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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Thursday 11th September):

Birth

1958. Mick Talbot (Merton Parkas, The Style Council) born in London, England.

In Court

1997. Toy makers Mattel (home to Barbie and G.I. Joe) file a lawsuit against MCA Records, Universal Music and other related distribution companies in the Superior Court for the County Of Los Angeles. The suit claims trademark infringement and unfair competition and relates to the tune, “Barbie Girl” on the Danish pop group Aqua‘s album, “Aquarium”. They also claim that lines like “You can brush my hair, undress me anywhere” link “sexual and other unsavory themes” with the much loved doll

Mattel is seeking the return of all CDs, tapes and videos containg the track and the destruction of all promotional materials carrying the track title in “the Barbie-pink colors”. They are also seeking unspecified damages and court costs. Strangely, Aqua are not directly named in the suit.

MCA will later countersue but when the case comes to court in 1998, the judge rules that Aqua’s song was merely a parody of a much loved institution and did not seek to benefit from Barbie’s good name.

In Hospital

2002. Marie Fredriksson of the Swedish duo Roxette faints and hits her head against a sink at her home in Stockholm. The singer was taken to Karolinska Hospital where tests found a small tumour in the back of her head.

In The Press

1993. The Sun publishes an exclusive with the shocking headline “Telly Una: I Had Fling With Cliff And My Husband Knew”. The expose was by Una Stubbs, the much loved English actress who was star of “Till Death Us Do Part” in the 1960s and later “Give Us A Clue”.

Una explained that she met Cliff Richard in 1962 when he asked the casting director to include her in the film, “Summer Holiday” after seeing her audition. While the pair became friends instantly, it was two years later that it blossomed into a romance on the Canary Islands while they were filming “Wonderful Life”. Una went on say “Even my closest friends did not know about it”. The romance ended as Cliff was unwilling to ruin Una’s marriage to actor Peter Gilmore.

On Television

1991. Late Night With David Letterman (CBS, U.S.A.) Musical guests: Pere Ubu performing “Oh Catherine”. David goes out of his way before and after the song to point out that the band paid for themselves to appear on the show. (6m 21s)

Death

1987. Peter Tosh is shot dead during a robbery at his house in Kingston, Jamaica. He was 42 years old.

 

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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Tuesday 6th May):

Birth

1942. Colin Earl (Mungo Jerry) born in London, England.

On Tour

1966. The Who start an Irish tour which includes Dublin’s National Stadium. Republican groups warn the band they are liable to be blown up if they take the stage wearing their customary Union Jack jackets. Luckily the band have ordered new jackets in the green, gold and white of the Irish flag. Police take the threats seriously enough to guard the group onstage and off.

In Court

1997. A judge in Newark, New Jersey grants an injunction filed by a lawyer acting for Marilyn Manson, Ozzy Osbourne and the promoters of Ozzfest that should force the Meadowlands Arena to allow the sale of tickets for the upcoming festival. The arena had refused to sell tickets or allow the show to go ahead unless Marilyn Manson was removed from the bill. There has been no announcement as to when tickets will be made available but its thought that Meadowlands will appeal.

In Politics

1993. The Newbury bi-election to the British parliament is held. One of the candidates, Colin Palmer, standing for the 21st Century Party has based his political beliefs on the work of Pink Floyd. He is not elected.

On Television

1979. Rockpalast (WDR, Germany) Rory Gallagher; Frankie Miller & Band (Maifestspiele Wiesbaden). Here’s Rory with “Last Of The Independents”, a brief taste of just how brilliant the man was. Watch out for the bottleneck playing near the end and his fingerwork during it. This is electric blues guitar at its very best!

Death

1969. Don Drummond (The Skatalites) dies in Bellevue Asylum, Kingston, Jamaica.

 

 

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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (April):

Birth

1937. Arranger and producer Jack Nitzsche born in Chicago, Illinois.

On Stage

1978. Bob Marley headlines the One Love peace concert in Kingston, Jamaica. In an effort to bring together the island’s different factions he is joined onstage by the Prime Minister, Michael Manley and leader of the opposition, Edward Seaga. All proceeds from the event go to unemployed street kids.

In Court

1988. Mick Jagger is back in the Federal Court in White Plains, New York State for the copyright infringement case brought against him by reggae songwriter Patrick Alley. This time he treats the court to several live performances and plays demos of the song “Just Another Night” in its different stages of completion to show how it had evolved.

At The Barber Shop

1964. Wallace Scowcroft, president of the National Association Of Hairdressers, offers a free haircut to the next group or soloist to top the charts in an attempt to improve the styles sported by bands. He says, “The Rolling Stones are the worst. One of them looks like he’s got a feather duster on his head”.

In Church.

1999. Sinead O’Connor is ordained into the priesthood by a renegade catholic bishop. She is given the name Mother Bernadette Mary in a ceremony at the Marian shrine in Lourdes, France. The ordination is not acknowledged by the Roman Catholic Church which does not allow women into the priesthood. It was carried out by Bishop Michael Cox who recently founded the Latin Tridentine Church, a sect based in Palmar de Troya in Spain.

On Television

2006. Parkinson (ITV, U.K.) – George Michael performs “Everything She Wants”.

Death

1998. Tejano singer Eloy Bernal (61) dies when the bus he is driving overturns in a ditch in Corpus Christie, Texas. It’s thought he had fallen asleep at the wheel. His fatal injuries are caused when he is thrown through the windscreen as the bus hits the ditch. His daughter Rita (23) and son, Edward (27), both members of his band, are injured during the accident.

 
 

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