Today In Music, October 20th

From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Monday 20th October):


1945. Ric Lee (Ten Years After) born in Cannock, Staffordshire.

On Tour

1964. The Beatles tight schedule means they have to turn down an invitation to take tea with the Countess Of Strathmore at Glamis Castle before they play Dundee’s Caird Hall. Instead, they ask if she’ll join them for tea at the hall before they go onstage. She takes up the invitation accompanied by her Lady-In-Waiting and her private secretary before taking her seat in the audience to watch the show.

In Court

1999. At the inquest into the death of Blues Traveller bassist Bobby Sheehan in New Orleans, Coroner Frank Minyard rules that death was caused by an accidental overdose.

To The Rescue

2000. Two ten year old boys in Oklahoma are saved from a scrub fire moving towards their house when Garth Brooks drives up to their door and rescues them. One of the brothers said that Brooks hammered on their door and yelled at them to get into his truck. They had no idea who he was until a neighbour said, “You just got saved by Garth Brooks”. The singer’s in-laws live a few minutes drive from the scene of the fire and he’s said to be building a home nearby.

On Television

1977. Rockpalast (WDR, West Germany) Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow; Kingfish (Olympiahalle München). Here are Rainbow with “Mistreated”


1977. Lynyrd Skynyrd members Ronnie Van Zandt, Steve Gaines and his wife Cassie plus roadie Dean Kilpatrick die in a plane crash. The other members of the band all sustain injuries.


The blog’s been a bit neglected this last ten days. Blame holidays and decorating. Anyway, it’s back now. I hope you did miss it. 

As you know, the long heralded, never to be memorabilia exhibition in Elgin has been consigned to the bin and I’m slowly moving some of the stuff that should have been in it along with some great memorabilia on to my main site. For those of you who don’t want to be burdened with info about that I’ll be adding a separate posting for a while.

On the blog front, I’ve now got a number of  ballroom blogs although only a couple of them are online properly. The idea was to link some of the best ballrooms and clubs of the 1960s (and 70s) together. Each follows a similar pattern with listings, images and YouTube clips that really do evoke the exact period. The ones for the Avalon Ballroom and Fillmores will also include some of the iconic posters which advertised the dances there.

So, there’s quite a lot happening. If you feel like a blatant blast of nostalgia, why not check out the three that are up: Ballerina Ballroom, Marquee Club or Two Red Shoes Ballroom.


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