This Day in Music History
1964 : Nacio Herb Brown, American writer of popular songs, movie scores and Broadway theatre music, born Ignacio Herbert Brown, died of cancer in San Francisco, California, at the age of 68.
See also: This Day in Music History Births (22 February 1896)
1967 : Rory Storm, English musician and vocalist, born Alan Caldwell, was found dead, along with his mother, in Broadgreen, Liverpool, England, at the age of 34. He had developed a chest infection and not being able to sleep properly, he had taken sleeping pills, though not enough to kill him. His death was ruled an accident. It is thought that his mother committed suicide after finding him dead. (The Hurricanes)
See also: This Day in Music History Births (7 January 1938)
1968 : Dewey Phillips aka "Daddy-O" Dewey Phillips, American rock'n'roll pioneering disk jockey, first to play Elvis Presley on radio, died of heart failure at the age of 42. He had been a heavy drinker and longtime amphetamine user, which contributed to his manic on-air behavior.
See also: This Day in Music History Births (13 May 1926)
1991 : Miles Davis, American jazz musician, trumpeter, bandleader and composer, born Miles Dewey Davis III, died from the combined effects of a stroke, pneumonia and respiratory failure, in Santa Monica, California, at the age of 65.
See also: This Day in Music History Births (26 May 1926)
1996 : Bob Gibson, American folk singer, born Samuel Robert Gibson, died in Portland, Oregon, at the age of 64. He had been suffering from progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP).
See also: This Day in Music History Births (16 November 1931)