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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Saturday, 24th January):


1941. Neil Diamond born Noah Kaminsky in Brooklyn, New York.

On Stage

1969. Lonnie Donegan takes over from Judy Garland in the middle of her 5-week season at London’s Talk Of The Town. The Hollywood star is described as “resting” in her suite at the Ritz Hotel with a nurse in attendance. Yesterday, she had walked off stage after cigarette packets were thrown at her following her late arrival.

In Custody

1980. Paul McCartney has his first meeting with the British Consul since being detained by Japanese authorities on January 16th. The meeting with D.W.F. Warren-Knott lasted about 15 minutes. During that time, the 37 year old singer said he had no complaints about the way he was being treated.

In Court

1978. The case involving Rod Stewart‘s tour band continues at Glasgow Sheriff Court. Two road managers with the group, Patrick Logue (27) and Malcolm Culmore (31), charged with possessing cannabis are found not guilty. Unfortunately, the tour secretary, 29 year old Doris Tyler, is found guilty of perverting the course of justice and is fined £ 130. Police giving evidence against her said that officers answering three different telephones heard her say, “It’s Doris. The drug squad are in the hotel. Ditch everything you’ve got”. Mrs. Tyler was unable to attend the court in person as she’s in Hollywood and unable to travel on health grounds.

On Television

1980. Top Of The Pops. (BBC-1, U.K.) Presented by Mike Read. Barbara Dickson; Boomtown Rats; Buggles; Dollar; Joe Jackson; Legs & Co / Bee Gees; Matchbox; Nolans; PretendersRegents; Sheila & B.Devotion; The Specials; Suzi Quatro. Here are the Regents with “7-Teen”.


1970. James “Shep” Sheppard, leader of Shep And The Limelites, is found battered to death in his car on the Long Island Expressway.


For those of you who thought I’d gone AWOL the last few days, I do apologise. My New Year resolution to get the blog up in the wee small hours may seem to have been abandoned but that’s not really the case.

As you may know, I’m planning to publish a concise version of the Rockmine Almanac through Lulu next month. This has meant making sure it was up-to-date and working properly – which it wasn’t. So, come Monday morning, I decided to get things in order, going through each of my databases and rebuilding them line by line. Two hard-drive failures in the last year had seen me lose numerous source files. I’d tried everything from freezing them to dropping them but somehow, last weekend managed to rescue the last of what I thought was too important to lose.

This week, I’ve been totally focused on my TV database which had 13, 052 shows. That figure is now 19,176 and I still have probably another 5,000 shows on text files I need to check and rebuild.  I’ve spent ages sifting through daily TV listings in various libraries and trawling through Rockmine’s vast store of music papers for something approaching a definitive listing of pop and rock on U.K. TV but those files are the most corrupted. As a result, it’s going to take some time to add those.

That said, I’m relatively happy. What I do have, even now, is a wonderful snap-shot of what we were watching across the years. Here’s what the database throws up (so far) for January 24th:


1958 American Bandstand. (ABC, U.S.A.) Frankie Lyman and the Teenagers – “Goody-Goody”

1959. The Dick Clark Saturday Night Beechnut Show. (ABC, U.S.A.) Bill Parsons – “All-American Boy”; Joni James – “There Must Be a Way” & “Sorry for Myself”; The Wild Cats – “Gazachstahagen”

1961. American Bandstand. (ABC, U.S.A.) Johnny Burnette – “Little Boy Sad”

1964. Ready, Steady, Go! (Associated-Redifussion (ITV),U.K.) The Searchers – “Needles & Pins”; The Bachelors; Cloe; Susan Maughan; Tony Sheridan; Phil Spector

1964. The Mike Douglas Show. (Syndicated, U.S.A.) Louis Armstrong co-hosts and performs.

1965. The Ed Sullivan Show. (CBS, U.S.A.) The Animals – “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”

1966. Hullabaloo. (NBC, U.S.A.) Host: Dean Jones. Guests: The Bitter End Singers, Peter Nero, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, Bruce Scott

1966. Where The Action Is. (ABC, U.S.A.) Ben E. King: “Spanish Harlem; Dick and DeeDee: “The Mountain’s High; Paul Revere and the Raiders: “Searchin'”

1967. Where The Action Is. (ABC, U.S.A.) J.J. Jackson: “But It’s Alright” & “I Dig Girls; The Outsiders: “Time Won’t Let Me” & “Help Me Girl”.

1968. The Johnathan Winters Show. (CBS, U.S.A.) Guests include Nancy Sinatra – “Cryin’ Time”. The Young Saints – “Feelin’ Good”, “I Know a Place”.

1970. American Bandstand. (ABC, U.S.A.) Joe South – “Walk A Mile In My Shoes”; Biff Rose 

1971. Omnibus (BBC-1, U.K.) Chicago Blues

1971. The Barbara McNair Show. (Syndicated, U.S.A.) Hagood Hardy performs, “Eli’s Coming” Barbara sings “Softly, as I Leave You.”

1971. The Ed Sullivan Show. (CBS, U.S.A.) Musical guests: B.J. Thomas, Nancy Ames

1973. The Mike Douglas Show. (Syndicated, U.S.A.) Mike’s guests are The Corneilus Brothers.

1974. Top Of The Pops. (BBC, U.K.) Presented by Jimmy Savile. Andy Williams – Solitaire (Repeat); Golden Earring – Radar Love; Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes – The Love I Lost (Disc); Lulu – The Man Who Sold The World; Medicine Head – Slip & Slide; Mud – Tiger Feet; Stevie Wonder – Living For The City (Disc); Suzi Quatro – Devil Gate Drive; The Stylistics – Rockin’ Roll Baby (Disc); The Sweet – Teenage Rampage.

1975. The Midnight Special (NBC, U.S.A.) Hosts: The Marshall Tucker Band. Guests: Charlie Daniels; Charlie Daniels Band; Olivia Newton-John; Poco

1975. The Mike Douglas Show. (Syndicated, U.S.A.) Guests include singer-songwriter Paul Williams – “Family of Man”, “You and Me Against the World”.

1976. Hee-Haw. (Syndicated, U.S.A.) Guests: Cal Smith, The Statler Brothers and LaWanda Lindsey.

1976. Saturday Night Live (NBC, U.S.A.) Neil Sedaka

1976. Soul Train. (Syndicated, U.S.A.) The Jackson Five

1978. Rockpalast. (WDR, West Germany) Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias (WDR Studio-L Köln)

1978. The Mike Douglas Show. (Syndicated, U.S.A.) Paul Anka co-hosts and sings “Nights on Broadway.”

1980. The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (NBC, U.S.A.) Sarah Vaughan; Jim Stafford

1980. Top Of The Pops (BBC, U.K.) Presented by Mike Read. Barbara Dickson – Caravan Song; Boomtown Rats – Someones Looking At You; Buggles – The Plastic Age; Dollar – I Want To Hold Your Hand; Joe Jackson – Its Different For Girls (Repeat);  Legs & Co / Bee Gees – Spirits Having Flown; Matchbox – Buzz-Buzz-A-Diddle It; Nolans – Im In The Mood For Dancing; Pretenders – Brass It Pocket (Repeat);  Regents – 7 Teen; Sheila & B.Devotion – Spacer (Promo); The Specials – Too Much Too Young (Promo); Suzi Quatro – Mamas Boy.

1981. Hee-Haw. (Syndicated, U.S.A.) Bruce Jenner; Reba McEntire – “Up In Heaven”; T.G. Sheppard – “I Feel Like Loving You Again”.

1981. Rockpalast. (WDR, West Germany) Michael Schenker Group (Markthalle Hamburg)

1981. Saturday Night Live. (NBC, U.S.A. Joe “King” Carrasco & The Crowns; 14 Karat Soul

1981. Soul Train. (Syndicated, U.S.A.) Bar-Kays; Yarbrough & Peoples; Robert Winters

1985. Top Of The Pops. (BBC, U.K.) Presented by Mike Smith, Steve Wright. Ashford & Simpson – Solid (Promo); Chaka Khan – This Is The Night; Foreigner – I Want To Know What Love Is (Promo); James Ingram – Yah Mo B There; King – Love & Pride; Strawberry Switchblade – Since Yesterday.

1987. American Bandstand. (ABC, U.S.A.) The Beastie Boys – “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party)!”

1987. Hee-Haw. (Syndicated, U.S.A.) John Schneider (co-host). Guests: Louise Mandrell; The New Grass Revival.

1987. Saturday Night Live. (NBC, U.S.A.) Debbie Harry

1990. The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. (NBC, U.S.A.) Hoyt Axton

1991. The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. (NBC, U.S.A.) Garth Brooks

1991 Top Of The Pops BBC U.K. Presented by Simon Mayo. 2 In A Room – Wiggle It (Promo); A Tribe Called Quest – I Can Kick It (Promo); Off-Shore – I Cant Take The Power; Queen – Innuendo (Promo); Rick Astley – Cry For Help; Robert Palmer – Mercy Mercy Me-I Want You (Repeat);  The Simpsons – Do The Bartman (Promo); Tongue N Cheek – Forget Me Nots.

