Today In Music, July 20th

From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Sunday 20th July):


1956. Paul Cook (The Sex Pistols) born in London, England.

On Tour

1996. Michael Jackson flies into Brunei where he is being paid $ 15 – $ 20 million for performing three shows. One show will be for the Sultan who celebrates his 50th birthday and another will be at the opening of a theme park built by the Sultan for his people.

In The Press

1940. Billboard magazine publsihes the very first singles chart. Until this date, the magazine had publisherd individual listings of sales for each record label. This chart combined all labels for the first time. Topping the chart was “I’ll Never Smile Again” by the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra with Frank Sinatra and The Pied Pipers.

In Hospital

1999. Radio 1 DJ Tim Westwood leaves St. Thomas’s Hospital in London with a police guard. He had been shot by a Yardie gunman on a motorcycle as he drove home from a music festival on July 18th. Throughout his stay in hospital, Westwood was guarded by armed police officers.

On Television

2003. Rockpalast (WDR, Germany) Mother’s Finest (Burg Satzvey, Bourbonensaal). Here they are with “Dis Go Dis Way”, “Dis Go Dat Way, Fly With Me”.


1977. Gary Kellgren co-owner of The Record Plant recording studios in Los Angeles and Sausalito drowns in a Hollywood swimming pool.


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