From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Sunday 17th February):
1939. Johnny Leyton born in Frinton On Sea, Essex.
1978. Bob Dylan arrives in Tokyo for his first ever Japanese tour. The press conference at the airport turns into a farce with most of the questions being in Japanese. This YouTube clip gives a taste of the craziness.
1969. John Blunt (The Searchers) is fined £ 50 and given a three month suspended prison sentence when he appears at London’s South-Western Magistrates Court charged with possession of cannabis. He had been remanded in custody after an earlier hearing for reports. Blunt had been arrested with two unemployed friends outside a coffee bar in Brixton after buying the cannabis from a coloured man. None of the accused had taken the drug before and after puzzling how to use it had thrown the drugs from their car.
1995. Melvin Franklin (The Temptations) is admitted to Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles in a coma after suffering a brain seizure.
1990 Saturday Night Live (U.S.A.) with musical guest Aerosmith
1998. Broadway show lyricist and composer Bob Merrill (“How Much Is That Doggie In The Window”, “Funny Girl”) shoots himself dead while sitting in his car outside his Beverly Hills home. He was 77. According to his publicist, Merrill had been suffering with chronic gastro-intestinal problems.
Music Paper From Today
Record Mirror from 17th February 1973. A copy taken from Rockmine’s almost complete run of U.K. music papers from the last 45 years. It’s a fascinating mix that we don’t see in music papers today. There is almost something for everyone. A full page interview with Ron Wood talking about The Faces, Eric Clapton’s comeback concert and designing the cover to Long John Baldry’s new album. You turn the page and you’re faced with a whole page of Mummy and Daddy Osmond bragging about their kids! I better put it down or I’ll sit reading the whole of the paper.
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