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Jazz pianist/songwriter and recording star Fats Waller
dies of pneumonia on a train near Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
's father, Benjamin, commits suicide by inhaling carbon monoxide fumes in his car, because of insurmountable debt problems. Written on his tombstone will be the words, To Know Him Was To Love Him
, prompting Phil to write the song To Know Him Is To Love Him which he will record a decade later with The Teddy Bears
, giving him his first hit single.
Songwriter Egbert Anson Van Alstyne
dies in Chicago, Illinois, USA. His best-known songs included Pretty Baby, Navajo, That Old Girl Of Mine and Sailin' Away On The Henry Clay.
Jazz saxophone giant Charlie 'Bird' Parker
dies of drug-related problems in Baroness
Nica De Koenigswarter's apartment in New York City, USA.
Popular bandleader Ace Brigode
dies in Seville, Ohio, USA. Bizarrely, on the way home after the funeral, his daughter-in-law, Ruth Brigode, dies of a cerebral haemorrhage after witnessing a car crash.
Ernestine Dickens, the wife of country star Little Jimmy Dickens, dies in a car accident in Sherman, Texas, USA, when her car veers off an overpass.
Singer-songwriter and blues guitarist Blind Joe Reynolds
dies in hospital in Monroe, Louisiana, USA, of pneumonia following a stroke.
4. Diane Linkletter commits suicide by jumping out of her
tenth-story apartment window in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. Her father, tv personality Art Linkletter
, blames Diane's death on a bad LSD trip and begins a high-profile
campaign against the drug and its users, publicly blaming acid guru
British dance bandleader Harry Roy
dies aged 69 in London, UK.
Jazz and blues vocalist and recording artist Savannah Churchill
dies of pneumonia in Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
, long-term roadie for The Beatles
, is shot dead when he threatens police officers in Los Angeles, California, USA, with an unloaded air rifle during a domestic dispute. (According to close friend Harry Nilsson
, later, when Evans' body was being sent home to England, it became mislaid and - bizarrely - ended up in the Dead Letter Office. Eventually, Evans was cremated in Los Angeles.)
Jazz trombonist, vocalist, band leader and successful recording artist Pee Wee Hunt
dies in Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA.
50s rock'n'roll star Larry Williams
is found dying of a gunshot wound in his Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles, California, USA, home. He will die five days later.
is shot dead by his father in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Jazz trumpeter and bandleader Larry Clinton
dies of cancer, aged 75, in Tucson, Arizona, USA.
Stride jazz pianist and recording artist Burt Bales
dies in San Francisco, California, USA.
Blues singer, songwriter and guitarist John Campbell
dies of heart disease, aged 41, in New York City, USA.
The death certificate for Kurt Cobain
of Nirvana states the cause of his death to have been "Contact perforating shotgun wound to head (mouth)".
Alan Wilder of Depeche Mode
narrowly escapes death when an RAF Tornado plane crashes into a hillside near the A85 trunk road at Lochearhead, Perthshire, Scotland, UK, Europe, just 200 yards from his open-topped car which is showered with debris. The two airmen in the plane are killed.
Alan Blakely, drummer of UK hitmakers Brian Poole and the Tremeloes
, dies of cancer.
, who found success as a singer and dancer in British music halls of the 1940s, dies in London, UK.
Jazz and popular music vocal legend Peggy Lee
dies at home in Los Angeles, California, USA, of a heart attack.
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.
Popular singer Laura Canales
, known as the Queen Of The Tejano Wave, dies aged 50 in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA. She had undergone gall bladder surgery in recent weeks and then contracted pneumonia and other complications.
Undercut release a new album, Something To Die For, in the UK on Distiller Records.
Irish/American virtuoso acoustic guitarist and recording artist Eric Roche
dies in his sleep, in Haverhill, Suffolk, England, UK, after a year-long battle with cancer.
Highly respected jazz guitarist Freddy Rundquist
dies aged 91, of complications from pneumonia, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Influential jazz vocalist Abbey Lincoln
, known as 'the black Marilyn Monroe', dies aged 80
in a Manhattan, New York City, USA, nursing home, after suffering deteriorating health for many years following open heart surgery.
, best-remembered as the presenter of 60s teenage music tv show Ready, Steady, Go
!, dies aged 82, of pneumonia, in Devon, England, UK, Europe.
One of the UK's greatest jazz vocalists Ottilie Patterson
dies aged 79 in Ayr, Scotland, UK, Europe.
Donald 'Duck' Dunn, the bassist who helped create the gritty Memphis soul sound at Stax Records
in the 1960s as part of the legendary group Booker T. And The MGs
and contributed to such classics as In The Midnight Hour
, Hold On, I'm Coming and [Sittin' On] The Dock of the Bay, dies in his sleep, aged 70, while on tour in Tokyo, Japan, Asia.
Big Jim Sullivan
, a revered session guitarist who performed on more than one thousand charting singles over his career, including 55 UK Number One hits, dies aged 71 at home
in West Sussex, England, UK, Europe.
an influential folk and country music singer dies aged 98 of natural causes at a hospice house in San Francisco, California, USA.
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.