Today In Music, May 11th

From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Sunday 11th May):


1965. Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs) born in Ohio.

In The Media

1997. Fox News announce they have signed Chuck D of Public Enemy to provide on-air comment and news reports. The rapper (real name Carlton Ridenhour) is known for strong views on the state of society as evidenced in songs like “Fight The Power”. He plans to bring a new perspective to issues like education and welfare and hopes to reach an audience that might be turned off by the news.

In Court

1999. A criminal summons is issued against Country Music legend George Jones. He will appear in court tomorrow to face charges of driving while impaired, reckless driving and violating Tennessee’s open container law, which prohibits a driver from having an unsealed alcoholic beverage container in a variety of circumstances. All three charges relate to his near-fatal car crash on March 6th.

In Custody

2000. Bobby Brown is arrested as he arrives at Newark Airport after a flight from the Bahamas. The singer, who was travelling with his wife, Whitney Houston, was busted for three violations of a 1996 probation following a conviction for driving under the influence.

On Television

1999. Later… With Jools Holland (BBC-2, U.K.) 13.5. Garbage – “I Think I’m Paranoid”, “You Look So Fine /Only Happy When It Rains”; Suede – “Can’t Get Enough”, “Elephant Man /Everything Will Flow”; Ozomatli – “Como Ves”, “Superbowl Sundae”; Witness – “Audition”, “Hijacker”; John Cale – “The Ballad Of Cable Hogue”, “I Keep A Close Watch”; Jools piano solo”. Here are Garbage and “I Think I’m Paranoid”.

Also on TV the following year was a bizarre clash between Boy George and Scottish transport mogul, Brian Souter on BBC-1’s “Question Time”. George told Mr. Souter, who is currently funding a £ 1 million referendum on plans to repeal Section 28 (the law banning the promotion of homosexuality in school), he would be better giving the money to charity. Unfortunately, no clips could be found on YouTube!


1981. Bob Marley loses his fight against cancer at the Cedars Of Lebanon Hospital in Miami, Florida, aged 36.


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