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Suicide

Paul Whiteman And His Orchestra record their version of the song Gloomy Sunday, for Victor Records in the USA. Written in 1933, Gloomy Sunday would quickly acquire a reputation as The Suicide Song because many of those who sang it came to premature ends, and also because many people were said to have committed suicide while listening to it.
Suffering from depression and believing herself to be going insane, modernist novelist Virginia Woolf puts on her overcoat, fills its pockets with stones, walks into the River Ouse near her home in Rodmell, Sussex, England, UK, Europe, and drowns herself. The 2011 hit single What The Water Gave Me by Florence And The Machine is inspired by Woolf's suicide.
Billie Holiday, with Teddy Wilson And His Orchestra, records Gloomy Sunday, Love Me Or Leave Me, I Cover The Waterfront and Jim for OKeh/Columbia Records in New York City, USA. Gloomy Sunday will require an extraordinary reputation as a song which causes listeners to commit suicide.
Unable to face his mounting debts, Benjamin Spector, the father of 60s record producer Phil Spector, commits suicide in New York City, USA, by sucking carbon monoxide through a hose in his car in broad daylight. A decade later, Phil will compose the song To Know Him Is To Love Him, inspired by the words carved into Benjamin's gravestone, which will become a No1 hit in 1958 for his group The Teddy Bears.
Frank Sinatra publicly denies a widespread rumour that he attempted suicide at Lake Tahoe with an overdose of sleeping pills after a fight with his wife, Ava Gardner.
During a round-table radio show in America, Columbia Records A+R chief, Mitch Miller blasts rock'n'roll as 'the comic books of music'. When MGM boss Arnold Maxim says he thinks rock will continue, singer Sammy Davis Jr declares 'I might commit suicide'.
Elvis Presley is in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, re-shooting the ending of Wild In The Country, because pre-release screening audiences did not like the original ending in which Hope Lange committed suicide.
Don Everly of The Everly Brothers collapses on the stage of The Prince Of Wales Theatre, London, England, UK, Europe, during rehearsals for their imminent tour. After two suicide attempts in The Savoy Hotel, he is too drugged on amphetamines to perform. Phil Everly goes on and does the tour alone.
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At The Granada Theatre, East Ham, UK, a package tour sets off including Frank Ifield, Ketty Lester and The Vernons Girls. Stars of the show are supposed to be TheEverly Brothers, but Don has collapsed after an attempted suicide, leaving Phil Everly to continue in the headline spot alone.
Phil Everly heads the bill on a package tour at The ABC, Hull, UK. The show was supposed to star The Everly Brothers, but Don Everly collapsed after a suicide attempt in London's Savoy Hotel. Other acts on the bill include Frank Ifield, Ketty Lester and The Vernons Girls.
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Phil Everly heads the bill on a package tour at City Hall, Newcastle, UK. The show is supposed to star The Everly Brothers, but Don Everly collapsed after a suicide attempt in London's Savoy Hotel. Other acts on the bill include Frank Ifield, Ketty Lester and The Vernons Girls.
Phil Everly heads the bill on a package tour at The ABC, Kingston, UK. The show is supposed to star The Everly Brothers, butDon Everly collapsed after a suicide attempt in London's Savoy Hotel. Other acts on the bill include Frank Ifield, Ketty Lester and The Vernons Girls.
Phil Everly heads the bill on a package tour at The Winter Gardens, Bournemouth, UK. The show is supposed to star The Everly Brothers, but Don Everly collapsed after a suicide attempt in London's Savoy Hotel. Other acts on the bill include Frank Ifield, Ketty Lester and The Vernons Girls.
Phil Everly heads the bill on a package tour at The Gaumont, Cheltenham, UK. The show is supposed to star The Everly Brothers,but Don Everly collapsed after a suicide attempt in London's Savoy Hotel. Other acts on the bill include Frank Ifield, Ketty Lester and The Vernons Girls.
