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Confederate General Thomas Stonewall Jackson dies of complications of pneumonia, aged 39, at Guinea Station, Virginia, USA. He had been wounded in battle at Chancellorsville and, after having his arm amputated, pneumonia had set in. His death will inspire the 1929 song The Death Of Stonewall Jackson by The Carson Robison Trio. There is also an earlier tribute entitled Stonewall Jackson's Way thought to have been composed in 1862.
Popular Canadian songwriter, musician and recording artist John Stromberg commits suicide in Freeport, Long Island, New York, USA, by ingesting Paris Green insecticide. He had suffered severely from debilitating arthritis for several years.
Rufus Payne, the African-American street singer who taught Hank Williams to play the guitar, dies in hospital in Montgomery, Alabama, USA.
While driving in her powder blue convertible to New York City, USA, to make her first appearance at The Harlem Apollo Theatre, 20 year old singer Ruth Brown is seriously injured in a car crash near Chester, Pennsylvania. Suffering severe internal injuries and two broken legs, she is rushed to hospital where she will spend three months.
Malcolm Young, future guitarist with AC/DC, is born in Glasgow, Scotland.
When poor health and a lifetime of heavy drinking result in a fatal heart attack, blues vocalist, pianist and recording artist Big Maceo dies in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Jazz trumpeter, singer and bandleader Hot Lips Page dies aged 46 in New York City, USA. He had suffered a heart attack seven days earlier, but his death was caused by complications from pneumonia.
Revered folk singer Cisco Houston dies of stomach cancer at his sister's home in San Bernardino, California, USA, aged 42.
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Popular singer Jaye P. Morgan is featured in an acting role on the series Hennessy on CBS-tv in the USA. The show stars Jackie Cooper as a Navy doctor.
When their car skids on an icy turnpike and hits a truck, Eddie Kendricks and Otis Williams of The Temptations are hospitalised in Somerset, Pennsylvania, USA.
Trevor Burton of The Move sustains an injury to his shoulder in a car crash.
Herb Fame of Peaches And Herb is accidentally shot in the abdomen by his road manager, Walter Booth, in Columbia, South Carolina, USA.
Rush play at The Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Western swing pianist John Bryce Wood, aka Smokey Wood, dies of heart failure in Texas, USA. Wood led the pioneering 1930’s western swing group The Modern Mountaineers.
Bryan Ferry collapses from a kidney infection in a French hotel, and has to be flown home to England, UK, Europe.
Blues legend Sam 'Lightnin' Hopkins dies of cancer in Centerville, Texas, aged 70.
Singing cowboy Jimmy Wakely dies of heart failure after contracting emphysema, aged 68, in Mission Hills, California, USA.
Kenneth 'Thumbs' Carllisle dies from a heart attack while driving from Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA, to Decatur, Georgia. Carllisle was a highly-acclaimed guitarist known for playing lead guitar with the instrument lying across his lap. He played for many years with Little Jimmy Dickens and Roger Miller.
With frontman Perry Farrell having fallen ill, the remaining members of Jane's Addiction attempt to perform this night's gig in Subterania, London, England, without him. Unfortunately, the show is a shambles and they leave the stage in disarray before completing their set.
With leader Jerry Garcia still unwell, The Grateful Dead cancels its upcoming tour.
When Bob Dylan plays the final date of a European tour at the Point Theatre, Dublin, Eire, he is joined on stage for the encores by Elvis Costello, Van Morrison and Carole King. As they leave the stage, Carole King stumbles and injures her arm, resulting in a visit to a local hospital.
Chuck Greenberg dies of a heart attack on Santa Cruz Island, California, USA. He found success with his new age band Shadowfax in the early 70s, developed a strong career as a record producer, and then developed the first electronic wind instrument, The Lyricon.
Bob Dylan is admitted to hospital in Los Angeles, California, USA, for nine days suffering from "histoplasmosis", a potentially fatal heart condition. After recovering he quips, "I really thought I'd be seeing Elvis soon."
Welsh-born singer Dorothey Squires dies of lung cancer, aged 83, in Llwynypia, Rhondda Cynon Taf, South Wales, UK, Europe.
Jazz guitarist George Van Eps, considered one of the fathers of the modern plectrum guitar style and a pioneer of the seven-string guitar, dies of pneumonia, aged 85 in Newport Beach, California, USA.
