Today In Music, May 5th

From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Monday 5th May):


1959. Ian McCulloch (Echo And The Bunnymen) born in Liverpool, England.

On Tour

1965. Kenny Ball’s Jazzmen arrive at London Airport en-route for the U.S. only to find that the State Department has refused them entry on the grounds that they are not “unique enough” or of “sufficient status”. This is after the band have already toured the States twice, in 1962 and 1963 and were made honorary citizens of New Orleans for their services to jazz. The tour was organised on a reciprocal basis for Louis Armstrong‘s tour of the U.K. scheduled for June. This now seems unlikely to go ahead.

In Court

1989. Happy Mondays lead singer, Shaun Ryder, pleads not guilty to charges of importing and possessing cocaine in court on the Channel Island of Jersey. He said he had no idea where the plastic sachet had come from. The Jersey State Prosecutor initially refused bail until he heard that Ryder was needed on the mainland for a benefit concert at Manchester’s Hacienda to raise funds for the Hillsborough disaster appeal.

In Custody

1996. Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen and his girlfriend, Bobbie Tolsma, are both arrested in their hotel room. Tolsma had called the hotel’s reception desk to say she was being beaten by Allen but when police arrived they arrested her as well because the couple had sustained “mutual injuries”.

On Television

2006. Later… With Jools Holland (BBC-2, U.K.) Pearl Jam, The Zutons, Corinne Bailey Rae, Jamie Foxx, Jenny Lewis, The Spinto Band. Here are the Spinto Band with “Brown Boxes”.


1972. Reverend Gary Davis dies of a heart attack in Hammonton, New Jersey.


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