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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Saturday, 17th January):

Birth

1962. Susanna Hoffs (The Bangles) born in Newport Beach, California.

On The Road

1972. Highway 51 South in Memphis, Tennessee is renamed Elvis Presley Boulevard.

In Custody

1974. Singer Dino Martin (son of Dean) is arrested on suspicion of possession and sale of machine guns. He spends the night in custody before being released the next morning on $ 5,000 bail.

In Court

1980. Clarence Baker, manager of Misty appears at Barnet Magistrates Court charged with assaulting a policeman on the day of the Southall riots in April 1979. The incident is alleged to have taken place when police raided the People Unite Movement musicians co-operative after which Baker was left with a fractured skull and in a coma. The magistrate dismissed the case for lack of identification evidence.

After a suggestion published in “Sounds” dated January 19th (which hit the streets yesterday), the magistrate was inundated with telegrams from fans and campaigners expressing their views on the matter.

On Television

1980. Musikladen (ZDF, West Germany) 51. Citizen Band; Emily Woods; Gibson Brothers; Madness; Babe; Monotones; Sugarhill Gang; Rachel Sweet; Specials; Fiddler’s Delight; Marianne Faithfull; A La Carte; Citizen Gang; Matchbox. Here’s Marianne with “The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan”.

Death

1970. R&B singer Billy Stewart (“Sitting In The Park”) and three of his band, The Soul Kings, die when the car they’re travelling in hits a bridge support and tumbles into the Neuse River in North Carolina. The car was a one-week old Ford Thunderbird that Stewart had planned to have serviced at their next stop, Columbia, South Carolina where they were booked for a gig.

The wheels were seen to wobble by the band’s manager who was travelling in a second car behind the others. It’s believed they locked up pulling the car into a bridge support. Stewart’s family later sued the Ford Motor Company, who settled before the case reached court.

Babble

Well, there goes the New Year resolution already. I went to bed this morning convinced I’d uploaded today’s blog. It seems that although I’d hit the “Publish” button, I’d shut down my browser before it uploaded or saved the contents. Anyway, better late than never – as they say!

Those of you who read this on a regular basis will know that I’ve been trying to clear out the Rockmine garage for some time now. This started with me listing stuff on eBay and then I moved things to Rockmine itself. Of late, I’ve been letting a dealer come and cherry-pick albums. Last week, he hit the singles and pulled out piles of interesting and obscure stuff.

I got a text from him today telling me he’s spent all the money he allocated for me, a situation we’ve all been in I suppose. One of the real gems he was going to take was a rare Scottish beat single from 1964 – The Boston Dexters – “You’ve Been Talking About Me” bw/ “Nothing’s Gonna Change Me”. It was released on Contemporary Recording CR 102. The copy is Excellent condition and I’m putting it up for sale later today on Rockmine. Strangely, I found the b-side on YouTube. Here it is:

 

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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Saturday, 10th January):

Birth

1917. Producer Jerry Wexler born in New York City.

On Tour

1986. Sting‘s concert at Newcastle City Hall is abandoned and 2,000 fans are evacuated minutes before the show is due to start after an electricity sub station behind the hall explodes.

Back Home

1965. Adam Faith arrives back in London after abandoning his South African tour which ended in farce on the 8th. He denies reports that the incident was a publicity stunt, claiming that it will cost him £ 30,000 in lost earnings and a further £ 20,000 a year from record sales. He had been told that the issue of racially segregated audiences was policy and not law and said that the secretary to the Minister of the Interior had given him the names of five other British artists who had made it clear they would only perform for mixed audiences. The £ 20,000 bond he surrendered to the Department Of Justice was to cover “breach of contract damages” and he didn’t know if any of it would be returned. Meanwhile the Foreign Secretary, Patrick Gordon Walker, has instructed the British Embassy in Pretoria to provide him with an immediate report on the detention of Faith and his manager.

In The Studio

1956. In the early afternoon, Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore and Bill Black begin their first recording session for RCA Records at the company’s studios at McGavock Street, Nashville. The sessions, arranged by RCA’s Nashville agent, Chet Atkins will end tomorrow. By that time Elvis, Scotty and Bill will have recorded “Heartbreak Hotel” along with four other tracks (“I Got A Woman”, “Money Honey”, “I’m Counting On You” and “I Was The One”). During the sessions, Chet Atkins plays rhythm guitar, Floyd Cramer plays piano and DJ Fontana drums.

On Television

1985. TOP OF THE POPS (BBC-1, U.K.) Presented by Mike Smith and Mike Read. Alison Moyet; Band Aid; Bronski Beat; Elaine Paige and Barbara Dickson; Strawberry Switchblade; Thompson Twins and Z.Z. Top. Here are Strawberry Switchbalde with “Since Yesterday”.

Death

1997. Kenny Pickett lead singer with The Creation dies at home.

 

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

Birth

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”.

Death

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

 

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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Friday 29th August):

Birth

1944. Sterling Morrison (Velvet Underground) born in Long Island, New York.

On Stage

1958. George Harrison joins John Lennon and Paul McCartney in The Quarrymen as they play at the opening night of The Casbah Club in Liverpool.

In Service

1991. UB40 front-man, Ali Campbell, is served with a paternity suit at his home in Birmingham. The action has been raised by 22 year old Tiffany Crow who claims that she got pregnant after two nights of sex with the star during UB40’s last US tour. Campbell has previously denied he is the father. A court will probably demand blood tests to settle the matter.

In Custody

1977. Three men are arrested and charged with trying to steal Elvis Presley‘s body from Forest Hill cemetery in Memphis. It’s thought they were planning to hold the corpse for ransom. As a result Elvis soon moves to Graceland.

On Television

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1981. Rockpalast (WDR, West Germany) Thin Lizzy; Nine Below Zero; Outlaws; .38 Special (Loreley St. Goarshausen). Here are Thin Lizzy with “Are You Ready”. 3m 44s.

Death

1998. Country singer Johnny Rodriguez is charged with murder after shooting a friend at his home in Texas this morning. He has been troubled with burglars over the past months and when he heard a noise at the door and saw a figure he fired. Unfortunately it was Israel Borrego, an unemployed labourer he met several months ago. The singer is being held until a bail bond of $ 250,000 can be raised.

 

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

Birth

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”.

Death

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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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Saturday 19th July):

Birth

1944. Commander Cody born George Frayne IV in Boise City, Idaho.

On Stage

1996. Celine Dion performs at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. She sings “The Power Of The Dream”, commissioned for the occasion and written by David Foster, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and Linda Thompson.

In Business

1965. A record vending machine has been installed outside a music shop in the Swiss Cottage area of North London. Pop fans can now get the latest record releases from the machine at any hour of the day or night.

In Court

1995. Elvis Presley‘s notorious Doctor Nick has his medical license revoked by the Tennessee Board Of Medical Examiners for his liberal subscibing of addictive drugs. Much of the evidence which eventually got Dr. George Nichopoulous struck-off centred around his latest patient Jerry Lee Lewis – the “J.L.” referred to in the report of the hearing below.

On Television

1981. Rockpalast (WDR, Germany) Siouxsie And The Banshees (Sartory-Sale Koln).

Death

1975. Country star Lefty Frizzell suffers a massive stroke at his home outside Nashville. Despite being rushed to the city’s Memorial Hospital he dies from a haemorrhage.

 

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

Birth

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”

Death

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.

Babble

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 rockmine.tv 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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