Today In Music, April 5th

From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Saturday 5th April):

1941. David La Flame (It’s A Beautiful Day) born in Salt Lake City, Utah.  

On Stage  

1961. Bob Dylan plays his first paid gig at the Loeb Music Centre for the University Of New York’s Folk Society. He’s paid $ 20. In the audience is Suze Rotolo who will soon become his girlfriend.  

In Church  

1980. Still without a name, the band that in less than a fortnight will be known as R.E.M. plays its first ever live gig at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Athens, Georgia.  

In Business  

It’s The Grand national today. Britain’s most famous horse-race, so I thought I’d include this story concerning its venue:  

1978. Japanese multi-millionaire Rocky Aoki visits Liverpool to formally make a £ 2.5 million bid for the city’s world famous Aintree Racecourse. If the bid is successful, he’ll offer The Beatles £ 25 million to stage a concert there. He said, “Yoko Ono is a friend of mine. If they played, I reckon we would gross £ 150 million with records and promotion”.  

On Television
1996. Late Show With David Letterman. (CBS, U.S.A.) Show #0569. Musical guest: Pulp.  


1983. Danny Rapp (Danny & The Juniors) dies of self-inflicted gunshot wounds at the Yacht Club Motel in Quartzsite, Arizona. The 42 year old singer was staying at the motel while he undertook a four week engagement at a resort in Phoenix. It’s said that he’d performed badly and been depressed during the day.  

Music Paper From Today
New Musical Express from 5th April 1969. A copy taken from Rockmine’s almost complete run of U.K. music papers from the last 45 years.
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