From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Friday 4th April):
1915. Muddy Waters born McKinley Morganfield in Rolling Fork, Mississippi.
In The Theatre
1982. Cher‘s Broadway debut comes to an end when “Come Back To The Five And Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean” closes after only 60 performances. It isn’t the end of Cher’s involvement with the play though. Director Robert Altman secures funding from cable TV network Showtime to direct a film version with Cher in her stage role.
At The Police Station
1994. Courtney Love files this missing person report with Seattle Police regarding Kurt Cobain.
1995. The assault case against Matty (Blaggers ITA) at Leeds Magistrate’s Court is dismissed on a legal technicality. The singer was charged with punching music journalist Dave Simpson after a party in June 1993.
1999. Rockpalast (WDR, Germany) – Osterrocknacht from Philipshalle, Düsseldorf with Miles; Liquido; King’s X; Reef ; Deus; The Cardigans; The Creatures; Fun Lovin’ Criminals; Silverchair; Paul Weller. Here’s Silverchair with “Ana’s Song (Open Fire)”.
… and on a deadly serious note:
1968. James Brown makes a national television appeal for calm following the assassination of Martin Luther King.
2000. Joe Rock, manager of The Skyliners and the writer of their classic hit “Since I Don’t Have You”, dies in Nashville’s Baptist Hospital from complications following a quadruple bypass operation.
Music Paper From Today
Record Mirror from 4th April 1981. A copy taken from Rockmine’s almost complete run of U.K. music papers from the last 45 years.
It’s taken me until now to get back to normal. Yesterday was definitely a day for slobbing out and going shopping for food. I left my hotel in Cairo at 5 a.m. on Wednesday and eventually got to my front door about 9 p.m. At least three of those hours were down to Heathrow’s fabulous new Terminal 5!
When I got to the terminal there was no listing for my flight and it took more than an hour to get anyone to acknowledge that it was in fact cancelled and that I was being put on the next plane to Edinburgh. Well, we’re all used to stories like that but this one has a new twist to it.
When you check in, you have a photo taken for the terminal’s biometric security. That pic is linked to your boarding card but I, like 16 others, had a new boarding card issued that was not linked to a biometric photo and therefore couldn’t be allowed on the flight. The British Airways staff at the gate wanted us on, the security personnel wanted us cleared but neither had the authority and even a British Airports Authority manager didn’t know what to do. All the while, our flight was sitting waiting for us, unable to take off.
After more than an hour it was eventually decided that if we’d got through security and were only travelling in the U.K. we probably weren’t too much of a risk and were allowed to board. What should have been a 16.15 flight eventually took off more than 90 minutes late.
I wonder if they’ll ever get the terminal to work properly!
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