Today In Music, January 21st

From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Monday 21st January):

1948. Singer/songwriter Mac Davis (writer of “In The Ghetto”) born in Lubbock, Texas.

On Tour

1965. The Animals are forced to cancel a show at the Apollo Theatre in New York’s Harlem when the U.S. Immigration Department refuses to let them play as part of a clamp-down on British bands.

In Court

1971. In the Appeal Court in London the three year sentence passed on Leapy Lea (real name Lee Graham) last October for wounding Anthony Stack, relief manager of the Red Lion Inn, Sunningdale is upheld. The three appeal judges described the sentence as “not a day too long”.. Also in court was Biana Dors’ husband, actor Alan Lake whose sentence of eighteen months for his part in the assault was also upheld.

In Hospital

1985. During a liver transplant operation on singer Matt Monro, doctors at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge run into problems and have to abandon the transplant. Monro (54) was having the operation to remove a cancerous growth that had been found in his liver. Unfortunately, during the surgery, they found the cancer had spread. They will now try to treat the cancer with drugs.

On Television

1995. Rickie Lee Jones pulls out of Irish television’s “The Late Show” when the programme’s producers ban her from singing “The Alter Boy”, claiming it will cause deep religious offence.


1984. Jackie Wilson dies aged 49 at a hospital in Mount Holley, New Jersey. The singer had been in a coma since he collapsed with a heart attack onstage at the Latin Casino in Camden, New Jersey on 25th September 1975.

Now Playing

Waking The Witch – “Yorkshire Boy”/”Spring Song” (2007)
In a bit of a hurry today and was told about this band last night. These two tracks are on their web site. Four girls, all playing acoustic guitars and singing. Both tracks differ widely. “Yorkshire Boy” harks back to 70’s folk-rock reminiscent of Lindisfarne and The Southerland Brothers & Quiver. In a packed pub, this could be a real stomper. “Spring Song” is haunting, ethereal and quietly bewitching, almost carrying with it the smell of warming fresh grass. Sadly it’s over all to quickly. Just like spring. Definitely a band to watch out for. Check out their web site for tour dates and a chance to hear them for yourself –   

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