From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Saturday 21st June):
1944. John Hiseman (Colosseum) born in London, England.
1997. Sinead O’Connor pulls out of today’s concert at a peace festival in Jerusalem, Israel after death threats from the Ideological Front were received by the British Embassy. She later attacks the group and its leader, Itamar Ben-Gvir, who gives an interview to Israel radio boasting of his success in stopping her appearance.
1994. George Michael‘s court battle with Sony comes to an end with the judge, Mr Justice Jonathan Parker rejecting his claim that his contract was an unfair restraint of trade. The judge awarded costs to the record company. These will be assessed at a later date by a court official but could be as much as £ 3 million.
1948. Columbia Records starts mass producing 33 1/3 r.p.m. long playing records.
1997. Rockpalast (WDR, Germany) 16 Horsepower; Jean Paul Bourelly; Levellers; Neneh Cherry; Sheryl Crow; Inxs; Simple Minds. (Loreley, St. Goarshausen). Here’s Sheryl Crow with, “Can’t Cry Anymore”.
1980. Bandleader Bert Kaempfert dies in Switzerland, of a stroke, aged 56. His claim to rock & roll fame is that he produced the very first disc to feature The Beatles. They were asked by Tony Sheridan to back him on “My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean” and “When the Saints Go Marching In” for a single release on Polydor. The Beatles did little to impress Kaempfert, who renamed them the Beat Brothers.
Putting that aside, Kaempfert will also be remembered for co-writing one of Frank Sinatra‘s classic songs, “Strangers In The Night”.
As you know, I’m trying to clear the garage and some of the piles of memorabilia that clutter what should be a house but often seems more like a storage facility. The inclusion of Sheryl Crow today reminds me of a piece of memorabilia that’s been sitting on top of a wall of two-metre high record shelves in the music room.
Back in 1997, the same year as Rockpalast, Sheryl Crow also played Glastonbury. Like all the other acts that played the Dr. Martens stage that year, Sheryl was presented with a pair of the company’s boots. She signed them and they were mounted with a CD cover, backstage pass and Glastonbury wrist band on a plinth with a plexi-glass cover. They were then featured in an exhibition at Dr. Martens store in London prior to being sold off for the charity, Shelter.
The charity came up with the novel idea of giving all the boots to stores across the U.K. It was then up to the selected shops to give these collectables away to whoever donated sports goods of the highest value over a given month – a somewhat bizarre concept. Following press coverage of this fact, I phoned Shelter and established which shops in Scotland had been given boots. A few phone calls later, I discovered that the Inverness branch had Sheryl’s boots and a grand total of no donations of sports goods. I spoke to the manager and we agreed that she’d sell them to me, if head office approved. Needless to say, they did and even offered me a pair of boots signed by The Prodigy. As they wanted half as much again for those, I declined. A wise choice, I think.
Anyway, here are Sheryl’s boots, photographed in a suitable setting – although I do apologize about the lack of MUD! I’ll be adding them to the sale stock over the next 24 hours. In case you wondered, both boots are signed, the one on the left of the picture has a much clearer signature facing away from the camera.
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