Today In Music, May 19th

From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Monday 19th May):


1945. Pete Townshend born in Chiswick, London.

On Tour

1964. The Rolling Stones are playing Aberdeen’s Capitol Theatre but Freddie And The Dreamers complain about their billing. As a result, The Stones finish off the first half and Freddie and co finish the show. More than 300 fans stage a sit-in after the show in protest. It takes police an hour to clear them from the theatre.

In Court

1989. Alison Moyet is granted an uncontested “quickie” divorce from her hairdresser husband Malcolm Lee at the Divorce Court in London. The court heard that the couple had lived apart for nearly three years. Moyet was in attendance to settle living arrangements for her son, Joe. She told waiting journalists that the divorce was merely the “formalisation of a separation which has already taken place”.

In Church

1998. Frank Sinatra‘s coffin, covered in white gardenias, is carried into the Good Shepherd Church in Los Angeles for a vigil. Among the pall bearers were Vic Damone, Steve Lawrence and Don Rickles. Before it entered the church, a bouquet of red roses was placed on the coffin by Frank’s widow, Barbara. A eulogy was read by Tony Bennett then daughter Nancy Sinatra and grand-daughter Amanda shared their reminiscences. The one-hour vigil was led by Cardinal Roger Mahony, archbishop of Los Angeles.

On Television

1998. Later… With Jools Holland (BBC-2, U.K.) 11.6. Tori Amos – “Spark”, “Black Dove”, “Cruel”; Ultra Naté – “Free”, “New Kind Of Medicine”, “Found A Cure”; Jesus & Mary Chain – “I Love Rock And Roll”, “Cracking Up”; Ultrasound – “Stay Young”, “Floodlit World”; Roachford And Jools – “Naked”; Yungchen Lhamo – “Happiness Is…”. Here are the Jesus & Mary Chain:


1969. Jazz saxophonist Coleman Hawkins dies of pneumonia in New York.


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