Today In Music, March 18th

From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Tuesday 18th March):


1941. Soul singer Wilson Pickett born in Pratville, Alabama.

On Tour

1965. After a show at the ABC, Romford, England, The Rolling Stones are taken short and are caught urinating against the wall of filling station in Statford. They eventually appear in court and are each fined £ 5. Keith Richards later says that if it hadn’t been for Bill Wyman, they would never have been caught but once Bill starts, he can’t stop.

In Court

1997. Sid Shaw, owner of the Elvisly Yours shop in London wins his 14 year battle with Elvis Presley‘s estate over the right to sell Elvis merchandise. Mr. Justice Laddie sitting in The High Court ruled that the company appointed by the estate, Elvis Presley Enterprises, did not have sole right to use the name Elvis on their products.

Shaw had been seeking to overturn an earlier ruling by the Trade Marks Registry that gave the company sole title to the name of Elvis or the facsimile of his signature. In his ruling the judge stated, “Even if Elvis Presley was still alive, he would not be entitled to stop a fan from naming his son, his dog or goldfish, his car or his house Elvis or Elvis Presley, simply by reason of the fact that it was the name given to him at birth by his parents”.

In Hospital

1982. Soul singer Teddy Pendergrass is taken to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Delaware after suffering severe neck and spinal injuries in a car crash. He had been driving home in his Rolls Royce back from a basketball game when the brakes failed and the car smashed into a tree. The singer was trapped for more than an hour before he could be cut free. The damage done to the spine left Pendergrass paralyzed from the waist down.  

On Television

2002. Late Show With David Letterman (CBS, U.S.A.) with The White Stripes.


2001. “Papa” John Phillips of The Mamas And The Papas dies from heart failure at the  University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center aged 65.

Music Paper From Today

New Musical Express from 18th March 1970. A copy taken from Rockmine’s almost complete run of U.K. music papers from the last 45 years. 

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    Eric Hundin

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