1992. The Word. (Channel 4, U.K.) Musical guests:  Boy George, Jah Wobble, Sinead O’Connor, Ride, Jagdeep.

1993. Taratata. (France 4, France) Recorded 21 janvier 1993. Solos: Véronique Sanson; Kezia Jones; Les Négresses Vertes; Jocelyne Beroard. Duos: Véronique Sanson & William Sheller; Véronique Sanson & Dany Brillant

1996. Late Show With David Letterman. (CBS, U.S.A.) Musical guest: Joe Ely

1997. Never Mind The Buzzcocks. (BBC-2, U.K.) Peter Hook, Ace, Clare Grogan, Alan Davies

1997. TFI Friday. (Channel 4, U.K.) Musical guests: Gabrielle, Candyskins, Audioweb

1997. The Rosie O’Donnell Show. (Syndicated, U.S.A.) Guests include Tori Amos.

1997. Top Of The Pops (BBC, U.K.) Presented by Phil Daniels. Byron Stingily – Get Up (Everybody); En Vogue – Don’t Let Go (Love) (Promo); Ginuwine – Pony; Outhere Brothers – Let Me Hear You Say Ole’ Ole’; Reef – Come Back Brighter; Suede – Saturday Night; U2 (Disc);otheque (Promo); White Town – Your Woman (Promo).

1998. Soul Train. (Syndicated, U.S.A.) H-Town; Kimberly Scott; Mic Geronimo

2002. Last Call with Carson Daly. (NBC, U.S.A.) Guests include JaRule.

2002. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. (NBC, U.S.A.) Guests include Chuck Berry; Little Richard 

2003. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. (NBC, U.S.A.) Guests include Sheryl Crow 

2003. Top Of The Pops (BBC, U.K.) Presented by Richard Bacon.  – Year 3000; Daniel Bedingfield – If You’re Not The One; David Sneddon – Stop Living The Lie; Feeder – Just The Way I’m Feeling; Jaimeson ft Angel Blu – TRUE; Libertines – Time For Heroes; Panjabi MC – Mundian To Bach KE; The Everly Brothers – Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots.

2004. Austin City Limits. (PBS, U.S.A.) Keith Urban followed by Rodney Crowell  

2005. The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. (CBS, U.S.A.) Guests include: Population One

2006. Last Call with Carson Daly. (NBC, U.S.A. ) Guests include The Constantines.

2006. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. (NBC, U.S.A. Jamie Foxx performs “Unpredictable” from album Unpredictable

2007. Late Show With David Letterman. (CBS, U.S.A.) Rosanne Cash performing “Black Cadillac.”

2007. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. (NBC, U.S.A. Branford Marsalis performs “Fate” from his CD Braggtown

2008. Late Show With David Letterman. (CBS, U.S.A.) Super Furry Animals perform “Neo-Consumerism.”

2008. Never Mind The Buzzcocks (BBC-2, U.K. ) Sophie Ellis Bextor, Yannis, Tim Minchin, James Lance

2008. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. (Syndicated, U.S.A.) Guests include Natasha Bedingfield

2008. The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. (CBS, U.S.A.) Guests include:  Ringo Starr

2008. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. (NBC, U.S.A. Buckcherry performs from the CD “15”


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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Monday, 19th January):


1949. Robert Palmer born in Batley, Yorkshire.

On Stage

1994. The Animals, The Band, Duane Eddy, The Grateful Dead, Elton John, John Lennon, Bob Marley and Rod Stewart are inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame at a ceremony in New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Jerry Garcia can’t make it, so the rest of The Grateful Dead take along a cardboard cut-out of him instead. John Lennon was inducted by Paul McCartney who made a public display of reconciliation when he hugged Yoko Ono.

In Court

1999. Rapper Bizzy Bone‘s assault trial opens in Columbus, Ohio. The Bone Thugs-n-Harmony member (real name Byron McCane) is charged with assault and disorderly conduct and could face up to six months in prison and a fine of $ 1,000. It’s alleged that Bone , accompanied by two bodyguards, confronted student barber Terrance Harden and accused him of slandering him. In the course of a heated discussion Harden is said to have lunged at the rapper but been restrained by the bodyguards. Harden’s story, which the City Prosecutor believes, says that he was dragged down a flight of stairs sustaining “visible injuries”. Neither of the bodyguards has been charged in connection with the assault.

In Hospital

1978. An unconscious Sid Vicious is carried off a flight from Los Angeles to New York on a stretcher after taking pills and alcohol during the flight. He is taken to New York’s Jamaica Hospital where, after being given oxygen and an intravenous drug antidote, he recovers to semi-consciousness. A spokesman for the hospital says, “He said he was feeling fine but his eyes were rolling about in his head”. Its thought that Sid may have travelled to New York to see Johnny Rotten who arrived in the city on January 18th claiming he had left the band.

On Television

2005. The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Syndicated, U.S.A.) 255. Guests include Wyclef John who performs with the African Children’s Choir, singing their Golden Globe-nominated theme song, “Million Voices” from the movie “Hotel Rwanda.”


2008. Singer-songwriter John Stewart dies in San Diego, California. He was a member of The Kingston Trio, wrote “Daydream Believer” for The Monkees and produced a collection of highly regarded solo albums through his career. Check out “Fire In The Wind” for a taste of the man at his best.


I’ve spent the last couple of days listening to Bruce Springsteen‘s new album, “Working On A Dream”. It has all the feel of a “real” E-Street Band album and the clips available on Amazon show The Boss enjoying himself in the studio, trading chops with old friends. 

It’s got a feel-good feeling to it and the more I listen to it, the more I warm to it but something rankles me about it. I don’t know if it’s a cynicism that’s dogging me over it. I’d like to be listening to it when a new president wasn’t just about to take power in America. It seems laden with hope, from its title onwards.

In interviews, Springsteen has said that The American Dream had been lost but now with Obama, we see that it can be achieved. I worry that even more than with “Born In The USA”, this work will be misunderstood or misinterpreted. My basic distrust of politics has always seen me believe that rockers should be protesting, not encouraging us to believe in anything.

Newsclips last night showed Bruce on the steps of The Capitol singing “The Rising”. I hope the coming days and weeks see his faith in America strengthened and not shattered as politicians have so often done before.

His finest work charted growing up in America’s industrial heartland. He now faces his greatest challenge, to give voice to the millions affected by economic hardship and job losses. Rich, secure middle America has seen its world shattered. Regardless of what happens in The White House, it certainly needs hope in the future.  

As for the album itself, I’ll be back with a review tomorrow.


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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Sunday, 18th January):


1941. Bobby Goldsboro born in Marianna, Florida.

On Stage

1973. The Rolling Stones play a concert at the Los Angeles Forum to aid victims of the Nicaraguan earthquake. The gig grosses $ 516,810 the largest box office receipt for a charity show until that time.

In Custody

1985. Jerry Garcia is bust by cops while he freebases cocaine in his car in Golden Gate Park. He will be ordered into a rehab programme and instructed to play a benefit concert for the Haight-Ashbury Free Food Programme.

In Court

1980. Japanese prosecutors obtain a court order to detain Paul McCartney for another 10 days shortly before the 48 hours they have to charge a subject was due to run out. They have still not decided whether to charge the ex-Beatle or deport him. Despite being in handcuffs whenever he’s moved around Tokyo, Paul’s local lawyer, Tasuku Matsuo, said that he’s being treated quite well but is not being allowed visitors apart from a brief meeting with his wife on January 16th. According to promoter Harvey Goldsmith, Linda is “rather distraught, completely frustrated and confused”. It’s also been said that Paul will willingly perform for free for the 100,000 people who have tickets for the now cancelled Japanese tour.

On Television

1976. Rockpalast (WDR, West Germany) Climax Blues Band (WDR, Studio A, Köln). Here they are with “All The Time In The World”


1990. Mel Appleby (Mel And Kim) dies in London’s Cromwell Hospital. Although she had struggled for five years against a rare form of spinal cancer, she died from pneumonia which developed after she caught the common cold.

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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Saturday, 3rd January):


1964. Raymond McGinley (Teenage Fanclub) born in Glasgow, Scotland.

On Tour

1963. The Beatles first ever tour starts with a gig at The Two Red Shoes in Elgin. Last night’s show at the Longmore Hall in Keith was cancelled due to bad weather. Paul McCartney filled in the wasted evening by flying home to Liverpool and returning this morning. Check out the Two Red Shoes blog here.

In Court

1996. After the jury is selected to try her stalker’s case, Madonna appears at the Superior Court in Los Angeles. Before the jury take their places, the singer asks for a motion to seal court documents to stop them being made public and also asks that her alleged stalker, Robert Dewey Hoskins a.k.a. Herbert Hoskins, be excluded during her testimony to the court. Hoskins is the subject of an order prohibiting him from being in close proximity to Madonna and has admitted that his “not guilty” plea was a planned action to ensure he would be in the same room as her. After arguments for both sides, the motions are denied. Once the jury take their places Madonna, obviously shaken, gives her testimony for the prosecution. The judge then adjourns the case until the next day. The court minutes for today’s proceedings.

