From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Thursday 31st January):
1956. Johnny Rotten (Sex Pistols and Public Image Limited) born John Lydon in Finsbury Park, London.
1970. Ex-Bee Gee, Robin 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.
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.
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.
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”.
1980. Les Prior (Albertos Y Lost Trios Paranoias) dies of leukemia after a long illness.
Music Paper From Today
1970. The front cover of Disc and Music Echo dated today.
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