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Country music singer and songwriter Don Gibson
is born in Shelby, North Carolina, USA.
When America's most famous tv show host Ed Sullivan
is rushed into hospital with a bleeding ulcer, Jackie Gleason agrees to step in at the last moment and emcee the show.
Hank Thompson And His Brazos Valley Boys play at a benefit gig in The Sportatorium, Dalls, Texas, USA, for local radio deejay Parker Wilson who has been obliged to resign his post because of illness.
And His Jazz Inner Circle play a benefit concert at The Town Hall, New Yok City, USA, for The Harlem Hospital School Of Nursing.
Celebrated American radio deejay B. Mitchell Reed, aged 56, dies of a heart attack at his home in Malibu, California, USA.
, founder of The Gavin Report, an influential weekly publication which monitored air play for records in the USA, dies of cancer at his home in Mill Valley, California, USA, aged 77.
Doctor And The Medics play at The Leadmill, Sheffield, England, UK, Europe, supported by Junk.
King Kurt play in The Hacienda
Club, Manchester, England, UK, Europe. It is later reported that a woman in the audience broke a leg but didn't notice until after the show was over.
At St John's Hospital and Health Center
, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, USA, Michael Jackson
is diagnosed as suffering from costochondritis - an inflamation of the cartilage on the front of the rib cage, caused by over-exertion and stress. He had been admitted suffering from severe chest pains several days earlier.
, a folk singer, songwriter and actor who was briefly a member of baroque-pop group The Left Banke, dies in Troy, New York State, USA, after a long battle with a respiratory illness.
, hospitalised in Rome, Italy, Europe, in a coma after an overdose of alcohol and prescription drugs, wakes up and asks for a milkshake.
Shortly after tonight's sell-out show at the Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, USA, Ozzy Osbourne
is hospitalized with an upper respiratory lung infection, forcing him to cancel the next month of dates.
A 400-pound boulder rolls over his left hand while Trace Adkins
is working on his property in Middle Tennessee, USA. He suffers a compound fracture, requiring 40 stitches.
Sharon Osbourne, wife of Ozzy Osbourne
of Black Sabbath
, has two lymph nodes removed in a test to establish whether he cancer has spead. It has, so she will require further treatment.
Queen, Will Smith, Annie Lennox
, Katie Melua
and others perform in the 46664 South Africa concert supporting women in the fight against AIDS, at The Fancourt Hotel, George, South Africa, in the presence of Former President Nelson Mandela.
, long-time manager of London's much fabled Speakeasy Club
, and a close associate of gang bosses The Kray Twins dies in his sleep, aged 72, after many months of illness.
, still recovering from breast cancer, visits children suffering from cancer in the Royal Childrens' Hospital in her home town of Adelaide, Australia, Oceania
It is announced that Kylie Minogue
's battle with breast cancer has led to a significant rise in the number of Australian women seeking early screening for the disease.
Jazz guitarist, Al Viola
, dies of cancer, aged 87, in in Studio City, Los Angeles, California, USA. As well as pursuing a successful solo career, he worked with Frank Sinatra
for 27 years. He also appeared as a session musician on over 500 albums, including releases by Jimmy Witherspoon
, Helen Humes
, June Christy
, Natalie Cole
, Neil Diamond
, Ella Fitzgerald
, Marvin Gaye
, Steve Lawrence, Julie London, Anita O'Day, Nelson Riddle
, Linda Ronstadt
and Joe Williams.
Folk singer, guitarist and recording artist Mark Spoelstra
dies from complications of pancreatic cancer at his home in Pioneer, California, USA.
A gig by The Rasmus
, scheduled for today at Mexico City's 10,000 capacity Auditorio Nacional is cancelled because of concerns arising from the outbreak of swine flu.
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.
, a DNA research company based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, announces that it intends to map Ozzy Osbourne
's DNA, in an attempt to discover why he has survived so many years of substance abuse.
Harley Flanagan, former bassist and founder member of Cro-Mags
, is arrested after allegedly attacking three members of the band's current line-up
in the VIP room at Webster Hall, New York City, USA, before a gig during the first CGBG Festival. Flanagan is reported to have appeared brandishing a knife, before stabbing his replacement Mike "The Gook" Couls. He then allegedly bit two other members, who were taken to a nearby hospital.
Guitarist Wilko Johnson
undergoes a nine-hour-long emergency operation at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, UK, for pancreatic cancer during which surgeons remove his football-sized tumour, pancreas, spleen, part of his stomach, parts of both his small and large intestines and various blood vessels.
of Grandaddy dies aged 41 following a massive stroke, in Modesto, California, USA.
Touring in support of her ninth album, Mental Illness
, Aimee Mann
plays at The Barrymore Theatre, Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
Acclaimed soul singer Charles Bradley
dies in Brooklyn, New York City, USA, aged 68, after losing a battle with cancer.
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.