Today In Music, October 26th

From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Sunday 26th October):


1911. Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson born in New Orleans.

In Fashion

1991. Cher is declared “the World’s Worst Dressed Woman” of the past 30 years by fashion guru Richard Blackwell.

In Custody

1999. Thomas Cusick who’s written songs for Neil Diamond, Barry Manilow, Lionel Richie and most recently “Don’t You Go” for Ricky Martin surrenders to police in Philadelphia. After being charged with multiple counts of corruption of a minor, indecent assault and child endangerment he’s released on bail of $ 300,000. The charges follow allegations from one of Cusick’s adopted sons that he was abused. Investigations revealed that another four boys had suffered similar assaults. Over the years, the 47 year old had adopted or fostered 24 boys and 4 girls in Pennsylvania and New York. Many had been handled by Downey Side a well-respected agency which finds homes for difficult children in New York.

In Court

1964. Karl Denver (real name Angus Murdo McKenzie) appears in the Divorce Court in London to answer a maintenance summons. His ex-wife’s solicitors had been seeking a commital order but Mr. Justice Payne, presiding, refuses and adjourns the case to allow examination of Denver’s accounts. He orders the singer to continue to pay the arrears at the sum of £ 15 a week.

On Television

1999. Later… With Jools Holland (BBC-2, U.K.) 14.3. Madness; Pavement; Cheikh Lô (with Pee Wee Ellis On Flute); Richard Thompson; Tori Amos; Jimmy Scott. Here are Pavement with “Sinister Purpose” and “Folk Jam”.


1999. German pop star Rex Gildo (real name Ludwig Hirtreiter) dies from heart failure in a Munich hospital, three days after trying to commit suicide by jumping from the third-floor window of his apartment. He was 60.


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