Today In Music, October 21st

From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Tuesday 21st October):


1940. Manfred Mann born Michael Lubowitz in Johannesburg, South Africa.

On Tour

1973. 20 teenage girls are hurt as part of a wall and 30 feet of railing collapses on them at London’s Heathrow Airport. The wall gave way to pressure from thousands of fans gathered on the viewing gallery above. More than 10,000 girls were there to see The Osmonds arrive. Many had camped out overnight. The British Airports Authority announces it will review access for fans to ensure this never happens again. The group had been at the airport on October 18th but fans were unaware as there was no publicity. Airport officials have blamed the fanclub for notifying its 60,000 members that the group were arriving back from Copenhagen today.

In Custody

1998. Police in Surrey today confirm that Paul Weller was arrested during the week and questioned concerning an allegation that he sexually assaulted a woman at a party in Farnham, Surrey in 1996. After questioning Weller was released on police bail. The allegation has been made by a 36 year old woman who claims to have been to traumatised by her rape to contact police at the time.

In Court

1966. Wayne Fontana is fined £ 15 by a court in Barking, London after being caught speeding in his Jaguar at 64-66 m.p.h. in a 40 m.p.h. limit.

On Television

2005. Later… With Jools Holland (BBC-2, U.K.) Goldfrapp, Editors, Burt Bacharach with Rufus Wainwright, Brendan Benson, Corinne Bailey Rae. Here’s Burt and Rufus with, “Go Ask Shakespeare”.


1965. Bill Black, Elvis’ guitarist 1954-1957 dies in Memphis, Tennessee.


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