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)
When two strangers said to my shock, "You're on the wrong block"
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.