This Day in Music History
1974 : Bobby Bloom, American singer-songwriter, born Robert Bloom, died in an accidental shooting at the age of 27 or 28. He apparently shot himself while cleaning his gun. Wikipedia offers both "1945" and "15 January 1946" as his birthday, while most sources let it uncertain.
1985 : David Byron, English singer and songwriter, born David Garrick, died of alcohol related complications, including liver disease and seizures, at his home in Reading, Berkshire, at the age of 38. (Uriah Heep - lead vocals)
See also: This Day in Music History Births (29 January 1947)
2005 : Chris Curtis, born Christopher Crummey in Oldham, Lancashire. English drummer and singer. (The Searchers), died at home in Liverpool at the age of 63. He had been suffering from a systemic illness.
See also: This Day in Music History Births (26 August 1941)
2008 : Mike Smith, English singer, songwriter and music producer, born Michael George Smith, died of pneumonia in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, at the age of 64. (The Dave Clark Five)
See also: This Day in Music History Births (6 December 1943)