter-culture editor, writer and broadcaster,