In Hospital

2001. Moby is walking down a street in New York’s Chinatown when he stops to stroke a cat. The feline is obviously no fan as it bites deep into the ambient star’s hand. Despite the hand becoming more and more swollen throughout the day, Moby leaves it until the next morning when the pain becomes unbearable and he heads for the local E.R. He’s rushed into an urgent care ward, given a tetanus shot and dosed up with anti-biotics.

On Television

1964. NBC’s “The Jack Paar Show” becomes the first U.S. TV show to feature The Beatles playing live. Despite Brian Epstein having an exclusive contract with “The Ed Sullivan Show”, NBC licensed the live footage of “She Loves You”, shot for the documentary “The Mersey Sound”, direct from the BBC. Epstein’s fury was short lived and although he tried to block the screening, he accepted the £ 225 fee received from the BBC. Without this piece of advance publicity it’s doubtful that the ground-breaking “Ed Sullivan Show” would have had quite the same impact in sparking Beatlemania in the States. Here’s the original clip!


2002. Zac Foley, bass player with EMF dies aged 31. The circumstances surrounding his death are not revealed at the time of the announcement.

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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Thursday 30th October):


1943. Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship) born Grace Wing in Chicago, Illinois.

On Tour

1963. The Beatles, who’re still in Sweden following their tour there, tape a performance for the Swedish TV show, “Drop-In” at Narren-Teatern, Grona Lund, Stockholm. The show is taped in front of a live audience and although scheduled to perform only two songs, The Beatles end up doing four. Here’s their complete performance. It seems very intimate with the audience literally inches away from them and the boys are obviously enjoying themselves.

In Custody

1990. Axl Rose is arrested on a charge of assaulting his neighbour Gabriela Kantor with a bottle after she called police to complain about noise from his apartment. He’s released later in the day on bail of $ 5,000.

In Court

1969. In court:
Peter Hallett, 31, appears at Esher and Walton Court charged with stealing £ 1,400 from Engelbert Humperdinck, a £ 400 wrist watch from Mrs. Jessie Mills, wife of the singer’s manager and £ 500 from Mr. Gordon Jones, an assistant to Mr. Mills. Hallett is remanded on bail of £ 1,000 for seven days.

On Television

1965. Shindig! (ABC, U.S.A.) Hosted by Boris Karloff. Opening medley: Billy Preston, Bobby Sherman, The Wellingtons, Jackie and Gayle, Ted Cassidy (as Lurch), the Blossoms and the Spokesmen, Jim Doval and the Gauchos; Jackie and Gayle; Bobby Sherman; The Spokesmen; Boris Karloff recites; The Wellingtons; The Gauchos with Billy Preston; Bobby Sherman (finale)


2007. Linda Stein, socialite, real estate agent to the stars and one-time manager of The Ramones, is found murdered in her Fifth Avenue apartment. She became an influential figure in the U.S. punk movement during the time she was married to Seymour Stein, owner of Sire Records. After the couple divorced, she turned to real estate finding properties for Billy Joel, Sting, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jann Wenner and Damon Dash amongst others.


Today’s blog has been a tricky one. What do I do with it? After all, anyone who has clicked on The Rockmine Almanac tab at the top of the front page will have seen today’s entry already. That said, one of the problems with that page is that it doesn’t carry tags and so a lot of people who search the blogosphere using them, miss out on it. 

So, I’ll ask you to pander to me, yet again while I put out the complete version of The Rockmine Almanac’s listing for today. A standard blog entry for today is included above but if you’ve got time, check out the full version and let me know what you think. Is it complete enough? What am I missing out? As you know, I can include music paper front pages and was intending expanding this with a “Front Page News” as there are way to many great front pages, especially in the U.K. tabloid press.

Seriously, I’d appreciate comments and suggestions for other elements I can include. Anyway, here it is:


The Rockmine Almanac for October 30th.

1939. Songwriter Eddie Holland (Holland-Dozier-Holland) born in Detroit.

1943. Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane/Starship) born Grace Wing in Chicago, Illinois.

1947. Timothy B. Schmidt (Poco/Eagles) born in Sacramento, California.

1951. Mrs. Nancy Sinatra is granted an interlocutory decree of divorce from husband, Frank Sinatra.

1952. Guitarist Arlen Roth born in New York City. Despite being a tour and session guitarist (Simon & Garfunkel, Phoebe Snow) and releasing several solo albums, Roth is best known as the founder of Hot Licks, the makers of guitar tuition videos.

1954. Actor/country singer T. Graham Brown (Bailie And The Boys) born in Morristown, New Jersey.
1954. On Stage:
The Eagle’s Nest, Memphis, Tennessee: Elvis Presley.

1955. On television:
The Ed Sullivan Show (CBS, U.S.A.) including Liberace and David Whitfield, who sings  “Never Stop Loving You”. 

1958. On television:
American Bandstand (ABC, U.S.A.) with musical guest, Kathy Linden.  


1960. Byron Burke (Ten City) born.
1960. Elvis Presley is at RCA’s Studio B, in Nashville working on tracks for the “His Hand In Mine” gospel album. Recording starts at 6.30 pm and finishes at 8 am the following day. A total of 12 album tracks and 2 single A-sides (“Surrender” and “Crying In The Chapel”) are cut.
1960. Award:
Henry Mancini‘s album, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is the only one to be certified “Gold” by the R.I.A.A. (Recording Industry Association of America) this month.
1960. On stage:
Kaiserkeller Club, Grosse Freiheit, Hamburg, West Germany: The Beatles.
1960. On television:
The Ed Sullivan Show (CBS, U.S.A.) including Lou Rawls performing “Love Is A Hurtin’ Thing” and ” In The Evenin'”; Nancy Ames performing “Be Ready” and “Time After Time”.
1961. On stage:
The Beatles play a lunch-time show at Liverpool’s Cavern Club.

1962. After three weeks promoting their single, “Love Me Do” in London and the North-West of England, The Beatles fly to Hamburg. They’ll start at two week engagement tomorrow at the Star Club, sharing the bill with Little Richard.
1963. Jerry De Borg (Jesus Jones) born in Kentish Town, London.
1963. The Beatles, who’re still in Sweden following their tour there, tape a performance for the Swedish TV show, “Drop-In” at Narren-Teatern, Grona Lund, Stockholm. The show is taped in front of a live audience and although scheduled to perform only two songs, The Beatles end up doing four.
1964. New release:
Alma Cogan‘s new single, “It’s You” is released in the U.K. The b-side, “I Knew Right Away” features Paul McCartney playing tambourine.
1964. Award:
The single, “Oh, Pretty Woman” by Roy Orbison is certified “Gold” by the R.I.A.A.
1964. On stage:
Marquee Club: The Yardbirds.
Gaumont Cinema, Bournemouth: The Beatles play two shows as part of their current U.K. tour.
1964. On television:
The Jack Paar Program (NBC, U.S.A.). Jack shows excerpts from Julius Monk’s Plaza 9 revue, “Bits and Pieces”.
1965. On stage:
Manchester University: The Who.
1965. On television:
American Bandstand (ABC, U.S.A.) 1694. Annual Halloween Party: The Mojo Men – “Dance with Me” and “Loneliest Guy in Town”; Barry Young – “One Has My Name”.
Beat Club (West Germany) featuring The Phantoms, Ian & The Zodiacs, The (German) Blue Flames and The Rolling Stones.
Shindig (ABC, U.S.A.) Hosted by Boris Karloff. Opening medley: Billy Preston – instrumental, Bobby Sherman – “Help”, Bobby Sherman with The Wellingtons – “I’m Down”, Jackie and Gayle, Ted Cassidy (as Lurch), The Blossoms, and The Spokesmen – “Get on the Right Track Bobby”; Commercial: Stri-Dex acne medication with Jimmy O’Neill; Jimmy O’Neill talks with guest host Boris Karloff; Jim Doval and the Gauchos – “Tell Me What You’re Gonna Do”; Jackie and Gayle – “Everyone’s Gone to the Moon”; Bobby Sherman – “Memphis”; The Spokesmen – “There But For Fortune”; Commercials: Arrid Deodorant & Almond Joy; Boris Karloff recites (then almost sings) the lyrics for “The Peppermint Twist”; The Wellingtons – “Some Enchanted Evening”; The Gauchos with Billy Preston – “Bony Moronie”; Jimmy O’Neill talks with Boris Karloff and Ted Cassidy. Cassidy appears without Lurch makeup; Boris Karloff announces next week’s guests; Bobby Sherman – “You Can’t Sit Down” (finale, closing credits)
“Missing” songs (possibly song excerpts, part of a medley): Boris Karloff – “Monster Mash”; Ted Cassidy – “The Addams Family” & “The Lurch”; Jim Doval and the Gauchos – “Out of Sight”; Jim Doval – “Bella’s Bash”; The Gauchos & Billy Preston – “Bony Moronie”; The Wellingtons – “Scully Gully”
1966. On Stage:
Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco – Captain Beefheart, The Chocolate Watch Band and The Great Pumpkin 

