Today In Music, May 27th

From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Tuesday 27th May):


1957. Siouxsie Sioux (Siouxsie And The Banshees) born Susan Dallion in London, England.

On Tour

1990. The Stone Roses play a mega-rave at Spike Island near Widnes for 30,000 fans. 400 people are treated on site for minor injuries, 27 are hospitalised and five are kept in overnight. One person dies from a heart attack. There are only four arrests – three for drugs and one for public order offences..

In Court

1997. Judge David Horowitz rules in favour of Pamela Anderson Lee, wife of Motley Crue‘s drummer Tommy, at the end of a trial brought against her by The Private Movie Company who had sued the star for $ 5 million claiming breach of contract. The suit alleged that Pamela had agreed to star in a Shoiwtime cable TV movie entitled, “Hello, She Lied”. The company also alleged that had the ex-Baywatch star gone ahead with the movie, the company would have made more than $ 5 million in overseas sales. As it was they just broke even on the project.

In Hospital

1969. Cilla Black gives herself an unusual 26th birthday present – a new nose. The new look smaller nose was constructed by plastic surgeons during an operation at Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, Sussex. The singer had complained last year of how large her nose looked every time she saw herself on television and decided to do something about it.

On Television

1972. Disco (ZDF, West Germany) 16. Tony Marshall – Komm, gib mir deine Hand; Hollies – The baby; New Seekers – Beg, steal or borrow; Su Kramer – Holy Moses; Heino – Carnavalin Rio; Uriah Heep – Wizard; Inga + Wolf – Gute Nacht, Freunde; Tony Christie – Don’t go down to Reno; Vicky Leandros – Apès toi, Dann kamst du; Chicory Tip – What’s your name?. Here are Uriah Heep!


2001. Jazz writer, producer and publicist, Helen Oakley Dance (who worked with Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and many more) dies from complications following a heart attack, aged 88.


The Rockmine update/upgrade continues. Today. I got the Legal Document Archive on-line. It’s a fascinating mixture of court papers covering criminal cases, debt, divorce and probate along with police files, coroner’s reports and even accident investigations. I’ve always been fascinated by legal documents and they’re often ignored.

I’ve sold stories to the national and international press that people just never saw buried in the dry and boring text. One was the K.G.B. plan to kill Elvis Presley which was in the 2,000 pages that the F.B.I. released. The other, was a “Complaint For Sexual Battery; Battery; Seduction; Willful Misconduct; Intentional Infliction Of Emotional Distress; Fraud And Negligence” brought by one J. Chandler against Michael Jackson. It was in the middle of a file of divorce papers relating to Michael’s marriage to Lisa Marie Presley.

Needless to say, my inventory is more than a little out of date, so there’s still more to add to it. As all the dates are really important and play a part in The Almanac, I’ve removed them along with the exact court or county cherk’s office the papers came from. It is meant to be a commercial resource after all.

Although today had been scheduled for sending out invites and press releases for my memorabilia exhibition at the Red Shoes Theatre in Elgin, I’m still no wiser as to whether the event is going ahead. It seems the theatre, once better known as the Two Red Shoes Ballroom, is unable to get insurance cover for anything hung on the walls of their cafe. I don’t think I’ve EVER been in a theatre that didn’t have some sort of exhibition going on and they must have insurance for it. What worries me most is that reference keeps being made to trying to get an extension to their public liability policy, which may well mean that’s the only insurance they have. I certainly hope that’s not the case.

One of the things I’d aimed to do to tie in with the exhibition was a list of all the gigs staged at the venue. It would be a quirky adjunct to The Almanac’s live listing which has all the dates for The Marquee, The Fillmores, The Cavern and many more. The adverts and pop columns in the local paper are fascinating and would make a great display in the theatre to celebrate its past. I’ve only had a couple of days in the local Heritage Centre but was stunned to find they had all the local papers on microfiche and real copies in storage that were available for photocopying. I’m going to book some more hard copies in the hope that I can get some time to finish this list, regardless of what happens to the exhibition.


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