Phil Everly heads the bill on a package tour at The Hippodrome, Brimingham, UK. The show is supposed to star The Everly Brothers, but Don Everly collapsed after a suicide attempt in London's Savoy Hotel. Other acts on the bill include Frank Ifield, Ketty Lester and The Vernons Girls.
Phil Everly heads the bill on a package tour at The Theatre Royal, Norwich, UK. The show is supposed to star TheEverly Brothers, but Don Everly collapsed after a suicide attempt in London's Savoy Hotel. Other acts on the bill include Frank Ifield, Ketty Lester and The Vernons Girls.
Phil Everly heads the bill on a package tour at The Apollo, Ardwick, Manchester, England, UK, Europe. The show is supposed to star The Everly Brothers, but Don Everly collapsed after a suicide attempt in London's Savoy Hotel. Other acts on the bill include Frank Ifield, Ketty Lester and The Vernons Girls.
The Case Of The Lover's Leap, an episode of the tv detective series Perry Mason, airs for the first time in the USA. The show centres on a murderer who fakes his own suicide in order to escape justice and, years later, it will inspire Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy to write the song Suicide.
Liverpool-born popular singer Michael Holliday commits suicide - a suspected drug overdose involving a pact with boxer Freddie Mills - in Croydon, Surrey, UK. Despite achieving two UK No1 singles with The Story Of My Life and Starry Eyed, Holliday had suffered a mental breakdown in 1961.
The Toggery Five release a new single, I'm Gonna Jump, in the UK on Parlophone Records.
The Daily Mirror in the UK, runs a headline feature about the previous day's suicide of top music producer Joe Meek, who killed himself with a shotgun after murdering his landlady, Mrs Violet Shenton, with the same weapon.
Johnny Winter records Suicide Won't Satisfy, Blue S uede Shoes and I Wonder If I Care at Andrus Studios, Houston, Texas, USA.
Rory Storm, leader of the Liverpool, UK, beat era band Rory Storm and the Hurricanes which boasted Ringo Starr (later of The Beatles) on drums, dies from an overdose of sleeping pills, taken in a suicide pact with his mother. On the same day, UK hard-rock quartet Free spend the first of four days recording Wishing Well at Island Studios, London.
A San Francisco insurance company, after being sued by Janis Joplin's manager, pays out $112,000 on a policy covering the death of the singer. They had claimed that her death was suicide, but the court agreed with her manager, and a coroner's report, that Joplin died from an accidental overdose.
Phyllis Major, the wife of Jackson Browne, commits suicide with an overdose of barbiturates in Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA. At least two of Browne's subsequent songs, Sleep's Dark And Silent Gate and The Shape Of A Heart, will be inspired by Major. Also, an earlier song, Ready Or Not, was written about how Browne and Major first got together after meeting in The Troubadour club in Los Angeles.
US country music star Mel Street takes his own life on the morning of his 43rd birthday. On the same day, The Clash sack their manager Bernie Rhodes, claiming he has 'mismanaged' their finances. He is replaced by former Melody Maker journalist Caroline Coon.
Suicide Blonde by INXS enters the ARIA Singles Chat in Australia at No6. It will peak at No2. The blues harp intro to the song is a sample from a Charlie Musselwhite track.
Rob Pilatus of shamed pop duo Milli Vanilli attempts suicide in the Mondrian Hotel, Sunset Strip, Los Angeles, California, USA, by taking an overdose of pills and slashing his wrists.
Ozzy Osbourne is cleared in an Atlanta, Georgia, USA, court of 'culpably exciting' a young fan, John McCollum, to shoot himself by listening to Ozzy's 1986 song Suicide Solution.
Seriously alcoholic Doug Hopkins, guitarist and songwriter of The Gin Blossoms, commits suicide by shooting himself in the head with a .38-cal. special pistol on the bed of his apartment in Tempe, Arizona, USA.
