This Day in Music History
1988 : Thomas Allen, aka Papa Dee Allen, American percussionist and singer, born Thomas Sylvester Allen, he collapsed while performing on stage and died of a brain aneurysm, in Solano County, California, at the age of 57. (War - percussion and vocals)
See also: This Day in Music History Births (18 July 1931)
In the video he is on percussion, seen best at 3:20.
1995 : Sterling Morrison, American musician, born Holmes Sterling Morrison, Jr., died in Poughkeepsie, New York at the age of 53. (The Velvet Underground - foundng member, guitar, bass, backing vocals)
See also: This Day in Music History Births (28 August 1942)