This Day in Music History
1976 : Phil Ochs, American protest singer ("topical singer") and songwriter, born Philip David Ochs, hanged himself in Far Rockaway, New York City, at the age of 35. He had been diagnosed for bipolar disorder.
See also: This Day in Music History Births (19 December 1940)
1988 : Dave Prater, American Southern Soul and Rhythm & Blues (R&B) singer, born David Prater, Jr., died in a car accident in Sycamore, Georgia, at the age of 50. (Sam & Dave - deeper baritone, second tenor vocalist)
See also: This Day in Music History Births (9 May 1937)
1988 : Brook Benton, American singer and songwriter, popular in rock and roll, rhythm and blues, and pop music, born Benjamin Franklin Peay, died of pneumonia in Queens, New York, at the age of 56. He had been suffering from spinal meningitis.
See also: This Day in Music History Births (19 September 1931)
1997 : Mae Axton, American music promoter and educator, born Mae Boren Axton, drowned in her hot tub at her home in Hendersonville, Tennessee, after an apparent heart attack at the age of 82. She was known in the music industry as the 'Queen Mother of Nashville'.
See also: This Day in Music History Births (14 September 1914)
2009 : Randy Cain, Philadelphia soul singer, born Herbert Randal Cain III, died at his home in Maple Shade Township, New Jersey, at the age of 63. (The Delfonics/1960s-1971, Blue Magic)
See also: This Day in Music History Births (2 May 1945)