Today In Music, February 23rd

From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Saturday 23rd February):


1958. David Sylvian (Japan) born David Batt in London, England.

In Custody

1999. Oasis guitarist Bonehead (real name Paul Arthurs) is arrested for being drunk and disorderly at a star studded party in Tommy Hilfinger’s shop in London’s fashionable New Bond Street. At 11.30 p.m., security staff at the store called a passing policeman to help deal with Bonehead who was shouting and swearing. The policeman asked the guitarist to leave the area but he refused to do so and continued his disturbance of the event. He was then arrested and taken to a nearby police station. Bonehead was not charged but received a formal warning over his conduct prior to being released at 4.30 a.m. the next morning.

In Court

1971. All four of The Beatles appear before Mr. Justice Stamp at the High Court in London to give their versions of what prompted the break-up of their partnership. Ringo Starr said that although he respected and trusted Paul McCartney, he sometimes “behaved like a spoilt child”. He described the reaction to news that Paul’s solo album would be delayed until after the release of his own, saying Paul went “completely out of control”. “He shouted at me, prodding his fingers towards my face and said, “I’ll finish you, now!” adding “He told me to put my coat on and get out, so I did”.

At The Opera

1967. Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull cause a scandal when they arrive eight minutes late for a performance at the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden. Already present is a member of Britain’s Royal Family, Princess Margaret, and etiquette dictates that no-one else should be admitted after she is seated.


1995. Original Temptations member, Melvin Franklin (real name David English) dies, aged 52, in Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles from complications connected to his brain seizures. He had been admitted to the hospital on February 17th after suffering a seizure but never regained consciousness.

Music Paper From Today

Sounds from 23rd February 1974. A copy taken from Rockmine’s almost complete run of U.K. music papers from the last 45 years. 
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