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Country music singer and songwriter Don Gibson is born in Shelby, North Carolina, USA.
Jack Hylton And His Orchestra record the Cole Porter song Love For Sale, in London, UK.
Al Bowlly, accompanied by Ray Noble and his Orchestra, records Melancholy Baby, Basin Street Blues and other tracks for Victor Records in New York City, USA.
Blues pioneer Tommy Johnson dies of a heart attack after working at a local house party in Warm Springs, Mississippi, USA. Born in 1896, he had worked with Charlie Patton and Willie Brown.
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.
The Jazz Communicators play the second of six nights at Crawford Grill, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. The band includes Louis Hayes [drums], Freddie Hubbard [trumpet], Joe Henderson [saxophone], Kenny Barron [piano] and Herbie Louis [bass].
Lionel Hampton And His Jazz Inner Circle play a benefit concert at The Town Hall, New Yok City, USA, for The Harlem Hospital School Of Nursing.
A busy day in New York City, USA. The big event of the day is at Madison Square Garden, where John Lennon and Yoko Ono play at the One On One Benefit for Willowbank Hospital, supported by Stevie Wonder, Roberta Flack, Sha Na Na and Elephant's Memory. One the same day, however, The Kinks play in Central Park and Fleetwood Mac play in Gaelic Park. At club level, Jackson Browne and David Blue play the first of six nights at The Bitter End, while Bruce Springsteen takes the stage at Max's Kansas City.
Country and rockabilly singer-songwriter Bob Luman dies aged 41 of pneumonia in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Celebrated American radio deejay B. Mitchell Reed, aged 56, dies of a heart attack at his home in Malibu, California, USA.
Bill Gavin, 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.
Gordon Mills, manager of Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdinck and Gilbert O’Sullivan, dies of cancer, aged 51, in Los Angeles, California, USA.
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.
Bert Sommer, 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.
Guitarist Billy Butler dies of a heart attack, aged 66, at his home in Teaneck, New Jersey, USA. In an acclaimed career, Butler led his own band but also worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Illinois Jacquet and Gene Ammons to name only a few. He is perhaps best-known as co-writer of the massive 1956 hit Honky Tonk with Bill Doggett.
Freddie Mercury of Queen dies of AIDS, aged 45, at his home in London, England, UK, Europe.
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Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, hospitalised in Rome, Italy, Europe, in a coma after an overdose of alcohol and prescription drugs, wakes up and asks for a milkshake.
Joe Higgs, sometimes called the godfather of roots reggae, dies of cancer in Kaiser Hospital in Los Angeles, California, USA, aged 59.
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, India.Arie 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.
Laurie O'Leary, 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.
Kylie Minogue, 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.
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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.
Cofactor Genomics, 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.
The Saw Doctors play at The O2 Academy, Leeds, UK.
Wolfmother play at BlackStar Coffee, Brisbane, Australia.
Darkest Hour play at The House Of Blues, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
British epilepsy group Epilepsy Action criticises Jay-Z and Kanye West because the "frantic-changing kaleidoscopic performance scenes" in their newly-released video for the song Niggas In Paris could trigger fits in viewers with photosensitive epilepsy.
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.
Having suffered a mild heart attack during a show at Tim McLoone's Supper Club, Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA, singing legend Darlene Love is operated on in hospital.
Michael Scaccia guitarist for the metal bands Ministry and Rigor Mortis dies after collapsing during a performance at The Rail Club in Fort Worth, Texas, USA.. He is pronounced dead of a heart attack at 12:26 a.m. in the emergency room at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.
Lady Gaga, having been diagnosed with a labral tear of her right hip which requires surgery, cancels all remaining dates on her Born This Way Ball Tour.
Guitarist Dan Toler of The Allman Brothers Band dies from complications of ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
It is announced that Lou Reed, founder of The Velvet Underground and acclaimed solo artist, is recuperating from a liver transplant carried out recently in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. The news is revealed by his wife, Laurie Anderson, in a feature interview in The Times.
Singer, songwriter and guitarist J.J. Cale, aged 74, dies of a heart attack, in hospital in La Jolla, San Diego, California, USA.
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.
Kevin Garcia 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.
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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.
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