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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Monday 20th October):

Birth

1945. Ric Lee (Ten Years After) born in Cannock, Staffordshire.

On Tour

1964. The Beatles tight schedule means they have to turn down an invitation to take tea with the Countess Of Strathmore at Glamis Castle before they play Dundee’s Caird Hall. Instead, they ask if she’ll join them for tea at the hall before they go onstage. She takes up the invitation accompanied by her Lady-In-Waiting and her private secretary before taking her seat in the audience to watch the show.

In Court

1999. At the inquest into the death of Blues Traveller bassist Bobby Sheehan in New Orleans, Coroner Frank Minyard rules that death was caused by an accidental overdose.

To The Rescue

2000. Two ten year old boys in Oklahoma are saved from a scrub fire moving towards their house when Garth Brooks drives up to their door and rescues them. One of the brothers said that Brooks hammered on their door and yelled at them to get into his truck. They had no idea who he was until a neighbour said, “You just got saved by Garth Brooks”. The singer’s in-laws live a few minutes drive from the scene of the fire and he’s said to be building a home nearby.

On Television

1977. Rockpalast (WDR, West Germany) Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow; Kingfish (Olympiahalle München). Here are Rainbow with “Mistreated”

Death

1977. Lynyrd Skynyrd members Ronnie Van Zandt, Steve Gaines and his wife Cassie plus roadie Dean Kilpatrick die in a plane crash. The other members of the band all sustain injuries.

Babble

The blog’s been a bit neglected this last ten days. Blame holidays and decorating. Anyway, it’s back now. I hope you did miss it. 

As you know, the long heralded, never to be memorabilia exhibition in Elgin has been consigned to the bin and I’m slowly moving some of the stuff that should have been in it along with some great memorabilia on to my main site. For those of you who don’t want to be burdened with info about that I’ll be adding a separate posting for a while.

On the blog front, I’ve now got a number of  ballroom blogs although only a couple of them are online properly. The idea was to link some of the best ballrooms and clubs of the 1960s (and 70s) together. Each follows a similar pattern with listings, images and YouTube clips that really do evoke the exact period. The ones for the Avalon Ballroom and Fillmores will also include some of the iconic posters which advertised the dances there.

So, there’s quite a lot happening. If you feel like a blatant blast of nostalgia, why not check out the three that are up: Ballerina Ballroom, Marquee Club or Two Red Shoes Ballroom.

 

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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Thursday 18th September):

Birth

1939. Frankie Avalon born Francis Avallone in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

On Tour

2000. Matchbox 20 are playing Gainsville in Florida but the night doesn’t go well. Guitarist Adam Gaynor has his favourite guitar stolen. The customized Taylor acoustic-electric is described as translucent green with brass hardware and a smoothcutaway design. The band is offering an undisclosed reward for the guitar, thought to be worth at least $ 3,300.

In Custody

1981. Jackson Browne and 36 other protestors are arrested whilst trying to blockade a nuclear power plant at Diablo Canyon in California. It’s the fourth day of protests and so far 966 people have been arrested. The Federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission is due to vote on licensing the plant on September 21st. Until the licence is granted, it will be unable to start production. Environmental protestors are claiming that siting the plant so near an earthquake fault line is unsafe.

In Court

1978. Coroner Gavin Thurston records an open verdict at the inquest into the death of Keith Moon.

On Television

1986. Late Night With David Letterman (CBS, U.S.A.) Musical guest: Keith Emerson who joins Paul Shaffer and the “Late Show Band” to perform a rockin’ version of the song, ‘America’

Death

1970. Jimi Hendrix is taken from a flat in Landsdowne Crescent, Notting Hill, where he’s collapsed to St. Mary Abbott’s Hospital in Kensington but is found to be “dead on arrival”. It’s believed that his death is the result of a drug overdose. A hospital spokesman said “the matter had been referred to the coroner”. For an insight into the differing conspiracy theories surrounding Jimi’s death, why not check out an article I did many years ago for the magazine “Idols” here.

 

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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Sunday 14th September):

Birth

1950. Paul Kossoff (Free, Back Street Crawler) born in Hampstead, London, England.

In Court

1972. The inquest into the death of George Dew, 25 year old road manager with the Storm pop group, hears that he died as a result of overloading a stage cannon. An explosives expert from Scotland Yard told the inquest, at Romford in Essex, that the cannon, which was used to round off the group’s shows, was so weak it could only take an explosive charge of two or three ounces. He said the damage caused was probably the result of three pounds of explosives being used. The cannon killed Dew when it exploded on stage at Albermarle Youth Centre in May.

In Hospital

1965. French singer Juliet Greco is found unconscious in her Paris apartment in the early morning and rushed to hospital. The 38 year old star had overdosed on sleeping pills.

On The Street

1997. English Heritage honour Jimi Hendrix with the unveiling of a “Blue Plaque” on the wall outside his old flat at 23 Brook Street in London. Pulling the string was Pete Townshend flanked by Jimi’s old girlfriend Kathy Etchingham and Noel Redding.

The convivial atmosphere is ruined when Jimi’s father Al Hendrix and step-daughter Janie Wright turn up in a blatant attempt to grab publicity. Although they were sent invitations they claimed to know nothing of the event. Strange then that both the official Hendrix magazine and web-site announced they would be attending.

On Television

1968. Beat Club (WDR, West Germany) 35: Amen Corner, John Walker, Equals, Ben E. King, Nice, Status Quo, Dave Dee & Co, Canned Heat, Arthur Conley, Leapy Lee, Hollies. Here are The Nice with “America”. 4m 32s.

Death

1968. Fire destroys the lakeside home of Roy Orbison near Hendersonville, Tennessee. Two of his sons, 11 year old Duane and 6 year old Tony are killed in the blaze although 3 year old Wesley escapes without injury. Orbison is believed to be returning home after concerts in the U.K. The children were being cared for by their grandparents, their mother having been killed in a motorcycle crash two years ago. The fire also destroyed an adjoining garage housing the singer’s collection of vintage cars.

 

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