Today In Music, April 23rd

From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Wednesday 23rd April):


1939. Ray Peterson, who had a hit with ‘Tell Laura I Love Her’, born in Denton, Texas.

On Stage

1977. Siouxsie And The Banshees play London’s Roxy Club. In the audience are a bunch of students from Hornsey Art College. Led by Stuart Goddard,they are inspired to form a new band – The Ants. Meanwhile, not that far away, the club’s promoter, Andrew Czeczowski, is being thrown off the premises. After running gigs there for four months, it seems he hasn’t given the owners any of the £ 25,000 a year they’re charging him.

In Government

1997. The Texas State Senate passes a bill prohibiting investment in companies that promote or produce lyrics depicting criminal violence, murder, assault, gang activities, race hatred or acts of sexual deviance. The bill allows state investors and pension funds until January 1st 1999 to get their money out of any record labels that might be deemed to be in contravention of the law.

In Court

2001. Eminem pleads no contest to two gun charges in an Oakland County, Michigan court. The rapper is charged, under his real nmame of Marshall Mathers III, with carrying a concealed firearm and brandishing a weapon during an arguement with the road manager for Insane Clown Posse outside a store in Royal oak, Michigan last year.

Sentencing is set for June 5th. Mathers’ lawyers advised the no contest plea in expectation of probation rather than a possible 5 years in prison. earlier this month, Eminem was sentenced to two years probation for carrying a concealed weapon during a fight outside a Detroit nightclub.

On Television

2004. The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Syndicated, U.S.A.) 142. Guests include David Bowie. Here he is with, “Changes”.


1975. Pete Ham (Badfinger) hangs himself in his garage after a period of depression.


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