From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Friday 21st March):
1943. Vivian Stanshall (Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band) born Shillingford, Oxfordshire.
… And in 1995: A memorial service for Vivian is held at St. Patrick’s Church in London’s Soho Square. Meanwhile, Hornsey Coroner’s Office has announced that there will be an inquest into the circumstances surrounding his death but given no date for it.
1952. The first rock and roll stage show, “The Moondog Coronation Ball” is staged at Cleveland Arena. Those taking part include The Dominoes, Tiny Grimes and Paul Williams.
1979. Billy Fury, who went bankrupt last year after a £ 17,935 claim by the Inland Revenue, appears at the Bankruptcy Court in London and offers to pay £ 1,500 in monthly instalments of £ 30. He is given an immediate discharge from bankruptcy. Fury, who was seriously ill in 1976 and had open heart surgery, has been living with his parents in Gartson, Liverpool. He announced after the hearing that his record company are to release an album of new recordings of his best known hits.
1997. Ravi Shankar is admitted to Bowman Gray Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, U.S.A for tests after suffering from chest pains. The 76 year old has had heart trouble for many years and has already undergone a bypass operation. He is released on the 23rd March after the hospital could find no signs of anything wrong.
2006. The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS, U.S.A.) 261. Guests include:Roseanne Cash.
1970. Blues pianist Otis Spann dies in Chicago, Illinois, aged 40.
Music Paper From Today
Record Mirror from 21st March 1981. A copy taken from Rockmine’s almost complete run of U.K. music papers from the last 45 years.
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