Today In Music, February 11th
From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Monday 11th February):
1962. Sheryl Crow born in Kennett, Missouri. Before making a career for herself as a solo artist, she works as a backing singer for a variety of acts, including Don Henley and Michael Jackson.
1964. The Beatles travel from New York to Washington, D.C. by train, during a blizzard, for their first concert in the United States. In the evening, they perform for 8,092 fans at the Washington Coliseum. The set list is: “Roll Over Beethoven”, “From Me to You”, “I Saw Her Standing There”, “This Boy”, “All My Loving”, “I Wanna Be Your Man”, “Please Please Me”, “Till There Was You”, “She Loves You”, “I Want to Hold Your Hand”, “Twist and Shout”, and “Long Tall Sally”. The support acts are Tommy Roe, the Caravelles, and the Chiffons.
The stage was situated in the middle of the auditorium and, as a result, the band had to stop three times and turn Ringo’s drum kit around and move their microphones so that each part of the audience would get to face the group. The concert was filmed and later transmitted as a closed-circuit broadcast to theaters in March minus the closing number, “Long Tall Sally”. After their performance at the Coliseum, The Beatles attend a reception at the British Embassy, which turns out to be an unpleasant experience. At one point a woman even sneaks up behind Ringo and cuts off a lock of his hair.
2000. Geri Halliwell appears at the High Court in London to give evidence in the case brought by Italian motorcycle company, Aprilia, against The Spice Girls. Appearing before Mrs. Justice Arden, Halliwell told the court that leaving The Spice Girls was like leaving a marriage, saying, “… there wasn’t one defining moment when I consciously made that decision”. Aprilia are suing the group for £ 1.6 million which they claim they lost as a result of Miss Halliwell leaving the group. The company had signed a contract with the group to bring out a range of “Spice Sonic” scooters featuring photographs of all five group members. Aprilia contests that the group entered into the contract knowing Miss Halliwell would leave and their scooters would instantly become “a total marketing flop”. After she left the court, a spokesman for the 27 year old former Ginger Spice, said that Miss Halliwell was not a party in the case and had volunteered as a witness “to help out the girls”. The group is countering with another suit claiming £ 212,000 in unpaid sponsorship and royalties. The case continues.
2001. Johnny Cash is admitted to the Baptist Hospital in Nashville, with pneumonia. He’s described as being in a “serious but stable” condition, later in the day. Cash was hospitalized with the illness for two weeks in 1999 and twice in 1998.
1967. “Juke Box Jury” (U.K.) broadcasts part of the promo video for The Beatles‘ next single, “Penny Lane” which is released in the U.K. on February 17th.
2000. An Isley Brothers concert at the Los Angeles Sports Arena ends abruptly after several shots are fired and a man is shot dead near a concession stand. It’s believed that the man wounded three people before being confronted by a uniformed policeman. When the man pointed his gun at the officer, the policeman fired one shot. Paramedics later pronounced him dead at the arena. One of the wounded was hospitalised with a serious stomach injury.
Music Paper From Today
Sounds from 11th February 1978. A copy taken from Rockmine’s almost complete run of U.K. music papers from the last 45 years. The cover photograph (by PA – Reuter Photos Ltd) was originally used as the cover of the “Merseymania” LP.
I admit it, I’ve gone a bit scan-crazy! The office looks like a battle zone and I’ve done the worst thing possible. I opened a 1968 New Musical Express. The TV listings were calling to me, I really couldn’t help it – and then I just got carried away. Before long, I was taking listings from 1969. Well, at least I’ll have my TV database finished earlier than I though…
As a result of the publicity I got for putting the John Lennon Lawson Memorial Hospital autograph up for sale, I’ve been contacted by another person with a signed postcard. That now makes four which have turned up! This one’s of Ben Loyal and is once again signed by John and Yoko without any annotation. I’ll be contacting them this week and will hope to get to see this one as it’s only a few hours drive away.
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