On This Day, Tuesday, July 3

Posted on 3rd Jul 2012 by ian under On This Day | No Comments »

Woman in Myanmar

Woo-hoo!  It’s Women’s Day in Myanmar!!!

Stuffed Great Auk GlasgowBut I somehow get the feeling that every other day in the year belongs to the blokes.

Myanmar, BTW, was formerly Burma, and it ranks 180 out of 183 on the Corruption Perceptions Index – which is indeed pretty rank – down there with stinky Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia.  New Zealand, Denmark and Finland top the charts with Australia equal 8 with Switzerland.

On this day in 1844 the last two Great Auks are killed in Iceland – Auks were huge flightless birds that mated for life and only giving birth to a single egg – they didn’t stand much chance when they were hunted for food, bait, feathers, eggs and as curios for museums and collectors.  You could say that the last two were stuffed from the get-go.

July 3 in 1956 was the day after Elvis Presley recorded Hound Dog and Don’t Be Cruel in New York City – why is that important?  Because on July 3 he hopped on a train that would take 27 hours to get him back to Memphis and listened to the acetate recordings over and over on his portable record player…

July 3 1956 Elvis on a train listening to acetate

The train stopped at Sheffield, Alabama and The King went for a chicken snack – and not a single person knew that it would have been a good investment to ask the 21yo to sign something…

July 3 1956 Elvis getting lunch at train station

To those born on this day…

Michael Cole Mod Squad 1973In 1943 the lead singer of The Seekers, Judith Durham, was born Judith Mavis Cock and for the first six years of her life lived in Durham Place in Rosebud, Victoria.  Guessing that would explain the name change…  Judy Cock just doesn’t cut it

In 1945 actor Michael Cole was born – in most parts of the world he is most famous for starring in TVs The Mod Squad but in Australia as the first person to say ‘shit’ on television (1973).  Obviously a tad ‘tired and emotional’ at the live Logie Awards he tried unsuccessfully to put a thank-you speech together and ended it with “…Oh shit…”  He and the Betty Ford Clinic later got up close and personal in the early 1990’s to get his drinking under control.

Jim Backus Gilligan's IslandOthers born on this day include Kiwi cricket great, Sir Richard Hadlee, in 1951… fine actor and part-time loop, Tom Cruise in 1962… and Wikileaker, Julian Assange, in 1971.

To those running down the curtain to join the choir invisible on July 3…

Jim Backus, most famous as Thurston Howell III on Gilligan’s Island and the voice of Mr Magoo died on this day in 1989.

And two tennis greats departed on this day – Lew Hoad in 1994 and Pancho Gonzales in 1995.

Brian Jones Rolling StonesOne of the original Rolling Stones, Brian Jones, proved beyond doubt that stones can’t float when he drowned in his swimming pool on this day in 1969 at the age of 27 – Bill Wyman said at the time “…He formed the band. He chose the members. He named the band. He chose the music we played. He got us gigs … Very influential, very important, and then slowly lost it – highly intelligent – and just kind of wasted it and blew it all away.”

The Doors lead singer, Jim Morrison, died on this day in 1971 also at the age of 27.  He was found dead in a hotel bathtub in Paris.  Because there was no evidence of foul play, French law dictates that there would be no autopsy.

Jim Morrison The DoorsThe most likely cause of death from hemorrhaging from snorting what he thought was cocaine but what was, in fact, heroin belonging to his girlfriend, Pamela Courson.  She died of a heroin dose three years later, also aged 27.

Wikipedia lists 43 members of the 27 Club (musos who died aged 27) and they also include Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Alan ‘Bind Owl’ Wilson (Canned Heat) – all in 1970; Ron ‘Pigpen’ McKernan (Grateful Dead) in 1973, Pete Ham (Badfinger) in 1975; Kurt Cobain in 1994 and last year, Amy Winehouse.

But my friends, those dear, departed idols will live on forever, thanks to vinyl…

Jim Morrison vinyl record

Janis Joplin vinyl records

Elvis Presley on Vinyl

Thank you very much, thank you very much...