Today In Music, April 14th

From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Monday 14th April):

Birth

1949. Sonja Kristina (Curved Air) born in Brentwood, Essex.

On Video

1980. Gary Numan releases the first commercial pop video in the UK.

In Court

1998. Mark E. Smith (The Fall) appears in a New York court to answer misdeameanour assault and harassment charges relating to his arrest in a Manhattan hotel on April 8th. The judge ordered Smith to submit monthly reports to the court and placed his girlfriend Julia Nagle (the subject of Smith’s alleged assault) under a limited protection order. This will allow Nagle to continue playing with The Fall but will not allow Smith any other contact with her. Smith was ordered to appear in court again on September 30th and released on $ 1000 bail.

In Hospital

1976. Bay City Roller, Eric Faulkner nearly becomes the Kurt Cobain of teeny-pop after taking an overdose at his manager’s house.

On Television

 

2004. Late Show with David Letterman (CBS, U.S.A.) Show #2153. Musical guest: Damien Rice – “I Remember”.

Death

1983. Ex-Pretenders bassist Pete Farndon is found dead in his bath following a drug overdose. Although he had been fired from the Pretenders in 1982 as a result of his drug abuse, Farndon was in the process of setting up a new band with ex-Clash drummer Topper Headon and erstwhile Bob Dylan acolyte, Rob Stoner.

Music Paper From Today

Record Mirror from 14th April 1973. A copy taken from Rockmine’s almost complete run of U.K. music papers from the last 45 years. 

 

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