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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Thursday, 15th January):

Birth

1949. Ronnie Van Zandt (Lynyrd Skynyrd) born in Jacksonville, Florida.

On Tour

1998. Oasis are donating the proceeds from tonight’s show in Toronto and next week’s show in Vancouver to the Canadian Red Cross Disaster Appeal Fund to help families devastated by the recent ice storm. The band saw the storm’s effects for themselves when they were forced to cancel last night’s gig in Montreal because of extreme weather conditions.

In Custody

1970. The jailing of Welsh language pop singer Dafydd Iwan sparks a wave of protest by members of the Welsh Language Society – 40 people stage a sit-down protest in the foyer of Cardiff Police Station; in Carmarthen 40 students barricade themselves in a hall near the courthouse and in Aberystwyth, 25 people stage a sit-down protest at the Magistrates’ Court. Other protests are not succesful – an attempt to storm the police station in Penarth fails and the protesters are escorted away.

In Court

1964. Vee Jay Records files lawsuits against Capitol Records and Swan Records over the manufacturing and distribution of The Beatles records. At the same time, in Chicago, Capitol Records is granted an injunction restraining Vee Jay from making, advertising or selling any Beatles product.

On Television

1967. The Ed Sullivan Show (CBS, U.S.A.) 902. Rolling Stones, Petula Clark. Here are the Stones with “Let’s Spent The Night Together”. The record received a wide-spread ban on American radio for its controversial lyrics. Both the TV and record companies pleaded with the band to sing “Let’s Spend Some Time Together”. The first chorus sees Mick Jagger just appearing to mumble but his facial expression gives everything away. During the second chorus, the camera catches Bill Wyman raise his eyes at what’s going on around him!

Death

1994. Harry Nilsson dies at his home in Los Angeles from a heart attack, aged 52.

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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Thursday 10th July):

Birth

1949. Ronnie James Dio (ElfRainbow, Dio) born Ronald Padavona in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

In Custody

1997. Liam Gallagher sets off for a quiet evening seeing labelmates Idha at London’s Ronnie Scott’s Club but things soon turn sour. Driving to the club, his Mercedes cuts up a cyclist approaching a junction. The cyclist alleges that he looked across at the car to see Liam make an obscene gesture at him. Some words are exchanged and Liam leans from the car and grabs hold of the cyclist who is dragged along with the car. The cyclist, described by police as a 33 year old man from West London struggles free and cycles away.

At the junction with St. Pancras Way, Liam allegedly gets out of the car goes up to the man and says something. He then grabs the cyclist’s sun glasses and throws them to the ground. Liam then allegedly picks them up and throws them to the ground again before walking back to the car and driving off. A spokesman for Scotland Yard later said Kentish Town Police were investigating an incident and had formally recorded an allegation of criminal damage to a pair of sunglasses worth approximately £ 60. After admitting criminal damage, Liam receives a formal police caution on July 24th.

After the gig, Liam is involved in a scuffle at Ronnie Scott’s with Hurricane #1‘s lead singer (and ex-boxer) Alex Lowe. The incident stems from comments Lowe made about Oasis in an NME interview last month. An Oasis’ spokesman later denied that the two men had come to blows and insisted it was merely “high jinks”.

In Court

2000. Kid Rock‘s former manager, Stephen Hutton, files a federal lawsuit against the star in a New York District Court. The suit, for breach of contract and unjust enrichment, seeks $ 4 million damages from the rap-rocker and his company, Top Dog Records Inc. Hutton claims that Rock (real name Robert J. Ritchie) failed to pay management commissions and terminated his contract without warning on June 28. The latter action breaches a contract signed in 1996.

In Hospital

1981. Jerry Lee Lewis is reported in a critical condition after 5 and a half hours of surgery to remove abscesses which developed after an operation on his stomach on June 30th. Doctors say the 45 year old rocker has only a 50-50 chance of survival.

On Television

1978. Disco (ZDF, West Germany) 92. Dee D. Jackson – Automatic lover; Lena Valaitis – Oh Cavallo; Sunrise – Call on me; Francis Goya – Argentina; Smokie – Oh Carol; Sailor – All I need is a girl; Mireille Mathieu – Santa Maria; Cliff Richard – Please remember me. Here are Sunrise.

Death

1979. Arthur Fiedler, conductor with The Boston Pops Orchestra dies aged 84. He had been conductor from 1930 until today.

 

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