From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Thursday 24th April):
1954. Captain Sensible (The Damned) born Raymond Burns in Balham, London, England.
1981. Members of the rock groups Pretty Nice People and Sounds run into trouble whilst taking time off from their Anti-Nuclear fund-raising tour of Scotland. Dave Cowley of Pretty Nice People gets stuck 80 feet up a 120 foot cliff face, half a mile south of Stonehaven, where the bands have been climbing. Cowley was unable to move from a small piece of rock when the area around him crumbled away. Steve Lake, 25 year old singer with Sounds, climbed up the cliff and ran to a nearby farmhouse for help. The Stonehaven Coastguard Cliff Rescue Team were soon on the scene and had Cowley hauled to safety, uninjured but suffering from the effects of the cold.
1978. Dennis Wilson (The Beach Boys) is arrested in an hotel room in Tucson, Arizona and charged with “contributing to the delinquency of a minor”. Police are called after the mother of the sixteen year old girl he has with him calls them at 3.55 am to say she breached her curfew.
2002. Judge Robert Alsdorf, sitting in Washington State Superior Court, rules that Courtney Love will not be required to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. The ruling stems from an attempt by ex-Nirvana members, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic to prove that the Hole frontwoman suffered from an identifiable mental problem that makes her “unmanageable, inconsistent and unpredictable” in her business dealings.
The motion to seek the evaluation came in the middle of Grohl and Novoselic’s battle with Love over the rights to the Nirvana catalogue. In September last year, Love filed suit against the pair and Universal Music Group seeking to have their contract declared void and all rights to the band passed to her. In December, they countersued to have her case dismissed. In 1997, Love, Grohl and Novoselic formed the Nirvana LLC p[artnership to manage all the band’s assets. Love now wants total control. Needless to say, the case continues.
1967. The Monkees (NBC, U.S.A.) in an episode entitled, “Monkees On Tour”.
1970. Blues pianist Otis Spann dies of cancer in Chicago’s Cook County Hospital.
Music Paper From Today
Disc from 24th April 1971. A copy taken from Rockmine’s almost complete run of U.K. music papers from the last 45 years.
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