Today In Music, May 23rd

From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Friday 23rd May):

Birth

1974. Jewel born Jewel Kilcher in Payson, Utah.

On Tour

1974. The Who play Portsmouth’s Guildhall. The gig is a “thank you” to all the Portsmouth Polytechnic students who acted as extras for the film, “Tommy”.

In Court

1997. Trauma Records files a $ 100 million lawsuit for damages in Los Angeles Superior Court against Interscope regarding No Doubt. The suit alleges negligent misrepresentation, termination of a contract and extortion. Interscope had signed No Doubt in the early ‘nineties and after two commercial flops, dumped the band on Trauma – a small indie label they distribute. When No Doubt hit the big time selling more than 7 million copies in the U.S. of the Trauma-Interscope labelled album, “Tragic Kingdom” – Interscope looked for a way to sideline Trauma. The lawsuit was instigated when Interscope threatened to cut off royalty payments and marketing fees if the band wasn’t returned to them.

In Hospital

1976. Midge Ure (Slik) is injured in a minor car accident in Glasgow. The windscreen of the car he’s travelling in shatters and he tears the tendons in his wrist as he raises his hand to shield his face. The band’s U.K. tour, due to start on June 1st is now being rescheduled.

On Television

1983. Late Night With David Letterman (CBS, U.S.A.) First show of season 2. Musical guest: Barry White. Here’s Letterman with Barry White and “Camping With Barry White”.

Death

1991. William Sinnott (The Shamen) drowns off the coast of Gomera in the Canary Islands.

 

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