Today In Music, January 17th

From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Thursday 17th January):


1948. Mick Taylor (Rolling Stones 1969-74) born in Welwyn Garden City, England.

On Stage

1997. Queen reforms to perform one number, “The Show Must Go On” at the end of a ballet performance in Paris. The ballet was inspired by Freddie Mercury‘s death and is set to a string of Queen hits. The vocals are sung by Elton John, standing in for his late friend.

In Court

1990. Chuck Berry files a $ 10 million lawsuit against “High Society” magazine for publishing nude pictures of him. Speaking at the San Francisco offices of his lawyer, Melvin Belli, the 63 year old rocker said that the pictures had been stolen from his business office in St. Louis, Missouri, late last year. He went on to say that he had taken the photographs of himself with a number of female companions as security against possible defamation suits by those ladies.

At Sea

1986. Simon Le Bon‘s yacht, “Drum England” is refloated after running aground at Waitangi harbour on New Zealand’s North Island.

On Television

2002. Late Show with David Letterman (U.S.A.) with Willie Nelson.


1982. R&B singer-songwriter Tommy Tucker dies aged 48 from carbon tetrachloride poisoning while working on floors at his home.

The Now Playing section is not included today as I’ve been gathering background for the John Lennon autograph which should be featured in some Scottish or British Sunday papers this weekend. I’ll keep you posted on that.

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