Country recording star Faron Young dies, aged 64, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, having attempted suicide by shooting himself the previous day. His ashes are scattered during a ceremony at Johnny Cash's estate, while Cash is away. Unfortunately, a gust of wind blows the ashes onto Cash's car. "When I came home, I found I had Faron on my windshield", remarked Cash later. "I turned the wipers on. There he went, back and forth, back and forth, until he was all gone."
In San Diego, California, USA, police discover the bodies of 39 members of the Heaven's Gate UFO religion cult who have committed suicide in order to reach an alien space craft which they believe is following the Comet Hale-Bopp. The recently-discovered Comet Hale-Bopp was about to make its closest approach to Earth. Also known as the Great Comet of 1997, it is perhaps the most widely observed comet of the 20th century, and one of the brightest seen for many decades. The 2012 song The Hale Bop by The Mystery Jets is about this grimly bizarre incident.
Just Another Suicide by Thunder is released as a single in the U.K. and Japan, Asia. The single is renamed You Wanna Know for the U.K. market as Eagle Records believe that the radio won't play a song with 'suicide' in the title. Ironically, the track picks up more airplay in Japan than it does in the U.K.
Two senior students, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, embark on a random killing spree, shooting dead twelve students and one teacher at Columbine High School, Columbine, Colorado, USA. The pair then commit suicide. The incident will become known as The Columbine High School Massacre. The 2005 song Cassie by Flyleaf is a response to the Columbine tragedy. Cassie Bernall was a student at Columbine High School who died in the massacre.
Innovative rock guitarist Robert Quine dies aged 61 in New York City, USA. Depressed by the death of his wife, Alice, he deliberately takes an overdose of heroin at his New York City apartment. Quine worked with Richard Hell, Lou Reed, Brian Eno, Tom Waits and many others.
Deeply troubled r’n’b vocalist Houston attempts suicide by jumping out of a 13th-floor window in a London, UK, hotel. He is stopped and restrained, but later gouges out his own eye.
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Former Split Enz/Crowded House drummer Paul Hester is found dead in Elsternwick Park, near his home in Melbourne, Australia, Oceania, having hung himself from a tree.
Arctic Monkeys release their third single, Leave Before The Lights Come On, on Domino Records in the UK.
Gary Taylor, president and owner of Michael Jackson fanclub MJJcommunity.com, claims that up to a dozen grief-stricken Michael Jackson fans have committed suicide since the death of the superstar a few days earlier.
Robbie Williams' hairdresser Aaron Vickers is found dead, hanging in woodland near Williams' $8.5m mansion in Compton Bassett, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
Mark Linkous, singer/songwriter best known for his work under the name Sparklehorse, commits suicide by shooting himself in the heart outside a friend's home in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA.
Ken Schoppmeyer an acclaimed blues harmonica player who led the King Biscuit Blues band for over ten years, commits suicide in a hotel room in Oceanside, San Diego, California, USA, aged 60.
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.
The Suicide Of Western Culture release a new LP, Hope Only Brings Pain, on Irregular Records in the UK.
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Following what appears to have been a suicide attempt, Paris Jackson, the 15-year-old daughter of deceased pop star Michael Jackson, is rushed to hospital in Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Los Angeles Coroner's Office announces that the recent death of Keith Emerson, keyboardist with The Nice and Emerson, Lake And Palmer, was suicide. Emerson was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in Santa Monica, California, USA. He suffered for many years with a painful nerve condition, and was thought to have become depressed.
Minus The Bear release their sixth LP, Voids, on Suicide Squeeze Records.
Over 59 people are killed and more than 500 injured by a gunman while Jason Aldean plays the headlining set at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in The Mandalay Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The gunman, located on the 32nd floor of the hotel, kills himself shortly after.
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Mike Shinoda releases his solo debut album, Post Traumatic, much of which addresses Shinoda's feelings after the death by suicide of his Linkin Park colleague and longtime friend Chester Bennington, on July 20, 2017.
Keith Flint, frontman of The Prodigy, is found dead, aged 49, having hung himself at his home in Great Dunmow, Essex, England, UK, Europe.
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