Today In Music, June 8th

From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Sunday 8th June):


1962. Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran) born Nicholas Bates in Moseley, Warwickshire.

On Tour

1999. The Rolling Stones play a secret gig at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire. The gig is meant to finish by 11pm but goes on until nearly midnight. The result is the band are fined £ 25,000.
In Court

1993. BMG Music is granted an injunction against Allen Klein‘s ABCKO label to postpone the re-release of Sam Cooke‘s seminal album, “Night Beat”. BMG claim to own the rights. The case goes to US District Court where Judge Loretta Preska instructs ABCKO and their distributors Polygram to ensure all copies carry a sticker stating, “Originally manufactured in 1963 by Tracy Ltd. for the RCA Records label.” ABCKO will be entitled to release the album until their rights expire on a date still to be decided in the courts.

In Church

1998. The three surviving Beatles appear together in public for the first time since 1969. George Harrison and Ringo Starr joined Sir Paul McCartney at St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields church in London for a memorial service for Sir Paul’s wife, Linda, who died from cancer in April.

Crowds gathered in the rain outside and cheered as The Beatles arrived separately but only Ringo stopped to acknowledge them with a wave of his umbrella. Animal rights groups from across Europe staged a candle-lit vigil to celebrate the work that Linda had done to bring their cause to public attention.

Among the many stars who attended were Sir Elton John, Peter Gabriel, Billy Joel, Sting and Pete Townshend.

On Television

1978. Rockpalast (WDR, West Germany) Robert Gordon, Link Wray And The Wild Cats (WDR Studio-L Köln). Here’s Robert Gordon with “Hot Dog”.


1972. Bluesman Jimmy Rushing dies of leukemia in New York aged 69.


I must apologize, the blog is very late up today. I’ve been spending time trying to revamp the main Rockmine site and getting bogged down in just how much needs to be done. A brief check showed that huge parts of the site are in disarray. The Doors section is particularly bad!

It will hardly surprise you then, that I’ve started there with a revamped page for The Doors Tapes, the two-record box set that I recorded with Ray Manzarek, Robbie Krieger and John Densmore back in 1983. I have to say – and I know I’m biased – that there’s a load of stuff on these discs that’s a must have for Doors fans. Apart from Ray accepting that despite the myth of meeting Jim on Venice beach, they had been playing together as early as 1963 and the most hilarious story of the Amsterdam debacle where The Doors played the gig without Jim!

The other thing that’s hugely important is that PayPal has been added to the site and the box set can now, at last, be bought straight from the page. Why not check it out for yourself here.


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