Today In Music, March 15th

From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Saturday 15th March):


1940. Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead) born Philip Chapman in Berkeley, California.

In Parliament

2002. Alicia Keys becomes the first recording artist to perform live in The House of Commons, in the U.K. parliament. She was invited by David Lammy, M.P., the youngest member of parliament, who wanted to bring the sounds of the inner city to the corridors of power. Keys played for two hours to M.P.s, journalists and 150 school pupils from Lammy’s constituency, Tottenham in North London. The concert took place in the Atlee Room in Portcullis House.  

In Court

2002. Tommy Smith, former keybaords player with the Backstreet Boys files a lawsuit against the band and their music publishing company, Zomba. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Central District of Los Angeles, claims co-ownership of two songs on the band’s album, “Black & Blue”. Smith claims he was verbally promised 50% of the song, “The Answer To Our Life” and 33% of “Time”. As the album sold more than 8 million copies, it’s though damages should be in excess of $ 1 million. A legal spokesman for the Backstreet Boys said they would examine the claim and “respond fairly”.

In Hospital

2001. Natalie Maines (Dixie Chicks) gives birth to a baby boy at an undisclosed hospital in Austin, Texas. The child, Jackson Slade Pasdar, weighed in at 6 pounds. It is the singer’s first child with her second husband, actor Alan Pasdar, who she married in Las Vegas last June.

On Television

1986. Rockpalast (WDR, West Germany). Jackson Browne. Here he is with “Lives In The Balance”.

In Cinemas

1980. The Clash‘s movie, “Rude Boy” opens at London’s Prince Charles Cinema.

Music Paper From Today


Sounds from 15th March 1975. A copy taken from Rockmine’s almost complete run of U.K. music papers from the last 45 years. 

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