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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Thursday 31st January):


Birth

1956. Johnny Rotten (Sex Pistols and Public Image Limited) born John Lydon in Finsbury Park, London.


On Tour

1970. Ex-Bee GeeRobin Gibb‘s performance at a non-stop two day pop festival is cut short after only 30 minutes when fans break through fences and mob the stage. The singer, now pursuing a solo career, is taken away in an armoured van while security guards grapple with the fans. He had been paid $ 10,000 New Zealand (approx. £ 5,000) for a 90 minute set at the Redwood Park Festival in Swanson, a suburb of Aukland. He completed the set the next night after organisers appealed to fans for calm. No chances were being taken as he appeared with two security men on stage and four guard dogs in the wings.


In Court

1992. An inquest in Guildford, Surrey hears Eric Clapton tell how his son, Conor Clapton, died last year in a fall from the 53rd floor flat in New York where he lived with his mother Lori Del Santo. A pathologist’s report likened the impact of the fall to being hit by a car travelling at 100 m.p.h. Coroner Michael Burgess records a verdict of accidental death.


In Hospital

1966. Heinz has an emergency operation for appendicitis at St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London. It’s thought the 23 year old singer will be out of action for three or four weeks. A Scottish tour, due to start next week, has been cancelled and all other concert dates put on hold.


On Television

1986. Half Man Half Biscuit pull out of a scheduled appearance on “The Tube” tonight to watch their football team, Fourth Division Tranmere play Scunthorpe. Producers of the Channel 4 pop show offered to fly the group back to the studio for their set or video tape the game but singer Nigel Blackwell said, “We’d love to do ‘The Tube’ but there’s no way I could miss a Tranmere home match”.


Death

1980. Les Prior (Albertos Y Lost Trios Paranoias) dies of leukemia after a long illness.


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1970. The front cover of Disc and Music Echo dated today.


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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Wednesday 30th January):


Birth

1959. Mark Eitzel (American Music Club) born in Walnut Creek, California.


On Tour

1973. Kiss make their live debut at the Coventry Club in Queens, New York. Although they’re wearing makeup it’s more in the vein of the New York Dolls than what we’ll later come to know and love.


In Court

1998. Toni Braxton files for bankruptcy protection in a Los Angeles court. The move follows a suit she filed against her record label, LaFace Records, eight weeks ago aimed at getting out of her contract which limits her to less than 35 cents an album, far less than other platinum selling artists. The bankruptcy protection allows her to void any contract that pays her less than market rates and is the same tactic used by TLC in their dispute with LaFace in 1995. TLC won in the end, forcing LaFace to pay them a multi-million dollar advance or lose them.


In Hospital

1977. Roy Harper is hospitalised with toxoplasmosis, reportedly after giving a sheep the kiss of life.


On Television

1988. “Saturday Night Live” (U.S.A.) with musical guest Robbie Robertson.


Death

1982. Sam “Lightnin” Hopkins dies of cancer in Houston, Texas, aged 69.


Music Paper From Today
 
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1971. The front cover of Disc and Music Echo dated today. 
 


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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Tuesday 29th January):


Birth

1944. One time Rolling Stones manager and Immediate label boss, Andrew Loog Oldham born.


On Stage

1998. Paul Simon‘s first musical, “The Capeman” premieres on Broadway in New York. It’s the story of 16 year old Salvadore Agron who stabbed two other kids in 1959 in Hell’s Kitchen, only blocks away from the theatre. About 60 protestors from Parents Of Murdered Children stage a demonstration outside the theatre urging people to boycott the show.


In Court

1986. At the end of a High Court case lasting more than six months, Elton John and Bernie Taupin are awarded £ 5 million in back royalty payments from Dick James Music. Although the court found in their favour for that aspect of the case, their allegation that their 1967 contracts were unfair and signed under “undue influence” was not upheld.


On The Road

1982. Gary Numan runs out of fuel in his Cessna Centurion aircraft and makes a crash landing on the A 3051 road at Botley near Southampton. The 23 year old singer and three passengers, including his father, escaped injury. They were flying back to Eastleigh Airport after attending the MIDEM convention in Cannes, France but ran into trouble with only miles to go. Numan decided to ditch in a field but overshot and, in avoiding a cottage, ended up on the road. Cars were forced to brake to avoid an accident but no-one was hurt.


On Television

1983. Sight and Sound In Concert (U.K.) – UB. 40.


Death

1992. Blues legend Willie Dixon dies of a heart attack in Burbank, California.


Daily Babble

Late getting the blog online today. Spent most of the time trying to sift through the wreckage of a hard drive for my most up-to-date version of The Rockmine Almanac. I had been building it on my Mac Mini until the hard drive died back in July. Even now, I’m managing to rescue files from it. The good news is that I found a spreadsheet of events that I’d mislaid – with 59,000 entries on it!
 
