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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Sunday, 11th January):

Birth

1958. Vicki Peterson (The Bangles) born in Los Angeles.

On Tour

1963. The Rolling Stones sack their drummer, Tony Chapman, after tonight’s gig at the Ricky Tick Club at The Star & Garter in Windsor. The incensed Chapman goes to Bill Wyman and tries to pursuade him to leave with him and start their own goup but Bill refuses.

In Court

1972. John Lee (singer with New World) is fined £ 10 at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court after pleading guilty to assaulting Mrs. Lillian Zoeller, a traffic warden, on December 29th by throwing a bucket of water over her. The singer had arrived at the Alexanda Theatre, Birmingham where he was appearing in the pantomime, Robinson Crusoe. He was late for a curtain call and parked in a suspended parking bay. Explaining his situation to the traffic warden who was nearby, he was warned to move his car or she would issue a ticket for illegal parking but he rushed into the theatre. A few minutes later as she was reaching to place the ticket on the car she was hit by a volume of cold water and looked up to see a window in the theatre being closed.

In Hospital

1985. Eric Clapton‘s first child, Ruth Kelly, is born in Doncaster maternity Hospital. Clapton met her mother, Yvonne, on the island of Montserrat in 1984. Within a week of meeting, the couple were conducting an affair. Since Ruth’s birth, he has lavished presents on mother and child as well as ensuring maintenance payments are regularly made.

On Television

1977. Rockpalast (WDR, WestGermany) Leo Kottke (WDR Studio-L Köln). Here are the first 8 minutes of the gig – “Up Tempo”, “Hear The Wind Howl” and “Busted Bicycle”.

Death

2003. Mickey Finn, percussionist with T. Rex, dies in Mayday Hospital, Croydon, London. He had been suffering from kidney and liver problems, aged 55,

 

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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Saturday 1st November):

Birth

1946. Ric Grech (Family, Blind Faith) born in Bordeaux, France.

On Tour

1979. Bob Dylan launches his first evangelical tour at San Francisco’s Fox Warfield Theatre. During the 95 minute performance Dylan played nothing more than a year old – and nothing which could be classed as secular. The music may have been great but the songs were “God-awful” according to the critics.

In Court

1971. Singer Danny Williams is jailed for 18 weeks at Falkirk Sheriff Court after he and his wife admitted possessing cannabis in the town’s Metropolitan Hotel yesterday. The court heard how everything went wrong for Williams, who had been a regular in the pop charts, when he was convicted for possession in 1968. His solicitor, Mr. Pat Emery, told how Williams had suffered a nervous breakdown which led to him being unable to work. That in turn led to him being made bankrupt. Williams’ wife, Jean, was remanded in custody for two weeks to allow for background reports.

To The Rescue

2001. After months of uncertainty, it seems that Jimi Hendrix‘s childhood home has been saved from the wrecking ball. The house in Seattle had been sold on eBay in August but the buyer pulled out of the deal. Pleas had been made to Paul Allen who owns the Experience Music Project but he had no interest in it.

A condominium developer who had planned to demolish the building in the next two weeks has agreed to sell it to a developer who happens to be a former business manager og Leon hendrix, the guitarist’s brother. He plans to move the house to a temporary location while a permanent home can be found for it.

On Television

1983. Rockpalast (WDR, Germany) Jack Bruce And Band (Zeche Bochum). Here they are with “Green And Blue”.

Death

1990. Ron Wood‘s father dies from a heart attack during a conversation with his son at the guitarist’s home in Wimbledon.

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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Wednesday 20th August):

Birth

1948. Robert Plant (do I really have to say Led Zeppelin?) born in West Bromwich, England.

On Tour

1996. Whitney Houston gets £ 1.3 million for a 90 minute performance at a banquet held by the Sultan Of Brunei.

In Court

1981. Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy) appears at Kingston Crown Court to face three charges – possessing cocaine, possessing cannabis and cultivating cannabis. He’s found guilty of possessing cocaine and fined £ 200 but acquitted on both of the other charges. The court case follows a police raid on Lynott’s house in Kew Road, Richmond in November 1979. It took the jury two and three-quarter hours to reach its verdicts. Speaking to reporters outside the court, Lynott said he was very concerned about the effect the guilty verdict might have on his ability to tour the United States. Lynott had told the court that he’d given up smoking cannabis after the birth of his daughter, Sara, almost three years ago. he also said that he was unaware of possessing any cocaine. The jacket, in which two packets of the drug had been found, had been loaned to a friend and only returned the day before the raid.

In Hospital

1994. Sound engineer Tim Warhurst falls from a lighting gallery during rehearsals for Take That’s appearance at London’s Docklands Arena. He is flown by air ambulance to the Royal London Hospital where he is found to be suffering from head and spinal injuries that may leave him paralysed for life.

