From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Wednesday 30th January):
1959. Mark Eitzel (American Music Club) born in Walnut Creek, California.
1973. Kiss make their live debut at the Coventry Club in Queens, New York. Although they’re wearing makeup it’s more in the vein of the New York Dolls than what we’ll later come to know and love.
1998. Toni Braxton files for bankruptcy protection in a Los Angeles court. The move follows a suit she filed against her record label, LaFace Records, eight weeks ago aimed at getting out of her contract which limits her to less than 35 cents an album, far less than other platinum selling artists. The bankruptcy protection allows her to void any contract that pays her less than market rates and is the same tactic used by TLC in their dispute with LaFace in 1995. TLC won in the end, forcing LaFace to pay them a multi-million dollar advance or lose them.
1977. Roy Harper is hospitalised with toxoplasmosis, reportedly after giving a sheep the kiss of life.
1988. “Saturday Night Live” (U.S.A.) with musical guest Robbie Robertson.
1982. Sam “Lightnin” Hopkins dies of cancer in Houston, Texas, aged 69.
Music Paper From Today
1971. The front cover of Disc and Music Echo dated today.
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