Today In Music, May 4th

From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Sunday 4th May):


1949. Zal Cleminson (Sensational Alex Harvey Band) born in Glasgow, Scotland.

On Tour

1974. Taking an after show breather after a gig in Farnborough, Hampshire, The Troggs are attacked by a group of Hell’s Angels who break into their dressing room armed with a knife and broken bottles. Guitarist Richard Moore is stabbed several times in the back, piercing a lung. He is later rushed to hospital in a serious condition. Ronnie Bond (who’s celebrating his 31st birthday today) is slightly luckier as he’s stabbed only once, in the neck. Reg Presley sustains a broken nose and Tony Murray has his right hand badly gashed by a broken bottle.

In Court

1993. Gerald Jackman, a 23 year old Canadian musician, is charged with extortion following threats by phone and letter that he would kill the members of Pink Floyd unless he received $ 2.2 million from the band’s manager Steve O’Rourke. A spokesman for the Metropilitan Police in London said the band discounted the threat at first until Jackman obtained their unlisted private telephone numbers. Then the matter was handed over to the police.

In The Studio

1964. Eric Clapton gets his first job as a session guitarist at Decca Studios, West Hampstead, London. He records two tracks for Otis Spann (“Pretty Girls Everywhere” and “Stirs Me Up”) playing lead guitar with Muddy Waters playing rhythm.

On Television

1984. Rockpalast (WDR, West Germany) The Smiths (Markthalle Hamburg). Here they are with “Hand In Glove” and “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now”.


1992. Dudu Zulu (real name Dudu Mntowaziwayo Ndlovu), percussionist and vocalist for Johnny Clegg & Savuka dies from a gunshot wound in Zululand, South Africa, aged 33.


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