Today In Music, February 8th

From the Rockmine Almanac for today ( February):


1948. Dan Seals (England Dan & John Ford Coley) born in McCamey, Tevas.

On Stage

1982. Cher makes her Broadway debut in “Come Back To The Five And Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean”. Despite being panned by the critics her performance is seen by director Mike Nichols who offers her a role in a film he’s making with Meryl Streep.

In Court

1994. Lol Tolhurst (The Cure) and his ex-colleague Robert Smith both appear at London’s Royal Courts Of Justice. Tolhurst is suing Smith and the band’s manager, Chris Parry, for unpaid royalties. He also claims that he was persuaded by Smith and Parry to sign a new contract in 1986 which reduced his equal partnership with Smith and left him with an unfair share of profits. Smith and Parry counter with the statement that Tolhurst has made “minimal” contributions to the two albums prior to his sacking from the band in 1989.

In Hospital

2002. Jay Dee Dougherty, drummer with the Patti Smith Group, is injured in a motorcycle accident in New York. He’s hit head-on by a car in Lower Manhattan and taken to the city’s Bellevue Hospital. Doctors there expect him to make a full recovery but will carry out four operations on his legs over the next three days.

On Television

2006. “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (U.S.A.) with musical guest Trace Adkins


1990. Del Shannon kills himself with a .22 calibre rifle at his home in Santa Clarita. It is later revealed he had been taking the prescription drug prozac which many believe drove him to suicide.

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