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Frank Dupree, of Abbeville, South Carolina, USA, who had killed a policeman during a jewelry store robbery in Atlanta, Georgia, on December 15, 1921, is executed for murder. The song Betty And Dupree by Cookie And The Cupcakes and many others, will be inspired by this incident. Other songs based on the same theme are Frank Dupree and Dupree's Diamond Blues by The Grateful Dead.
Jazz piano pioneer Clarence 'Pine Top' Smith [aka Pinetop Smith] is performing at The Masonic Lodge dance hall in Chicago, Illinois, USA, when a fight breaks out. Shots are fired and Smith is killed by a bullet from the gun of David Bell.
On Christmas Day, for reasons never conclusively established, sharecropper Charlie Lawson murders his wife and six of his seven children at their farm on Brook Cove Road in Germanton, North Carolina, USA, before shooting himself in the woods nearby. This terrible tragedy will inspire the 1930 song The Murder Of The Lawson Family by The Carolina Buddies
The Carolina Buddies record The Murder Of The Lawson Family and In A Cottage By The Sea for Columbia Records in New York City, USA. The first of these songs is inspired by a gruesome mass murder which took place on Christmas Day 1929 in North Carolina.
Al Bowlly, accompanied by the Ray Noble Orchestra, records Mademoiselle and How Could We Be Wrong?, in London, UK, for HMV Records.
After an intense, hours-long gun-battle with FBI agents who have surrounded her house at 13250 East Highway C-25, Ocklawaha, Florida, USA, gang leader Ma Barker is shot dead. She will be immortalised in song by Boney M's 1977 hit single Ma Baker - in which her name is slightly modified to make it easier to sing.
The musical comedy Annie Get Your Gun, by Irving Berlin, closes at The Imperial Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, at the end of a run of 1,147 performances.
Charles Brown records The Message, All My Life and Moonrise, for Aladdin Records at Radio Recorders Studio, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Dramatic Druids play at The Gun Tavern, Croydon, England, UK.
After strangling his mother to death and stabbing his wife, engineering student and former US Marine Charles Whitman kills fourteen people and wounds 32 others during a random shooting spree from the top of a tower at The University Of Texas, Austin, Texas, USA. The incident will inspire Harry Chapin to write his 1972 song Sniper. Other songs referring to Whitman include Psycho by Leon Payne, Down There By The Train by Tom Waits, The Ballad of Charles Whitman by Kinky Friedman and The Tower by Insane Clown Posse.
Roy Orbison releases a new single, There Won't Be Many Coming Home, on London Records in the UK.
On the day that Martin Luther King is shot dead, Muddy Waters and The Hallucinations play at The Boston Tea Party, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
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The Hollies, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick And Tich, Gun, Soft Machine, Marmalade and more play at The Barbecue, Earlham Park, Norwich, England, UK, Europe.
Radical Black Panther Mark Essex fatally shoots ten people with a .44-caliber Magnum rifle and wounds thirteen more at Howard Johnson's Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, before being shot dead by police officers. Essex's killing spree will inspire several songwriters to include references to him in their songs, including Loudon Wainwright III's 1973 track Clockwork Chartreuse on the album Attempted Mustache, and Japanese doom metal band Church of Misery's 2004 song Soul Discharge on their album The Second Coming. Essex is also mentioned at length in Gil Scott Heron's version of Marvin Gaye's Inner City Blues.

I Shot The Sheriff by Eric Clapton, a cover of a Bob Marley song, is released to radio stations in the USA.
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The Sex Pistols' album Never Mind The Bollocks is released in the USA.
Sid Vicious former bassist of The Sex Pistols, attempts suicide in the bathroom of the Hotel Seville, Madison Avenue, New York City, by slitting his wrists.
Scottish punk band The Rezillos play their final live gig, at The Apollo, Glasgow, Scotland. The show is recorded and will be released as the live album Mission Accomplished But The Beat Goes On.
Teenage schoolgirl Brenda Spencer shoots dead eleven of her schoolmates at Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego, California, USA. Asked why, she tells police "I don't like Mondays." Six months later, her statement will be used as the title of a Boomtown Rats' UK No1 single based on the horrific events of this day.
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.
The album Nine Tonight by Bob Seger And The Silver Bullet Band is certified both gold and platinum by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
When he crashes his car into a fence on San Diego Freeway, California, David Crosby is arrested and charged with possession of drugs, carrying a concealed gun, and driving under the influence of cocaine.
Felix Pappalardi of heavy rock band Mountain is shot dead in his apartment in New York City, USA, aged 43, by his wife, Gail Collins.
Dawayne Bailey, formerly of Bob Seger's Silver Bullet Band, plays his first concert as guitarist with Chicago at a gig in Rockford, Illinois, USA.
Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue is in bed with his lover Vanity at his home in Los Angeles, California, USA, when he hears voices and people moving around in his bathroom. He starts shouting and fires a .357 several times through the bathroom door. Vanity barricades herself into another room until Nikki finally realizes what he heard was just the radio. Sixx then shoots the rest of the gun's rounds into his JBL speakers.
