Aloysius Gordon

Aloysius "Lucky" Gordon (5 July 1931 – 15 March 2017) was a British-based Jamaican jazz singer who came to public attention during the Profumo Affair. He arrived in Scotland from Jamaica in 1948,[1] and moved to London after a few days.

Aloysius Gordon
Born5 July 1931
Died15 March 2017 (aged 85)
London
NationalityJamaican
Other namesCasbah
Occupationjazz singer, chef
Known forProfumo affair

Early years

Aloysius "Lucky" Gordon was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and stowed away to Britain in 1947, according to his account to the Jamaica Observer in a 1998 interview.[2][3]

Profumo affair

Joining his brother "Syco" Gordon on the London jazz scene, Lucky Gordon became involved with nightclub hostess Christine Keeler, a relationship that ended acrimoniously. According to Keeler, he assaulted her in the street and held her hostage for two days. Keeler sought the protection of another lover, Johnny Edgecombe, which culminated in a public fight between Edgecombe and Gordon at the Flamingo Club in Wardour Street in October 1962. Gordon required 17 stitches after Edgecombe slit his face with a knife. He later posted the 17 used stitches to Keeler and warned her that for each stitch he had sent she would get two on her face in return.[4]

Edgecombe's frustrations in seeking protection from Keeler following this fight led to the shooting at Stephen Ward's flat in December 1962 that set in motion a chain of events that would eventually result in the public revelations of the Profumo Affair.[5]

In June 1963, Gordon was jailed for three years for assaulting Keeler, but she subsequently withdrew her accusations, and was convicted for perjury in December 1963.[4]

Musical career

Gordon later worked as a cook at Island Records' Notting Hill studios (later Sarm West Studios),[6] his employers including Bob Marley.[4] It was while working at the latter in the mid-1980s that Gordon contributed "skank" vocalsto a cover version of "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" by pop duo Act (under the name of "Casbah"),[6] and a rare vocal mixof the Art of Noise's "Moments in Love", both for ZTT Records.[7]

Gordon died on 15 March 2017, aged 85.[8]

Cultural references

References

  1. ^ "Lucky Gordon and the Profumo Affair". Itzcaribbean.com. 28 March 2006. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  2. ^ Howard Campbell, "50 years since scandal that forced out a prime minister", Jamaica Observer, 18 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Jamaican in infamous Profumo Affair that toppled British Gov’t is dead", Jamaica Observer, 27 March 2017.
  4. ^ a b c "The Flamingo Club in Wardour Street and the fight between Johnny Edgecombe and Lucky Gordon". Nickelinthemachine.com. 7 June 2009. Retrieved 2010-09-30.
  5. ^ "Johnny Edgecombe fired the gunshots that precipitated the Profumo affair of the 1960s". The Daily Telegraph. 5 October 2010. Archived from the original on 7 October 2010. Retrieved 6 October 2010.
  6. ^ a b "'Casbah'". discogs.com. 5 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-05.
  7. ^ Zang Tuum Tumb Discography.
  8. ^ Salewicz, Chris (24 March 2017). "Lucky Gordon obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 March 2017.

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1931

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1933 Birthday Honours

The King's Birthday Honours 1933 were appointments by King George V to various orders and honours to reward and highlight good works by members of the British Empire.

The appointments were made to celebrate the official birthday of The King. They were published on 3 June 1933.The recipients of honours are displayed here as they were styled before their new honour, and arranged by honour, with classes (Knight, Knight Grand Cross, etc.) and then divisions (Military, Civil, etc.) as appropriate.

Deaths in March 2017

The following is a list of notable deaths in March 2017.

Entries for each day are listed alphabetically by surname. A typical entry lists information in the following sequence:

Name, age, country of citizenship at birth, subsequent country of citizenship (if applicable), reason for notability, cause of death (if known), and reference.

List of people known as Lucky or the Lucky

The epithet Lucky or the Lucky may refer to:

People:

Dietrich, Count of Oldenburg (c. 1398-1440), also known as Theodoric the Lucky

Elias Jackson Lucky Baldwin (1828-1909), American businessman and investor

Leif Erikson (c. 970–c. 1020), Norse explorer also known as Leif the Lucky

Eugene B. Fluckey (1913–2007), US Navy rear admiral and World War II submarine commander

Aloysius Gordon, jazz pianist and singer involved in the Profumo Affair political scandal

Leo Lucky Grills (1928-2007), Australian character actor

Anthony Joseph Lucky Isibor (born 1977), Nigerian footballer

Charles Lindbergh (1902-1974), American aviator, author, inventor, explorer and social activist nicknamed "Lucky Lindy"

Charlie Lucky Luciano (1897-1962), Italian-American mobster

Lucius Venable Lucky Millinder (1910-1966), American rhythm and blues and swing bandleader

Eli Lucky Thompson (1924-2005), American jazz saxophonist

Charles Weeghman (1874-1938), one of the founders of the short-lived baseball Federal League

Lucky Starr, stage name of singer Leslie Morrison

Lucky Yates (born 1967), American actor and comedian best known for voicing Dr. Krieger in the animated sitcom ArcherFictional characters:

Lucky Luke, main character of a humorous comics series with the same name

Lucas Lorenzo Lucky Spencer, from the soap opera General Hospital

the protagonist of the Lucky Starr series of juvenile science fiction novels by Isaac Asimov

Ojo the Lucky, in the Oz book series by L. Frank Baum

The Flamingo Club

The Flamingo Club was a nightclub in Soho, London, between 1952 and 1967. It was located at 33–37 Wardour Street from 1957 onwards and played an important role in the development of British rhythm and blues and jazz. During the 1960s, the Flamingo was one of the first clubs to employ fully amplified stage sound and used sound systems provided by ska musicians from the Caribbean. The club had a wide social appeal and was a favourite haunt for musicians, including the Beatles.

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