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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Saturday 19th January):


Birth

1943. Janis Lyn Joplin born at St. Mary’s Hospital in Port Arthur, Texas.


On Tour

1981. Police are called to a bar in Milwaukee where The Plasmatics are playing. They find Wendy O’WIlliams onstage fondling herself while simulating masturbation with a sledgehammer. She is arrested for “Conduct Prohibited on Licensed Premises”. When she takes exception to having her set disrupted, they add “Resisting Arrest” and “Battery”. The picture above shows her police “mug shots”. Note the black eye and bulbous nose which resulted from her resisting arrest.


In Court

1971. In the High Court in London, solicitors acting on behalf of Paul McCartney apply for temporary appointment of a receiver to oversee the affairs of The Beatles partnership. The hearing is adjourned for a month to allow monies due to the Beatles to be lodged in a solicitors account and a full disclosure of their accounts to be made.


In Hospital

1985. Meatloaf collapses on stage at Newcastle City Hall. He is taken by ambulance to the city’s Royal Victoria Hospital where he undergoes a 30 minute examination in the casualty department. Tour manager Robbie Johnstone later said, “Meatloaf collapsed onstage due to food poisoning contracted the previous evening, leaving his system completely dehydrated”.


On Television

2004. “Never Mind The Buzzcocks” (U.K.) with panelists Alastair Griffin, Carole Decker (T’Pau), Tony Wilson and Jimmy Carr.


Death

1998. Carl Perkins dies in the Jackson-Madison County General Hospital in Nashville where he had been receiving treatment following three strokes in November and December. He was 65.


Now Playing
 
Carol Of Harvest – “Carol Of Harvest” (1978) 
 
At a time when progressive rock had lost its way in the U.K., this classic from Germany came along and reminded us what it was all about. Big themes, beautiful melodies, stirring but understated guitars, great keyboards and a female lead vocalist. What’s not to love? The opening track, “Put On Your Nightcap” is a 16 minute masterclass in prog. Okay, it does sound dated by modern standards but what’s wrong with that?
 
This is an album of pure nostalgia for an innocence that we’ve lost, a time machine that takes me back more than 30 years. I can hear so many of the styles and sounds I loved, it’s total pleasure. I’m going to forget writing this and just soak up the music…..



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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Friday 18th January):


Birth

1944. “Legs” Larry Smith (The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band) born in Oxford, England.


On Tour

1991. Two teenagers die when they’re crushed in a rush to the stage at an AC/DC concert at Salt Lake Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. Another dies some time later when her parents request that her life support machine is turned off


In Court

1980. 18 year old electrician, Jonathan Walters, appears before magistrates in Fleetwood, Lancashire after creating the ultimate home disco. Unfortunately for pedestrians in Blackpool, this involved the theft of three sets of traffic lights from pelican crossings on the city by-pass. The lights were wired to Walter’s stereo and augmented by the addition of 36 feet of tube lighting stolen from Blackpool illuminations. The court was told that despite several near-misses involving children crossing the by-pass, no-one had yet been injured. Walters was ordered to pay £ 175 towards the £ 2,000 value of the lights he stole. Sentence was deferred for six months.


On Screen

1998. Despite Courtney Love‘s protests, a secret screening of the film “Kurt And Courtney” is arranged for midnight at Robert Redford’s Sundance Film Festival in Utah. The publicity Love created ensured that it was packed by 150 film executives, critics and stars. Two sheriff’s deputies are even called in to control the crwod who don’t like being kept waiting in the cold.


On Television

1992. “Saturday Night Live” (U.S.A.) – Robbie Robertson, Bruce Hornsby.


Death

1990. Mel Appleby (Mel And Kim) dies in London’s Cromwell Hospital. Although she had struggled for five years against a rare form of spinal cancer, she died from pneumonia which developed after she caught the common cold.


