From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Saturday 26th January):
1957. Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen) born in Nijmegen, Holland.
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.
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.
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.
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!
1998. Blues drummer S.P. Leary dies in a Chicago hospital from cancer aged 67.
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