Today In Music, March 14th

From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Friday 14th March):


1949. Ollie Halsall (Patto, Kevin Ayers) born in Southport, Merseyside.

On Stage

1971. The Rolling Stones play the first of two farewell shows at London’s Chalk Farm Roundhouse prior to going into tax exile in the South of France.

In Court

1977. Anita Pallenberg, girlfriend of Rolling Stones guitarist, Keith Richards, is fined £ 220 for possession of cannabis and heroin at a court in Toronto, Canada. Despite Canada’s heavy drug laws, Anita was told by the judge that a fine was appropriate as only traces of drugs and a syringe were found in her handbag. 

Keith appeared in court later in the day on charges of trafficking in heroin and was remanded until June. The couple were arrested at Toronto airport when they arrived from London two weeks ago.

In Bed

1994. La Toya Jackson is too tired to get out of bed for a live interview on “Good Morning … with Ann & Nick” on BBC-1. She told the programme that she was tired after her flight from Germany had been diverted to Bristol due to problems at Heathrow. The Beeb said they were considering suing after Jackson had been advanced expenses and travel costs.

On Television

1963. The Steve Allen show with Frank Zappa and his “Bicycle Concerto”. The quality of this is poor but it has to rate as one of the silliest bits of music TV ever seen. 


1972. Soul singer, Linda Jones, dies in New York after collapsing into a diabetic coma following a performance at Harlem’s Apollo Thetare. She was only 28 years old and some believe she would have become the greatest soul singer of the generation. Aretha Franklin has said she was her favourite singer. A new album of her work will be released this spring.

Music Paper From Today

New Musical Express from 14th March 1970. A copy taken from Rockmine’s almost complete run of U.K. music papers from the last 45 years. 

Daily Babble
Isn’t YouTube wonderful? The Zappa clip featured above used to be hidden away in the alt.binaries newsgroups and now, here it is for all the world to see. It’s astonishing that Frank gets  nearly 20 minutes but it was great television and didn’t actually sound that bad and certainly wasn’t far removed from some of the avant-garde music of the time.
That’s it for now, I’m off to put some more stuff up on eBay in the Rockmine Garage Sale

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