1979, Sex Pistols
bass player Sid Vicious
died of a heroin overdose in New York. There had been a party in the flat to celebrate Vicious’ release on $50,000 (£29,412) bail pending his trial for the murder of his former girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, the previous October. Party guests, said that Vicious had taken heroin at midnight.
1973, Keith Emerson of [artist]Emerson Lake and Palmer
injured his hands when his piano, rigged to explode as a stunt, detonated prematurely during a concert in San Francisco.
1971, Born on this day, Ben Mize, drums, Counting Crows
, (1994 UK No.28 single 'Mr Jones', 1996 US No.1 album, 'Recovering The Satellites').
1969, Born on this day, John Spence, singer, original member of No Doubt
in the late 1980's. Committed suicide on December 21st 1987 by shooting himself.
1966, Born on this day, Robert Deleo, bass, Stone Temple Pilots
, (1993 UK No.23 single 'Plush').
1963, Born on this day, Eva Cassidy
, US singer. Eva died of skin cancer on November 1st 1996, aged 33.