1966. The Who play the Sportspalast in Berlin, West Germany. After the show, Keith Moon spots some girls to chat-up. He’s doing fine, until their boyfriends find them. Needless to say, he does the chivalrous thing and asks manager Chris Stamp and road manager Neville Chester to calm things down, before running off. Chris and Neville don’t succeed and are both beaten up.
1966. On television:
Ed Sullivan Show (U.S.A.). Musical guests: James Brown and Nancy Sinatra.
1967. The Jimi Hendrix Experience is at Olympic Studios in London, working on the “Axis: Bold As Love” album. Noel Redding is adding some finishing touches to his track, “She’s So Fine” with Jimi Hendrix and Mitch Mitchell adding backing vocals. It’s likely that a number of other tracks will have had the same treatment as mixing the album begins tomorrow.
1967. Brian Jones is sentenced to nine months in prison at Inner London Sessions after pleading guilty to possession of cannabis at his flat. He is also ordered to pay £ 250 costs. Chairman of the magistrates, Mr. R.E. Smeaton, refused bail pending an appeal. Despite evidence given by psychiatrist, Dr Leonard Henry that Jones suffered a mental break-down after his arrest and is likely to injure himself if imprisoned, the guitarist is taken to Wormwood Scrubbs Prison.
1967. Paul McCartney and cameraman Aubrey Dewar film the dawn in the mountains around Nice in France. They had flown there from London yesterday with Mal Evans to gather some extra footage for “Magical Mystery Tour”.
1967. Robert Stigwood announces that he is to resign from his post as joint managing director of N.E.M.S. Enterprises Ltd. to create a new international entertainment company – The Robert Stigwood Organisation. A spokesman said the resignation will have no detrimental effect on The Beatles. Stigwood’s decision comes after the death of Brian Epstein. He said many of the things he had agreed with Epstein for the future were ‘not now practically possible” and he was leaving “on the most amicable basis”.
1967. On television:
The Monkees (U.S.A.) with a show entitled, “Monkees Marooned”, in which Peter Tork trades his guitar for a treasure map of Blackbeard’s long lost booty.
Pink Floyd appear on “The Pat Boone Show” whilst on their first U.S. tour. Pat interviews the band but Syd Barrett doesn’t respond when questioned.
Later, Pink Floyd play a benefit for radio station, KPFA, at The Fillmore. Also taking part are Sopwith Camel.
Three Of A Kind (BBC-2, U.K.) Co-starring Lulu
1968. The MC-5‘s gigs tonight and tomorrow at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit are recorded by Elektra for a live album. The performances of “Kick Out The Jams” and “Motor City Is Burning” are filmed on Super 8 by Leni Sinclair. The film will later surface at the Ann Arbor Film Festival in January, 1970.
1968. New release:
(U.S.) Jimi Hendrix‘s new single, “Crosstown Traffic”.
1968. On stage:
Eel Pie Island: The Who, East Of Eden, Proteus and David Booth.
Royal Albert Hall: Tiny Tim and Joe Cocker.
Kleinhan’s Music Hall, Buffalo, New York: Led Zeppelin.
1968. On television:
Little Big Time (U.K.) The first show of Freddie Garrity‘s new series (Southern-TV only).
The Johnathan Winters Show (CBS, U.S.A.) 23. Guests include The Craig Hundley Trio.  
1969. In court:
Peter Hallett, 31, appears at Esher and Walton Court charged with stealing £ 1,400 from Engelbert Humperdinck, a £ 400 wrist watch from Mrs. Jessie Mills, wife of the singer’s manager and £ 500 from Mr. Gordon Jones, an assistant to Mr. Mills. Hallett is remanded on bail of £ 1,000 for seven days.
1969. The Rolling Stones are recording at Sunset Sound Studios in Los Angeles.
1969. On stage:
Matrix Club, San Francisco: The Velvet Underground.
1969. On television:
Top Of The Pops, (U.K.) including studio performances by Clodagh Rodgers, Fleetwood Mac, Jimmy Cliff and Joe Dolan, along with film/video of Joe Cocker and Frank Sinatra.
1970. Michelle Phillips (The Mamas and the Papas), marries actor Dennis Hopper but their wedded bliss only lasts 8 days before they split up.
1970. The Rolling Stones sessions for their next album, “Sticky Fingers”, continue at Olympic Studios in London.
1970. New releases:
The Beach Boys‘ new single, “Tears In The Morning”.
The Equals‘ new single, “Black-Skinned Blue-Eyed Boy”. Highest U.K. chart position: 9.
Free’s new single “Stealer”.
McGuinness Flint‘s debut single, “When I’m Dead And Gone”. Highest U.K. chart position: 2.
The Nice‘s new single, “Country Pie”.
Quintessence‘s new single, “Dive Deep”.
Status Quo‘s new single, “In My Chair”.
Stevie Wonder‘s new single, “Heaven Help Us All”.
Neil Young‘s new single, “Only Love Can Break Your Heart”.
Chairmen Of The Board‘s new eponymous album.
Merry Clayton‘s new album, “Gimme Shelter”.
The Hollies‘ new album, “Confessions Of My Mind”.
Elton John‘s new album, “Tumbleweed Connection”. Highest U.K. chart position: 6.
Freda Payne‘s new album “Band Of Gold”.
Martha Reeves And The Vandellas‘s new album, “Natural Resources”.
Cliff Richard‘s new album, “Tracks ‘n’ Grooves”.
Jr. Walker And The All Stars‘ new album, “A Gas”.
1970. Award:
Bobby Sherman‘s album, “With Love, Bobby” is certified “Gold” by the R.I.A.A.
1970. On stage:
Albanay State University Gymnasium, Albany, New York: Derek And The Dominoes.
1970. On television:
The Mike Douglas Show (U.S.A.) with musical guests Joe Harnell Sextet and The O’Jays.
The Partridge Family (ABC, U.S.A.) with an episode entitled, “Love At First Slight”. 
1971. John Lennon‘s album, “Imagine” reaches number one in the US Top 40.
1971. On stage:
Liverpool University, Liverpool: The Velvet Undergound.
1971. On television:
American Bandstand (ABC, U.S.A.) Among the performances is Freda Payne – “You Brought the Joy”.
Beat Club (WDR, West Germany) 72: Champion Jack Dupree, Stoneground, T.Rex, Richie Havens, Passport, Alice Cooper, Procol Harum, Jethro Tull, Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan (on film).
Hee-Haw (Syndicated, U.S.A.) 58. Lynn Anderson – “Rose Garden”, “You’re My Man”; Roy Sanders – “I’m Gonna Walk All Over Georgia”; Buck Owens – “Mountain Dew”; Roy Clark – “My Goal for Today”.
Soul Train (U.S.A.) including Bill Withers, Al Green and Viola Wills.
1972. Elton John‘s appearance at tonight’s Royal Variety Show caused the re-arranging of several dates on his current U.S. tour, along with the cancellation of his Phoenix shows. In his own words it probably cost him £ 15,000. Arriving for sound-checks at 9.30 am, Elton found a small crowd of twenty or thirty people waiting. As he got out of his car, one stepped forward and said, “Michael, can I have your autograph?” Still suffering from jet-lag, Elton took several moments to realise the fan really thought he was Michael Jackson! The Jackson 5 won’t be so easy to approach as they’ve hired an armoured truck to ferry them to gigs during their U.K. tour. As for Elton, he’ll fly back to the States tomorrow to continue his tour.
1972. After an 18 month investigation, the results of police enquiries, into allegations that DJs and production staff at the B.B.C. accepted bribes from record company pluggers, has been sent to the Director Of Public Prosecutions.
1972. Awards:
The Spinners‘s single, “I’ll Be Around” is certified gold by the R.I.A.A. (Recording Industry Association of America). Highest chart position: 5.
Yes‘s album, “Close To The Edge” is certified gold by the R.I.A.A. highest chart position: 4.
1972. On stage:
Marquee Club: Colin Blunstone.
London Palladium: The Royal Variety Show with The Jackson 5, Elton John and Jack Jones.
Edinburgh Caley Theatre: Ten Years After.
1972. On television:
‘Sacha’s In Town’ (U.K.) Hosted by Sacha Distel with musical guests Dawn, Mirielle Mathieu and Labi Siffre.
1973. Pink Floyd continue their recording sessions for the “Household Objects” album.
1973. Award:
The album, “Jonathan Livingstone Seagull” by Neil Diamond is certified “Gold” by the R.I.A.A. Highest chart position: 3.
1973. On television:
The Mike Douglas Show (Syndicated, U.S.A.) 2562. Guests include singing group Creative Source
The Old Grey Whistle Test (BBC-2, U.K.) with a session by Kevin Coyne.
1973. On the radio:
Tonight’s “John Peel Show” on Radio One includes a four song session by Michael Chapman. It was recorded at the BBC’s Langham studios on October 16th.
1974. Gong‘s drummer, Laurie Allan, is arrested for possessing drugs as he crosses from Germany into France. His resulting ban fromm France will cause him problems for many years to come.
1974. Awards:
America‘s album, “Holiday” is certified gold by the R.I.A.A. Highest chart position: 5.
Neil Diamond‘s album, “Serenade” is certified gold by the R.I.A.A. Highest chart position: 4.
1975. Bob Dylan opens his Rolling Thunder Review tour at the War Memorial Auditorium in Plymouth, Massachusetts
1975. Award:
Elton John‘s album “Rock Of The Westies” is certified gold by the BPI. It was released on October 24th. Highest chart position: 5.
1975. On television:
Top Of The Pops (BBC-1, U.K.) Presented by Ed Stewart. Includes studio performances by George McCrae and Maxine Nightingale, along with videos of David Bowie, Deb Clarke, Art Garfunkel and Esther Phillips. There are also repeat (video performances) by Abba, Morris Albert, Justin Hayward & John Lodge and Hello. Pan’s People dance to The Chequers‘ “Rock On Brother”.
1976. Elvis Presley has a recording session in The Jungle Room at Graceland. Recording starts at 9 pm, with three three-hour sessions, finishing at 8 am the following day. One album track (“He’ll Have To Go”) is cut.
1976. On television:
American Bandstand (ABC, U.S.A.) 2248. Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr. – “You Don’t Have to Be a Star, Baby”; Flash Cadillac and the Continental Kids – “Did You Boogie?”
Hee-Haw (Syndicated, U.S.A.) 188. C.W. McCall – “Convoy”, “Crispy Critters”; Crystal Gayle – “Somebody Loves You”; Brush Arbor (band) – “Long as You Still Love Me”; Buck Owens and the Buckaroos – “Act Naturally”; Roy Clark – “Have I Stayed Away Too Long?”; The Hagers – “Movin’ On”.
Saturday Night Live (U.S.A.) with musical guests The Band.
Soul Train (U.S.A.)  including The Undisputed Truth, Impact and Carl Douglas.
1977. The Rolling Stones sessions for their next album, “Some Girls”, continue at Pathe Marconi EMI’s studios in Paris.
1977. On stage:
Marquee Club: Grand Hotel and Smiler.
Rainbow Theatre: Roy Harper & Black Sheep.
Roundhouse: Dave Edmunds’ Rockpile, The Motors and Flying Aces.
Edinburgh Usher Hall: Alan Stivell.
Glasgow Apollo: The Jam and The Piranhas.
Manchester Apollo: Smokie.
1978. Awards:
Village People‘s single, “Macho Man” is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
Ted Nugent‘s album, “Weekend Warriors” is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
The Marshall Tucker Band‘s album, “Greatest Hits” is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
1978. On stage:
Marquee Club: The Smirks.
Hammersmith Odeon: Steve Hackett.
Wembley Arena: Santana.
Manchester Apollo: Budgie.
1978. On television:
 Disco (ZDF, West Germany) 95.  Luv’ – You’re the greatest lover; Wolfgang Petry – Gianna (Liebe im Auto); Tom Paxton – The last thing on my mind; Rosetta Stone – Sheila; Luisa Fernandez – Give love a second chance; Gebrüder Blattschuß – Kreuzberger Nächte; Bino – Mama Leone; Boney M – Rasputin
1978. On the radio:
Tonight’s “John Peel Show” on Radio One includes a four song session by Angelic Upstarts, recorded at the BBC’s Maida Vale studios on October 24th and a four track session by Elvis Costello And The Attractions, recorded at the same studios on October 23rd.
1979. New release: Pink Floyd‘s album, “The Wall”.
1979. Awards:
Stevie Wonder‘s album “Journey Through The Secret Life Of Plants” is certified gold by the BPI. It was released today and qualified for its award on pre-sales alone. Highest chart position: 8.
 L.T.D.‘s album, “Devotion” is certified gold by the R.I.A.A
1979. On stage:
Marquee Club: The Piranhas.
Wembley Stadium: Supertramp.
1979. On television:
The Old Grey Whistle Test (U.K.) with sessions by Landscape and Bruce Wooley & The Camera Club.
1980. Award:
Pat Benatar‘s album, “Crimes Of Passion” is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A
1980. The Rolling Stones are still recording at Pathe Marconi EMI’s studios in Paris, working on their next album, “Tattoo You”.
1980. The Specials open a series of charity gigs at Islington’s Hope And Anchor tonight. Called “Blanket Coverage” the gigs will pay for blankets and duvets to combat hypothermia amongst the elderly in the borough. It’s also hoped that some funds will be available to help with paying heating bills. Distribution and organisation is being arranged by the local Home Help department. Eleven other bands will be playing during the fourteen nights. They are The Skids, The Only Ones, Pauline Murray and John Cooper Clark, The Damned, Sector 27, Madness, Bad Manners, The Revillos, The Rumour, Selector and Ian Dury And The Blockheads.
1980. On stage:
Marquee Club: The Revillos.
100 Club: Pressure Shock (lunchtime); Local Heroes (evening).
Hammersmith Odeon: Ry Cooder.
Edinburgh Usher Hall: Elkie Brooks.
Glasgow Apollo: The Jam and The Piranhas.
Manchester Apollo: Captain Beefheart and Comsat Angels.
1980. On television:
Rockpalast (West Germany) featuring Magazine and The Schroeder Roadshow live at the Metropol, Berlin.
Top Of The Pops (U.K.) presented by Peter Powell and Colin Berry. Includes a studio performance by Adam & The Ants, along with videos of Sheana Easton, Olivia Newton-John, Odyssey and Barbra Streisand. There are also repeat (video) performances by Bad Manners and Showaddywaddy. Pan’s People dance to David Bowie‘s “Fashion”.
1980. Awards:
Roxy Music‘s album “Flesh And Blood” is certified platinum by the BPI. It was released in May this year. Highest chart position: 1.
The Shadows‘ album “Change Of Address” is certified silver by the BPI. It was released on August 1st this year. Highest chart position: 17.
1981. Gary Numan is stuck in Frobisher Bay, on Baffin Island, only 200 miles from the Arctic Circle, with an oil leak on his Piper Navaho aircraft. This is the second time one of his round the world flights has run into problems. His mother, Mrs. Beryl Webb, announced today that two engineers had examined the plane and were awaiting the arrival of a third. If a new engine was needed, then one was ready and waiting. Meanwhile, a spokesman for one of Numan’s companies said the pop star’s father, Mr. Tony Webb, had arrived in Toronto to help arrange the repairs. Numan and his aircraft are some 1500 miles from there. It’s hoped that if the repairs can be carried out, then the flight will re-commence on Wednesday, November 4th.
1981. New releases:
George Benson‘s new single, “Turn Your Love Around”. Highest U.K. chart position: 29.
John Foxx‘s new single, “Dancing Like A Gun”.
The Kinks‘ new single, “Predictable”.
Ultravox’s new single, “The Voice”. Highest U.K. chart position: 16.
1981. Awards:
OMD‘s album “Architecture & Morality” is certified gold by the BPI. Highest chart position: 3.

