Today In Music, February 28th

From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Thursday 28th February):


1940. Joe South (“The Games People Play”) born in Atlanta, Georgia.

On Tour

1974. Elton John creates traffic chaos when 34,000 people travel to see him perform at Western Springs Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand. Roads around the city are blocked for several hours.

In Court

2000. Lawyers for Celine Dion file a $ 20 million lawsuit at Los Angeles Superior Court against “The National Enquirer”. The suit, claiming intentional infliction of emotional distress, invasion of privacy and unfair business practices, relates to the February 1st edition which carried the headline, “Celine: I’m pregnant with twins.” The singer’s lawyers state that the story was false and that that the Enquirere made no attempt to verify the story prior to publication. 

In Hospital

1972. George Harrison and his wife, Patti, are both injured in a car crash returning home from a Rick Nelson concert in London. George suffers bruising and minor concusion and requires 8 stitches to a head wound. Patti break her ribs and is unconscious for several days.

On Television

1983. Whatever You Don’t Get (Channel 4, U.K.) with Depeche Mode, SLF, Weekend, Meteors, The Birthday Party.


1974. Singer songwriter Bobby Bloom (“Montego Bay”) shoots himself in the head at his Hollywood apartment aged 28.

Music Paper From Today

New Musical Express from 28th February 1970. A copy taken from Rockmine’s almost complete run of U.K. music papers from the last 45 years. 

Due to technical problems, yesterday’s blog never got online. My apologies to anyone who came looking for it.
One thing that did get pushed forward yesterday was the TV listings database. More than 1,200 were added and missing lists for 1958 and 1965 U.K. shows have been found! The new list is going to be much larger than the old one of 10,498 shows. It has meant that I haven’t been spending time looking for YouTube clips but I hope to get back to that next week. By then, I’ll also have a complete day sample of The Almanac up.
Not much time today as I’m heading north to see Waking The Witch play Lossiemouth tonight. Tomorrow’s blog should have a review and photos of the gig along with an interview. Make sure you check it out.

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