Today In Music, June 16th

From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Monday 16th June):


1941. Motown songwriter/producer Lamont Dozier (Holland, Dozier and Holland) born in Detroit, Michigan.

In Politics

1998. A Senate hearing is held into the effectiveness of album warning stickers. Senators chaired by Sam Brownback heard evidence that the 13 year old charged with killing five people in the Jonesboro shootings in March was known to be a fan of Tupac Shakur and Bone Thugz-N-Harmony. The only evidence given on behalf of the music industry was from Krist Novoselic (ex-Nirvana). The hearing is the second one into lyrical content that Senator Brownback has presided over but it’s not thought this will lead to legislation.

In Court

1998. A jury in Los Angeles awards Genesis P. Orridge $ 1,572,000 in damages against producer Rick Rubin for the injuries he received during a fire at Rubin’s Laurel Canyon home on April 11, 1995. He also receives a further $ 250,000 in pre-judgement interest that has accrued since the start of the trial. In trying to escape the blaze, Orridge climbed out a window but broke his ribs, wrist and elbow. The elbow injury was so bad that he’s been unable to play guitar since. Rubin had tried to counter sue Orridge and Love & Rockets who were occupying the house at the time but the jury found that neither was liable for the fire which was accidental.

In The Mail

1993. The U.S. Postal Service issues a series of seven stamps featuring blues and rock legends. They are Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, Clyde McPhatter, Elvis Presley (different from the the stamp issued last year), Otis Redding, Richie Valens and Dina Washington.

On Television

1989. Late Night With David Letterman, (CBS, U.S.A.) Show #1158. Musical guest: Robyn Hitchcock – “Madonna Of The Wasps”.


1982. James Honeyman-Scott (The Pretenders) is found dead at a friend’s flat in London. The 28 year old guitarisr, who had just returned from a holiday in the U.S.A., died in his sleep. A post-mortem carried out on the body later will show that he died as the result of a drug overdose.


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