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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.
The Williams And Walker Company give a Command Performance of their hit African-American musical In Dahomey at Buckingham Palace, London, England, UK, in celebration of the Duke Of Windsor's eighth birthday. This is the first command performance at the Palace by a group of Negro theatrical entertainers.
Mamie Smith records Crazy Blues and It's Right Here For You, If You Don't Get It, 'Tain't No Fault of Mine, for Okeh Records in New York City, USA. These are the first recordings of vocal blues by an African American singer - arguably the first blues recordings - and Crazy Blues will become an explosive best seller, selling a million copies in one year.
The Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League creates The Red, Black And Green flag as a response to the song Every Race Has A Flag But The Coon by Heelan and Helf. That song, along with Coon Coon Coon and All Coons Look Alike To Me were later identified by H.L. Mencken as being the songs which firmly established the derogatory term "coon" in the American vocabulary.
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.
Popular actress Marie Prevost dies of acute alcoholism in Los Angeles, California, USA, at the age of 38. Her body will not be discovered until January 23, after neighbors complain about her dog's incessant barking. In her room, police will find several empty liquor bottles and a promissory note to Joan Crawford for $110. Nick Lowe will be inspired to chronicle Prevost's life and death in his song Marie Provost in 1978.
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.
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.
Singer Jo Stafford gives birth to a baby boy weighing six pounds and nine ounces in Santa Monica, California, USA.
Ricky Valance's death disc, Tell Laura I Love Her, reaches No1 in the UK pop singles chart, making Valance the first Welsh male vocalist to reach No1 in the UK. The song is a cover version of an American hit by Ray Peterson.
The Platters' musical director and pianist, Rupert Branker, is beaten to death in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Bob Dylan begins recording sessions for his second album, Freewheelin', at Columbia Records Studio, New York City, USA. On this day he records Corinna Corinna, The Death Of Emmett Till, Talking John Birch Paranoid Blues and other tracks.
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After strangling his mother to death and stabbing his wife, engineering student and former US Marine Charles Whitman kills fourteen people and wounds 32 others during a random shooting spree from the top of a tower at The University Of Texas, Austin, Texas, USA. The incident will inspire Harry Chapin to write his 1972 song Sniper. Other songs referring to Whitman include Psycho by Leon Payne, Down There By The Train by Tom Waits, The Ballad of Charles Whitman by Kinky Friedman and The Tower by Insane Clown Posse.
Jimmy Mack by Martha And The Vandellas reaches No1 in the Billboard R'n'B Singles Chart in the USA. The song was inspired by the recent death of songwriter Ronnie Mack, best known for his song He's So Fine, a huge hit for The Chiffons in 1963, and later the subject of a celebrated plagiarism lawsuit in which it was ruled that George Harrison of The Beatles had unconsciously used Ronnie Mack's melody for his 1971 song My Sweet Lord.
Don Drummond, saxophonist with influential ska/reggae band The Skatalites, dies in Bellevue Hospital, Jamaica, Caribbean, aged 37. He had been committed to the hospital as insane, and his death (controversially) will be listed as a suicide.
With the Paul Is Dead conspiracy theory at its height, Dr. Oscar Tosi, assistant professor of audiology at Michigan State University, compares voice recordings of Paul McCartney of The Beatles from before and after his alleged 1966 death date. The results prove conclusively that both voice prints are identical and, therefore, McCartney is not dead.
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.
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band start work on their classic triple-album set, Will The Circle Be Unbroken at Woodland Sound Studios, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The album brings together several generations of country-inspired musicians by featuring The Dirt Band along side such country legends as Mother Maybelle Carter, Earl Scruggs (and his banjo too), Doc Watson, Roy Acuff, Merle Travis and Jimmy Martin.
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Legendary bluesman Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup plays his final live concert, at Hunter College, New York City, USA.
Fleetwood Mac release the album Rumours, on Warner Brothers Records, in the USA.
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During a round of golf near Madrid, Spain, Europe, Bing Crosby suffers a heart attack, collapses and dies soon after, aged 74.
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 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.
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.
Three fans are trampled to death at a concert by Puerto Rican teen sensations Menudo, in Zaragoza Baseball Stadium, Puebla, Mexico, North America.
While Queen play their final live gig together, headlining the UK’s annual Knebworth Festival in Hertfordshire, England, UK, Europe, a 21 year old man in the crowd is stabbed to death. Also on the bill are Status Quo and Big Country.
