17 January 1990 (aged 42)
B. B. Gabor was the stage name of Gabor Hegedus (1948-1990), a Hungarian-born Canadian pop singer. Generally classified as a one-hit wonder, Gabor is best known for his 1980 single "Soviet Jewellery (Nyet, Nyet Soviet)", although he had two other minor hits with "Metropolitan Life" and "Jealous Girls".
Hegedus fled with his parents to England in 1956 after the Soviet invasion of Hungary. He subsequently moved to Canada at age 23, launching his musical career in Toronto's Queen Street West scene.
He released his self-titled debut album in 1980 on Anthem Records, with the singles "Soviet Jewellery" and "Metropolitan Life". He toured across Canada, appeared at the Heatwave festival in August, was nominated for a Juno Award, and won the U-Know for best male vocalist. He released a followup, Girls of the Future, in 1981, although that album was not as successful.
After a few years without a new album, Anthem dropped Gabor from its roster. He subsequently moved to Vancouver, where he attempted to revive his career by working with producer Todd Rundgren. These sessions, however, did not result in a new album, and he eventually moved back to Toronto.
On January 17, 1990, Gabor's body was found by police at his Toronto apartment. His death was ruled a suicide.
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