Today In Music, March 2nd

From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Sunday 2nd March):


1949. Rory Gallagher born in Ballyshannon, Northern Ireland. Sadly Rory passed away on 14th June 1995. I was lucky enough to see him play several times. Once was to a packed house at Glasgow’s famous Apollo Theatre where he almost literally brought the house down – what was an amazing night! My fondest memory was of a rehearsal in Melville Castle Hotel just outside Edinburgh where he played long into the night to an audience of four or five. I yelled a request for “Messing With The Kid” and in a matter of minutes I was hearing him play it backed by Jack Bruce and Charlie Watts.
Sadly under-rated, Rory deserves to be remembered as one of the greatest electric blues guitarists the world has ever seen. 

On Stage

1969. John Lennon and Yoko Ono take part in an avant-garde jazz concert at Lady Mitchell Hall, Cambridge.

Not On Stage

Jerry Lee Lewis refuses to travel to his induction today into the Delta Music Museum Hall Of Fame because he didn’t like the plane sent to pick him up. He claimed he’d been promised a jet but a twin-engined jet prop was sent instead. It had been loaned by the state and was the Governor’s usual means of transport!

In Court

Shortly before his case is due to be heard today at London’s High Court, lawyers acting for Tony McCarroll announce that a settlement with Liam Gallagher has been reached and the case will not now go ahead. McCarroll’s action stems from his dismissal as drummer from Oasis in 1995, which he claimed was unlawful. He had been seeking 20% of the band’s annual earnings but settles for far less. In a brief hearing tomorrow, it will be announced that he is to receive £ 550,000. 

On Television

1982. David Bowie makes his first appearance as a television actor, starring in “Baal” on BBC-1.


1996. All five members of Brazil’s biggest pop group, Mamonas Assassinas, are killed in a plane crash near Sao Paolo. They had sold nearly 2 million copies of their debut album. Over the next two days more than 100,000 fans visit their hometown of Guarulhos.

Music Paper From Today

New Musical Express from 2nd March 1996. A copy taken from Rockmine’s almost complete run of U.K. music papers from the last 45 years. 

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