1981. The Rolling Stones‘ album, “Tattoo You” is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A
1981. On stage:
Marquee Club: The Byron Band.
Hammersmith Odeon: Greg Lake Band and Voyager.
Glasgow Shawlands Academy: H2O.
Liverpool Royal Court Theatre: Bad Manners.
1981. On television:
American Bandstand (ABC, U.S.A.) American Bandstand’s 30th Anniversary Special. Kim Carnes – “Bette Davis Eyes”; Stevie Wonder – “Master Blaster”; The Beach Boys – medley of hits (“Good Vibrations”, “Help Me Rhonda”, “I Get Around,” etc.); Rod Stewart – “Young Turks” (performance videotaped on rooftop); Teddy Pendergrass – “Greatest Inspiration”; The Oak Ridge Boys – “Elvira”; Connie Francis – medley of hits (“Among My Souvenirs,” “Stupid Cupid,” “Lipstick on Your Collar,” “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool,” “Who’s Sorry Now” and “Where the Boys Are”); Barry Manilow – “The Old Songs”; Earth, Wind, and Fire – “Let’s Groove”; Frankie Laine – medley of hits including “Jezebel,” “High Noon”(“Do Not Forsake Me”), “Mule Train,” “I Believe”; The Righteous Brothers – “Rock and Roll Heaven” (Updated version of 1974 song); Finale: All-Star Supergroup performs “Rock Around the Clock”

