December 8 : This Day in Music History Deaths

This Day in Music History
Deaths
December 8

1967 : John Mills, Sr., African-American vocalist, born John Hutchinson Mills Sr., died in Bellefontaine, Ohio, at the age of 85. (The Mills Brothers - father and member after John Mills Jr's death in 1936)
See also: This Day in Music History Births (11 February 1882)

The Mills Brothers with John Mills, Sr.

1976 : Gary Thain, New Zealand rock bassist, born Gary Mervin Thain, died of respiratory failure due to a heroin overdose at the age of 27. (Uriah Heep)
See also: This Day in Music History Births (15 May 1948)

Gary Thain

1980 : John Lennon, English musician, singer and songwriter, born John Winston Lennon, was murdered outside his New York apartment at the age of 40. Mark Chapman, a deranged fan, pled guilty and was sentenced to life in jail. (The Beatles)
See also: This Day in Music History Births (9 October 1940)

1981 : Big Walter Horton, American blues harmonica player, born Walter Horton, died from heart failure in Chicago, Illinois, at the age of 64.
See also: This Day in Music History Births (6 April 1918)

1982 : Marty Robbins, American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, born Martin David Robinson, died of complications following cardiac surgery in Nashville, Tennessee, at the age of 57.
See also: This Day in Music History Births (26 September 1925)

1984 : Nicholas Dingley aka Razzle, English drummer, died in a car accident in Redondo Beach, California, at the age of 24. (Hanoi Rocks)
See also: This Day in Music History Births (2 December 1960)

1991 : Buck Clayton, American jazz trumpet player, born Wilbur Dorsey Clayton, died quietly in his sleep in New York City at the age of 80.
See also: This Day in Music History Births (12 November 1911)

2004 : Dimebag Darrell, American musician, born Darrell Lance Abbott, was shot dead while performing Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio, at the age of 38. The murderer, Nathan Gray, kills three others, before being shot dead by a police officer. (Pantera, Damageplan - founding member, guitar, vocals, bass, drums)
See also: This Day in Music History Births (20 August 1966)

2006 : Martha Tilton, American popular singer during the swing era and traditional pop period, died in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, at the age of 91.
See also: This Day in Music History Births (14 November 1915)

2011 : Dick Sims, American musician, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, died after battling cancer in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the age of 60 (precise date of birth not known). (Eric Clapton - keyboards)
In this video he is seen briefly playing the Hammond after 3:20.

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