Today In Music, March 26th

From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Wednesday 26th March):


1953. William Lyall (Pilot) born in Edinburgh, Scotland.

On Stage

1968. It’s announced that Juan Manuel Serrat, Spain’s entry in The Eurovision Song Contest has been replaced by a 22 year old Madrid girl called Massiel after he refused to sing in Spain’s official language, Castilian.

In Court

1991. An inquest opens into the death of Eric Clapton‘s son Conor in Guildford, Surrey. Clapton was not present at the hearing which heard the results of post mortems carried out in New York and the U.K. As is usual, the inquest was adjourned until a later date for further reports. Despite the adjournment, the coroner gives clearance for Conor’s body to be buried on March 28th.

On Television

2005. Parkinson (ITV, U.K.) featuring a performance from John Legend.

On Television (2)

1993. Outrage, the gay non-violent direct-action group, invade BBC Broadcasting House in London to protest at Shabba Ranks appearance on Top Of The Pops after the rapper’s recent homophobic comments.


1968. Little Willie John, the R&B star of the ‘fifties dies in Walla Walla Prison, Washington, seven years into a sentence for killing a man in a street fight.

Music Paper From Today

Record Mirror from 26th March 1983. A copy taken from Rockmine’s almost complete run of U.K. music papers from the last 45 years. 

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