Today In Music, April 17th

From the Rockmine Almanac for today (April):


1955. Pete Shelley (The Buzzcocks) born Peter McNeish in Leigh, Lancashire.

On Stage

1970. Johnny Cash plays the White House at the invitation of President Richard Nixon. The president’s special request – “A Boy Named Sue”.

In Court

2001. The case of ownership of a famous racing car takes a bizzare twist today when lawyers for legendary producer Phil Spector tell Orange County Superior Court in California that he is the rightful owner. The car, a 1964 Cobra Daytona Coupe, valued at $ 4 million had recently resurfaced after 30 years in storage was built by Carroll Shelby and won him a world racing title in 1965.

Shelby sold the car that year to a model slot-car manufacturer, who then sold it to Spector. One of his attorneys said that the producer had thought the car was still held in storage for him and was unaware that it had been sold. He wants the court either to return the car to him or the proceeds from its sale.

In Hospital

1984. Michael Jackson undergoes revolutionary laser surgery to repair damage to his scalp in the burns centre at Brotman Memorial Hospital, Los Angeles. His plastic surgeon, Dr. Steven Hoefflin says the reconstructive surgery covered the damaged areas with Michael’s own hair avoiding the need for transplants or implants.

On Television

A1967. The Monkees (NBC, U.S.A.) with an episode entitled, “Monkees At The Movies”.


1998. Linda McCartney dies in Santa Barbara, California after a long fight against cancer. News of her death is not released until Sir Paul has returned to the family home at Peasmarsh.

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