The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. The King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, The Sultan of Swat, Babe Ruth and the King of the Delta Blues, Robert Johnson other than their 'Royal' status all share something in common. The grim reaper chose a single calendar date, August 16 to harvest their souls. August 16 is the same day Rock icon Madonna was ejaculated onto this Earthly plane as well as TV personality Kathy Lee Gifford.
August 16 also has other oddities associated with it. In 1975 Peter Gabriel quit Genesis, a death of sorts followed 5 years later to the day that Bill Ward quit Black Sabbath, Jools Holland quit Squeeze, Cozy Powell quit Rainbow and Pete Best left the Beatles to be replaced by Ringo Starr.
Other entertainers that dropped dead on August 16 include John Hurley who wrote son of a preacher man, these are the hands and others. Pee Wee King country music singer songwriter- [Tennessee Waltz]. Vassar Clements, a Grammy winning jazz, swing, and bluegrass performer. Engish Rock musician Alan Caddy. Actor Bela Lugosi, Author Margaret Mitchell [Gone with the Wind], Composers Nico Richter and Roman Padlewski