Today In Music, April 30th

From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Wednesday 30th April):


1943. Bobby Vee born Robert Veline in Fargo, North Dakota.

On Stage

1975. Ex-New York Dolls, Johnny Thunders and Jerry Nolan make their live debut with their new band, The Heartbreakers. In the audience at Club 82 in New York is Andrew Jakeman (Jake Riviera) soon to be of Stiff Records.

In The Press

1977. A new fanzine is launched in Ayr, Scotland. The eigteen-year old behind it is Mike Scott. The first issue covers everything from The Beach Boys to The Sex Pistols. Mike is a frustrated musician who has fronted a band of mates for some years under the name Karma. One day he will find fame and fortune himself as leader of The Waterboys.

On The Street

1997. Biz Markie is pulled over at a checkpoint in Harlem driving a new Mercedes. He is unable to show a valid driver’s licence but offers police his boat licence instead. Unfortunately, Markie’s licence is currently suspended (for the 19th time). He is given an on the spot fine of $ 250.

On Television

2002. Late Show With David Letterman (CBS, U.S.A.) Show #1796. Musical guest: Wilco performing “War On War”.


1966. Songwriter, Richard Farina, dies when he crashes his motorcycle after the launch party for his book, “Been Down So Long, It Looks Like Up To Me’.


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