On Television

1975. Musikladen (ZDF, Germany) 20. 10cc; Bay City Rollers; Johnny Cash; Rubettes; The Cats; Paper Lace; ABBA; Roger Glover; Creedence Clearwater Rivival (Oldie); The Seekers. Here’s 10cc with “I’m Not In Love”. 4m 06s.

Death

1971. George Jackson, one of the Soledad Brothers, is shot dead by warders when he tries to escape from San Quentin Prison in California. Jackson, 29, had served 11 years for the theft of $ 70 and was currently in jail awaiting trial for the alleged killing of a prison warder during his sentence which was served at Soledad Prison. His court hearing was scheduled for August 23rd but he decided not to wait and escape instead. During the escape attempt, two other prisoners were shot dead by guards. Two prisoners had their throats slit by those escaping and a warder was stabbed to death. The event is captured for posterity by Bob Dylan in the song, “George Jackson”.

Music Paper From Today

New Musical Express from 20th August 1977. A copy taken from Rockmine’s almost complete run of U.K. music papers from the last 45 years.

 

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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Thursday 17th July):

Birth

1949. Terry “Geezer” Butler (Black Sabbath) born in Birmingham, England.

On Tour

1998. Convicted murderess Pamela Keary escapes from prison in Minneapolis, telling fellow inmates she’s going to see The Smashing Pumpkins who are playing the city this evening. Police arrest the 17 year old at the gig.

In Court

1966. A Munich court rules that The Rolling Stones do make music and not just noise. The city authorities had hoped that the court would find against the group and they could claim back £ 1,270 tax relief for “musical performances” on the group’s concerts at Circus-Krone-Bau on September 14th last year.

In Politics

1985. Mr Barney Hayhoe, Minister Of State in the British Government, announces that the £ 190,000 in V.A.T., paid on tickets for Live Aid, will be waived. The tickets had not made it clear that the fee was voluntary and therefore would be excluded from the tax.

On Television

1976. Disco (ZDF, West Germany) 60. Silver Convention; Jürgen Drews; Rubettes; Bob Dylan (video clip); Peter Maffay; Martin Mann; Vicky Leandros; Smokie.

Death

1996. Chas Chandler (born Bryan James Chandler), member of The Animals, the man who “discovered” Jimi Hendrix and manager of Slade dies in hospital while undergoing tests for a heart aneurysm, aged 57.

 

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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Monday 14th July):

Birth

1952. Chris Cross (Ultravox) born Christopher St. John in London, England.

On Stage

1964. Film-maker Kit Lambert is at The Railway Hotel in Harrow to see The High Numbers play their Tuesday residency. He and his business partner, Chris Stamp have been keen to make a film about the new pop music scene but couldn’t afford to pay any established band. So, they hit upon the idea of discovering their own group and filming its rise to stardom. Before the month is out, Lambert and Stamp will become the group’s manager. By November, The High Numbers will have reverted to one of their previous names, The Who (they were also The Detours).

In Custody

1978. Mick Jones (The Clash), Clash sound-man Dave Jacobs and two members of Suicide are arrested after the local Drugs Squad raid their rooms at the Saxon Motor Inn, Blackburn, Lancashire in the early hours of the morning. Both bands had played at the town’s St. George’s Hall last night. All four men were taken to a local police station for questioning but released after a few hours. Various substances, found on or about the four, were retained for analysis.
Suicide’s luck continued in a downward path later in the day when they were dumped from their gig at Bury St. Edmunds. Despite rumours that this related to their arrest, organisers insisted that their exclusion was due to a late running order. The Clash, of course, played as planned.

Talking of which, it was much rumoured that Bob Dylan would be in Bury to see The Clash strut their stuff. In reality, he opted for the musical, “Evita” in London.

In Court

1989. In Manhattan Family Court, Tom Jones (49) loses a paternity suit brought against him by Katherine Berkery (26) who had a four day sex romp with him at a New York hotel in 1987. She hasn’t seen the singer since he left her in 1987, despite trying to contact him over the birth of the baby.

A blood test ordered by the court proved that Jones, who was not in court, was the father of the baby and the judge ordered him to make immediate payments of £ 200 a month to care for one year old Jonathan. The lawyers will be back in court in September to finalise the level of support. Berkery’s attorney, Raoul Felder (who handled Robin Givens’ divorce from Mike Tyson last year) will be seeking £ 2,000 a week. After the case was over, Katherine revealed that the singer’s lawyers had offered her $ 50,000 to drop the case.

On Television

1982. Late Night With David Letterman (CBS, U.S.A.) Musical guest: Pete Best

Death

1980. Malcolm Owen lead singer of The Ruts dies from a heroin overdose in the bath at his mother’s house.

 

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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Sunday 15th June):

Birth

1943. Johnny Hallyday born Jean-Phillipe Smets in Paris, France.

On The High Seas

1989. Rick Parfitt (Status Quo) has to be rescued from his boat in the English Channel after it runs out of fuel and drifts for two hours.

