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Lillian Glinn is born in Hillsboro, Texas, USA. She will find success as a pioneering female blues and country blues singer and songwriter.
On the last of several days of recording in Moe Asch's studio at 117 West 46th Street, Manhattan, New York City, USA, Woody Guthrie records no less than 34 songs, including his first recorded version of This Land Is Your Land.
Sun Records of Memphis, Tennessee, USA, releases That's All Right/Blue Moon Of Kentucky on SUN209 as Elvis Presley's first single.
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Elvis Presley is recalled to Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, to re-shoot the ending of Wild In The Country, because pre-release screening audiences did not like the original ending in which Hope Lange committed 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.
Lee De Forest who, in 1915, invented an electronic instrument called The Audion Piano, the first musical instrument to use a vacuum tube, dies in Hollywood, California, USA. At the time of his death, De Forest has just $1,250 in his bank account.
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Jazz pianist, band leader and recording artist Sonny Clark dies, aged 31, in New York City, USA. The cause of his death is listed as a heart attack, but it is widely believed to have been caused by a heroin overdose.
Professional boxer Davey Moore dies as a result of inoperable brain damage at White Memorial Hospital, New York City, USA. The damage was inflicted in a featherweight championship fight four days earlier against Cuban Sugar Ramos in Dodgers Stadium. Moore's death will inspire the 1964 Bob Dylan song Who Killed Davey Moore, and also Davey Moore by Phil Ochs, which is even more scathingly critical of the boxing hierarchy.
William Zantzinger, the rich and murderous Maryland farmer castigated in Bob Dylan's song The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll, is sentenced to a mere six months in prison for the murder of Hattie Carroll.
Bob Dylan is booed off the stage at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, Newport, Rhode Island, USA, because he has introduced electric instruments into his music. Donovan and Joan Baez appear at the same show.
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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 Jackson 5 release their debut single, Big Boy, on Steeltown Records in the USA.
Rosemary Clooney is playing during an engagement at Harold's Club, Reno, Nevada, USA. However, she is seriously dependent on pills and will walk out of the club before many days have passed. At some point in this residency, she will also drive her white Cadillac Eldorado up the wrong side of a winding, two-lane mountain road, hoping in her deteriorating mental state, to test God's love. If He lets her survive after courting death from Reno to Lake Tahoe, it will mean that He loves her. She survives.
David Jacobs, a showbiz lawyer who worked for The Beatles, Liberace and others, is found hanged in his garage in Brighton, England, UK, Europe. Although his death appeared, superficially, to have been suicide, it was widely thought that his death might have been ordered by notorious London gangsters The Kray Twins.
In the wake of the failure of their most recent album, Mardi Gras, Creedence Clearwater Revival split up.
The Sex Pistols play their first live gig, at St Martin’s School Of Art, London, UK, supporting Bazooka Joe. After ten minutes, the social secretary pulls the plugs.
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Stranglers' fan Dagenham Dave commits suicide by jumping off Tower Bridge, London, England, UK, Europe, into the River Thames. A song of the same name, inspired by Dave, appears on The Stranglers' 1977 album No More Heroes.
Malcolm Owen, singer with UK punk-reggae band The Ruts, dies aged 26 of a heroin overdose while in the bath at his mother's house. Horrified by Owen's death, The Damned will write their song The Limit Club.
After years of drug problems, jazz guitarist Lenny Breau is found dead in a swimming pool at his apartment complex in Los Angeles, California, USA. Breau's death is first assumed to be an accident but a coroner's report reveals that he had been strangled. No-one is ever charged and the case remains unsolved.
A California appeals court upholds the decision to dismiss the lawsuit brought against Ozzy Osbourne by the parents of Jack McCollum, a young man who had killed himself while listening to Ozzy's song Suicide Solution.
Puerto Rican singer, trovador, and composer Ramito, often described as the king of Jíbaro music, commits suicide by shooting himself in his in-law's house, after learning that a cancer he is suffering has metastasized.
Guitarist Alan Murphy of Level 42 dies in Westminster City Hospital, London, England, UK, Europe, of pneumonia - aggravated by AIDS.
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Phenomenally successful Japanese rock guitarist Hideto Matsumoto hangs himself in Tokyo, aged 33. 25,000 fans will attend his funeral, and three will commit suicide within days, believing life to be unbearable without him. He was best known under his stage name of Hide, as lead guitarist for X Japan.
The trial of heavy metal band Judas Priest - based on allegations that subliminal messages in their 1978 LP Stained Class contributed to the deaths by suicide of fans Raymond Belknap and James Vance - comes to the end of its third week in Reno, Nevada, USA. Phyllis Vance, the mother of James, states, "They live off of young fans like my son, kids who invest all their money in bands like Judas Priest. James was my only child. He was my life. All the money in the world couldn't bring him back."
Conor Clapton, the four-year-old son of guitarist and singer Eric Clapton, falls to his death from a 53rd-story window in Galleria Condominiums, an apartment block in Manhattan, New York City, USA. The boy was staying in the apartment block with his mother, the actress Lori Del Santo. Clapton will write the song Tears In Heaven, in memory of Conor.
