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The Victor Military Band records Nigger Blues for Victor Records in the USA. Nigger Blues is one of the first blues in 12-bar form, and features lyrics in what would become the standard blues form. At the same session they also record Joe Turner Blues Introducing St. Louis Blues.
Despite their leader suffering from a fever, Bill Haley and The Comets play the second of two nights in The Tivoli Theatre, Adelaide, Australia.
Folk singer and songwriter Cisco Houston, in hospital in New York City, USA, for exploratory surgery, is confirmed to be suffering from cancer.
Jazz cornettist Nick La Rocca dies of a heart ailment in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He had been a member of The Original Dixieland Jass Band, when it made the first commercially issued recordings of jazz music in 1917.
UK jazz band leader Bob Wallis leaves hospital after an operation to remove one of his eyes.
Mark White, bassist of The Spin Doctors is born in Sheffield, UK.
Cyril Davies dies of leukemia [some reports say pleurisy], aged 32, in London, UK. Davies was famed as a harmonica player and bandleader, widely regarded as one of the godfathers of the 1960's British blues and r'n'b scene.
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Popular Greek singer Nikos Gounaris dies of cancer in Zagora, Magnesia, Greece, Europe.
Rob McConnell's 13-piece Big Band plays in a benefit show for jazz drummer Archie Alleyn at the Town Tavern, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Alleyn had been injured in a car crash and had to stop performing for several years.
Tammi Terrell, suffering from cancer, is confined to a wheelchair, suffering from blindness and hair loss, and weighing just 93 lb. On this day, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, she undergoes her final operation, after which she lapses into a coma for the final month and a half of her life.
David Lee Roth of Van Halen fractures his nose and suffers a concussion when he leaps off Alex Van Halen's drum riser and hit the stage lights, during the recording an TV special in Rome, Italy, Europe.
Virtuoso jazz guitarist Vincent Crane, formerly of Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, Atomic Rooster and Dexy's Midnight Runners, dies from a deliberate overdose of Anadin tablets in his flat in Maida Vale, London, England, UK, Europe.
Roy Williamson, one half of Scottish folk duo The Corries, dies aged 54 of a brain tumour, in Forres, Morayshire, Scotland, UK. A prolofic songwriter, his best-known composition is probably Flower Of Scotland.
Jazz trumpet virtuoso Don Cherry dies, aged 58, in Malaga, Spain, Europe, from liver failure caused by hepatitis.
Brian Pendleton, the original bassist/guitarist for The Pretty Things, is found dead, aged 57, by the door of his flat in Maidstone, Kent, UK. He had been suffering from lung cancer.
Dave Davies, original guitarist of The Kinks, suffers a stroke in a lift in a BBC office in London, England, UK, Europe. He will be hospitalised for several weeks.
Singer and songwriter Kevin Coyne dies at home in the arms of his wife Helmi, in Nuremberg, Germany, Europe, of complications arising from the lung disease fibrosis.
One-armed blues harp virtuoso Neal Pattman (aka Big Daddy Pattman) dies aged 79, of bone cancer, in Athens, Georgia, USA.
Lynyrd Skynyrd postpone upcoming shows in New Jersey and New Hampshire, USA, to allow vocalist Johnny Van Zant to recover from "a severe case of strep throat".
Paula Abdul testifies to the California Senate Business and Professions Committee, Los Angeles, California, USA, that she will lobby for legislation to establish safety standards for manicure and pedicure equipment, and also re-write state regulations requiring that nail salons follow sanitary practices. Her testimony follows a year of treatment for a fungal infection she claims to have picked up in a nail salon.
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.
When Jo Dee Messina runs the 26.2-mile course in the 110th Boston Marathon, she injures her knee halfway through the race, but still completes the course in five hours and 47 minutes, ranking No19,681 among the runners.
Coldplay postpone today's performance in Tampa, Florida, USA, for unspecified 'medical reasons.'
