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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Monday, 5th January):

Birth

1923. Sam Phillips, founder of Sun Records, born in Florence, Alabama.

On Tour

1982. The Addicts are scheduled to be part of the line-up at London’s 100 Club tonight but are forced to drop out at the last minute after drummer Kid Dee (real name Michael Davison) breaks his collar bone while pogo-ing in the snow before the gig.

In Court

2000. One of Sean “Puffy” Combs entourage is indicted with attempted murder following a nightclub shooting in New York’s Times Square on December 27th. 21 year old Jamail “Shyne” Barrow is alleged to have shot and injured three people after a dispute. Barrow is also charged with assault, recless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon. His lawyer, Murray Richman, sad the indictment had been expected and they would be defending the charges.

In Hospital

1987. Elton John is admitted to a hospital in Sydney, Australia for treatment of a non-malignent leison on his vocal chords. He is ordered not to speak for a while and cancels all remaining concerts of his world tour.

On Television

2006. The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS, U.S.A.) 219. Guests include: Aimee Mann singing “She Really Wants You”.

Death

1998. Congressman Sonny Bono dies aged 62 in a skiing accident at the Heavenly Ski Resort in South Lake Tahoe, California. Cher‘s one-time partner in Sonny & Cher was reported missing at 5 p.m. and was found by a ski patrol two hours later.

 

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

Birth

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”.

Death

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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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Tuesday 9th September):

Birth

1941. Russell Hardy (Kilburn And The High Roads) born in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.

On Stage

2003. Dizzee Rascal wins this year’s Mercury Music prize for his album, “Boy In da Corner”. The teenager was up against stiff opposition from Athlete’s “Vehicles And Animals”, Coldplay’s “Rush Of Blood To The Head”, Radiohead’s “Hail To The Thief” and The Darkness’s “Permission To Land” amongst others.

In Court

1980. Cher is fined $ 180 for singing too loudly. Nevada State officials find that her performance, at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas on July 3rd, reached 115 decibels. This broke the state’s maximum limit of 90 decibels. Strangely, the complaint wasn’t brought by officials or disgruntled fans but by the American Musicians Union, which wants noise levels reduced to protect the hearing of its members.

In Hospital

1997. Bluesman Junior Wells slips into a coma in a Chicago hospital. He had been undergoing treatment for lymphoma but suffered a heart attack four days ago.

On Television

1997. The Rosie O’Donnell Show (Syndicated, U.S.A.) Guests include The Bee Gees performing “This Is Where I came In”. 4m 32s.

Death

1979. Two members of a pop group playing a residency at Pontin’s Holiday Camp in Brixham, Devon, die whilst swimming at Newquay, Cornwall. Terry Hughes (22) and Michael Lemon (21) were seen by two girls as they waded in into choppy seas. After the men had disappeared, the girls ran for help but their bodies were later washed ashore.

 

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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Tuesday 8th July):

Birth

1961. Andy Fletcher (Depeche Mode) born in Basildon, Essex.

On Tour

1999. Tonight’s Celine Dion concert at Edinburgh’s Murrayfield Stadium is slated in the press after it’s revealed that 12 children from the city who took part in the concert had to beg for free passes to the show.

Although it’s thought that the singer, who visited the children’s dressing room and signed autographs for them, knew nothing about it, the promoter insisted parents had to pay £ 35 each if they wanted to see the children on stage. Those who refused were only allowed to hear the performance.

In Custody

1986. Boy George‘s brother, Kevin O’Dowd, and pop singer Marilyn are arrested and charged after a series of morning raids by Paddington Green drugs squad officers. Kevin O’Dowd is charged, along with Anna Tinmaung, Steven Luben and Diane Fiener, with conspiring to supply Boy George with heroin. Marilyn is charged with unlawful possession of heroin.

Culture Club drummer, John Moss is arrested but released without charge after questioning. Another of George’s friends, the flamboyant nightclub owner, Phil Sallon, is also taken to Paddington Green but later released without charge. The whereabouts of Boy George are unknown. It’s thought he’s travelling to New York or is already there. The five who have been charged will appear in Marylebone Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.

In Court

1974. Sonny & Cher‘s divorce wrangles, which are continuing in the courtroom and the full glare of the media, take a bizzare turn today. Sonny is recording in the studio in town when Cher moves back into the couple’s Holmby Hills mansion.

Sonny has already told the court that her return would interfere with his work and day to day living but this isn’t Cher coming back to share. She moves in with daughter Chastity, a secretary, a bodyguard and her new boyfriend, David Geffen. Sonny gives in and takes up residence at The Beverly Hills Hotel. As for the divorce? It won’t be finalised until June 26th next year!

On Television

1992. Late Night With David Letterman (CBS, U.S.A.) Show #1655. Musical guest: Lindsey Buckingham with “Countdown”.

Death

1991. Orchestra leader Geoff Love (Manuel And His Music Of The Mountains) dies aged 73.

 

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