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Woody Herman And His Orchestra record Dupree Blues, Doctor Jazz, Trouble In Mind and It Happened Down In Dixieland for Decca Records in the USA.
Popular 1930's singer and recording artist Mildred Bailey dies aged 44, in Poughkeepsie, New York State, USA, of heart failure chiefly due to her diabetes. In a long and acclaimed career she sang with The Paul Whiteman Orchestra, The Dorsey Brothers, Benny Goodman, and her husband, Red Norvo.
Although having been diagnosed as schizophrenic, Woody Guthrie is released from Bellevue hospital. He goes home and almost immediately attacks one of his children.
Robert L. Carleton, composer of Ja-Da, Doo-Wah-Ditty, Where The Blues Were Born In New Orleans, and 500 other songs, dies following an 'exploratory operation', aged 60, at St. Joseph's Hosital, Burbank, California, USA.
Money, by Barrett Strong, enters the Billboard US Hot 100 singles chart.
Controversial American radio deejay and music business entrepreneur Alan Freed dies aged 43, penniless, in hospital in Palm Springs, California, USA, from uremia and cirrhosis brought on by alcoholism. Freed's career was ended after his involvement in the payola scandal of the early 1960s. He is mentioned in The Ramones' song Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? as one of the band's idols in rock'n'roll. Freed also crops up in Ballrooms Of Mars by Marc Bolan, They Used To Call It Dope by Public Enemy, Payola Blues by Neil Young, Done Too Soon by Neil Diamond, The Ballad of Dick Clark by Skip Battin, and The King Of Rock n' Roll by Cashman And West on their 1973 ABC album Moondog Serenade.
Surgeons remove the left lung of Nat King Cole in a Santa Monica, California, USA, hospital. He will die three-weeks later.
Bassist Pete Quaife is reported to be quitting The Kinks after injuries suffered in a road accident have left him unable to perform for three months.
James Brown's one-off UK show at The Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK, Europe, today, is cancelled because the singer is suffering from nervous exhaustion.
David Vetter, a child known to be suffering from a rare life-threatening genetic disease [severe combined immune deficiency syndrome (SCID)], is born in Houston, Texas, USA. Less than ten seconds after being removed from his mother's womb, David is placed into a plastic germ-free environment which will be his home for most of the twelve years of his life. He will become internationally-famous as The Boy In The Bubble, and the phrase will inspire the title of a 1986 Paul Simon song to indicate the many and varied ways in which science interacts with contemporary society.
Rush play at The Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Jazz guitarist and recording artist Rene Thomas dies aged 47, of a sudden heart attack in Spain, Europe, while on tour with Lou Bennett.
While walking home to Maida Vale, London, UK, from a Phil Manzanera recording session at Island Records' Basing Street studio, Brian Eno is hit by a taxi and has to be hospitalised for several weeks.
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During a round of golf near Madrid, Spain, Europe, Bing Crosby suffers a heart attack, collapses and dies soon after, aged 74.
Bryan Ferry collapses from a kidney infection in a French hotel, and has to be flown home to England, UK, Europe.
Police officer Daniel Faulkner and journalist/cab driver Mumia Abu-Jamal are involved in an altercation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, during which both are shot. Faulkner dies at the scene, while Abu-Jamal is hospitalised, and later found guilty of murder. The verdict is widely disputed and will inspire the songs The Murder Of Daniel Faulkner by Hurtsmile, and Free Mumia by KRS-One.

Scott Walker appears on UK tv show The Tube to promote his new album, Climate Of Hunter, but the interview is cut short when he is clearly unable to deal with such difficult questions as “Are you glad to be back?”
Ricky Wilson of the B-52s dies of AIDS, aged 32, in hospital in New York City, USA.
O'Kelly Isley of The Isley Brothers dies of a heart attack, aged 48.
Jethro Burns of much-loved country music/comedy act Homer And Jethro, dies of cancer in Evanston, Illinois, USA, aged 69.
Johnny Cash is 'arrested' at a bizarre fund-raising event, The American Cancer Society Jail-A-Thon, in Hendersonville, Tennessee, USA. Johnny Cash is 'arrested' by Sgt. John Graves. Cash calls his friend Willie Nelson, who pledges $1,000 for his release. All monies go to the charity. At the end of the day the event has raised over $20,000 for charity.
jazz guitarist Jimmy Raney dies of heart failure in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. As well as pursuing his own successful solo career, he also worked with Stan Getz, Red Norvo, Woody Herman and others. His New York Times obituary calls him "one of the most gifted and influential postwar jazz guitarists in the world".
