The circumstances of this beating have never been widely disclosed but many feel that Roulette Records Mogul Morris Levy had ordered the "hit". (All of Jimmie's previous hits were recorded for the Roulette record label … but his latest release came out on the A&M record label.)
We have covered this incident several times in Forgotten Hits … in fact, we talked with Jimmie's son several years ago when his dad went in for surgery to successfully have the metal plate in his head removed as it had developed some type of toxic leakage going into Jimmie's brain. A tragic, tragic tale of rock and roll.
Talks of a Jimmie Rodgers bio-pic have floated around for years … maybe now that Tommy James has come forward with his tale of the ways and means of Morris Levy and his extended "family" … and Morris has passed on … it's finally time to tell the REAL Jimmie Rodgers story. (And then maybe they can finally tell us what really happened to Bobby Fuller!!!)
The Jimi Hendrix Experience releases their second album, "Axis: Bold As Love".
Great Britain's Monkees Monthly reports that The Monkees will take the month of January off before starting work on their first full-length feature film ("Head"). After the incredible year they had in 1967, they deserve it. But the truth is, 1967 WAS their year … the bubble burst pretty quickly after this, especially once the tv series was cancelled. Incredibly (and much to the surprise ... and great dismay ... of all the doubters at the time who wrote The Monkees off as nothing more than a carefully calculated and created merchandising machine) dozens of reformations since then have kept the band and their music alive for the past 50 years. It's fun, feel good rock and roll … and, thanks to the magic of television, they haven't aged a bit!
The RMS Queen Mary is retired.