Today In Music, May 15th

From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Thursday 15th May):


1948. Brian Eno born Brian Peter George St. John Le Baptiste De La Salle Eno in Woodbridge, Suffolk.

On Tour

1995. The Cranberries free concert in the grounds of the Washington Monument, Washington, D.C. is stopped by police after only one song. 10,000 fans turn up, 8,000 more than anyone has made allowances for.

In Court

1997. A judge in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles awards MCA Records summary judgement in their nine-month battle with toy giant Mattel over Danish pop group Aqua‘s hit single, “Barbie Girl”. Mattel had sought an unspecified amount of damages and the withdrawal of all copies of the song on CD or video claiming that the song associated “sexual and unsavoury themes” with the doll.

In Awards

2000. Bob Dylan and violinist Isaac Stern share this year’s Polar Music Prize awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy Of Music. Both men are in Stockholm today to receive their award from King Carl Gustav. Dylan’s commendation said that he had “demonstrated an impressive ability to question the most determined political forces, to fight all forms of prejudice and to offer unflinching support for the less fortunate.”

On Television

1974. Musikladen (ZDF, West Germany) 14. Mungo Jerry – “All Right, All Right, All Right”; David Cassidy – “Rock Me Baby”; Kenny Ball and The Jazzmen – “Entertainer”; Lesley Duncan – “My Soul”; Mungo Jerry – “Long Legged Woman Dressed In Black”; Lionel Hampton – “Won’t You Come Along With Me”; Schubert & Black – “Ich Und Die Kranke Umwelt”; Wilma Reading – “There Is Something About You”; Hudson Ford – “Crying Blues”; Donovan – “Catch The Wind” (clip from 1965); Kenny Ball and The Jazzmen – “Shine”. Here’s Hudson Ford.


1985. Eric Clapton‘s father, Edward Fryer dies near Toronto in Canada. The two men had never met (Clapton’s mother never married and he was brought up by his grandparents) but by chance Clapton was playing Toronto on this day.


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