I’m also trying to get my spreadsheet of TV listings up to date. Due to some compatibility problem, large entries in fields have been turned to strange symbols and the original data seems to be lost. Thankfully, everything is backed up to text files but I’ll still need to take every text file and add them all to a new spreadsheet. The last one had 10,498 listings (excluding Top Of The Pops). It will be intriguing to see how large it is when it’s fully compiled.
 
The other day, I managed to find a pic of John Lennon’s Austin Maxi after it had been taken to Tittenhurst Park. It was on an Austin Rover site but the owner didn’t know where the image had come from. As a result, I thought I’d drop it in to the page on my site about John and the Lawson Memorial Hospital autograph. It adds to the confusion a bit though. There are stories that the car was set on a plinth in the gardens and also that it was crushed. This is either pre both events or there’s no substance to either story.
 

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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Monday 28th January):


Birth

1945. Robert Wyatt born in Bristol, England.


On Tour

1968. The Small Faces, The Who and singer Paul Jones are thrown off a plane travelling from Adelaide to Sydney. The pilot radios ahead to Melbourne where he makes an unscheduled stop to decant the pop stars who are met by police. An airline official said the groups had been drinking, abused a passenger and reduced at least one hostess to tears. The stars and their entourage – 19 in total – were delayed three hours before being allowed to continue their journey accompanied by security men. Paul Jones said the trouble had started because they had been ignored while other passengers were being served by hostesses. He went on to say that he had been called a “scruffy little man” by one and insisted he saw no signs of any damage.


In Court

1968. Unaware of her husband’s problems on the other side of the world, Roger Daltrey‘s wife Jacqueline sues for divorce. Up to this point, fans were unaware that he had been married for four years with a three year old son.


In Hospital

1984. Michael Jackson leaves the Brotman Memorial Hospital after treatment for his scalp burns. Media coverage of his accident boosts sales of “Thriller” by 700,000 in a few weeks, a remarkable feat for a 13 month old album. Aides to the mega-star announce they will make a film of the accident available to dispell any rumours surrounding it.


On Television

1956. Elvis Presley makes his national television debut on the Dorsey Brothers’ “Stage Show” presented by Jackie Gleason on CBS. CBS are inundated with phone calls and letters about the performance during which Gleason describes Elvis as “behaving like a sex maniac”.


Death

1983. Billy Fury is found unconscious at his home in London’s St. John’s Wood by his girlfriend, Lisa and his manager, Tony Reid. He is taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in West London but dies from a heart attack soon after.


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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Saturday 26th January):

Birth

1957. Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen) born in Nijmegen, Holland.


On Tour

1970. After five consecutive shows at the Civic Auditorium in Honolulu, Hawaii, Tom Constanten quits The Grateful Dead. No-one tries to talk him out of it.


In Court

1973. 23 year old Stuart Alan Brasier becomes the first person in Britain to be convicted of a crime under the Dramatic And Musical Performers Act for bootlegging live performances by pop/rock groups. He’s fined £ 480 at a court in Wolverhampton and ordered to pay it before finishing a jail sentence, or face three months being added to his term. Although Brasier’s tapes had been sent as far as Australia, his lawyer said he was still to make a profit. Only £ 99.50 had been made from the sale of the illegal recordings but the equipment had cost £ 170.00.


In Hospital

1965. Freddie Garrity (Freddie And The Dreamers) and his road manager, Norman Ball, are injured when their car, driven by Ball, is in collision with another in Manchester. Both men are taken to hospital suffering from head injuries. Freddie is released the same day after treatment.


On Television

1958. The Ed Sullivan Show (U.S.A.) – Ted Lewis – “Stepping Out With A Memory”, “K-K-K-Katy”, “Tiger Rag”; Billie Myles – “The Joker”; Duke University Glee Club – “Prayer”, “Alma Mater”; Jimmie Rodgers – “Oh, Oh, I’m Falling In Love”, “Long Hot Summer”; Buddy Holly & The Crickets – “Oh Boy”.
 
Buddy Holly had been booked to perform two songs but during rehearsals Ed Sullivan said that “Oh Boy” was too raunchy to be included in the show. Buddy insisted and was cut to one number with poor lighting and a lower volume than normal. During the performance there’s obvious tension with Holly seeming angry and agitated, possibly due to being introduced as Buddy Holled!  


Death

1998. Blues drummer S.P. Leary dies in a Chicago hospital from cancer aged 67.


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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Friday 25th January):


Birth

1949. Punk poet John Cooper Clark born in Salford, Manchester.


On The Road

1961. Bob Dylan travels to Greystone Hospital in New York to see his idol, Woody Guthrie. In the next few days (probably the 27th) he visits Woody’s home in Howard’s Beach. Despite Guthrie’s wife, Marjorie, not being at home he blags his way in and spends some time teaching young Arlo Guthrie some harmonica.