1982. The Jam announce they have broken up.

1982. Mari Wilson insures her bee-hive hair-do for £ 100,000.
1982. On stage:
Marquee Club: Glitter Band.
Dundee Caird Hall: Duran Duran and The Church.
Glasgow Apollo: Diamond Head.
Manchester Apollo: Chris De Burgh and Dean Friedman.
1982. On television:
American Bandstand (ABC, U.S.A.) 2524. Janet Jackson “Young Love” and “Come Give Your Love To Me”; Laura Branigan – “Gloria”. Both listed artists are making their television debuts. 
Saturday Night Live (U.S.A.) with musical guests The New Joe Jackson Band.
Soul Train (U.S.A.) including A salute to Lionel Richie, Ozone and Hal Jackson’s Talented Teens.
1983. On stage:
Marquee Club: The Sinatras.
Hammersmith Odeon: Paul Young & The Royal Family.
Edinburgh Playhouse: Michael Schenker Group and Wildlife.
Manchester Jilly’s: Toy Dolls.
1983. On television:
Rockpalast (West Germany) featuring Telephone live at Zeche, Bochum.
1984. Awards:
AC/DC‘s albums, “For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)”, “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” and “Highway To Hell” are all certified 2 X platinum by the R.I.A.A. Their album, “Back In Black” also gets a certification for 5 X platinum.
The Blues Brothers‘ album, “Briefcase Full Of Blues” is certified 2 X platinum by the R.I.A.A.
The Cars‘ album, “Heartbeat City” is certified 2 X platinum by the R.I.A.A.
Foreigner‘s album, “Head Games” is certified 2 X platinum by the R.I.A.A. while their albums, “4” and “Double Vision” both get 5 X platinum.
The Jacksons‘ album, “Victory” is certified 2 X platinum by the R.I.A.A.
Michael Jackson‘s album, “Thriller” is certified 20 X platinum by the R.I.A.A.!
Led Zeppelin‘s album, “The Song Remains The Same” is certified 2 X platinum by the R.I.A.A while their album “In Through The Out Door” gets 3 X platinum.
Stevie Nicks‘ album, “Bella Donna” is certified 3 X platinum by the R.I.A.A.
The Rolling Stones‘ album, “Tattoo You” is certified 3 X platinum by the R.I.A.A.
Linda Ronstadt‘s album, “What’s New” is certified 2 X platinum by the R.I.A.A.
1984. On stage:
Marquee Club: Immaculate Fools.
100 Club: Broken Bones and The Accursed.
Wembley Conference Centre: Roberta Flack.
Glasgow Mayfair: Grand Slam (Phil Lynott‘s new band).
1984. On television:
Whistle Test (BBC-2, U.K.) with a session by Everything But The Girl plus a film report on Bruce Springsteen in Philadelphia.
1985. On stage:
Marquee Club: Screaming Blue Messiahs.
100 Club: Alan Gresty/Brian White All-Stars.
Wembley Arena: George Benson.
Liverpool University: Marc Almond & The Willing Sinners.
1985. Kate Bush‘s album “Hounds Of Love” is certified platinum by the BPI. It was released on September 16, this year. Highest chart position: 1.
1985. On television:
Soul Train (U.S.A.) featuring The Thompson Twins and The Jets.
1985. On the radio:
Today’s edition of Janice Long‘s “The Evening Show” on Radio One includes a four song session by Cactus World News. It was recorded at the BBC’s Maida Vale studios on October 16th.
1986. Craig Gannon plays his last gig with the The Smiths at Manchester Free Trade Hall: The Smiths. Gannon left the gig unaware that he was out of the band. Neither Morrissey nor Marr bothered to tell him. They merely passed a message to him via Gary Rostock of Easterhouse. Morrissey later said that Gannon had to be forced to turn up in the studio and “was lazy”. He also said that, “He had nothing to say and nothing to contribute”.
1986. Boston‘s album, “Don’t Look Back” is certified 4 X platinum by the R.I.A.A. Highest U.S. chart position: 2 (October 1978). Their album, “Boston” also gets a certification for 9 X platinum. Highest U.S. chart position: 3 (December 1976).
1986. On stage:
Marquee Club: Terraplane.
100 Club: The Kick, The Moment and The Reflections.
Wembley Arena: Joan Armatrading.
Edinburgh Playhouse: W.A.S.P. and Warlock.
1986. On television:
Top Of The Pops (BBC-1, U.K.), presented by Janice Long. Includes studio performances by Gwen Guthrie, Mel & Kim, Catherine Stock and Kim Wilde, along with videos of Berlin, Nick Berry and Status Quo.
Late Night With David Letterman (U.S.A.) with musical guest David Sanborn.
1986. On the radio:
Today’s edition of Janice Long‘s “The Evening Show” on Radio One includes a three song session by The Botany 500. It was recorded at the BBC’s Maida Vale studios on October 5th.
1987. Awards:
Sisters Of Mercy‘s album “First And Last And Always” is finally certified silver by the BPI. It was released on March 15 1985!
1987. On stage:
Marquee Club: Blues ‘N” Trouble.
100 Club: The Boogie Brothers.
Liverpool Empire: David Essex.
1987. On television:
Late Night With David Letterman (U.S.A.) with musical guests David Sanborn and Dave Mason.
The Last Resort with Jonathan Ross (Channel 4, U.K.) Musical Guest: Chris Isaak
1988. On stage:
Marquee Club: Something Happens! and The Milltown Brothers.
100 Club: Juice On The Loose and Jo-Jab.
Edinburgh Playhouse: Deacon Blue.
Glasgow Barrowlands: Uriah Heep and Excalibur.
1989. Award:
Elton John‘s album, “Sleeping With The Past” is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
1989. New releases:
Bad English‘s new single, “When I See You Smile”
The Beatles‘ single, “Something” on CD for the first time as well as being re-issued on vinyl and as a picture disc.
Indigo Girls‘ new single, “Closer To Fine”.
Killdozer re-issue their EP, “Intellectuals Are the Shoeshine Boys Of The Ruling Elite” and a new album “Twelve Point Buck”.
The Lightning Seeds‘ new single, “Joy”.
Richard Marx‘s new single, “Angelia”.
The Saints‘ new album, “Prodigal Son”.
Jimmy Somerville‘s debut solo single, “(Comment Te Dire) Adieu”. Highest U.K. chart position: 14.
David Sylvian‘s new single, “Pop Song”.
Thunder‘s new single “She’s So Fine”.
Wolfsbane‘ new single, “Shakin'”.
J.J. Cale‘s first new album for six years, “Travel-Log”.
Will Downing‘s new album, “Come Together As One”.
Gorky Park‘s debut UK album “Gorky Park”.
John Lee Hooker’s new album, “The Healer”.
Jermaine Jackson’s first album for three years, “Don’t Take It Personal”.
Cliff Richard‘s new album, “The Best Of Me”.
Wet Wet Wet‘s new album, “Holding Back The River”.
1989. On stage:
Marquee Club: The Bollock Brothers and The Chemistry Set.
Hammersmith Odeon: The Dogs D’Amour and Under Neath What.
Glasgow Barrowlands: Fish and The Flame.
1990. R.E.M. are on their last day of recording final overdubs and vocal tracks for “Out Of Time” at John Keane‘s Studio in Athens, Georgia.
1990. Axl Rose is arrested on a charge of assaulting his neighbour Gabriela Kantor with a bottle after she called police to complain about noise from his house. He’s released later in the day on bail of $ 5,000.
1990. New release:
The Traveling Wilburys‘ album, “The Traveling Wilburys Volume 3” is released in the U.S.A. Despite the title, it’s the band’s second album. No Volume 2 has ever been officially released. The group’s pseudonyms have all been changed for this release with Bob Dylan becoming Boo Wilbury; George Harrison is Spike; Jeff Lynne is Clayton and Tom Petty is now Muddy.
1990. Awards:
Maxi Priest‘s single, “Close To You” is certified gold by the R.I.A.A
Garth Brooks‘ album, “No Fences” is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.
1990. On stage:
Marquee Club: Wendy Rage and Skin Games.
Wembley Arena: The Grateful Dead.
Edinburgh Playhouse: Hall And Oates.
Glasgow Barrowlands: The Charlatans and Easy.
Liverpool Polytcehnic: Blur.
1990. On television:
Late Night With David Letterman (U.S.A.) with musical guests The Neville Brothers.
1991. Tonight’s Bryan Adams‘ concert at Glasgow’s Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre sets the record for the largest all standing indoor concert ever held in Britain. The crowd of 12,000 was allowed after the venue applied for en extension to their licence after overwhelming demand for tickets.
1991. James have to cancel their appearance tonight at the University Of East Anglia in Norwich when singer Tim Booth is overcome by a throat problem. To avoid the show being cancelled Thousand Yard Stare, who have been supporting James, take over headlining duties for the night.
1991. Awards:
Kenny G‘s album, “G-Force” is certified gold by the R.I.A.A. (Recording Industry Association of America).
The Alan Parsons Project’s album, “Best Of The Alan Parsons Project” is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
1991. On stage:
Marquee Club: Loves Young Nightmare and Flower Drum.
Glasgow Queen Margaret Union: Nirvana.
1992. On stage:
Marquee Club: Stereo MC’s and Blade.
Edinburgh College Of Art: Anti-Nazi League Benefit with One People, Fenn, Two Tone Committee and The Mutiny Strings.
Glasgow King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut: Gallon Drunk and Breed.
1992. On television:
Sounds Of The Sixties (U.K.). Another chance for BBC-2 to raid Auntie’s archives. Includes Joe Cocker, Jimi Hendrix, The Nice, Pink Floyd and The Who.
The Word (U.K.). First show of a new season. Includes Neneh Cherry, Vanessa Paradis and The Sandals.
Late Night With David Letterman (U.S.A.) Musical guest: Peter Frampton.
1993. Nirvana‘s concert at the Hara Arena in Dayton, Ohio comes to an abrupt halt. Kurt Cobain, believing the band’s first drummer Chad Channing is in the hall, calls for him to join them onstage. He refuses to restart the gig until Channing appears but he’s not there. After ten minutes, Cobain is eventually persuaded that he’s not in the audience and gets on with the show. Channing, unaware of the chaos caused by his absence, hears a tape of the concert five years later and describes it as “pretty funny”.
1993. On stage:
Marquee Club: Neurosis, Pitchshifter and Grotus.
Glasgow King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut: Pele.
1993. On television:
Taratata (France 4, France). No. 31. Includes solo performances by Alain Chamfort, Faubert, Paul Young, The Pogues and Nina Moratto, along with duets by Alain Chamfort with Viktor Lazlo and Alain Chamfort with Richard Berry.
Soul Train (U.S.A.) including MC Lyte, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly and Mica Paris.
1994. On television:
Good Morning America (ABC, U.S.A.) with They Might Be Giants
1995. The Shirelles are inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame.
1995. New releases:
Goldie re-issues the single “Inner City Life” as a re-mix.
Oasis‘ new single, “Wonderwall”. Highest U.K. chart position: 2.
Saint Etienne‘s new single, “He’s On The Phone”. Highest U.K. chart position: 11.
