Today In Music, June 17th

From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Tuesday 17th June):


1940. Rock poster and record cover designer Alton Kelley born in Houlton, Maine.

On Stage

1989. Suzanne Vega appears at the Glastonbury CND Festival despite police receiving two death threats earlier in the day. They take the threats seriously enough to offer the whole band the use of bullet-proof vests during their time onstage. A search of the backstage area by armed officers wearing flack jackets reveals nothing and the set passes without disruption.

In Custody

1999. Huey DiFontaine, frontman with Fun Lovin’ Criminals is arrested on a street corner in New York when a passing policeman spots him smoking a marijuana joint. DiFontaine is held for 24 hours before being released.

In Hospital

1980. Phil Lynott flies to America for treatment to save the sight in his right eye after a bottle attack at his hotel on June 14th.

On Television

1970. Kraft Music Hall (NBC,U.S.A.) 158. An Evening with Burt Bacharach. Musical guests: Burt Bacarach and Dionne Warwick – “Make it Easy on Yourself” & “Loneliness Remembers What Happiness Forgets”; Dionne Warwick – “What the World Needs Now is Love”; Burt Bacarach and Joel Grey – “What’s New Pussycat?”; Joel Grey – “Anyone Who Had a Heart,” “This Guy’s In Love With You” & “Bridge Over Troubled Water”; Sacha Distel – “The Good Life”; Sacha Distel and Burt Bacarach – “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head”. Here are Burt and Dionne with “Loneliness Remembers”


1994. Kristen Pfaff, bassist with Hole dies from a suspected drug overdose in the bath at her Seattle apartment. Her body is discovered in the morning by a friend Paul Erickson (Hammerhead) who hadn’t seen her since she’d locked herself in the bathroom late the previous night. As it wasn’t uncommon for Pfaff to fall asleep in the bath, he didn’t check on her until the morning. Police found drug syringes on the floor and found Pfaff kneeling in the bath as if she’d been trying to get out. She had been due to leave the city today as she felt too many of her friends had died there for her to be able to stay. Erickson had been staying with the bassist to help pack her things and drive the van which was loaded and parked outside, ready to go.


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