Pink plays at The Allstate Arena, Rosemont, near Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Steven Gately of Boyzone dies while on holiday on the Spanish island of Majorca, Europe, with his long-term partner Andy Cowles. The cause of Gately's death will be found to be an acute pulmonary oedema - a build-up of fluid in the lungs.
The Palm Beach Post reports that The Flaming Lips, who were scheduled to play Thursday night at SunFest, have canceled their performance due to the hospitalization of guitarist Steven Drozd. No reason for his hospitalisation is given.
Heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio dies of stomach cancer in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Steve New (aka Stella Nova), remembered best as a member of punk band The Rich Kids, dies of cancer, aged 50, in London, UK.
Following surgery to his spine, caused by an injury while rehearsing in Munich, Germany, Europe, Bono of U2 is discharged from hospital and begins eight weeks of recuperation.
After many years of fighting alcoholism, James Freud, singer with Australian band The Models, commits suicide in his Hawthorn, Melbourne home. Freud's absence had been noted when the band was inducted into Australia's ARIA Hall Of Fame a few days earlier.
International cult celebrity figure Wild Man Fischer dies, aged 66, from heart problems in Los Angeles, California, USA. Despite having suffered since his teens from paranoid schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (not to mention attacking his mother with a knife), he achieved worldwide celebrity status after being discovered by Frank Zappa and releasing his debut LP, An Evening With Wild Man Fischer, in 1969.
It is reported that blues guitar legend Buddy Guy, who has just turned 75, has cancelled two upcoming performances in Japan on doctor's orders.
Harold Davison, the UK music impresario who counted The Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland among his clients, dies of congestive heart failure in Palm Springs, California, USA.
Sean Bonniwell of influential 1960s garage band The Music Machine dies aged 71 from lung cancer at a medical center in Visalia, California, USA.
In a video message, Russian rock musician Yury Shevchuk urges tens of thousands of anti-government-corruption protesters in Moscow, Russia, Europe, to maintain their dignity and avoid 'competing in hatred for the authorities.' During the rally, a resolution is passed, 'not to give a single vote to (PM) Vladimir Putin' at the next presidential elections.
Yoko Ono speaks during a press conference in New Delhi, India, at an art show which pays homage to Indian women. The show also includes an archive of her music, movies and other work with her late husband, John Lennon.
It is reported that Barry Gibb of The Bee Gees has flown from his home in Tennessee, USA, to be with his cancer-sticken brother Robin Gibb who is being treated at a private clinic in London, England, UK, Europe.
Jess Furman, Galanis, Sonia Rao, Connie Lim and Jenn Bostic play at The Hotel Cafe, Los Angeles, California, USA.
On their Ceremonials tour, Florence And The Machine play at The Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, San Diego, California, USA.
Trevor Bolder bassist and songwriter with Uriah Heep and Wishbone Ash, dies aged 62 of cancer in Castle Hill Hospital, Cottingham, East Riding of Yorkshire, UK.
Mick Farren, rock musician, author and journalist, dies aged 69, after collapsing onstage during a performance at The Borderline, London, UK, with his band The Deviants as part of the Atomic Sunshine Festival.
Popular singer and recording artist Frankie Randall dies aged 76, of lung cancer, in Indio, California, USA.
Britney Spears posts a picture on Instagram in which she clearly has a bruise on her face. The accompanying caption reads, "Good morning 2016! Don't mind the little bruise on my forehead... Ran into a pole."
Blues singer Otis Clay dies aged 73 of a heart attack, in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
While in rehab to deal with "anxiety, panic attacks and depression", Selena Gomez has dinner at The Texas Roadhouse, Alcoa, Tennessee, USA, with her mother and stepfather.
Pioneering Krautrock drummer Jaki Liebezeit, best known as a founding member of the German band Can, dies aged 78 from pneumonia.
Perrie Edwards of Little Mix is obliged to pull out of the group's show at the iHeartRadio music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. She had been hospitalised the night before with a gastric problem.
Vinnie Paul, drummer of Pantera and Damageplan, dies of a heart attack aged 54, at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.