In New York City, USA, of cancer (88), singer-songwriter and radio DJ, whose hits included 'Red Headed Woman' and 'We Wanna Boogie' and who toured with Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash and Conway Twitty.
In Little Rock, Arkansas, USA, following a fall (69), songwriter and bass guitarist whose hits include 'Firefly' (The Temptations), and who backed Little Richard for more than 30 years, as well as such stars as Candi Staton, Bobby Gentry and Wilson Pickett.
In Nashville, Tennessee, USA, of respiratory complications (41), composer and lyricist for the hit Broadway rock musical 'Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson', as well as such musicals as 'Canard, Canard, Goose?
', 'Gone Missing', '[I Am] Nobody's Lunch', 'This Beautiful City', 'The Great Immensity' and 'In The Footprints'.
International Songwriters Association Hall Of Fame Member. In Sydney, Australia, of undisclosed causes (76), songwriter and lead singer with the Skyliners, whose classic hit 'Since I Don't Have You' was also recorded by Barbra Streisand, Patti La Belle, Art Garfunkel, Don Mc Lean, Ronnie Milsap, The Brian Setzer Orchestra, Chuck Jackson, The Four Seasons, Manfred Mann, Jay & The Americans, The Vogues, Lenny Welch, Ricky Nelson, Patti La Belle, Dorothy Moore, Eddie Meduza, Gloria Loring, Shturcite, Johnny Mathis, Ron Sexsmith and Guns N Roses.
Other hits include 'This I Swear' and 'Pennies From Heaven'.
In Pleasanton, California, USA of heart failure (52), singer, songwriter and actor, whose songs for Tragically Hip include such radio classics as 'New Orleans Is Sinking', 'Blow At High Dough', 'Courage (For Hugh Mac Lennan)', 'Ahead By A Century' and 'Bobcaygeon'. In Toronto, Canada, of glioblastoma (71), songwriter, vocalist and guitarist with Aliotta, Haynes & Jeremiah, and writer of the groups signature tune amd Chicago anthem 'Lake Shore Drive', featured in the movie 'Guardians Of The Galaxy II'.
In Chicago, Illinois, USA, of cancer (89), singer and songwriter, whose hits include such classics as 'Ain't That A Shame', 'Blueberry Hill', 'My Blue Heaven', 'Blue Monday', 'Whole Lotta Loving', 'I'm Ready', 'My Girl Josephine'.
International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame inductee.
In Warrenton, Virginia, USA, from heart failure (67), singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer, and founder member of Steely Span, as well as being a member of both China Crisis and in his earlier days, Jay & The Americans.
In Nashville, Tennessee, USA, of cancer (72), singer-songwriter and former member of the Chad Mitchell Trio and Denver, Boise & Johnson (with John Denver), whose own Top 40 hits include 'Bluer Than Blue', 'This Night Won't Last Forever' amd 'I'll Always Love You', before moving to vountry om 1986 where he scored five Top Ten country hits from 1986 to 1989, including the chart-toppers 'Give Me Wings', 'That's That' and 'The Moon Is Still Over Her Shoulder'.