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Harry Raab is born in Westchester Square, The Bronx, New York Cty, USA. He will find a measure of success and much notoriety as innovative and controversial jazz/boogie-woogie singer and songwriter Harry 'The Hipster' Gibson
Country music singer and guitarist Ernest Stoneman
records The Titanic and The Face That Never Returned at OKeh Recording Studio, 25 West 45th St., Manhattan, New York City, USA. Neither track is released.
Heroin addicted jazz saxophonist Art Pepper
is confined to hospital in Long Beach, California, USA.
Mary Ann McCall, vocalist with the Woody Herman
Band, goes on trial in Hollywood, California on drugs charges. (1953) Mary Ann McCall : I once had a £7,000 home but now it’s gone because I had to spend between £140 and £180 each week on the stuff.
Jazz band leader Herbie Fields
dies from a deliberate self-administered overdose of sleeping pills, at home in Miami, Florida, USA.
Brazilian songwriter and singing star Dolores Duran
arrives home at 7.00am, says to her maid. "Don't wake me. I'm tired. I'll sleep until I die." She then retires to bed and promptly dies in her sleep of a heart attack, attributed to an overdose of barbiturates.
, but his life and career will be blighted by heroin addiction.
Leif Per Nervik is born in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. He will find fame as 70s teen pop star
The second night of the three day long Trips Festival is held at Longshoremen's Hall in San Francisco, featuring the Grateful Dead
, Big Brother
and the Holding Company, The Loading Zone, Chinese New Years' Lion Dancers and Drum and Bugle Corps, Stroboscopic Trampoline, and Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters.
' guitarist Brian Jones
is sentenced to nine months in jail on drugs charges, but is released on bail pending an appeal. Fans of the band stage a two-hour protest in King's Road, Chelsea, London, England, UK, Europe, during which several are arrested, including Chris Jagger, brother of the Stones' vocalist Mick Jagger
play at Alumnae Hall Pembroke College, Rhode Island, USA.
The Cuyahoga River
in Ohio, one of the most polluted waterways in America, catches fire, triggering a crack-down on pollution in the river. This incident will provide inspiration for Randy Newman
's 1972 song Burn On, R.E.M.'s 1986 song Cuyahoga
, and Adam Again's 1992 song River on Fire.
collapses in the Chevron Hotel, Sydney, Australia, Oceania
, having taken an overdose of barbiturates during filming of the movie Ned Kelly, with boyfriend Mick Jagger
of The Rolling Stones
. She and Jagger were to star in the film, but she is immediately dropped from the cast.
Popular jazz and blues vocalist Savannah Churchill
dies of pneumonia aged 53 in Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
is arrested on drug possession charges in Dallas, Texas, USA.
, the brother of Michael Jackson
, is in hospital in Los Angeles after crashing his Mercedes-Benz. Both his legs are broken and to make matters worse, a nurse mistakenly injects him with methadone in the emergency room, almost killing him.
John Phillips, former leader of The Mamas and The Papas
, is arrested on drugs charges when cocaine is found at his summer residence in Water Mill, Long Island, New York State, USA. He will be sentenced to eight years in prison, but this will later be reduced to thirty days plus community service.
dies of a heart attack, allegedly brought on by amphetamines, while on tour, in Zeebrugge, Belgium, Europe. He is 47 years old.
Outrageous Scottish rocker
Drummer Steven Adler files suit in Los Angeles, California, USA, against his former band, Guns N'Roses
. He claims that band members pressured him to use heroin and then dropped him after he entered a rehabilitation program.
At Kennedy International Airport, a limousine carrying Whitney Houston
is stopped by nine police officers searching for
Popular vocalist Dinah Shore
dies of cancer in Beverly Hills, California, USA.
Oscar Scaggs, the 21-year-old son of musician Boz Scaggs
dies in San Francisco from an accidental heroin overdose
. He is pronounced dead at 5:06 a.m. after he having been found at the Mission District address of a known drug dealer.
During a hearing about crack cocaine possession charges at a Criminal Court in Queens, New York, USA, Wu-Tang Clan
rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard
makes lewd comments to a female district attorney, asking her if she thinks he is ‘horny’. He also ignores Judge Charles Heffernan and nods off to sleep at one point during the proceedings.
New York City Police Department Detective William Courtney seeks a search warrant
to help pursue murder enquiries involving Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff, the drug kingpin believed to have links with the Murder Inc.
, former manager of Grand Funk Railroad
, is stabbed to death at the age of 61, in Temple, Texas, USA, while attempting to prevent an argument between his daughter and her boyfriend, Donald Fair, over Fair's use of methamphetamine.
Multiple Grammy-winning singer Amy Winehouse is found dead at her flat
in Camden, London, England, UK. The 2012 song Amy by Green Day
will be inspired by Billie Joe Armstrong hearing of Winehouse's death.
Opium Dream Estate play at The Highlander, Paris, France, Europe.
Rapper Christ Bearer, aka Andre Johnson, of the group Northstar
is found seriously injured on the sidewalk outside his apartment in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. He is rushed to Cedars-Sinai hospital where it is learned that, while under the influence of PCP, he had cut off his own penis before jumping
from the balcony of his apartment.
posts a pic of herself on Tumblr wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the words 'No, its Becky'. The image is her response to a popular internet meme about a girl called Becky who, allegedly, died after "snorting marijuana". It was then further alleged that the girl in the picture was actually Taylor Swift
Speaking at a Senate hearing in Washington DC, USA, Sir Elton John
states that AIDS could be eradicated
in his lifetime, but only if the US government continues funding the fight against the virus.
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,