In Court

1971. George Harrison‘s solicitor, Mr. Martin Polden, appears on his behalf at Wells Street Magistrates Court to plead guilty to a charge of “driving without reasonable consideration”. The guitarist is charged with driving his Mercedes into the legs of a policeman who had signalled him to stop in West London on September 3rd 1969. Magistrate Iain Mclean, presiding, postpones sentence until February 23rd to allow George time to find his driving licence which has been lost.


In Hospital

1971. “god” (with a lower case “g” for humility) is born at French Hospital in San Francisco. Parents Grace Slick and Paul Kantner may not have intended things that way but after a painful labour with only one valium that’s the name Grace tells the nurse anxious to fill up the new baby certificate that the hospital gives every mum post delivery. After Grace tells the nurse, the nurse calls the “San Francisco Chronicle” to expose the blasphemy. When the time comes to register the birth, the baby girl is given her intended name of China. Even with China, Grace couldn’t win. The press pointed out that Michelle Phillips had previously called her daughter, “Chynna”. Years later, in her autobiography, “Somebody To Love?”, Grace says if she’d known about Chynna, she’d probably have called China, “Xlopdy”.


In The Press

2001. The issue of “Nature” magazine published today describes the discovery of a “bizarre predatory dinosaur” found recently on Madagascar by Professor Scott Sampson of Utah University and his team of palaeontologists. The creature, which lived between 65 and 70 million years ago stood about 3 feet high and weighed about 80 lbs. It has been named Masiakasaurus knopfleri. Masiaka means vicious in Malagasy; saurus, of course, is Greek for lizard and knopfleri is in honour of Mark Knopfler whose music the team were listening to when they found the fossils. The exact dates of the discovery and subsequent naming are unknown. On hearing of the honour yesterday, Knopfler is quoted as saying, “I’m really delighted. It’s a very special honour. The fact that it’s a dinosaur is certainly apt.” and “I’m happy to report that I’m not in the least bit vicious”.


Death

1986. Albert Grossman who managed Bob Dylan and Janis Joplin dies from a heart attack during a flight to London.


Daily Babble

Finally got something on eBay for the first time in more than 6 months! The tankard I discovered hidden in the dining room a few days ago has been polished up and is online.
 
In case you didn’t see that days blog, it was presented by Island Studios in London to engineer Brian Humphries when he left to work for Pink Floyd at their Britannia Row Studios.



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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Thursday 24th January):


Birth

1947. Warren Zevon born in Chicago, Illinois.


On Tour

1982. UFO‘s tour date for tonight should have been Cardiff’s Sophia Gardens but was changed to the city’s Top Rank after the roof of Sophia Gardens collapsed under the weight of snow two weeks ago.


In Court

1979. Mick Jagger wins a possession order, for his gardener’s cottage, at the High Court in London. Mick has been trying to sell his estate at Newbury, Berkshire, for £ 200,000 but has been unable to finalise it as the gardener, Raymond White, has refused to move out. The sale will now go ahead although the singer has said he will not enforce the order for 28 days.

Meanwhile, in a Los Angeles court, a judge rules that Mick is the father of an 8 year old girl born to actress Marsha Hunt. The ruling is heard in a closed hearing attended only by lawyers acting for the parties involved. Details of the settlement for child support will not be released.


In Hospital

2002. Freddy Fender (real name Baldemar Huerta) undergoes a kidney transplant at University Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. The 64 year old singer/songwriter has diabetes, which could be the cause of the kidney failure. The kidney used in the two hour procedure was donated by Fender’s 21 year old daughter Marla Huerta Garcia who had it removed earlier in the day. Fender is expected to remain in hospital for up to a week. His daughter will be released in a day or two.


On Television

Top Of The Pops (U.K.) – Presented by Jimmy Saville featuring Andy Williams – Solitaire; Golden Earring – Radar Love; Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes – The Love I Lost (Pan’s People dance to the disc); Lulu – The Man Who Sold The World; Medicine Head – Slip & Slide; Mud – Tiger Feet; Stevie Wonder – Livin’ For The City (Pan’s People dance to the disc); Suzi Quatro – Devil Gate Drive; The Stylistics – Rock ‘n’ Roll Baby (Pan’s People dance to the disc); The Sweet – Teenage Rampage. 


On The Strip

1980. A billboard is erected on Sunset Strip in Los Angeles to promote Pink Floyd‘s “The Wall”. Every day workmen add another brick until the wall is complete.


Death

1986. George McCrae (“Rock Your Baby”) dies of cancer.


Daily Babble
 
After weeks of promising myself I’d update the John Lennon Lawson Memorial Autograph page on my site, I finally got it done last night. I’ve covered the event in far more detail so even if you’re not interested in buying it, check it out for the full story.  
 
 
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