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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Wednesday 23rd April):

Birth

1939. Ray Peterson, who had a hit with ‘Tell Laura I Love Her’, born in Denton, Texas.

On Stage

1977. Siouxsie And The Banshees play London’s Roxy Club. In the audience are a bunch of students from Hornsey Art College. Led by Stuart Goddard,they are inspired to form a new band – The Ants. Meanwhile, not that far away, the club’s promoter, Andrew Czeczowski, is being thrown off the premises. After running gigs there for four months, it seems he hasn’t given the owners any of the £ 25,000 a year they’re charging him.

In Government

1997. The Texas State Senate passes a bill prohibiting investment in companies that promote or produce lyrics depicting criminal violence, murder, assault, gang activities, race hatred or acts of sexual deviance. The bill allows state investors and pension funds until January 1st 1999 to get their money out of any record labels that might be deemed to be in contravention of the law.

In Court

2001. Eminem pleads no contest to two gun charges in an Oakland County, Michigan court. The rapper is charged, under his real nmame of Marshall Mathers III, with carrying a concealed firearm and brandishing a weapon during an arguement with the road manager for Insane Clown Posse outside a store in Royal oak, Michigan last year.

Sentencing is set for June 5th. Mathers’ lawyers advised the no contest plea in expectation of probation rather than a possible 5 years in prison. earlier this month, Eminem was sentenced to two years probation for carrying a concealed weapon during a fight outside a Detroit nightclub.

On Television

2004. The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Syndicated, U.S.A.) 142. Guests include David Bowie. Here he is with, “Changes”.

Death

1975. Pete Ham (Badfinger) hangs himself in his garage after a period of depression.

 

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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (April):

Birth

1937. Arranger and producer Jack Nitzsche born in Chicago, Illinois.

On Stage

1978. Bob Marley headlines the One Love peace concert in Kingston, Jamaica. In an effort to bring together the island’s different factions he is joined onstage by the Prime Minister, Michael Manley and leader of the opposition, Edward Seaga. All proceeds from the event go to unemployed street kids.

In Court

1988. Mick Jagger is back in the Federal Court in White Plains, New York State for the copyright infringement case brought against him by reggae songwriter Patrick Alley. This time he treats the court to several live performances and plays demos of the song “Just Another Night” in its different stages of completion to show how it had evolved.

At The Barber Shop

1964. Wallace Scowcroft, president of the National Association Of Hairdressers, offers a free haircut to the next group or soloist to top the charts in an attempt to improve the styles sported by bands. He says, “The Rolling Stones are the worst. One of them looks like he’s got a feather duster on his head”.

In Church.

1999. Sinead O’Connor is ordained into the priesthood by a renegade catholic bishop. She is given the name Mother Bernadette Mary in a ceremony at the Marian shrine in Lourdes, France. The ordination is not acknowledged by the Roman Catholic Church which does not allow women into the priesthood. It was carried out by Bishop Michael Cox who recently founded the Latin Tridentine Church, a sect based in Palmar de Troya in Spain.

On Television

2006. Parkinson (ITV, U.K.) – George Michael performs “Everything She Wants”.

Death

1998. Tejano singer Eloy Bernal (61) dies when the bus he is driving overturns in a ditch in Corpus Christie, Texas. It’s thought he had fallen asleep at the wheel. His fatal injuries are caused when he is thrown through the windscreen as the bus hits the ditch. His daughter Rita (23) and son, Edward (27), both members of his band, are injured during the accident.

 
 

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

Birth

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.

Death

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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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Sunday 20th April):

Birth

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.

In Court

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.

In Hospital

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.

On Television

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”. 

Death

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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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Saturday 19th April):

Birth

1928. Alexis Korner (Blues Incorporated) born in Paris, France.

On Stage

1980. R.E.M. play their first gig under that name at The Koffee Club in Athens, Georgia to an audience of 150. The show is brought to an abrupt end around 2 a.m. the next morning when police raid the venue for not having a late licence.

In Court

1995. Snoop Doggy Dogg‘s murder trial is due to open today but is postponed at the last minute when prosecutors say they have lost vital evidence. A re-scheduled date may itself have to be postponed as Snoop’s lawyer, Johnnie Cochran is busy defending O.J. Simpson. The rapper is charged with taking part in the drive-by shooting of Ethiopian drug dealer Philip Woldermariam.
In Hospital

1978. Sandy Denny (30) is admitted to the Atkinson Morley Hospital in Wimbledon, in a coma, after suffering head injuries falling downstairs at a friend’s house. Her husband Trevor Lucas is in Australia on tour with Fairport Convention but is flying home to be with her.

On Television

1977. Rockpalast (WDR, West Germany) with Streetwalkers (WDR Studio-L Köln).

Death

1993. Saxophonist Steve Douglas dies from a heart attack during a recording session for Ry Cooder in Los Angeles. The 55 year old will be best remembered as a member of Duane Eddy‘s backing band, The Rebels before turning to a career as a session musician. As a session player he worked a lot for his old school pal, Phil Spector and can be heard on such classics as “Be My Baby” and “Da Doo Ron Ron”.

Music Paper From Today
 

 

No. 1 from 19th April 1983. A copy taken from Rockmine’s almost complete run of U.K. music papers from the last 45 years. 
 

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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (April):

Birth

1964. Bez (The Happy Mondays) born Mark Berry in Manchester, England.

On Stage

1964. Stewards battle with 8,000 fans to keep order inside the Empire Pool, Wembley during The Rolling Stones‘ section of the “Ready Steady Go Rave Mad Mod Ball”. Meanwhile, upset by the concept of a mod event, a battalion of Rockers turn up looking for a fight. They get one with the police outside the venue. 30 bikers are arrested.

In Business

1985. Wham! become the first Western group to have an album officially released in China on a full royalty paying basis. The album available only on cassette features five tracks by Wham! on side one with five by Chinese artist Sing Ong Yuen on the flip. The Chinese star will only receive her standard fee (equivalent to £ 15) with royalties being paid direct to the government.
The ground-breaking deal is a joint venture between Wham!, their management, CBS-UK, the Chinese Culture Exchange Centre and Hong Kong based International Yamagen. Sales of up to 200 million copies are projected.

In Court

1988. Mick Jagger appears in the Federal Court in White Plains, New York State for the start of the copyright infringement case brought against him by reggae songwriter Patrick Alley. Alley is suing Mick and Columbia Records for $ 7 million claiming that the words and music to Jagger’s hit single “Just Another Night” were copied from his tune of the same name.

On Television

1977. Rockpalast (WDR, West Germany) Tom Waits (WDR Studio-L Köln). Here he is with, “Step Right Up”.

Death

1996. Bernard Edwards (Chic) dies in his hotel room in Tokyo, Japan, after complaining of feeling ill. Cause of death was found to be pneumonia.

Music Paper From Today
 

 

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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (April):

Birth

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”.

Death

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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