From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Monday 21st July):
1945. Mike Wilsh (The Four Pennies) born in Stoke On Trent, England.
1963. The Beatles appear at Blackpool’s Queens Theatre. Police are called to deal with the crowd of 4,000 in the street outside who couldn’t get tickets. Because of the fans, the band make it into the theatre across the rooftop from an adjoining building.
1997. Police are called in to investigate after Whitney Houston is taken to a hospital on the island of Capri with a deep cut on her face. She and Bobby Brown have been sailing the Medirranean in a yacht and have just arrived on the island. The soul diva said she’d gashed her face while diving near rocks but a member of the yacht’s crew said she’d received the cut on board.
1997. C. Delores Tucker, lobbying against gansta-rap lyrics files a lawsuit against the estate of Tupac Shakur alleging intentional infliction of emotional distress, slander and invasion of privacy relating to lyrics about her on Shakur’s last album.
1973. Disco (ZDF, West Germany) 31. The Tremeloes; Rebekka; Alice Cooper; Wolfgang; Millie; Ricky Shayne; Love Generation; Dawn; Michael Holm; Oliver Onions; Daisy Door.
2002. Producer Gus Dudgeon (59) and his wife, Sheila die in the early hours of the morning when their Jaguar XK8 leaves the M4 motorway near Reading and crashes into a concrete embankment 20 feet below. Dudgeon had worked with a wide variety of artists from Joan Armatrading to XTC over the years but he’s best known for his work with Elton John. His production credits for Elton include the classics, “Your Song”, “Goodye Yellow Brick Road”, “Candle In The Wind” and “I’m Still Standing”. In a statement on his web site, Elton said, “I am devastated by the tragic news about Gus Dudgeon”. He went on to describe him as “an incredibly talented producer and a very dear friend for many years” adding, “I will miss him terribly”.
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