Today In Music, July 4th

From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Friday 4th July):


1943. Alan “Al” Wilson (Canned Heat) born in Boston, Massachusetts.

On Tour

1975. The Rolling Stones are warned by the Memphis Police Vice Squad that playing the song “Starfucker” at tonight’s gig in the city’s Memorial Stadium will get them arrested for obscenity. Jagger refuses to comply and police in full riot gear surround the stage during the show. The band’s U.S. lawyer, Bill Carter, tells the police department that the band will sue and the fans will riot if anything is done. He also points out that the local radio station has been playing the song all week, and they haven’t been busted.

In Custody

1997. Stanley V. House (Bone Thugs-N-Harmony) is arrested at his home in the San Fernando valley after neighbours report hearing gunshots in his back yard. Although they can find no evidence of anyone being shot, police do find a cache of explosives and an arsenal of weapons including AK-47 assault rifles. The 24 year old rapper, along with his 19 year old brother-in-law Jamar Tarik Cole are charged with possessing explosives. They are remanded in custody pending an appearance in court on the 7th of July.

In Hospital

1969. Scott Walker (real name Scott Engel) is injured in car crash near Sharpthorne, Essex. He was being driven to Brighton by his road manager, Bobby Hamilton, when a tyre burst causing the car to swerve, hitting a tree. No other vehicles were involved. He was taken to the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead for treatment for cuts and shock before being discharged in the evening. Tonight’s concerts in Brighton have been cancelled as a result.

Unlike John Lennon‘s car crash in the remote north of Scotland on July 1st, Scott gets massive press coverage for his crash with pictures of the mangled car in many papers. The music papers go to town on it but seem to have completely missed out on Lennon’s smash. If John had smashed the car on any road in England, he’d have made the front page of every paper in the land but the inaccessibility of the crash site meant it largely went unreported. 

On Television

1975. The Midnight Special (NBC, U.S.A.) 123. Host: Frankie Valli. Guests: Freddy Fender; The Four Seasons; The Hollies; Orleans. Here are The Hollies with “Long Cool Woman”.


1973. Don Powell of Slade is seriously injured in a car crash when his Bentley crashes through a hedge, a wall and into a tree. He and his girlfriend, Angela Morris, are rushed to Wolverhampton’s Royal Hospital where Angela dies soon after. Don has multiple injuries including a fractured skull. He will remain in hospital for six weeks. The accident, which took place in the early hours of the morning, did not involve any other cars. The couple were returning to Don’s luxury flat in Bilston after an evening at the Dix Nightclub in Wolverhampton.


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