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George D. Smith of Buffalo, New York State, USA, applies for a patent in respect of his invention of an improved type of kazoo.This is the first submarine-shaped kazoo and also the first metal kazoo.
Billy Mayerl is born in Tottenham Court Road, London, UK. He will find success as a jazz and popular music pianist and prolific composer.
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.
Frank Sinatra records The Birth Of The Blues, Azure-Te (Paris Blues), Luna Rossa, Tennessee Newsboy and Bim Bam Baby for Columbia Records in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Famed jazz clarinet player Alphonse Picou dies aged 82 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Many commentators observe that his death marks the end of an era, because he was the last prominent musician who had worked from the very birth of jazz music.
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.
The morning after a disastrous performance at The O'Keefe Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Johnny Cash's manager Saul Holiff finds the singer overdosed and close to death in his Winnebago.
The Beach Boys release their classic album Pet Sounds on Capitol Records in the USA.
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Folksinger and folklorist Paul Clayton commits suicide, aged 36, by taking an electric heater into his bathtub with him in New York City, USA. It is said that the 1965 Bob Dylan song It's All Over Now Baby Blue and the 1970 Joni Mitchell song Blue are both said to have been inspired by Clayton.
Country music star Red Foley dies, aged 58, in his sleep of respiratory failure after a gig in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA. His death will inspire Hank Williams Jr (under the pseudonym of Luke The Drifter Jr) to write the song I Was With Red Foley (The Night He Passed Away).
In the largest anti-war rally in American history, over 500,000 peace protesters take part in the March Against Death in Washington DC., USA. Performers at the rally include Pete Seeger, Peter, Paul And Mary, Arlo Guthrie, John Denver, Mitch Miller, and the touring cast of Hair.
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.
An inquest into the death of Marc Bolan of T.Rex is held at Battersea Coroner's Court, Battersea, London, England, UK, Europe. Registrar R.A. Hedge states that the cause of Bolan's death was "shock and hemorrhage due to multiple injuries consistent with road traffic accident. Passenger in a private motor car which collided witha tree. A verdict of accidental death is recorded.
The Ramones play at The State Cinema, Dublin, Ireland, Europe. All four members of future megaband U2 go to see them. In 2014, after the death of Joey Ramone, Bono of U2 will be inspired to acknowledge the influence of The Ramones in the single The Miracle Of Joey Ramone.
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The official coroner's report on the recent death of singer Bon Scott of AC/DC, who passed away in a car in Overhill Road, London, England, UK, Europe, is death by misadventure – acute alcohol poisoning.
The investigation into the causes of Elvis Presley's death is re-opened in the wake of allegations, in the tv show 20/20 in the USA, of malpractice by Presley’s doctor.
Steve Peregrin Took, a former member of Tyrannosaurus Rex (aka T.Rex) dies aged 31 from asphyxiation after choking on a cocktail cherry at his apartment in North Kensington, London, England, UK, Europe. Although Took and his girlfriend, Valerie Billiet, had ingested morphine and hallucinogens the night before, authorities ruled that neither contributed to his death.
Darby Crash, leader of seminal Los Angeles, California, USA, punk band The Germs, dies of a heroin overdose in a suicide pact.
Actor William Holden dies alone at home in Santa Monica, California, USA. While intoxicated, he slips on a rug, severely lacerating his forehead on a bedside table, and bleeds to death. His death will inspire the 2018 song The Day William Holden Died by Dan Stuart, and is also referred to in Suzanne Vega's 1987 song Tom's Diner.
Three fans are trampled to death at a concert by Puerto Rican teen sensations Menudo, in Zaragoza Baseball Stadium, Puebla, Mexico, North America.
Mike Nolan of Buck's Fizz is seriously injured when the band's tour bus collides with a lorry on the Great North Road near Newcastle, England, UK, Europe, shortly after the band plays a gig in The City Hall. All four members are injured, but Nolan falls into a coma, seeming so close to death that at one point he is given the last rites.
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Stride jazz pianist and recording artist Burt Bales dies of complications from heart surgery in San Francisco, California, USA. In the months before his death, he had been suffering from cancer and diabetes.
Soul star Curtis Mayfield is paralysed from the neck down when a lighting rig collapses on him at an outdoor show at Wingate High School, Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
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.
Christopher George Latore Wallace, best known as rapper The Notorious B.I.G. or Biggie Smalls, is shot dead in a drive-by killing in Los Angeles, California, USA. His death will inspire Puff Daddy to write the song I'll Be Missing You, which draws much of its inspiration from Every Breath You Take by The Police.
