Today In Music, July 11th

From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Friday 11th July):


1947. Jeff Hanna (The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) born in Detroit, MIchigan.

On Stage

1973. Lonesome Stone, a Christian rock musical, opens at London’s Rainbow Theatre. The production charts the history of the Jesus revolution amongst hippies and students in the U.S.A. As well as a cast made up of volunteers from The Jesus Family the show features the rock group, Sheep. Described as a multi-media experience, Lonesome Stone employs the latest back-projection techniques.

In Fashion

1992. Jerry Garcia (The Grateful Dead) launches a range of eight ties featuring his designs. They go on sale everywhere from Bloomingdales in New York to Tie Rack in the U.K. He’s never seen wearing one himself but President Bill Clinton gets a full set which he does wear.

In Hospital

1977. Garrie Lammin rhythm guitarist with Cock Sparrer has his hand stitched at hospital after being slashed by a broken bottle after tonight’s gig at The Music Machine in London’s Camden High Street. Mr. Lammin, ever the gent, had gone to the aid of a punk maiden being hassled outside the venue by some Teddy Boys.

Talking of Mr. Lammin; his concern over Keith Richards problems in Canada, prompted him to write to NME. The letter, published in the July 23rd edition, reads: “If Keef goes down for life, can ya please ask him if I can have his Dan Armstrong?”.

On Television

1996. Late Show With David Letterman (CBS, U.S.A.) Musical guest: Garbage, making their network television debut, perform “Stupid Girl”


2002. R&B singer and piano player, Rosco Gordon dies from a heart attach at his home in Rego Park in the New York burgh of Queens aged 74. Despite having a string of hits (on the R&B charts) in the 1950s and 60s, he made little money from his songs. He quit the music business in the early 60s after he learnt that he’d lost the rights to over 300 songs, including the R&B standard, “Just A Little Bit” which was covered by such diverse artists as Blue Cheer, Rory Gallagher, Etta James, Elvis Presley and Them. He moved to New York and bought into a dry cleaning business after winning a card game. In 1969, he launched his own label, Bab-Roc, from home, financed by profits from the dry cleaning and was eventually lured back to touring in 1981. His most recent album was “Memphis, Tennessee”, released by the Canadian label, Stony Plain in 2000.


I’m at a bit of a loss today. It’s another festival weekend and I haven’t got a paddling pool deep enough for all the mud I’d need to make the cinema room a truly fulfilling experience. It’s always hard to know what to do in these circumstances. I had considered taking the projector outside and having a festival weekend in the garden but I just can’t get enthusiastic about it.

So, it’s going to be another weekend of recording all the different feeds on the Freeview and terrestrial channels and never getting time to edit them to disc. The big news for this weekend is that I’ve reworked the whole concept and will have a one-page link to EVERY YouTube clip I’ve included in the blog. It really does make for interesting viewing and a great way of wasting time at home or at  work. Needless to say, I’ll post the news when it’s online. 


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