Aerosmith reach No1 with Janie's Got A Gun in the ARIA Singles Chart in Australia, Oceania. This is their first No1 single in Australia.
Ice Cube begins taunting members of the audience during his show at the Paramount Theatre, Seattle, Washington, USA. Violence breaks out, fifty shots are fired, three people have to be treated for gunshot wounds, one for stab wounds and one is run over by a car outside.
Bruce Cockburn records Turn, Turn, Turn, at Grant Avenue Studio, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, for the tribute album Where Have All The Flowers Gone - The Songs Of Pete Seeger.
Christopher George Latore Wallace, best known as rapper The Notorious B.I.G. or Biggie Smalls, is shot dead in a drive-by killing in Los Angeles, California, USA. His death will inspire Puff Daddy to write the song I'll Be Missing You, which draws much of its inspiration from Every Breath You Take by The Police.
A stretch of State Route 19 in Tennessee, USA, is officially named Tina Turner Highway, in honour of Tina Turner, who was born and raised in the nearby little ol' town of Nutbush.
DJ Jam Master Jay [real name Jason Mizell] of Run DMC, is shot dead in his Jamaica, Queens, New York, USA, recording studio, aged 37.
The first wave of America's "shock and awe" bombing campaign hits Baghdad, Iraq, Western Asia, and the northern Iraqi cities of Mosul and Kirkuk. Pentagon officials stated that the campaign would send 1,500 bombs and missiles over Iraq in the first 24 hours. Deaths are estimated at 6,616. Shock And Awe by Neil Young, Shock And Awe by Teenage Fanclub and Dreaming Of Paris by Van Dyke Parks are among the many songs reflecting on the shock and awe campaign.
Atreyu, Bullet For My Valentine and The Black Maria play at The Zodiac, Oxford, England, UK, Europe.
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The Live8 Concert in Hyde Park, London, England, UK, (and several other cities worldwide), features artists including Pink Floyd, Coldplay, Dido, Keane, Elton John, Annie Lennox, Madonna, Muse, Razorlight, Scissor Sisters, Paul McCartney, Joss Stone, Stereophonics, Sting, Robbie Williams, U2, Stevie Wonder, R.E.M., The Cure, Velvet Revolver, Bob Geldof, The Killers and Snow Patrol.
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Country music singer and songwriter Billy Joe Shaver is indicted on felony charges by a grand jury in McLennan County, Texas, USA. The indictment relates to a 2007 charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, after Shaver had shot Billy Bryant Coker, in the face with a handgun, during a confrontation outside Papa Joe's Texas Saloon in Lorena.
It is reported that Insane Clown Posse fan John Antonelli is seeking at least $50,000 in damages in a lawsuit filed in the Cass County District Court, North Dakota, because of an injury sustained at their June 2007 concert in North Dakota.
Rapper Drake is forced to cut short his show after a man is shot in the buttocks during his gig at the House of Blues, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Erykah Badu pays a $500 fine and is given six months of probation for stripping during a music video shoot for her song Window Seat, at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, USA, where President John F. Kennedy was assasinated in 1963.
Guitarist Slash, formerly of Guns N'Roses, files for divorce from his wife Parla Ferrar Hudson in the Superior Court of Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Sex Pistols launch their own brand perfume in the USA. The product is described as "the spirit of punk in a bottle". The publicity for the perfume claims that, "Sex Pistols fragrance is inspired by anarchy and chaos, as the ideologies of the bend that made a revolution in UK in the 70s, spreading to the international music scene."
After Lil Wayne is driven to a Bloomington, Indiana, USA, nightclub in a car with flashing red and blue lights and sirens, he is escorted inside by two security guards dressed in police-style uniforms with gun belts. Later, the guards, Ronald Andre Harrod and Larry Lee Richardson, are questioned by local police and face charges of impersonating police officers.
Rapper Ja Rule is released from Ray Brook Federal Prison in New York State, USA, after having served nearly two years on gun and tax evasion charges. He will, however, remain under house arrest until 28 July.
Brownbird Rudy Relic plays at Dada, Delray Beach, Florida, USA.
During their Not In This Lieftime tour, Guns N'Roses play the first of two nights at The MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, supported by Lenny Kravitz. This tour features classic Guns N'Roses line-up members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan, playing together for the first time since 1993.
During their Not In This Lieftime tour, Guns N'Roses play the second of two nights at The MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, supported by Lenny Kravitz. This tour features classic Guns N'Roses line-up members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan, playing together for the first time since 1993.
During their Not In This Lieftime tour, Guns N'Roses play the second of two nights at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California, USA, supported by The Cult. This tour features classic Guns N'Roses line-up members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan, playing together for the first time since 1993. Also, at this gig, the band is joined by drummer Steven Adler who plays on two songs.
Guns N'Roses play at London Stadium, London, England, UK, Europe.