Today In Music, April 9th


From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Wednesday 9th April):


1961. Mark Kelly (Marillion) born in Dublin, Eire.

On Tour

1977. The Damned become the first British punk band to hit the U.S. They open four nights at CBGB’s in New York. Arriving at their hotel, they find The Rolling Stones have left several gifts for them – a birthday cake, seven meringue pies and three prostitutes.

In Court

1998. Rapper Mase is arrested in Manhattan in the early hours of the morning after police catch him with a prostitute. At first he’s charged with patronising a prostitute but by the time he appears in court in the afternoon it’s on a reduced charge of disorderly conduct. He’s fined $ 200 and ordered to pay by June 9th.

In The Media

1970. In the face of mounting rumours, Apple officially denies that Paul McCartney is about to leave The Beatles. Mavis Smith, head of public relations says, “This is just not true”. Unfortunately, it was. The rumours had taken hold when Paul sent out advance copies of his first solo album, “McCartney”. Included in it was an interview sheet giving Paul’s answers to questions set by Peter Brown of Apple. The answers included “I do not know if the break will be temporary or permanent” and “I do not foresee a time when the Lennon & McCartney partnership will be active again …”.

On Television

1994. Austin City Limits (PBS, U.S.A.) 247. John Hiatt followed by Radney Foster with Mary Chapin Carpenter. Here’s John Haitt.  


1988. R&B singer/songwriter Brook Benton dies from pneumonia after contracting spinal meningitis, at Mary Immaculate Hospital in Queens district of New York. He was 56.

Music Paper From Today

New Musical Express from 9th April 1970. A copy taken from Rockmine’s almost complete run of U.K. music papers from the last 45 years. 


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