Today In Music, April 21st

From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Monday 21st April):


1947. Iggy Pop is born James Jewel Osterburg in Muskegan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

On Tour

1978. 21-year-old aspiring keyboard star Peter John Vitesse (Jethro Tull 1982-86) comes a cropper on his first professional engagement. He’s been booked as part of The Vikings for a summer season at the International Grill Suite in Garmische, Bavaria. Arriving at Zeebrugge at 9.30 a.m., the band is confronted by waiting customs officials wanting to see their carnet (an inventory of equipment they are carrying). Unfortunately the band doesn’t have one and is told that unless they cough up 1/3rd of the value of the gear as a refundable bond, they won’t be able to enter Belgium and travel on to Germany. Arriving back in their home town of Blairgowrie in Scotland the next day, group leader Graham Duncan said he has put the matter into the hands of his M.P., Mr. Douglas Crawford.

In Court

1990. Amy Grant sues Marvel Comics when they use her image in a Dr. Strange comic.

In Church

1993. Bill Wyman (56), marries Suzanne Accosta (33) in the dungeon of the registry office in St. Paul de Vence, France. Following the ceremony, the couple receive a blessing from the village’s Anglican priest, Keith Anderson in the 13th century church of the Conversion Of St. Paul. A reception for the 42 guests is held at the Colombe D’Or Hotel. None of The Rolling Stones attend. It’s Wyman’s third marriage.

In Hospital

1998. Frank Sinatra enters the Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for tests but is allowed to return home later in the afternoon. A spokesman for the 82 year old star later describes the hospital visit as a routine checkup.

On Television

1979. Rockpalast (WDR, West Germany) – J. Geils Band, Patti Smith Group, Johnny Winter (Grugahalle Essen). Here’s a totally bizarre interview with Patti, Richard Sohl and Lenny Kaye.


1971. Ska trombonist, Don Drummond, dies in Jamaica’s Bellevue mental asylum. He’d been locked-up there after killing his common-law wife.



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