From the Rockmine Almanac for today (October):
1948. Millie Small, of “My Boy Lollipop” fame, born in Clarendon, Jamaica.
1967. After a night in police custody, “Mama” Cass Elliot, appears at West London Magistrate’s Court charged with larceny. When the case is called, the prosecution offers no evidence against her and the magistrate, Mr. Seymour Collins, dismisses the charges. A warrant still exists for another unamed person who is thought to have actually taken the items. This individual was also left to settle the bill which remained unpaid. When undertakings are given by Cass that she’ll see to things, the prosecution also ask for the outstanding warrant to be dismissed.
1999. Country singer Johnny Rodriguez (47) appears in court for the first day of his murder trial in Uvalde, Texas. During the opening statements, his attourney, Jay Norton, tells the jury that he shot and killed Israel “Bosco” Borrego (26), a drinking buddy, in an act of self-defence, thinking he was an intruder at his mother’s house in Sabinal, Texas on August 29th 1998. He tells how Rodriguez saw a shadowy figure in the house at 4 a.m., took a pistol from a cushion on the couch and fired one shot, hitting Borrego in the abdomen. The 26 year old died several hours later.
Tony Hackebell, attourney for the prosecution has a different story to tell, saying that Rodriguez had invited Borrego to a late-night drinking party at a house across the street from his mother’s. The shooting had occured some time later when Borrego was cooking breakfast for Rodriguez.
1994. Glen Frey undergoes surgery at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for diverticulitis. As a result of being hospitalised, the second half of The Eagles‘ “Hell Freezes Over” tour is postponed until the New Year.
1968. The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (ABC, U.S.A.) Guest stars: Harry Belafonte, Cass Elliot. Here’s “Mama” Cass with a great version of “Dream A Little Dream”. I know she’s already had a mention today but thought this was too good a clip to miss.
1978. Australian pop star, Johnny O’Keefe dies in a Sydney hospital after a heart attack, aged 43. He is credited with being the first rock singer in Australia with a career that spanned performing and management over 26 years. He’s best remembered by the rest of the world as composer of “Real Wild Child” which has been covered by everyone from Buddy Holly to Iggy Pop.
My mood, which has been one of doom and gloom lately, has lifted a bit. My blog for the Two Red Shoes Ballroom has been linked to from the Northern Scot, the local newspaper for Elgin where the ballroom was. Add to that the fact that the daily paper for the area, the Press & Journal, has said they’ll cover the memorabilia exhibition that is meant to start this week in the Red Shoes Theatre – yes! it is the same building, which reopened last year – and you might see why I feel a bit happier.
After six months of being on, then off, then on again, it seems I will get to draw a line under this at long last. I know you can stage an exhibition of memorabilia anywhere but it seemed that such a famous venue was the ideal place to hold it. While I don’t have any memorabilia that links directly to the ballroom, I do have memorabilia for most of the bands that played there.
The Animals hit, “House Of the Rising Sun”, entered the chart on the day the band played Elgin and I’ve got the gold disc presented to Hilton Valentine. Unlike modern awards discs which are just vinyl records plated (and often discs by other artists!) this is a gold plated pressing master for the single. A totally awesome piece of pop history. I’d love to have a handbill for Pink Floyd when they played to 12 people in the Two Red Shoes but I’ve got a flyer for the Love-In Festival just over a week later when they went out on stage in front of 10,000!
Anyway, I’ll be heading north tomorrow to hang the exhibition and will be putting a virtual version online at the same time. So, watch this space.
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