This Day in Music History
1977 : Buddy Johnson, American jazz and New York blues pianist and bandleader, born Woodrow Wilson Johnson, died from a brain tumor and sickle cell anemia in New York, at the age of 62.
See also: This Day in Music History Births (10 January 1915)
1981 : Bill Haley, born William John Clifton Haley, American rock and roll musician. Suffering from drinking and mental problems problems, he died of an apparent heart attack at age 55. The first Rock Star, his fortunes faded quickly as the '50s came to an end, and the second half of his life was mired in financial problems and a struggle to regain musical relevance.
See also: This Day in Music History Births (6 July 1925)
1991 : James Cleveland aka The Reverend Dr. James Cleveland, American gospel singer, arranger, composer and a most important figure in the creation of the modern gospel sound, died of AIDS in Culver City, California, at the age of 59.
See also: This Day in Music History Births (5 December 1931)
1997 : Brian Connolly, Scottish musician, born Brian Francis Connolly, died from renal failure, liver failure and repeated heart attacks, in a hospital in Slough, England, at the age of 51. (Sweet - lead vocals)
See also: This Day in Music History Births (5 October 1945)
2005 : Tyrone Davis, American soul singer, born Tyrone Fettson, died of complications from a stroke in Chicago, Illinois at the age of 66.
See also: This Day in Music History Births (4 May 1938)