His movies included 'WW & The Dixie Dancekings', 'The Villain', 'Smokey & The Bandit II', 'The Cannonball Run', 'Beer For My Horses', 'Cannonball Run II' and 'Murder In Music City' while his comic talents were to the forefront on such TV shows as 'The Tonight Show', 'The Dean Martin Show', 'The Love Boat', 'The Dukes of Hazzard', 'Tony Orlando & Dawn' and 'Love, American Style', plus the talk shows of Merv Griffin, Dinah Shore, David Letterman and Mike Douglas. In Ocala, Florida, USA, of respiratory failure (83), singer-songwriter and career criminal, whose songs were recorded by The Beachboys, The Lemonheads, Marilyn Manson, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Crispin Glover and Guns N' Roses, and who was convicted on seven counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Abigail Ann Folger, Wojciech Frykowski, Steven Earl Parent, Sharon Tate Polanski, Jay Sebring and Leno and Rosemary La Bianca.
International Songwriters Association Hall Of Fame Member. In hospital at Bakersfield, California, USA, of intestinal bleeding, having been transferred there from California State Prison in Corcoran, California, USA (64), singer, songwriter and regarded as a leading rock exponent of rhythm guitar, and who with AC/DC.
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'.
'Let The Four Winds Blow', 'When I'm Walking (Let Me Walk)', 'Lady Madonna', 'The Big Beat', 'The Fat Man', 'Valley Of Tears', 'Im Walking', 'Im In Love Again', 'I Want To Walk You Home', 'Country Boy, 'Three Nights A Week', 'My Girl Josephine', 'It Keeps Raining', 'What A Party', 'Red Sails In The Sunset' and 'Walking To New Orleans'. (70), singer, songwriter, producer and member of both the Easybeats and Flash & The Pan, and whose hit compositions include 'Friday On My Mind' for the Easybeats and 'Love Is In The Air' for John Paul Young, along with songs covered by such acts as Grace Jones, Tom Jones, David Bowie and Meatloaf.
Tom Petty's acting credits include 'The Gary Shandling Show', 'FM', 'Made In Heaven', 'The Larry Sanders Show', 'The Postman' (with Kevin Costner), 'The Simpsons' and 'King Of The Hill.the band he founded, scored such hits as 'For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)', 'Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap', 'Highway To Hell', 'Problem Child', 'You Shook Me All Night Long', 'Thunderstruck', 'Let There Be Rock', 'Whole Lotta Rosie' and 'Back In Black'.In Sydney, Australia, of dementia (88), singer, songwriter, steel guitarist, television host and radio DJ, whose eleven vocal hits include 'You Cant Stop Me' and 'Make It Rain', while also penning songs for Charlie Walker ('Who Will Buy The Wine?' (Tracy Lawrence), 'Where The Stars And Stripes And Eagle Fly' (Aaron Tippin) and 'The Love Song' (Jeff Bates).In Nashville, Tennesse, USA, of heart failure (66), songwriter, actor, and singer with both Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and The Traveling Wilburys, and whose hits include such classics as 'Anything That's Rock 'n' Roll', 'American Girl', 'I Need To Know', 'You're Gonna Get It!International Songwriters Association Hall Of Fame Member. In Santa Monica, California, USA, following a heart attack (87), songwriter, recording artist, record producer and label owner, whose hit songs included such classics as 'Silhouettes' (The Rays, The 4 Seasons, Herman's Hermits, The Diamonds and Cliff Richard), 'Daddy Cool' (The Rays and The Darts), 'La Dee Dah' (Billy & Lillie and Jackie Dennis), and 'Tallahassee Lassie' (Freddy Cannon).