Today In Music, June 12th

From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Thurssday 12th June):

Birth

1943. Reg Presley (The Troggs) born Reginald Ball in Andover, Hampshire.

In Court

1998. Three Appeal Court judges dismiss Kirk Brandon‘s appeal to overturn the judgement of Justice Douglas Brown on 29th April 1997. Brandon had originally brought an action of malicious falsehood against Boy George, publishers Sidgwick And Jackson Limited, Virigin Records Limited and EMI Music Limited. The suit related to a claim in Boy George’s autobiography that he had a homosexual affair with Brandon, a charge which the latter has always denied.

In Hospital

2001. Eric Clapton‘s girlfriend, Melia McEnery gives birth to the couple’s first child, at a hospital in Columbus, Ohio. The baby, Julie Rose, weighed in at 7lb 1oz. The 57 year-old father was on hand throughout the delivery.

In Parliament

2002. The first ever debate on the U.K. music industry is held in the House Of Commons. It was brought to The House by Pete Wishart M.P. (North Tayside), who was keyboard player with Runrig from 1986 – 2001. Dr. Kim Howells, Minister for Tourism, Film and Broadcasting spoke during the 90 minutes alloocated to the debate and revealed that despite the problems of piracy and falling numbers of live concerts, the U.K. music industry had grown by 5.3% last year, in face of a global showdown.

On Television

2003. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Musical guests – Sugar Ray.

Death

1957. Jazz-band leader Jimmy Dorsey dies of cancer in New York.

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