Gloria Estefan and her husband Emilio are quizzed by police in Miami, Florida, USA, after their speedboat collides with a jet-ski, killing the rider.
On the HIStory World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the second of three nights at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Holland.
Doug Weston, owner of LA's legendary Troubadour Club dies of pneumonia, aged 72, in Midway Hospital Centre, Los Angeles, California.
Be-bop jazz guitarist Sal Salvador dies of cancer in Stamford, Connecticut, USA. As well as pursuing an acclaimed solo career, he worked with Stan Kenton, Sonny Stitt and others.
Sharon Osbourne, wife of Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath, undergoes surgery for colorectal cancer, in Los Angeles, California, USA.
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Bobby Hatfield, one half of 60s hitmakers The Righteous Brothers, dies when an overdose of cocaine causes a heart attack in The Radisson Hotel, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA.
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.
Irish singer-songwriter Brian Kennedy publishes his first novel, The Arrival of Fergal Flynn, through Hodder Headline books.
Pam Bricker, jazz singer and frequent collaborator with Washington DC band The Thievery Corporation, takes her own life in Maryland, USA. She had suffered for some time with clinical depression.
The Sugar Water Festival, featuring Erykah Badu, Queen Latifah and Jill Scott, plays the first of two nights at The Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, California, USA. The festival is designed to bring awareness of health issues to African-American women.
Jerry Soto the founder/owner of Soto Sound Studios in Chicago, Illinois, USA, dies of a heart attack, aged 53. In his acclaimed career, he worked with artists including Buddy Guy, Fred Anderson, Peter Tork (of The Monkees), Walter "Sweetness" Payton, Eddie "The Chief" Clearwater, Lefty Dizz and Carey Bell.
Jo Stafford, jazz and popular vocalist, dies aged 90 of congestive heart failure in Century City, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Gordon Waller of 60's UK pop duo Peter and Gordon, dies aged 66 at the William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich, Connecticut.
Folk singer Liam Clancy, best-known for his work with The Clancy Brothers And Tommy Makem, dies from pulmonary fibrosis in Bon Secours Hospital in Cork, Ireland.
Jazz drummer Edgar Bateman Jr, who played with Herbie Hancock, Eric Dolphy, Booker Ervin and others, dies aged 81 following a heart attack, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
It is reported that Australian rock band Wolfmother have cancelled their imminent European tour, including Rock Werchter 2010, because singer Andrew Stockdale is not allowed to fly "for medical reasons".
Derf Scratch, bassist of the Los Angeles-based punk rock band Fear dies aged 58 from liver disease in Camarillo, California, USA.
Francesca Spero, a former executive at P. Diddy's Bad Boy Records company, files a $12m lawsuit in New York City, USA, against her ex-employer, claiming that after she told him she needed hip surgery, he froze her out of her position at the company and eventually sacked her.
A widespread internet death report claiming that raopper Lil Wayne had been found dead as a result of an epileptic fit is proved to be a hoax.
The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF)’s 13th annual benefit, entitled An Enduring Vision, is held at Cipriani, Wall Street, New York City, USA. During the event, Sir Elton performs solo versions of some of his hits at the piano.
Avril Lavigne makes her first singing appearance in a year when she performs Fly at the Special Olympics Opening Ceremony in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Online auction company Paddle8 announces that the Wu-Tang Clan has sold the only copy of their album Once Upon A Time In Shaolin to a private investor for a record figure "in the millions". It later transpires that the buyer is controversial pharmaceutical company boss Martin Shkreli who stumped up $2m.
Anthrax play at Stage AE, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, with Lamb Of God.
Colin Vearncombe, best-known as the singer and songwriter Black, dies as a result of a car accident in Ireland, sixteen days earlier. He had been in a medically-induced coma at the intensive care unit of Cork University Hospital since the accident.
Grammy Award-winning country music singer-songwriter Guy Clark, dies aged 74 at his home in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. His death follows a long illness, including a ten-year struggle with lymphoma.
Touring in support of her ninth album, Mental Illness, Aimee Mann plays at The Barrymore Theatre, Madison, Wisconsin, 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.