From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Sunday 20th April):
1935. The first popular music chart of any kind is launched on U.S. radio. “Your Lucky Strike Hit Parade” was introduced by Warren Hill and featured the best selling fifteen songs of each week. It moved to television on July 10th 1950 and kept going until April 29th 1959.
On The Dancefloor
1981. Disco Dancers Bridget Pow and Babs Spear set a new world record after dancing for 349 hours at a nightclub in Barnstaple, Devon. They beat the existing record by seven hours and raised £ 1,000 for the Special Baby Unit at North Devon District Hospital. Although they stuck rigidly to the rules, they didn’t dance non-stop. The two girls were allowed 5 minutes rest, every hour and saved the time up to sleep for half an hour, every six hours.
1981. John Phillips (The Mamas And The Papas) is sentenced to 8 years imprisonment after pleading guilty to drug dealing. He only serves thirty days in prison. The rest of the sentence is suspended. He does 250 hours community service that year, attends a drug abuse programme and is given five years probation.
1995. Nick McCabe (The Verve) loses his backstage pass for tonight’s gig at the Bataclan in Paris. A bouncer doesn’t believe he’s with the band and tries to forcibly eject him. During the scuffle that follows, McCabe is punched in the face, thrown against a door and breaks several bones in his hand. As a result, the band are forced to cancel all gigs for the rest of the month.
1999. Later… With Jools Holland (BBC-2, U.K.) Series 13. Show 2. Catatonia – “She’s A Millionaire”, “Dead from The Waist Down”, “Londinium”; Kula Shaker – “Shower Your Love”, “The Great Hosannah”; Imogen Heap – “Blanket”; Terry Callier – “Changing Of The Guard”; Urban Species – “Changing Of The Guard (+ Terry Callier)”, “Blanket (+ Imogen Heap)”; Tom Petty – “Room at The Top”, “Swingin'”; Melky Sedeck – “Raw”; Paul Westerberg – “It’s A Wonderful Lie”. Here’s Catatonia with “Londinium”.
1991. Steve Marriot dies in a fire at his cottage in Essex. Before his death he had been working on reforming Humble Pie with Peter Frampton.
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