Now Playing
 
Carissa’s Wierd – “I Before E” (2004)
 
The last release of this sadcore/indie band shows a maturity that had built up through their previous two albums. It’s an odd mix. Three new studio tracks and nine live versions of previously released tracks.

The songs throughout have a wonderful intimacy and some are hauntingly beautiful. It’s so easy to listen to this. Waves of layered instruments and vocals flow over you. Rhythmic, repetitive cadences contribute to an almost hypnotic allure. Even the faint hum of live amps seems unable to detract from that.

It’s been said that this was the best indie band that no-one ever heard. Do yourself a favour and listen to them.
 

 



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


Birth

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.


Death

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


Birth

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.


Death

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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From the Rockmine Almanac for today:


Birth

1941. Captain Beefheart born Don Van Vliet in Glendale, California.


On Stage

1998. Neil Tennant‘s AIDS charity Red Hot stages a fund-raising show at London’s Park Lane Ballroom. Among those appearing are Shola Ama, The Divine Comedy, Sir Elton John, The Pet Shop Boys, Suede and Robbie Williams. The show is televised for showing in April when it will form part of the celebrations to mark the centenary of the birth of Noel Coward.


In Court

1997. Carolyn Garcia, one of Jerry Garcia‘s ex-wives wins a court battle with another wife, Deborah Koons Garcia. Carolyn had been paid about $ 400,000 a month before Garcia died but his widow, Deborah, stopped the payments claiming the 1993 divorce agreement that gave her the payments was invalid. She alleged that it had been signed under duress when Jerry Garcia was in a drugged state. The judge found in Carolyn’s favour and awarded her $ 5 million.


In Hospital

1998. James Brown is hospitalised on a judge’s orders in Aiken County, South Carolina. The soul star’s family had become worried about his addiction to pain killers following a back complaint and applied to the probate court when they feared for his worsening health. Sheriff’s deputies called on Brown and transported him to hospital.


On Television

1968. The Monkees (U.S.A.) with an episode entitled, “Monkees Watch Their Feet”


Death

1998. Blues legend Junior Wells dies in a Chicago hospital aged 63. He had been seriously ill since September when he suffered a heart attack and slipped into a coma while being traeted for cancer of the lymphatic system. His last recorded work before becoming ill was a track for “Paint It Blue : Songs Of The Rolling Stones”. He’s now the third bluesman involved in the Stones tribute album to have died since the recording. The other two are Luther Allison and Johnny Copeland.



Now Playing

The Idle Race – “The Birthday Party” (1968)
 
How long is it since I’ve listened to this? Years or decades, I can’t remember. Overcome with nostalgia, I started playing it. Initially it sounds so dated but then a warm glow overcomes you. It’s odd that The Idle Race was largely ignored by the record buying masses when their work at this time was intelligent, melodic pop. Much of that is down to Jeff Lynne, who was the main writer for the album. Listen and you’ll hear many touches that will be reworked and fine tuned for his later project, E.L.O. Personally, I think I prefer this. I’d love to have a good enough memory to remember what I thought of this as an eleven year-old, when it came out.
 
40 years on, it still stands up. There’s a humourous edge that we’re unused to nowadays but was commonplace at the time. The recurring chorus of  “Mrs. Ward” has the music-hall feel of “Don’t put your daughter on the stage, Mrs Worthington” which expects an awareness of older musical styles from the audience that would be pointless nowadays. It might be lightweight psychedelia but that’s only to modern ears. There’s a lot here that was pushing the boundaries of 60’s pop. I definitely need to listen to this properly.
 

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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Monday 14th January):



Birth

1959. Geoff Tate (Queensryche) born in Stuttgart, West Germany.


On Stage

1954. Alan Freed stages his first “Rock & Roll Ball” at the St. Nicholas Arena in New York’s Harlem. Among those appearing are Fats Domino, The Drifters, The Harptones and The Moonglows.


