This Day in Music History
1976 : Sal Mineo, American film and theatre actor with a brief foray into pop music, born Salvatore Mineo, Jr., was murdered in West Hollywood, California, at the age of 37.
See also: This Day in Music History Births (10 January 1939)
1995 : Philip Taylor Kramer, American musician, committed suicide by driving off a canyon at the age of 42. He disappeared after making several cell phone calls, including one to the police, saying he would kill himself. Four years later, his remains were found inside his minivan at the bottom of Decker Canyon near Malibu, California. His death has been ruled a probable suicide committed on the day on which he was last heard. (Iron Butterfly - bass guitar)
See also: This Day in Music History Births (12 July 1952)
2000 : Screamin' Jay Hawkins, American musician, singer and actor, born Jalacy Hawkins, died after surgery to treat an aneurysm in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, at the age of 70.
See also: This Day in Music History Births (18 July 1929)
2005 : Sammi Smith, American country music singer and songwriter, born Jewel Faye Smith, died at her home in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, at the age of 61.
See also: This Day in Music History Births (5 August 1943)
2007 : Eldee Young, American jazz double-bass and cello player, died from a heart attack in Bangkok, Thailand, at the age of 71. (Young/Holt Unlimited, The Ramsey Lewis Trio)
See also: This Day in Music History Births (7 January 1936)