Jazz and pop vocalist Ella Mae Morse dies, aged 75, of respiratory failure in Bullhead City, Arizona, USA.
When guitarist Janick Gers falls off stage during a concert in Mannheim, Germany, Europe, Iron Maiden are obliged to cancel several dates on their European tour.
Penny Valentine dies of cancer, aged 59. She was one of the UK's first female pop and rock music critics, working for Disc, Sounds, Record Mirror and Melody Maker. She also made several appearances on the tv show Juke Box Jury.
On his A Reality Tour, when David Bowie plays at The T-mobile Arena, Prague, Czech Republic, Europe, it is noticed that he seems unwell.
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Legendary jazz saxophonist Illinois Jacquet dies in New York City, aged 81. On the same day, French heart-throb singer Sacha Distel dies, aged 74, after a long illness.
Hardcore punk pioneer Randy Turner is found dead from complications of hepatitis C in his home in South Austin, Texas, USA. Nicknamed Biscuit, he was best-known as vocalist and leader of the seminal hardcore punk band Big Boys.
Suffering from a non-invasive form of breast cancer, Sheryl Crow undergoes a lumpectomy at a facility in Los Angeles, California, USA, to be followed by seven weeks of radiation therapy.
Buddy Miles, drummer for The Electric Flag and a member of Jimi Hendrix's Band Of Gypsys, dies of congestive heart disease, aged 60, in Austin, Texas, USA.
Stevie Wonder, speaking during a National Federation of the Blind (NFB) press conference at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, calls on electronics manufacturers to make more blind-friendly devices.
Jake Brockman, keyboard player with Echo And The Bunnymen since 1989, dies aged 53, after his motorbike collides with a converted ambulance near Kirk Michael on the Isle Of Man.
Rap artist Derek B, who enjoyed chart success in 1988 with Goodgroove, dies aged 44 of a heart attack in London, England, UK.
Pianist, singer and composer Johnny Alf, sometimes described as the Father of Bossa Nova, dies aged 80, of prostate cancer in Santo Andre, Brazil, South America.
Vocalist Johnny Maestro, who fronted The Crests, The Del-Satins and The Brooklyn Bridge, dies of cancer aged 70 in Cape Coral, Florida, USA.
Eddie Franklin, the son of Aretha Franklin is assaulted by two men and a woman at a service station near Plymouth and Evergreen, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
The Saw Doctors play at The Town Hall, Cheltenham, UK.
Rihanna and David Bowie are among the guests attending the Linked Against Leukemia gala in New York City, USA.
Tony Sly, best known as the front man of the punk rock band No Use For A Name, dies in his sleep, aged 41, in San Jose, California, USA. The cause of his death is not immediately released, but is thought to have been connected with medication he required to deal with extreme chronic back pain.
On the North American leg of her World Tour 2012, Madonna plays at The Plains of Abraham Site, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
Mark Fisher, designer of fantastical stage sets for Pink Floyd, U2, The Rolling Stones, Lady Gaga and others, dies of cancer at the age of 66 in The Marie Curie Hospice in Hampstead, London, UK, Europe.
Doug Grassel, rhythm guitarist for The Ohio Express, dies aged 64, from fibrosis of the lungs, in Germany, Europe.
B.B. King plays an "erratic" concert at Peabody Opera House, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, for which he later apologises, claiming it was caused by a combination of missing his diabetic medications and exhaustion after a 1600 mile bus trip from Las Vegas, Nevada.
It is announced that Sir Paul McCartney has been hospitalized in Tokyo, Japan, Asia, with a viral infection. The 71-year-old former Beatle has cancelled the remaining shows on his tour of Japan and South Korea.
Nightwish announce that founding member and drummer Jukka Nevalainen will not be part of their upcoming album due to his very difficult insomnia. Kai Hahto of Wintersun will replace him for the album and the upcoming tour.
It is reported that Phil Collins is planning to undergo electro-shock therapy to help him recover from back surgery and make him fit enough to perform live again.
It is reported that Aretha Franklin is gravely ill at her home near Detroit, Michigan, USA. It is stated that she is surrounded by friends and family and "under hospice care". Stevie Wonder and Jesse Jackson, among others, have lately visited her.