Today In Music, May 20th

From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Tuesday 20th May):


1940. Shorty Long (“Devil With The Blue Dress On” and “Here Comes The Judge”) born Frederick Earl Long in Birmingham, Alabama.

On Tour

1960. It’s the first gig of the Silver Beetles‘ Scottish tour with Johnny Gentle at Alloa Town Hall. Offered the job only two days ago by promoter Larry Parnes, the band manage to squeeze in their only rehearsal for half an hour before the show. Their first tour with a “name” act brings out the showbiz in some of the lads with Paul adopting the name of Paul Ramon, George becomes Carl Harrison and Stuart is now Stuart de Stael. Drummer for the tour is Tommy Moore.

In Court

1997. A federal jury finds the Miller Brewing Company liable for breach of copyright in using a song “substantially similar” to “Two Princes” by The Spin Doctors in a beer commercial. The commercial for Miller Lite Ice, made in 1995, showed a man dancing in a bar made to look identical to Nightingale’s in New York where the band had their first break. Miller had asked The Spin Doctors for use of the track but they declined. The company then had a somewhat altered version of the song composed and used that instead. The next stage of the trial begins tomorrow with the search for damages. The band’s attorney has already announced he will look for $ 11.5 million.

In Hospital

1998. Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward suffers a mild heart attack and is hospitalised in London. He and the band were rehearsing for their forthcoming European tour and Ozzfest dates when he took ill. His place on the tour will be taken by Vinnie Appice who drummed with the band in the 80s.

On Television

1996. Late Show With David Letterman (CBS, U.S.A.) Show #0595. Musical guest: Joan Jett and The Blackhearts. Here they are with “Love Is All Around”, the theme to the “Mary Tyler Moore Show”.

On The Street

1997. U2 shut down a major freeway interchange in Kansas City to shoot part of a video for “Do You Feel Loved” from their new album, ‘Pop’. Despite causing major problems for traffic, a spokesman for Kansas City Police Department said that the closure had been allowed because all shooting was taking place between the morning and afternoon rush hours. Why Kansas City? Well, the band like the look of the skyline!


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