Today In Music, March 28th

From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Friday 28th March):


1964. Radio Caroline, the UK’s first offshore pirate radio station goes on air.

On Tour

1977. NBC need some live footage of The Sex Pistols for a documentary they’re shooting. Trouble is, Malcolm McLaren‘s finding it difficult to get a venue that will let them play. With only hours to spare, he’s saved by the Roman Catholic Church who allow the use of Notre Dame Hall in London’s Leicester Square. Only 150 fans are allowed in to see Sid Vicious make his live debut with the band.

In Court

1991. Donnie Wahlberg (New Kids On The Block) appears in court in Louisville, Kentucky, charged with Arson. After a brief hearing, at which he pleads not guilty, he’s released on $ 30,000 bail. A trial date will be set for later in the year. The 21 year old singer gave himself up to the authorities after he discovered a warrant had been issued for his arrest. It’s claimed that he poured vodka over the hall carpet on the ninth floor of the Seelbach Hotel, in Louisville, after a row with a teenage groupie. He told reporters, “There was no vodka, there were no matches. I didn’t even run two sticks together”.

In Hospital

1986. Shane MacGowan (The Pogues) is hit by a taxi while getting into a car in London’s Westbourne Grove. He is thrown into the air and left unconscious on the pavement. At hospital he’s found to have a broken arm, facial cuts that required stitches and damaged ligaments in one leg. He is operated on that weekend and has his arm and leg plastered for ten weeks. Tours of Germany and France are cancelled.

On Television

1981. Rockpalast (WDR, Westr Germany) – The Grateful Dead (Grugahalle Essen). Here they are with Ship Of Fools.


1974. Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup dies, aged 69, in poverty at North Hampton Accomac Memorial Hospital in Nassawadox, Virginia.

Music Paper From Today

Record Mirror from 28th 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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