Today In Music, June 23rd

From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Monday 23rd June):


1962. Richard Coles (The Communards) born in Northampton, England.

In Custody

2003. Norwegian rockers TurboNegro run into trouble at Stuttgart airport, when they’re stopped for Arms smuggling. On their way through security before flying home to Oslo, an 18-inch knife was spotted in their luggage. Despite saying it was a stage prop, security officials wouldn’t accept it. The police took over and as they refused to arrest the whole band, one of the crew, named only as Trond took responsibility and was taken to jail. He was released later in the day having paid a fine.

In Court

1997. The trial in Michigan resulting from the murder of Motown songwriter Arthur Ross (Diana’s brother) and his wife Patricia Ann Robinson-Ross collapses after a key prosecution witness disappears. The man charged with their murder, Ricky Vernon Brooks is aquitted. The bodies of Ross and his wife were found at Brooks’ house on the outskirts of Detroit. Brooks maintained that he was not involved in suffocating the couple who had borrowed the house for a drug deal. Ross was facing trial resulting from drugs charges at the time of his death.

On The Road

2000. Sir Paul McCartney drops his rock & roll lifestyle to become chauffeur for the day. He donned a grey suit to drive his second cousin, Sally Harris to her wedding at a civil ceremony in Wallasey, Merseyside.

On Television

1965. Shindig (ABC, U.S.A.) Opening medley (song excerpts): Willy Nelson – “Long Tall Sally”; David Crosby and Roger McGuinn (of The Byrds) – “Long Tall Sally”; Righteous Brothers – “Sticks and Stones”; The Kingsmen, Billy Preston – “Good Golly Miss Molly”; The Byrds – “Not Fade Away”; Willy Nelson – “Jump Back”; Micki Lynn – “Crazy ’bout My Baby”; The Stoneman Family – “Lost Ball in the High Weeds”; Melinda Marx – “Is That What I Get for Loving You?” (Groucho’s daughter); The Kingsmen – “Louie, Louie”; Billy Preston – “Hey Hey Hey Hey”; Willy Nelson – “Shout”; Micki Lynn – “Old Landmark”; Dave Berry – “The Crying Game”; Adam Faith – “Message to Martha”; Jody Miller – “Queen of the House”; The Righteous Brothers – “Burn On Love”; The Byrds – “Mr. Tambourine Man; The Stoneman Family – “Big Ball In Monterey”; Dave Berry – “One Heart Between Two”; The Righteous Brothers – “Poison Ivy”; Jody Miller – “Saved”; Jean King (one of the Blossoms) – “Why Did I Choose You?”; The Everly Brothers – “I’ll Never Get Over You”; Finale: The Kingsmen – “Do the Climb”. According to my records, this is show 42, not 41 as stated on YouTube but I’m not complaining. You’ll find the whole hour-long show here in ten minute sections. Take the time to watch it all, it’s a fascinating glimpse of one of the best 60’s pop shows.


1997. Swedish pop star Ted Gardestad dies aged 41. He had represented the country in the 1979 Eurovision Song Contest. Despite having retired from the music biz in the ‘eighties, he made a successful comeback in 1995.


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