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MC Trouble, the first female rapper signed to Motown Records, dies in her sleep at the home of a friend in Los Angeles, California, USA. Having been born with epilepsy she required daily treatment to prevent seizures. Her death came while she was making her second LP.
Darren Burn is found dead, aged 30, on the bathroom floor of his flat in London, England, UK, Europe. Unable to cope with the failure of his teenybop pop idol career, he had taken an overdose of his Dotheipin anti-depressant tablets.
Monika Dannemann, who had been a girlfriend of both Jimi Hendrix and Uli Jon Roth of Scorpions, commits suicide at the age of 50, by inhaling carbon monoxide in her Mercedes at her home in Sussex, England, UK, Europe. Two days earlier, Dannemann had been found guilty of contempt of court for breaching an order of the High Court of England and Wales not to repeat allegations she had previously made against another of Hendrix's girlfriends, Kathy Etchingham.
Six year old Katherine Korzilius unexpectedly fails to return to her home in Elder Circle, Austin, Texas, USA. She is later found face down on the asphalt about six houses away from the family home. Late that night, Katherine dies from head injuries, but the precise cause of those injuries is never established and no-one is ever charged with having harmed Katherine. She was the daughter of Paul Korzilius, long-time tour manager of Bon Jovi, and in 1997 the band will release the song August 7, 4:15, inspired by the tragic events surrounding her mysterious death.
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.
Rapper Lamont Coleman, known as Big L of Tommy Boy label band Diggin’ In Tha Crates, is shot dead in front of his home in Harlem, New York City, USA.
Lou Reed appears in the New York City tv studios of Saturday Night Live to confirm that widespread rumours of his death from an overdose of Demerol have been somewhat exaggerated.
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.
Charles Haddon, 22 year old lead singer of pop band Ou Est Le Swimming Pool jumps to his death from a telecommunications mast behind the main stage onto a parking area after playing at the Pukkelpop music festival in Belgium, Europe. Local police treat the death as suicide.
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.
Newly-released legal documents reveal that the estate of Michael Jackson has earned over $300m since the singer's death in June 2009. This amount includes earnings from album sales, movies, licensing arrangements and licencing deals for Cirque du Soleil shows.
Lady Gaga posts a Twitter message revealing that she has spent recent days "reflecting, crying and yelling" because of her grief and anger following the death of 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer of Williamsville, New York State, USA, who took his own life because of bullying. "Bullying must become illegal," she Tweets. "It is a hate crime. I am meeting with our president. This must end. Our generation has the power to end it."
Polly Samson, wife of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour, helps police to rescue a man attempting to commit suicide in freezing water near her beach-side home in Hove, East Sussex, UK. The man - who resisted being rescued - is then taken to the Royal Sussex Country Hospital, where he is arrested and sectioned.
During the Earth Is On Hell tour, Anthrax, Death Angel and Testament play at The Egyptian Room at The Murat Centre, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
During the Earth Is On Hell tour, Anthrax, Death Angel and Testament play at Piere's Entertainment Center, Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA.
Country singer Mindy McCready gives birth to her second son, Zayne, in the USA.
The Suicide Of Western Culture release a new LP, Hope Only Brings Pain, on Irregular Records in the UK.
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When The Eagles Of Death Metal play at The Grog Shop, Cleveland Heights, Ohio, USA, they perform their version of Duran Duran's Save A Prayer live for the first time.
Tony Barrow, who worked as The Beatles' press officer from 1962-68, dies aged 80 at his home in Morecambe, England, UK. He is perhaps best-remembered as the man who coined the term 'The Fab Four'.
The book I Read The News Today, Oh Boy by Paul Howard is published by Picador. The title of the book is taken from the first line of The Beatles' song A Day In The Life. The subject of the book is Tara Browne, an heir to the Guinness fortune, whose death was reported in the UK press, and inspired John Lennon of The Beatles to write the song.
A statistical report by data analytics engineer Jason Crease confirms that, as widely believed, 2016 included an unusually high number of celebrity deaths. According to Crease's figures the number of celebrity deaths in 2016 is likely to occur only once in every 200 years.
In Manhattan, New York City, USA, Paul McCartney files a federal lawsuit against music publisher Sony/ATV to "confirm his ownership" of 267 songs by The Beatles. He has been trying to get these rights back since the 1980s, when Michael Jackson famously out-bid him for the rights. However, Jackson's debt-ridden estate subsequently sold the songs to Sony.
Justin Bieber marks Easter Sunday by revealing that his Christian faith has turned his life around. Bieber now regularly visits the New York City-based Hillsong Church and is friendly with its pastor, Carl Lentz.
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Professor Green releases a new single, Photographs, in connection with which he requests that his fans should send him photographs of friends and relatives who have died. The song deals with the suicide of Green's father, and how Green wishes he had taken more photographs of his father before he died.
Israeli pop singer Yigal Bashan is found dead, aged 68, at his home in Tel Aviv, Israel. Having been hospitalised twice previously with self-inflicted stab wounds, his death is ruled as suicide.