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21st January 1984, Soul singer Jackie Wilson died aged 49. Wilson suffered a massive heart attack while playing a Dick Clark show at the Latin Casino in New Jersey on September 29, 1975, falling head-first to the stage while singing 'Lonely Teardrops', and had remained in a coma until his death 8 years later. His […]

Very sad to hear that Neil Peart, the drummer and lyricist for Rush, has died. The 67-year-old passed away on Tuesday (January 7) after quietly battling brain cancer for the past three years. Article source: https://www.facebook.com/19706525166/posts/10162621178185167

9th Jan 1943, Born on this day, Scott Walker (born Noel Scott Engel), singer with The Walker Brothers best known for their 1966 UK No.1 & US No.13 single 'The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore'. Walker began a solo career with 1967's Scott, moving toward an increasingly challenging baroque pop style on late '60s albums […]

20th Dec 1973, American singer Bobby Darin died aged 37. One of the first teen idols, he had the 1959 No.1 with 'Dream Lover' plus 20 other US Top 40 hits during the 60s including ‘Mack the Knife’, (Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1960). Darin travelled with Robert Kennedy and worked on […]

Sadly our list of great musicians we’ve lost this year is becoming very long: https://www.thisdayinmusic.com/liner-notes/musicians-died-and-gone-to-heaven/ Musicians who have died in 2019, Scott Walker, Keith Flint, Hal Blaine. 1 January 2019, American singer, songwriter Pegi Young died of cancer age 66. She first met future husband Neil Young in 1974 when she was working as a […]

10th Dec 1999, Rick Danko died in his sleep at his home near Woodstock, New York. The Canadian guitarist and singer joined The Hawks in 1963 who went on to work as Bob Dylan's backing band, (with Robbie Robertson, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson). Renamed The Band who released their 1968 debut Music from Big […]

6th Dec 2018, English singer, songwriter and guitarist Pete Shelley died of a suspected heart attack aged 63. He formed the new wave/punk rock band Buzzcocks with Howard Devoto in 1976, (who latter left to form Magazine). Buzzcocks had the 1978 UK No.12 single 'Ever Fallen In Love, With Someone You Shouldn't've' and was know […]

On a cheerful note, we’ve updated our page for deaths in music this year so far, as we are 6 months into the year. https://www.thisdayinmusic.com/liner-notes/musicians-died-and-gone-to-heaven/ Musicians who have died in 2019, Scott Walker, Keith Flint, Hal Blaine. 1 January 2019, American singer, songwriter Pegi Young died of cancer age 66. She first met future husband […]

21st June 2001, John Lee Hooker, American blues singer and guitarist died in his sleep aged 83. Had hits with 'Boom Boom', 'Dimples' and 'I'm In The Mood'. His songs have been covered by many artists including Cream, AC/DC, ZZ Top, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Van Morrison, The Yardbirds, The Doors and The White Stripes. […]

15th June 1996, US jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald died in Beverly Hills, California, aged 79. Already blinded by the effects of diabetes, Fitzgerald had both her legs amputated in 1993. Winner of 13 Grammy Awards, the 1956 'Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook' was the first of eight "Songbook" sets. Appeared in the TV […]


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