In Court

1970. In the Divorce Court in London, Gene Vincent is ordered to provide details of his financial affairs. He has been separated from his wife, Margaret Ann Craddock since 1964 and claims to have obtained a divorce in Chihuahua, Mexico in August 1965 without her knowledge. She has sued for divorce or a declaration of the validity of the Mexican decree and for maintenance. Vincent had promised to pay his wife £ 20 a week but has never done so. She is now on Social Security payments of £ 9 a week. Solicitors acting for Vincent said the star was now resident in California and would not be able to provide sworn details withing the time limit of 28 days. The judge, Mr. Lloyd Jones said it was now easier to communicate from California than it was from Pembrokeshire and confirmed the deadline.


In Hospital

1987. Frank Sinatra undergoes surgery at the Eisenhower Medical Centre in Palm Springs, California. The operation follows one in November 1986 when an abscess and part of his large intestine were removed. During his recovery, the 71 year old singer will have to wear a special device to remove his bodily waste for the next eight weeks.


On Television

1978. Soul Train (U.S.A.) with performances by Freda Payne, Ronnie Laws and Morris Jefferson.


Death

1992. Jerry Nolan (The New York Dolls) dies of a stroke during treatment for pneumonia and meningitis.


Huge relief today as Google have picked up on the John Lennon autograph I’ve put up on sale via Rockmine. I think it’s one of the most important ever offered for sale in the U.K. as it’s the one I’m aware of that links directly to his 1969 car crash in Scotland.
 

Now Playing

Jonny Greenwood – “There Will Be Blood” (2007)
 
The Radiohead guitarist’s second movie soundtrack easily stands on its own as piece of music without visuals. While the album is essentially a modern classical work, it’s a melting pot of various genres. There’s obvious jazz dischord but even the sense of early seventies prog menace in there. I keep hearing snippets of “Larks’ Tongue” period King Crimson! There will be those who are instantly put off listening to any Radiohead offshoot but that would be ill advised. It’s easy to hear that band’s stylistic nuances throughout but they slip up on you and past without causing offence. Now playing is meant to be what I’m listening to as I write the blog, so it’s interesting to hear music that I’m not concentrating totally on. There will be much that evades me but there’s certainly enough here to make me go back and give it more time. Soundtracks are always something I’ve had difficulty with. Sometimes they become so much a part of the movie, it’s impossible to hear them apart from the images. That said, I love the work of Craig Armstrong and Lisa Gerrard although I would compare this more to Rene Aubry, who is better known for ballet music than soundtracks. It will be intriguing to see how Greenwood’s work outside the day job progresses as this shows much promise. 


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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Sunday 13th January):


Birth

1961. Suggs (Madness) born Graham McPherson in Hastings, Kent.


On Tour

1969. Esther and Abi Ofarim announce they are continuing their tour of West Germany despite receiving a number of death threats. The first threat was given in a telephone warning before the couple’s concert in Nuremberg yesterday but the event passed without incident. Police are taking the matter seriously though and will implement special security arrangements for the concert in Cologne on the 17th.


In Court

1988. Eric Clapton is fined £ 120 and banned from driving for six weeks at Stroud Magistrate’s Court. The 42 year old guitarist admitted speeding on the M5 at Ashchurch near Tewkesbury on September 20th last year when he passed a police car in his Ferrari on his way to a charity cricket match. he was travelling at 111 miles per hour. Despite pursuing him, the police car was unable to catch him but he was later stopped in Cheltenham. On leaving the court he said, “I haven’t worked out yet how I’ll manage. I haven’t got a chauffeur”.


In Business

1965. Constellation Investments, which recently bought a stake in Cliff Richard and Frank Ifield, is floated on the stock market and adds £ 100,000 to its value during its first morning’s trading. As a result of selling three of their private compaanies to the investment trust on a special formula, the two singers will take up shares on a related to profits basis that should see them getting a total of 1,460,000 shares currently valued at 6/10d.


