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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.
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.
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.
collapses from a kidney infection in a French hotel, and has to be flown home to England, UK, Europe.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ella Mae Morse
dies, aged 75, of respiratory failure in Bullhead City, Arizona, USA.
Jazz and pop vocalist
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.
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
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.
, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.