Nearly saw The Beat before they hit the big time but I was still at school and wasn't sure if I could get home afterwards, so I didn't go. A couple of mates who went raved about the gig for days afterwards. Been kicking myself ever since. Ranking Roger was a big part of their energy and a very identifiable presence in the band. So sad to see we have lost him. RIP.
name-checked with BB King in the Beatles' throwaway number Dig It
While not to be compared with late-period Beatles verbal scribble, she was one of six late-fifties icons name-checked in the Grease song "Look at me I'm Sandra Dee", and the last to die (the first, Elvis, died the day before the song was filmed)
Also name-checked in the Wham hit Wake Me Up Before You Go Go. You know you're famous when you get name-checked in a song and everyone instantly pictures your face. Does anyone remember a tawdry tabloid tale a few years back (totally untrue, of course) which suggested she had become a bag-lady? Ridiculous, but people actually believed it. Anyway, RIP Doris Day, forever linked to that halcyon wholesome 50s Americana which probably only really existed on 35mm film.