On Television

1968. Beat Club (Germany) with performances by Carla Thomas, Dave Justin, Neil Christian, Billie Davis, Long John Baldry, The Herd, Dave Davies and Procol Harum.


Death

1979. Donny Hathaway falls to his death from a 15th floor window of the Essex Hotel in New York. The 34 year old star hadn’t had much success recently and was said to be having some psychological problems but police could find no evidence that he jumped.



Now Playing

Sons And Daughters – “The Repulsion Box” (2005). Currently being tipped as one of the big bands of 2008, this work of three years ago is full of promise. From the opening bars of “Medicine”, you know this band is out for fun. The mandolin player sounds like he’s so wired on speed he hasn’t slept for weeks and the rest of the band have been dragged along by him to party hard. The manic guitar provides an edgy rasping counterpoint that you want to hear more of.
 
Throughout this demented mashup of finger-in-your-ear folk and screaming psychobilly, there are elements of The Rezillos, Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie and even that most fleeting of Scottish acts, Turkey Bones And The Wild Dogs scattered liberally throughout. What makes it most intriguing is that these influences are juxtaposed with obvious bows to “Ghost Riders In The Sky”, “The Devil Went Down To Georgia”, “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” and even, “Bo Diddley”. It does lose momentum but it’s hard to keep up the break-neck pace with which the album starts.  Turn this up as much as loud as you can and I defy you not to want to jump around the room. I would love to have heard the band from this time playing a ceilidh! 


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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Saturday 12th January):


Birth

1945. Maggie Bell (Stone The Crows) born in Glasgow, Scotland.


On Tour

1988. Marillion cancel tonight’s show at Sheffield City Hall while the support band are on stage. Fish is in the dressing room, preparing to go onstage when his voice suddenly disappears. A doctor is called who diagnoses a throat virus and orders three days total rest. Tonight’s show is scrapped along with tomorrow’s at Nottingham Royal Concert hall.


In Court

1998. Tommy Lee (Motley Crue) pleads no contest to a charge of assaulting a photographer in September 1996 at Beverley Hills Municipal Court. He is fined $ 1,800, given two years probation, ordered to undergo anger counseling and instructed to pay $ 17,500 damages to the snapper, Henry Tappler.


In Hospital

1992. Mick Jagger‘s wife, Jerry Hall, gives birth to the couple’s third child – a daughter, Georgia May Ayeesha Jagger at London’s Portland Hospital. Mick is present at the birth. Georgia weighed in at 7 lb 13 oz. Despite being three days overdue, there were no problems with the delivery.


On Television

1968. The Supremes appear as a group of nuns in an episode of the U.S. NBC-TV series, “Tarzan”.


On The High Seas

1966. Pirate radio ship Radio London breaks free from her moorings off Walton-on-Naze in Essex during a gale and is off-air for seven hours. The winds blow the ship four miles south into British territorial waters and within reach of the authorities. Thankfully, weather conditions are bad enough to stop any ships sailing to arrest the vessel.




Now Playing



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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Friday 11th January):


Birth

1942. Clarence Clemons (Bruce Spingsteen’s E Street Band) born in Norfolk, Virginia.

 
On Stage

1997. Tom Petty‘s show at San Francisco’s Fillmore auditorium is abandoned after an hour and twenty minutes. Two members of the audience set off a pepper spray which causes at least one woman to collapse. Fans in the balcony suffer coughing and choking fits as the cloud of spray rises. Promoters evacuate the building. Some of the audience are treated by paramedics in ambulances outside. The show resumes later after one of the men responsible for the incident is arrested.

 
In Court

1999. At the end of a Claims Court hearing against the State Of New York, Judge Louis Benza, presiding, rules that Puff Daddy and Heavy D share responsibility with the state for a stampede in 1991 that saw nine people killed. The two rappers had promoted a celebrity basketball game for AIDS charities at the Nat Holman Arena in New York’s City College. The event was over subscribed and hundreds of locked out ticket holders and gatecrashers smashed glass doors to see the event. The crush caused by the stampede left 9 dead and 29 injured. Judge Benza said that concert security, hired by Puffy, mishandled the stampede by funneling it down one stairwell. Had more security staff been provided and standard crowd-control measures followed, the tragedy would have been avoided. The judge’s ruling opens the way for survivors to continue their litigation, this time against the two rappers.

