From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Saturday 2nd February):
1947. John “Pugwash” Weathers (Gentle Giant) born in Carmarthen, Wales.
1973. Keith Emerson (E.L.P.) injures his hands onstage in San Francisco when his piano (which explodes during the set) detonates too early.
1967. Drew Harvey, beat group manager and booking agent, files for divorce from his 26 year old wife, Jackie Trent (real name Yvonne Ann Trent) citing Anthony Peter Hatch as co-respondent.
1968. After the birth of his daughter yesterday, Elvis Presley arrives at the Baptist Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee with two policemen that he’s hiring at £10 a shift to guard his wife and child.
1969. Ed Sullivan Show (U.S.A.). Show No. 984 with musical guests Vanilla Fudge, The Temptations.
1979. Sid Vicious is out on bail awaiting trial for the murder of Nancy Spungeon. To celebrate, his mother and friends hold a party. Having gone “cold turkey” in Ryker’s Island Prison, he’s lost all tolerance to heroin. By the time anyone realises, it’s too late. Sid never makes it to the hospital alive. He is 21 years old.
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