Today In Music, February 16th

From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Saturday 16th February):


1935. Sonny Bono born Salvatore Philip Bono in Detroit, Michigan.

On Tour

1998. The Rolling Stones wind up the North American leg of their world tour with a gig at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas in front of 400 up-market guests. Only half of the $ 300 and $ 500 tickets were sold directly to the public, the rest were sold to other Vegas casinos and clubs for their high-rolling regulars.

In Court

1971. Paul Kossoff, the 20 year old lead guitarist with Free is fined £ 25 at West London Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to possessing cannabis resin.

In Custody

1992. Arriving at Tokyo’s Narita Airport to promote the film “Freejack”, Mick Jagger is banned from entering the country. He is held for 38 hours at the airport’s Rest House Hotel before bureaucrats allow him to continue his promotional tour. The trouble stems from a 22 year old drug conviction which strangely didn’t cause any problem during tours of Japan in 1988 and 1990.

On Television

The Mike Douglas Show (U.S.A.) with co-hosts John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Musical guest: Chuck Berry. John and Yoko join Chuck for two songs, “Memphis” and “Johhny B. Goode” which is shown here.


2004. Doris Troy dies in Las Vegas, Nevada after a lengthy bout with emphysema, aged 67. Despite a lengthy career, she may well be best known for being one of the backing vocalists on Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side Of The Moon”.

Music Paper From Today

Kerrang! from 16th February 1991. A copy taken from Rockmine’s almost complete run of U.K. music papers from the last 45 years.   
Daily Babble
One of the most enjoyable tasks I have every day is looking for a clip to illustrate the On Television part of the blog. I’ve been collecting rock video since about 1982 when I got a Phillips 1500 VCR. Over the years I built up the collection of tapes and machines to play them on. At one time, I had 9 different formats of machine ranging from 1/2 inch black and white reel-to-reel to U-matic. I’ve still got about 7,000 hours of stuff that I have started to digitize but nowadays what’s the point when there’s YouTube?
I’ve had today’s clip for years as an optical copy of a Betamax NTSC tape. The tape was played on a multi-standard machine and TV with a video camera set up in front of it to get a PAL copy to be swapped and watched! Crazy days. A lot of tapes from the period were unwatchable, faded vague images appearing out of a green fog only to disappear again a few moments later. 
Some years back, there was a sudden surge in bootleg DVDs to be found in record shops and markets. I bought dozens of them, eager to get decent copies of long held treasures but it seemed that was never going to last for long. When people got broadband, there was little point in them buying discs when they could download them for free and now you don’t even need to bother with that. Rock video on tap whenever you want, wherever you are. It’s either wonderful or the end of civilization as we know it. I don’t know which.
What I do know is that I found something I’d been searching for a decent copy of for SO many years – Rick Wakeman’s “King Arthur On Ice”. Strangely, I don’t remember it looking so naff when I saw it on TV! 

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