 
In Hospital

1973. Gary Glitter falls from a 20 foot high stage at Preston’s Guildhall. He’s treated in a local hospital for a dislocated right arm and torn ligaments but continues with his nationwide tour.

 
On Television

1968. The Julie Felix Show (U.K.) with Pentangle


The Death Of Music

1980. ITN newsreader Reginald Bosanquet announces that he will start recording his first pop single tomorrow. The 51 year old describes his vocal style as a cross between Rex Harrison and Lee Marvin. No release date has yet been announced for the single entitled “Dance With Me”.


Daily Blabber
 
That which was lost is found – well, sort of. just after midnight I found a file titled, TV Shows Not On Spreadsheets. That had listings for hundreds of British TV shows but still haven’t found the text file I’d started with.
 
Today I’m going to gather all the almanac files together and back them up and back them up again. At least that’s a weight off my mind. 
 
I’ll come back later in the day and give you more. I haven’t even got anything playing just now! 




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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Thursday 10th January):

Birth
 
1943. Jim Croce born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

On Stage
 
1972. Yoko Ono‘s concert at the Alice Tully Hall in New York’s Lincoln Center is thrown into disarray as neither she, nor John Lennon, who accompanies her have obtained work permits for their visit. As a result they’re forced to give their performance from seats in the audience.


In Court

1973. Keith Moon (The Who) is fined £ 15 by magistrates at Chertsey in Surrey for not having a firearms certificate for his shotgun. He asked the chairman of the magistrates, “Do you take American Express?” adding, “I haven’t used cash for years”. Moon had noticed the shotgun was missing and called the police on October 19th to investigate. They found the weapon in a car belonging to Ian Smith, a tractor driver who was allowed to use it within the ground’s of the drummer’s house. Smith was also fined £ 15 for possessing a shotgun without a certificate.


On The Street

1997. James Brown has his star unveiled on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.


On Television

1981. Saturday Night Live (U.S.A.) with musical guest Jack Bruce & Friends.


Death

1976. Blues legend Howlin’ Wolf (born Chester Arthur Burnett) dies of cancer at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Hines, Illinois, aged 65.


Yesterday I missed out on updating my blog. I’d gone to my database of TV shows and wanted to drop a British show into Today In Music but couldn’t find one! I’ve spent more than 30 years taping TV shows and have lists of almost everything I’ve ever recorded. Before about 1984, it was only audio but every tape I’ve ever made has an index card and lists transmission dates, artists, tracks played and even timings.
 
So to go to my completely infallible master list of TV shows and realise I was missing everything from the U.K. was horrifying. I spent all day until about 8pm and then from 10.30 to 2.20 searching every computer and hard drive in the house. AARGHH! I’ve got a permanent whiteboard with listings of all the shows and what date they’re listed until. Unfortunately, the files I did find didn’t match the dates on my whiteboard. 
 
I’m starting to think that the most up to date TV list went when my Mac Mini died last autumn. I know I lost 19,000+ archived mails. Now I’m trying to think what else may have gone. There’s a large section of that hard drive I’ve never been able to recover but I keep trying every few weeks and do manage to pull stuff off it. 

Now Playing

The Decemberists‘ wonderful album, “The Crane Wife”. I was smitten with the first track on this album the moment I heard it and I’ve grown to love the whole album. An easy disc to sip a glass of wine to and contemplate the lyrics but just as easy to work to, letting the melodies catch you. Uplifting; restful; an album that burrows under your skin and keeps you going back to it. Every time there’s something new pops out at you. Simply one of the best idie albums of the last few years. Just buy it! 


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