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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Monday, 26th January):

Birth

1963. Andrew Ridgeley (Wham!) born in Windlesham, Surrey.

On Tour

1997. Lars Ulrich (Metallica) secretly marries his girlfriend Skylar in secret at a small ceremony in Las Vegas. James Hetfield does the honours as best man/witness.

In Hospital

1998. Joey Ramone‘s appearance as DJ at Toronto’s Phoenix Club is cancelled when it’s announced that the 46 year old punk has been ordered not to work for two monts. Ramone was hospitalised for tests earlier in the month. Although his management told The Toronto Sun that “Joey’s condition is very serious” they gave no other details.

In Church

1962. The Catholic Bishop of Buffalo, New York State bans The Twist being danced, sung or talked about at any catholic school or youth event.

On Television

1978. Rockpalast. (WDR, West Germany). Roy Harper (WDR Studio-L, Koln). Here he is with “Another Day”

Death

1991. Singer Karen Young dies in Philadelphia from a bleeding ulcer.

Babble

It’s amazing the things you find by accident. Looking for the clip of Roy Harper I was more than a little taken aback to see the man himself pictured in Sky Trax “studio” back in 1985. What took me by surprise was that I set up the interview and live set that he did and apart from my own VHS copy, thought it sunk without trace. It seems that “Rock Arena” rebroadcast the “Pat Sharp Show” session.

I’d set up a small Scottish tour for Roy and was looking to get as much publicity as possible. He was touring in Europe before hitting Scotland, so Sky Trax was perfect to promote him there and would certainly help me. Anyone I contacted in the BBC or ITV stations seemed to take fright at the mention of his name and his promo video for “Elizabeth” was deemed unplayable by most stations. That meant getting Roy in to do a live set.

Sky Trax studios were hidden away behind the Post Office Tower in London and he’s pictured in a loading bay, straight off the street. they weren’t used to live sessions and we were plagued by mains hum that no-one seemed able to eliminate. Happy days indeed! Here he is with “One Man Rock ‘n’ Roll Band”:

 

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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Tuesday 2nd September):

Birth

1946. Mik Kaminski (Electric Light Orchestra) born in Harrogate, Yorkshire.

On Tour

1965. Viv Prince, drummer with The Pretty Things, is escorted from a plane at Auckland, New Zealand, moments before it left for the United States with other members of the group on board. Prince had been involved in several “boisterous scenes” in the airport terminal and boarded the plane banging a tambourine. Even after all the passengers were seated, the flight didn’t close. Airport officials went on board. After an argument with Prince in the gangway, they managed to escort him off the plane and back to the terminal. From there a police officer took him to a waiting car, driven by a member of a local pop group.

In Court

1997. John Denver appears in court in Colorado for a hearing to decide what charge he will face at a re-trial following the hung jury at his drunk driving trial last July. He will either face the same charge of drunk driving or a lesser one of driving with ability impaired. The judge makes no decision but will take some time to consider what to do.

In Hospital

1973. (Sunday) This weekend John Simos drummer with Peter Frampton’s Camel is hospitalised suffering from infectious hepatitis.

On Television

1990. The South Bank Show (ITV, U.K.) 320. George Michael. This 8 minute clip from the show includes George performing “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” in the studio but not the alleged smoking of a joint!  

Death

2004. Michael Connor, keyboards player with Pure Prairie League dies from cancer, aged 55 in Siesta Key near Sarasota, FL, U.S.A.

 

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