Rat Pack

From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Saturday, 17th January):


1962. Susanna Hoffs (The Bangles) born in Newport Beach, California.

On The Road

1972. Highway 51 South in Memphis, Tennessee is renamed Elvis Presley Boulevard.

In Custody

1974. Singer Dino Martin (son of Dean) is arrested on suspicion of possession and sale of machine guns. He spends the night in custody before being released the next morning on $ 5,000 bail.

In Court

1980. Clarence Baker, manager of Misty appears at Barnet Magistrates Court charged with assaulting a policeman on the day of the Southall riots in April 1979. The incident is alleged to have taken place when police raided the People Unite Movement musicians co-operative after which Baker was left with a fractured skull and in a coma. The magistrate dismissed the case for lack of identification evidence.

After a suggestion published in “Sounds” dated January 19th (which hit the streets yesterday), the magistrate was inundated with telegrams from fans and campaigners expressing their views on the matter.

On Television

1980. Musikladen (ZDF, West Germany) 51. Citizen Band; Emily Woods; Gibson Brothers; Madness; Babe; Monotones; Sugarhill Gang; Rachel Sweet; Specials; Fiddler’s Delight; Marianne Faithfull; A La Carte; Citizen Gang; Matchbox. Here’s Marianne with “The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan”.


1970. R&B singer Billy Stewart (“Sitting In The Park”) and three of his band, The Soul Kings, die when the car they’re travelling in hits a bridge support and tumbles into the Neuse River in North Carolina. The car was a one-week old Ford Thunderbird that Stewart had planned to have serviced at their next stop, Columbia, South Carolina where they were booked for a gig.

The wheels were seen to wobble by the band’s manager who was travelling in a second car behind the others. It’s believed they locked up pulling the car into a bridge support. Stewart’s family later sued the Ford Motor Company, who settled before the case reached court.


Well, there goes the New Year resolution already. I went to bed this morning convinced I’d uploaded today’s blog. It seems that although I’d hit the “Publish” button, I’d shut down my browser before it uploaded or saved the contents. Anyway, better late than never – as they say!

Those of you who read this on a regular basis will know that I’ve been trying to clear out the Rockmine garage for some time now. This started with me listing stuff on eBay and then I moved things to Rockmine itself. Of late, I’ve been letting a dealer come and cherry-pick albums. Last week, he hit the singles and pulled out piles of interesting and obscure stuff.

I got a text from him today telling me he’s spent all the money he allocated for me, a situation we’ve all been in I suppose. One of the real gems he was going to take was a rare Scottish beat single from 1964 – The Boston Dexters – “You’ve Been Talking About Me” bw/ “Nothing’s Gonna Change Me”. It was released on Contemporary Recording CR 102. The copy is Excellent condition and I’m putting it up for sale later today on Rockmine. Strangely, I found the b-side on YouTube. Here it is:


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