Today In Music, June 4th

From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Wednesday 4th June):

Birth

1944. Roger Ball (Average White Band) born in Dundee, Scotland.

On Tour

1976. The Sex Pistols play Manchester’s Lesser Free Trade Hall. The gig is organised by Pete Shelley and Howard Devoto. Their locally based band, The Buzzcocks would have played tonight but they’re lacking a bass player. Meanwhile, Malcolm McLaren is downstairs trying to encourage people into the hall. He approaches Steve Diggle who’s hanging around outside. Diggle says he’s meeting someone about a job as bass player and is ushered upstairs. He gets the job as Buzzcocks bass player, even although he was actually waiting for someone else about the post in another band.

In Court

1985. Elton John is in the High Court in London for his case against Dick James Music. He and Bernie Taupin are seeking damages from DJM, claiming that the contracts they signed 18 years ago were unfair and made under “undue influence”. The two men are seeking return of the copyrights they signed away for life, the contracts to be set aside and damages.

The case stems from investigations started in 1976 by Elton’s manager, John Reid into U.S. royalty payments handled by DJM. Writs were eventually served on Dick James and his companies in 1981.

In Hospital

1973. Bill MacCormick, bassist with Matching Mole is rushed to hospital suffering from acute appendicitis. The band were due to start rehearsals with their new line-up this week but this is the second calamity to befall them. On Friday, June 1st, leader Robert Wyatt fell from a window breaking his spine.

On Television

2004. Later… With Jools Holland (BBC-2, U.K.) 19.5. Faithless; Graham Coxon; Bobby Womack; The Bad Plus; The Killers; Ojos de Brujo. Here are The Killers with, “Somebody Told Me”.

Death

1990. Stiv Bators (The Dead Boys) dies after being run over by a car in Paris. It’s rumoured that he walked away from the incident and died later at home.

 

 

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