Today In Music, April 13th

From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Sunday 13th April):


1945. Lowell George (Little Feat) born in Hollywood, California.

On Tour

1967. The Rolling Stones perform behind the Iron Curtain for the first time. Their concert, at the Palace of Culture in Warsaw, turns into a riot when 7,000 people are locked out. Police use tear gas to clear the kids who refuse to leave.

In Court

1999. Capitol Records file a lawsuit against Fred Seaman, John Lennon‘s former personal assistant. The suit seeks a declaration that a photograph the company used in a recent CD box set does not infringe on any copyright. Seaman had contacted the company claiming that the photo, which shows John and Sean Lennon overlooking a beach in Bermuda was used without his permission. Capitol were under the impression that copyright to the image was owned by Lennon’s estate.

This is yet another suit in Seaman’s long running dispute with Yoko Ono, who claims he frequently stole shopping bags full of personal items and documents. Seaman pled guilty in 1983 to stealing Lennon’s journals from 1975 to his death and was sentenced to five years’ probabtion. Part of the deal he came to included the return of all other items he had taken but Yoko claims that hundreds of photographs have never been handed over. The former aide claims that they were taken with his camera and that he registered copyright on them.

In Custody

2001. Rapper Jay-Z (real name Shawn Carter) is arrested outside a New York nightclub in the early hours of the morning. Undercover police spotted an armed man getting into a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban. Although unable to identify who was carrying the weapon, the car was stopped a block away and on discovering the gun, all four occupants were arrested. With the 31-year-old rapper were his bodyguard, Hamzah Hewitt, and two friends.

In Hospital

1995. Juliana Hatfield collapses after a show in New York. She is taken to hospital where she is found to be suffering from nervous exhaustion.

On Television


1998. Rockpalast (WDR, Germany) Roger Chapman & The Shortlist; Popa Chubby; Canned Heat; A.J. Croce; Climax Blues Band; Walter Wolfman Washington & The Roadmasters (Biskuithalle, Bonn). Here’s the Climax Blues Band with “Going To New York”.


1981. Country guitarist/vocalist Guy Willis (The Willis Brothers) dies in Nashville, Tennessee.

Music Paper From Today

New Musical Express from 13th 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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