Spiritualized‘s new single, “Lay Back In The Sun”.
Super Furry Animals‘ new EP, “Moog Droog”.
The Wannadies‘ new single, “Might Be Stars”.
Asian Dub Foundation‘s new album, “Facts And Fictions”.
Catherine Wheel‘s new album, “Happy Days”.
Happy Mondays‘ new album, “Loads And Loads More”.
Human League‘s best-of album, “The Greatest Hits”.
1995. On stage:
Bloomsbury Theatre: Ray Davies. An evening of acoustic songs, musical words and readings from “X-Ray”.
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall: Joan Baez.
Liverpool Casbah Club: The Pete Best Band.
1996. Awards:
Shania Twain‘s eponymous album is certified gold by the R.I.A.A. (Recording Industry Association of America).
Garth Brooks‘ album, “The Hits” is certified 9 X platinum by the R.I.A.A.
The Cranberries‘ album, “No Need To Argue” is certified 7 X platinum by the R.I.A.A.
Celine Dion‘s album, “The Colour Of My Love” is certified 4 X platinum by the R.I.A.A.
Melissa Etheridge‘s album, “Yes I Am” is certified 6 X platinum by the R.I.A.A.
Vanessa Williams‘ album, “The Comfort Zone” is certified 3 X platinum by the R.I.A.A.
1996. On television:
Later… With Jools Holland (BBC-2, U.K.) First show of series 8. Kula Shaker – “Govinda”, “Smart Dogs”; Joe Cocker – “Delta Lady”, “Drown In My Own Tears (+ Nu Colours)”, “Can’t Find My Way Home”; The Blue Nile – “Body and Soul”, “Tinseltown In The Rain”; Jackson Browne – “The Barricades Of Heaven”, “The Two Of Me, The Two Of You”; Orbital – “Satan”  
Soul Train (U.S.A.) featuring Take 6Alfonso Hunter and 112.
The Rosie O’Donnell Show (Syndicated, U.S.A.). Guests include RuPaul
1997. It’s announced today that Jewel has signed a $2 million deal with the publishers Harper Collins for two books. One will be a volume of poetry and the other will be her autobiography. Harper Collins beat seven other publishers in the competition to buy the rights.
1997. The Crystal Method‘s label, Outpost Recordings issue a statement regarding the arrest of the group yesterday on suspicion of possessing the drug GHB. The label says the duo of Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Outpost explained that the two were dropping off some vinyl copies of their new album, “Vegas” at the home af a Los Angeles DJ. Unfortunately the pair didn’t leave before the “whole house was over-run by police”. At the time of the statement being issued a spokesman for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office said no charges had been made against the duo. Police are investigating their story.
1997. Awards:
The Wallflowers‘ album, “Bringing Down The Horse” is certified 4 X platinum by the R.I.A.A. (Recording Industry Association of America).
1998. The Q Awards are presented at London’s Intercontinental Hotel. The winners are:
Best Single: “Road Rage” by Catatonia.
Best Live Act: Ronnie Size/Reprazent.
Classic Songwriter: Paul Weller.
Best New Act: Gomez.
Best Producer: Norman Cook.
Best Album: “Mezzanine” by Massive Attack.
Best Act In The World: Manic Street Preachers.
Lifetime Achievement Awards: R.E.M.
Inspiration Award: Blondie.
Stepping up to collect his award, Paul Weller offered his thanks for the “Lifetime Wanker Award”.
1998. Kiss stage a dress rehearsal for tomorrow’s Halloween concert in Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles.
1998. Awards:
Aerosmith‘s single, “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” is certified gold by the BPI. It was released on August 31 this year. Highest chart position: 4.
Cher‘s album, “Believe” is certified silver by the BPI. The single “Believe” is certified platinum. It was released on October 19 this year. Highest chart position: 1.
Julio Iglesias‘ album, “My Life” is certified gold by the BPI. It was released in May this year.
Natalie Imbruglia‘s album “Left Of The Middle” is certified 3 X platinum by the BPI. It was released on November 24 1997. Highest chart position: 5.
Alanis Morissette‘s album “Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie” is certified platinum by the BPI. It was released on October 26 this year. Highest chart position: 3.
Savage Garden‘s album “Savage Garden” is certified 2 X platinum by the BPI. It was released on March 2 this year. Highest chart position: 2.
Spacedust‘s single “Gym & Tonic” is certified silver by the BPI. It was released on October 12 this year. Highest chart position: 1.
Robbie Williams‘ album “Life Thru A Lens” is certified 5 X platinum by the BPI. It was released on September 29 1997. Highest chart position: 1.
1998. On television:
Late Show with David Letterman (CBS, U.S.A.). Musical guests: Black Sabbath.
The Rosie O’Donnell Show (Syndicated, U.S.A.). Guests include Marin Mazzie
1999. Ex-Abba star, Annifrid Lyngstad‘s husband, Count Ruzzo Reuss von Plauen, dies of cancer at the couple’s Swedish home. The ex-singer had nursed Ruzzo through his last days and was holding his hands as he died. The couple met after Annifrid’s divorce from Benny Andersson in 1981.
1999. On television :
Soul Train (Syndicated, U.S.A.) including Chico DeBarge, 112 and Trin-I-Tee 5:7.
2000. Nora Garza, features editor of “The Monitor”, a daily paper in McAllen, Texas is fired today after running a photo of The Deftones on the cover of the paper’s entertainment section published on October 27th. In the picture, singer Chino Moreno is pictured wearing a sweatshirt bearing the word “FUCT”,the name of the clothing company whose products he’s been wearing for years.
2000. Patricia Glassop, the mother of dead rock star, Michael Hutchence tells ITV’s “This Morning” show that Paula Yates drove her son to suicide. Talking to the show’s hosts, Richard Madeley & Judy Finnigan, she said that she believed Paula ‘phoned Michael hours before his death and threatened to kill herself and their daughter, Tiger Lily.
2000. At the High Court in London, it’s revealed that Sir Elton John is so rich that it was several years before he realised that £ 20 million was missing from his accounts. The details came to light during opening arguements in the court action Sir Elton is taking against Andrew Haydon, ex-managing director of John Reid Enterprises Limited (JREL), his management company and the accountants, Price Waterhouse Coopers. The singer claims Haydon was negligent in allowing JREL to charge the singer for tour expenses which should have been borne by the management company. The accountants are accused of negligence in handling Sir Elton’s affairs. Mr Gordon Pollock, Q.C., acting on behalf of Sir Elton asked the judge, Mr. Justice Ferris, if details of his client’s financial affairs could be withheld from the press to avoid “a media frenzy, putting pressure on Sir Elton”. The hearing continues.
2000. Ex-Runrig front man, Donnie Munro fails in a bid to be selected as the Labour Party candidate for the Glasgow Anniesland seat in the Scottish Parliament. In a vote of local party officials, Munro was beaten by 96 votes to 22 by Glasgow City Councillor, Bill Butler.
2000. Awards:
Rare Earth‘s single, “Get Ready”, is certified gold by the R.I.A.A. (Recording Industry Association of America). Their albums, “Ecology” and “Rare Earth In Concert” both get a gold certification and the album, “Get Ready”, gets a platinum.
Aaron Carter‘s album, “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It)” is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
Michael Jackson‘s album, “Blood On The Dancefloor: History In The Mix” is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A. and the album, “Thriller” gets upgraded to 26 X platinum.
Mystikal‘s album, “Let’s Get Ready” is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.
2000. On television tonight: 
The Frank Skinner Show (ITV, U.K.) Guests include Fatboy Slim
2001. Snoop Dogg (real name Calvin Broadus) pleads not guilty through his lawyer, Jay Milano, to a charge of drug possession at a court in Oberlin, Ohio. A pre-trial hearing date is set for December 11th. The charges stem from October 17th, when Snoop Dogg’s bus was pulled over outside Cleveland for speeding. Police then searched the vehicle with sniffer dogs and found 200 grammes of marijuana in the cargo hold. While the marijuana only carries a fine of $ 100, the paraphenalia which was also found carries a maximum sentence of 30 days in prison.
2001. Awards:
The Charlie Daniels Band‘s album, “A Decade Of Hits” is certified 4 X platinum by the R.I.A.A. (Recording Industry Association of America).
Macy Gray‘s album, “The Id” is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
2001. On television:
Late Show With David Letterman (CBS, U.S.A.). Musical guest: Laurie Anderson.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC, U.S.A.) 2148. Musical guest: Lenny Kravitz
2002. Rapper MC Hammer, an ordained minister, officiates at the wedding of actor Corey Feldman to Susie Sprague. The ceremony takes place on the set of the TV show, “The Surreal Life” in which both Felman and Hammer are currently starring.
2002. Jam Master Jay (real name Jason Mizell), 37, DJ with Run-DMC is shot while sitting in a second-floor lounge at a recording studio in Jamaica, Queens, New York. Two men entered the lounge, they shot Mizell once in the head and another man once in the arm before making their escape. The DJ died at the scene. The other victim of the shootings, Urieco Rincon, 25, was taken to Mary Immaculate Hospital where he was described as being in a stable condition.
2002. Tommy Lee is heading home from meeting American troops in South Korea and then Pearl Harbour. While the trip isn’t unusual, Lee is keen that his nine days away should be counted towards the 450 hours community service he was sentenced to in 1998 for assaulting his wife of the time, Pamela Anderson. As he’s only completed 212 hours, in five years, he really needs to get the court to accept it.
2002. On television:
Late Show with David Letterman (CBS, U.S.A.) including Warren Zevon. The second half of the show is given over to a set by Zevon, an old friend of Letterman’s, who’s been recently diagnosed as having terminal cancer.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC, U.S.A.) 2361. Musical guests: Marilyn Manson; Shaggy
2003 On television:
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Syndicated, U.S.A.) 39. Guests include R.E.M. who perform their new single “Bad Day” and “Losing my Religion.”
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC, U.S.A.) 2584. Musical guest: Mandy Moore.

