Today In Music, June 22nd

From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Sunday 22nd June):


1947. Howard Kaylan (The Turtles) born Howard Lawrence Kaplan in New York.

On Tour

2001. As R&B singer Lil’ Mo leaves San Francisco’s Warfield Theatre, she’s attacked by a man who smashes a champagne bottle into her head. Mo had been performing in the theatre at a concert given by radio station KMEL. She was taken to hospital where she needed 22 stitches in her face and head. Her assailant escaped.

In Court

1981. Mark David Chapman (26) appears in Manhattan Supreme Court accused of murdering John Lennon. Despite protests from his lawyers who advised him to plead not guilty, by reason of insanity, Chapman pleads guilty. Judge Dennis Edwards, presiding, sets a date of August 24th for sentencing. Chapman’s lawyer, Jonathan Marks, said that earlier in the month his client had two conversations with God – one on June 8th and the other on June 10th. Since then, it had become impossible for him to “have any meaningful dialogue” with Chapman. He went on to tell the court, “I do not believe Mr. Chapman is capable of listening to my advice”.

In Politics

2000. Hamilton Jordan, Chief Of White House Staff when Jimmy Carter was in office, tells an audience at West Virginia University that the president used to get nuisance calls from Elvis Presley. It seems “The King” was excited at having another Southern boy in the top job and liked to keep in touch. Trouble was Presley was “usually pretty loaded” and wouldn’t notice if Carter handed the phone to anyone else he could find.

On Television

1996. Rockpalast (WDR, Germany) Placebo; Crown Of Thorns; Frank Black; Heather Nova; Pulp; Iggy Pop; Bad Religion; David Bowie (Loreley St. Goarshausen) Here’s David Bowie with, “The Voyeur”.


1969. Judy Garland is found dead by her fifth husband, Mickey Deans, at the couple’s home in Cadogan Lane, Chelsea, London. Initial tests rule out a drug overdose or cirrhosis of the liver.


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