Death by Home Improvement
January 22, 1982 - Tommy Tucker died on this day. Born in Springfield, Ohio, Tucker is most remembered as the singer-songwriter/bluesman behind the 1964 hit, Hi-Heel Sneakers.
It was Tucker's first and only song to make the Billboard charts, but it was such a catchy tune that over 1,000 artists have recorded cover versions. The list includes Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and the Grateful Dead.
Tucker died young at only 48. He had been refinishing the floors in his home when he inhaled a lethal dose of carbon tetrachloride.