In Court

1995. Snoop Doggy Dogg appears at a pre-trial hearing in Los Angeles. His lawyers ask Judge Paul Flynn to dismiss the murder charges against the rapper after the prosecution admit that key items of evidence have been accidentally destroyed by a police officer. The judge tells the defence the trial will go ahead and the prosecution will have to explain to a jury why the evidence was destroyed. As yet no date has been set for the trial.

In Hospital Beds

1987. 30 hired hands move 800 rented National Health Service beds onto Saunton Sands in North Devon for Storm Thorgerson to shoot the cover of Pink Floyd‘s next album, “A Momentary Lapse Of Reason”. He had tried in Los Angeles but hadn’t been able to get the type of beds he wanted.

On Television

1973. The Midnight Special, (NBC, U.S.A.) 21. Host: Jim Croce. Guests: Little Anthony and the Imperials; Savoy Brown; Barbara Fairchild; Shawn Phillips; Wishbone Ash; Bobby Womack. Here’s the wonderful Jim Croce with, “I Got A Name”.

Death

1968. Guitarist Wes Mongomery dies of a heart attack in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Babble

Well, I’ve missed the blogs for the last two days. I was up in Elgin on Friday morning and never had the time to get online. Blame a dodgy connection! How anyone manages with BT HomeHub amazes me. I was sitting looking at a dead Safari window for ages. Anyway, I’m ranting again. I left there at lunchtime to drive down to perth and then on to Peebles in the Scottish borders. It’s becoming a bit of a habit. I was down there last year for “An Audience With Bill Wyman” and this time I was heading there for Bob Dylan. Yes, Peebles! Sleepy border town and Bob Dylan. I kid you not.

The event was a private view for “The Drawn Blank Series” at one of only two galleries in Scotland taking part in the release of the limited edition collections of Dylan’s work. The art was originally created while Dylan was undertaking the “Never Ending Tour” of 1989 – 1992.

Breeze Gallery in Peebles pulled out all the stops with a champagne reception to launch the exhibition and it paid off for them. The atmosphere was easy and relaxed, with those attending chatting about the artwork on show and the life of Bob himself. Not long after the start, an array of red dots started to appear next to the framed and glazed pieces which added to the excitement. By the time I left, most of the items on the walls had been sold. There were also portfolio sets of images that seemed to be drawing a lot of interest but with the complete boxed collection selling for £ 33,900 I’d be surprised if that went on the preview night.

The gallery’s owner, Bob Corsie, pictured here, put on a great show and did his utmost to make everyone feel welcome and fully informed. Another great evening in Peebles and a triumph for the Gallery. Well done!


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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Wednesday 11th June):

Birth

1940. Joey Dee (Joey Dee & The Starlighters) born Joseph DeNicola in Passaic, New Jersey.

On Tour

1964. Police break up a press conference being given by The Rolling Stones on a traffic island in the middle of Michigan Avenue, outside Chess Studios in Chicago. According to police, they and the many fans who’d gathered to see them were bringing traffic to a standstill. After a senior police officer threatened to jail everyone, the Stones, reporters and fans moved to the sidewalk outside the studio. The police involvement, the screaming fans and the presence of TV and radio ensured massive prime-time coverage of the event. It was an ideal boost in the middle of the U.S. tour and a prime example of Andrew Loog Oldham‘s love of publicity stunts.

In Court

1992. Tom and Jennifer Crazy Bear DuBray of the Oglala Sioux tribe of native Americans file a $ 61 million lawsuit against The Cult. The couple claim that a photo of their son was used on the cover of the album “Ceremony” without their permission.

In Hospital

1995. Courtney Love is taken to hospital in Seattle having passed out after an accidental overdose of prescription drugs. She is released later in the day. A spokesman played down the seriousness stressing that the hospital is bound to keep patients in for 72 hours if they suspect a suicide attempt.

On Television

2004. Later… With Jools Holland (BBC-2, U.K.) 19.6. Toots & The Maytals; Jet; Charlie Musselwhite; Eric Bibb; Bebel Gilberto; Hope Of The States; Tom Baxter. Here’s Tom with “My Declaration”.

Death

1966. Radio stations in Holland, Germany and France incorrectly announce that Roger Daltrey is dead. The reports come about following confusion surrounding Pete Townshend‘s car crash on the M1 motorway on May 30th.

 

Babble

Once again, the blog’s late up today. I’ve been busy with Rockmine’s Gallery page of rock film posters and taking advantage of the sun to get some photos of the posters. I’ve got 24 online but it may take a while longer to get all their individual pages working. Here’s the link if you want to check them out.

I’ve also got a page up for the Elton John Sotheby’s box sets. These are the lavish, stunning catalogues for Elton’s first major auction sale back in September 1988. 4 catalogues covering everything from stage clothes to furniture. All housed in a hard slip-case. Unfortunately, they weigh well over 2 kilos and signed-for postage to the U.S. would be nearly £ 50! That means they’re only available for sale in the U.K. Check them out here.

 

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