European singing star Dalida, plagued by depression and a chaotic love life, commits suicide in Paris, France, Europe, with an overdose of barbiturates, leaving a note which reads, "Forgive me, life has become unbearable for me...".
Jeff Porcaro, drummer of Toto, dies at the age of 38. Porcaro fell ill after spraying insecticide in the yard of his home in Hidden Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA, and died later that evening at Humana Hospital-West Hills. It is widely reported that his death came from an allergic reaction to the pesticide, but The Los Angeles County Coroner's office lists the cause of death to be a heart attack from the hardening of the arteries caused by cocaine use.
AC/DC manager Crispin Dye is beaten to death by thieves in Sydney, Australia, Oceania, while on his way to visit his mother for Christmas.
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.
A series of four co-ordinated suicide attacks on the USA, usually referred to as The 9/11 Attacks, take place in New York City and Washington, D.C. Terrorists from the Islamist militant group Al-Qaeda hijack four passenger jets and deliberately crash two of them, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. Another plane, American Airlines Flight 77, is crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. The fourth jet, United Airlines Flight 93, crashes into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania after passengers attempt to take control before it can reach its intended target in Washington, D.C. Nearly 3,000 people die in the attacks. Several songs will be written about the attacks including The Rising by Bruce Springsteen, Let's Roll by Neil Youn, Wall Street by Van Dyke Parks and This Ain't No Rag, It's A Flag by Charlie Daniels. The track 9-11-01 by Soulfly consists of one minute of silence. Several songs on Trouble Is Real, the debut LP by Johnathan Rice, are about the attacks, including City On Fire, Put Me In Your Holy War, and Salvation Day.
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.
Linda Stein, former manager of The Ramones, is found murdered - battered to death - on the floor of her Fifth Avenue, New York City, USA, penthouse. Her personal assistant Natavia Lowery is arrested and charged with the murder.
Wealthy Maryland landowner William Zantzinger, the subject of Bob Dylan's 1963 protest song The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll, dies, aged 69. In 1963, a 24-year-old Zantzinger struck and killed Hattie Carroll - a 51-year-old black barmaid - at a Baltimore hotel.
Londell McMillan, lawyer for the Jackson family, refutes actor Mark Lester's claim to be the sperm-donor responsible for the birth of Michael Jackson's daughter Paris. McMillan dismisses Lester's claim as "unproven and meaningless."
Peter Lopez, the lawyer who represented music business clients including Michael Jackson, The Eagles, Andrea Bocelli and Michael Buble, is found dead at his home in Encino, California, USA, apparently having committed suicide by shooting himself. Lopez was married to the actress Catherine Bach.
Multiple Grammy-winning singer Amy Winehouse is found dead at her flat in Camden, London, England, UK. The 2012 song Amy by Green Day will be inspired by Billie Joe Armstrong hearing of Winehouse's death.
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During the Earth Is On Hell tour, Anthrax, Death Angel and Testament play at Expo 5, Louisville, Kentucky, USA.
After a long battle with pancreatic cancer, Jon Lord, organist and co-founder of Deep Purple, dies aged 71 from a pulmonary embolism at the London Clinic, London, UK. The song Above And Beyond will be inspired by the band hearing about Lord's death.
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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.
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.
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.
John 'Brad' Bradbury, drummer with The Specials, dies aged 62 in England, UK. No cause of death is announced.
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Signe Toly Anderson, the original vocalist for Jefferson Airplane, dies at her home in Beaverton, Oregon, USA, aged 74, having suffered chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for some while. Her death comes on the same day as former bandmate Paul Kantner.
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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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 Eagles Of Death Metal return to The Bataclan, Paris, France, Europe, to complete the gig that was violently disrupted by a terrorist attack three months earlier. After the show, the band's vocalist-guitarist Jesse Hughes, tells a French tv reporter that guns should be available to anybody who wants them.
Minus The Bear release their sixth LP, Voids, on Suicide Squeeze Records.
Police discover the body of Frightened Rabbit singer and songwriter Scott Hutchison at Port Edgar, near South Queensferry, Scotland, UK, Europe. Hutchison had addressed mental health difficulties in his songwriting and was thought to be in a 'fragile' state of mind in the days before his death. He had talked about having suicidal thoughts in what is believed to be his final interview.