2004. On television:
Austin City Limits (PBS, U.S.A.) 398. Lyle Lovett followed by Jamie Cullum
Parkinson (ITV, U.K.) Featuring an interview with Sharon Osbourne and a performance from the Scissor Sisters.
Saturday Night Live (NBC,U.S.A.) 569. Musical guest: Eminem – “Mosh”, “Just Lose It”.
Soul Train (Syndicated, U.S.A.) 1081. O’Ryan – “Shorty”, “Take it Slow”; Silkk the Shocker – “We Like Them Girls”; Boyz II Men – “What You Won’t Do for Love” and “Sara Smile”.
2005. On stage:
London Royal Albert Hall: Simply Red, Amy Smith
Glasgow King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut: Longview, Fell City Girl, Nick Reilly
2006. On television:
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Syndicated, U.S.A.) 556. Guests include Barry Manilow, who performs “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” from his hit CD “The Greatest Songs of the Sixties.”
2007. Linda Stein, socialite, real estate agent to the stars and one-time manager of The Ramones, is found murdered in her Fifth Avenue apartment. She became an influential figure in the U.S. punk movement during the time she was married to Seymour Stein, owner of Sire Records. After the couple divorced, she turned to real estate finding properties for Billy Joel, Sting, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jann Wenner and Damon Dash amongst others.
2007. On television:
Late Show with David Letterman (CBS, U.S.A.) Musical guests include Slash who pops by to give Dave the lowdown on his life with Axl Rose. Nicole Atkins performs “The Way It Is”.

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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Tuesday 28th October):


1941. Hank B. Marvin (The Shadows) born Brian Rankin in Newcastle, Northumberland.

On Tour

1990. Six people are arrested and a number of fans injured when a riot breaks out after The High call a halt to their gig at Newcastle University. Singer John Matthews left the stage after almost collapsing during the second song. The rest of the band played a 15 minute instrumental version of “Bombay Mix” but Matthews wasn’t well enough to return and the crowd decided to make their own entertainment.

In Custody

1965. Eric Burdon (The Animals) is arrested by police at his Chelsea home for failing to appear in court to answer a summons elleging that he did not pay import duty on a camera. He is bailed to appear at Uxbridge Magistrates Court on November 1st.

In Business

1997. David Bowie is named Britain’s richest rock star with a fortune of $ 917 million according to “Business Age”. A $ 55 million Wall Street bond issue secured on the star’s back catalogue helped push Bowie past Paul McCartney for the first time.

On Television

1972. Beat Club (WDR, West Germany) 81: Ike & Tina Turner, Everly Brothers, Grease Band, Byrds, Mick Abrahams, Manassas, Heads Hands & Feet, James Taylor, Three Dog Night. Here are Manassas with “Hide It So Deep”


1991. R&B vocalist Billy Wright (“The Prince Of Blues”) dies from a pulmonary embolism in Atlanta, Georgia aged 73.


First of all, I have to point out that the Newcastle connection in three of today’s entries was totally unintentional. If you noticed it, I’m sorry, there are no prizes!

Having done a slightly longer rant than normal in babble I pressed the publish button about 20 minutes ago and lost everything. I have taken the added precaution of saving this one a couple of times. 

As if I haven’t got enough blogs, I am seriously considering another. This time concentrating on memorabilia; both my own and other interesting items I come across. Partly, it’s as a result of listing some new additions to Rockmine’s main site and still not finding them on the search engines. Whether this was down to the spiders giving up on me while I was having a major sulk and not posting remains to be seen. Anyway, those days are behind me and I’m full of positive thinking now!

One thing I am surprised by is the lack of interest in the Fillmore blog. I know I’ve only got one year up but it’s one of the most famous venues in the world with an array of astonishing bands. maybe that’s also down to the spiders.

To try and get a handle on what is happening with the spiders, I’m going to do another of my blatant plugs. If you don’t want to see it, look away now.

Here are three of the most interesting items for sale on Rockmine just now:

Kate Bush – Cathy. Privately published in 1986 by Kate’s brother John Carder Bush. This really is a beautiful book and almost impossible to find. Back in 2001, Future Publishing, the magazine group were keen to buy me and the archive. It even got to the point of me being flown down to meet the board and have a formal offer made but the day of the meeting their share price fell 25% and it never happened. I digress, as usual. Mick Wall, who was then editor of Classic Rock had come to see the archive. When he was browsing through it, he saw this book and was very keen that the magazine reprint some of it. Unfortunately, that never happened. It’s a pity as many fans will never get the chance to see these wonderful shots.

George Harrison – Konnichiwa. The rarest Beatle related book EVER made? George Harrison commissioned 30 to give as personal gifts on a concert tour of Japan.

Derek Taylor – Fifty Years Adrift. Probably the best Beatles-related book ever written. 23 years after it was published, normal copies of this are extremely hard to find and always very expensive. This is not part of the limited edition and is neither numbered nor signed. A real rarity!

For more on the collectable rock books available for sale on Rockmine, click here.
Finally, on the subject of collectable books, I’ll be adding a true gem to Rockmine in the next day or so. A copy of Pink Floyd‘s “Shine On” signed on the title page in three different pens by David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Rick Wright.


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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Saturday 13th September):


1977. Fiona Apple born Fiona Apple Maggart in New York City.

In Court

1999. Marcelo Rodriguez, the Beverly Hills cop who arrested George Michael for committing a lewd act in a public toilet, files a $ 10 million lawsuit against the singer. The policeman claims he’s been slandered in interviews and made mockery of a music videos.

All At Sea

1993. An R.A.F. helicopter and the local lifeboat are scrambled when Paul McCartney‘s 16 year old son, James, disappears in heavy seas while surfing with friends after school. He’s swept out to sea from a dangerous sandbar off Camber Sands near Rye in Kent but washed ashore three-quarters of a mile down the coast unhurt but exhausted.

In Hospital

1965. Ringo Starr‘s wife, Maureen, gives birth to the couple’s first child at Queen Charlotte’s Hospital in London. The baby boy will be called Zak. After visiting his wife and child, Ringo told reporters, “We’ve chosen the name because it’s short”. It’s also said they picked the name because the couple liked Westerns.

On Television

1975. Disco (ZDF, West Germany) 57. Hank The Knife + The Jets; Adam + Eve; Sweet; Olga Garcia; Roland Kaiser; Albert Hammond; Vicky Leandros; Rubettes. Here’s Albert Hammond with “Down By The River”. 3m 17s.


1996. Tupac Amaru Shakur (aka Makaveli) dies from a drive-by shooting in New York.


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