Today In Music, March 31st

From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Monday 31st March):


1948. Mick Ralphs (Mott The Hoople) born in Hereford, England.

On Stage

1967. Jimi Hendrix sets fire to a guitar for the first time at Finsbury Park Astoria in London.

In Church

1998. Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily, 20 month old daughter of the late Michael Hutchence is christened at a ceremony at St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Sydney, Australia. The surviving members of INXS attend along with members of the Hutchence family. Outside the church a scuffle breaks out involving security guards hired by a British magazine and photographers. One snapper, Brendan Esposito of the Sydney Daily Telegraph, is pushed 10 feet onto rocks. Paramedics, fearing a broken back, take nearly an hour to stabilise him enough for the transfer to hospital. Luckily, his injuries are not serious and he’s discharged after treatment.

In Hospital

1969. Barry Ryan is taken to hospital in Munich, West Germany suffering from burns to his hand and face after a telephone he is holding explodes. He was to have been photographed speaking into a burning telephone to advertise a mass phone-in interview in the evening but too much volatile liquid was used. As a result, the phone exploded on being ignited. Doctors say it will be three months before his face is completely healed.

On Television

1995. Pop Will Eat Itself get carried away during a performance of “Ich Bin Ein Auslander” on Irish TV’s “The Late Show” and cause £ 1,000 worth of damage to the studio and equipment. They claim it is the result of an afternoon of tension between the band and the show’s production staff. At one point they are asked to leave the hospitality suite for making too much noise. Drag-comedy artiste, Lily Savage threatens to punch one band member if he doesn’t shut up. A spokesman for the band later apologises to RTE.


1986. O’Kelly Isley, oldest of The Isley Brothers dies of a heart attack at his home in Alpine, New Jersey.

Music Paper From Today

New Musical Express from 31st March 1973. A copy taken from Rockmine’s almost complete run of U.K. music papers from the last 45 years. 

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