An inquiry at the Sheriff Court, Dumbarton, Scotland, UK, Europe, into the death of Oasis' roadie Jim Hunter in 1996, is told that the man died by being crushed between a lorry and a fork-lift truck shortly after an angry outburst by vocalist Liam Gallagher.
The Six Parts Seven and The Black Keys release a joint EP, The Six Parts Seven/The Black Keys, on Suicide S queeze records in the USA.
As a result of an investigation by the New York District Attorney's office, Sony BMG Music admit to using payola to get airplay for Jennifer Lopez, Avril Lavigne, Good Charlotte and others.
The Ordinary Boys release a new single, Life Will Be The Death Of Me, on b-unique Records in the UK.
Speaking at a charity event at the Magic Johnson AMC theatre, Jermaine Jackson states that the recent suicide of Evan Chandler constitutes proof that his brother Michael Jackson was not guilty of child abuse. Evan Chandler, father of Jordan Chandler, and instigator of charges against Michael Jackson of child sex abuse, had been found dead in bed at home earlier in the month, having shot himself in the head.
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.
Boney M's frontman Bobby Farrell is found dead in his hotel room in St. Petersburg, Russia, Europe. By a curious coincidence, Farrell's death falls on same date and in the same town as mad Russian monk Rasputin - who was the subject of the band's 1978 top three single.
It is reported that Dido gave birth to a baby boy, Stanley, at Portland Hospital, London, England, UK, in July. The father is Dido's husband Rohan Garvin but why the birth was not announced at the time is not revealed.
Under the name Ingrid Jackson, Beyonce checks into Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City, USA, and takes over the entire fourth floor, where she will give birth to her daughter with Jay-Z.
Los Angeles Superior Court approves a search wa rrant for police to investigate the identity of an individual going by the name of @Gunn2urhead who has been sending death threats via Twitter to Shirley Manson, the singer with Garbage.
After a heated argument with his estranged wife, hip-hop music mogul Chris Lighty commits suicide by shooting himself outside his New York City, USA, apartment. Lighty was the manager of both 50 Cent and P. Diddy.
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.
Having spent three and a half years in prison on death row, rapper Boosie Badazz is released early from his eight year sentence, having now been found not guilty of the murder by shooting of 35-year-old Terry Boyd in 2010.
Acclaimed and successful novelist, playwright and singer-songwriter Charlotte Greig (aka Charlotte Williams) dies aged sixty, by committing suicide, nine months after being diagnosed with cancer.
RiSe, a member of South Korean girl group Ladies' Code, dies in Suwon, South Korea, Asia, several days after being seriously injured in a car accident which also resulted in the death of another member, EunB.
Taylor Swift releases a new 'single' entitled Track 3 in Canada. The track consists of eight seconds of white noise, despite which it goes immediately to No1 in the Canadian iTunes chart.
A baby penguin, born in Cincinnati Zoo, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, is named Bowie, because its day of birth is the same as that of singer David Bowie.
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.
Bruce Springsteen cancels a concert in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA, because of a state law which has invalidated anti-discrimination measures that protected gay and transgender people. The law also requires people to use public toilets that correspond to the sex listed on their birth certificates.
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Walter Morrison, aka Junie, dies aged 62 in London, England, UK, Europe. No cause of death is reported. Junie first found success as keyboard player, vocalist, producer and songwriter for the Ohio Players during the early '70s, but later went on to work with Parliament-Funkadelic.
Minus The Bear release their sixth LP, Voids, on Suicide Squeeze Records.
During the changeover period between the performances of Alt-J and Green Day at The Mad Cool Festival in Madrid, Spain, Europe, acrobat Pedro Aunion Monroy falls to his death from 30m above the stage.
Mike Shinoda releases his second solo project, the three-track EP, Post Traumatic, whose songs focus on Shinoda's feelings after the death by suicide of his Linkin Park colleague and longtime friend Chester Bennington, on July 20, 2017.
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Swedish DJ Avicii is found dead, aged 28, in Muscat, Oman, Western Asia. He had suffered for many years from acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking. In 2014, he had canceled numerous shows in order to recover after having his gallbladder and appendix removed.
Incognito, a rapper in the drill music scene in London, England, UK, Europe, is stabbed to death. It is later learned that he had been cleared at the Old Bailey in January of murdering Abdirahman Mohamed. Incognito is the second member of drill music group Moscow17 to have been killed on Warham Street, Camberwell, in three months.
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