Today In Music, January 16th

From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Wednesday 16th January):


1959. Sade born Helen Folasade Adu in Ibadan, Nigeria.

On Tour

1980. Paul McCartney is arrested and charged with smuggling and possession of half a pound of marijuana on arrival at Tokyo Airport for a tour of Japan.

In Court

1995. Jimmy Page ends his nine-year marriage to wife Patricia after a “quickie” divorce in the Family Division of The High Court. Details of the settlement or who brought the petition remain secret although it has been revealed that there will be a High Court battle for custody of the couple’s five year old son.

In The Air

1996. Jamaican customs officials open fire on Jimmy Buffett‘s seaplane as it takes off from Montego Bay mistaking it for a drug trafficker’s plane. Bono and Island Records boss Chris Blackwell are travelling with Buffett but no one is hurt.

On Television

1971. American Bandstand (U.S.A.) with King Floyd, The Bugaloos, Ike & Tina Turner.


1972. Ross Bagdasarian, the voice of The Chipmunks dies aged 52.

Now Playing

Christian Fennesz, Ryuichi Sakamoto – “Cendre” (2007)

An ambient classic. Sakamoto’s brooding, beautifully leaden piano woven through a huge complexity of electronic sounds. Fennesz builds a deep thick piled carpet of sound with an underlay of white and pink noise, carefully adding sounds so disparate they should never fit together. Strangely, nothing jars.

Some ambient music is nothing more than wallpaper, you listen without hearing. This is far from that. It draws you in to it, constantly revealing something previously unheard. It’s exceptionally difficult to concentrate on anything else. This music demands you pay attention to it. 

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