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'I GOTTA ADMIT IT -
I'M JUST A CAMERA WHORE
'


Just been sent a gig date for what may just well be the best bet for a most entertaining evening of Classic Rock around Christmas. If you're anything like me, you want to see a band who know what they are doing and deliver a bloody good show - guaranteed. These guys know their stuff; been around a while; know their way around nearly every classic rock track you can think of; are competent musicians - and give a great visual performance. And as I remember the lead guitarist from many moons ago I added to the listing 'plus Phil's fabulous fancy fretwork'. Y'see, this guy can handle a geetar like it's part of him - upside down, over his head, inside out, well, two out of three. And these guys play the extended version of Rock Bottom - BRILLIANTLY.

But then I started thinking 'well, what if Phil isn't like that any more'. Imagine the embarrassment of the email to Riffs: 'Hi Nige, thanks so much for the mensh on the News page but I'm afraid I just stand still and stare at my feet now.' Then I thought - 'Bollocks, when you got it, you got it - and when you've got something worth showing off - you show it off.' And, not only are the band promising a brilliant rockin night, but there's also gonna be some surprise guest singers. The deets:
STICKY FINGERS, Rosehill Tavern Churchill Street Wallsend NE28 7TQ on Friday 15th December - free entry. And Ronnie, spokesman for the venue, told Riffs: 'Christmas comes but once a year - and so does a gig like this! Stickies are a band where you know you’re going to get a great gig. Over 20 years on the circuit belting out their classic rock and metal have proved that. It will be the same at the Rosehill Tavern on the 15th where we are expecting a packed venue. Plus, we have some extra special guest singers too!'.

So be there or be . . . well, y'know....

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Looking for covers band for Friday Dec 8th at Seaton Carew Social Club. This is a annual Charity event (budget is max £250 or less if ur feeling generous!!!) arranged by Ambulance Service for local charities. After a wide range of good time material...it's a Xmas Party. Been let down twice already. Anyone interested, call Kevin 07734449033.
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Livewire AC/DC Show supported by Strangers in The Night a tribute to UFO, Blackhall Community Centre Sat 17th feb 2018 , tickets on sale now; 07841033579 or online @ENTS24 £15.

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A special memorial concert is to take place at the Newcastle O2 Academy on Wednesday the 10th of January. It's being titled 'RODFEST', and it's to commemorate and celebrate local rock vocalist Rodrigo BVevino, who unfortunately passed away in early October this year. Known to his friends as Roddy B, this Brazilian born singer came to this country to follow his dream of performing in the UK. His distinctive power-house vocal style got him the attention of local musicians and eventually landed him the lead singer in Maiden England, which he held for the last few years of the band's existence. Since then he had been involved with several bands, some covers acts, some doing original material, yet always done to high standard with his trademark Brazilian passion stamped all over it. He was involved with so many various rock musicians in our region, and his passing has been deeply felt by so many people that he worked with, those he entertained, or even those he called friends. 
Local promoter (and good friend of Roddy), Gary Melling, has organised the Rodfest event to mark what would have been the singer's 43rd birthday. And to celebrate the evening he has amassed a line-up of some of this region's top rock acts, with the aim to raise money for the Roddy B Foundation which has been put together by Gary in association with Roddy's wife Eli. The line-up includes Deep Purple in Rock (featuring former members of Maiden England), Alcatraz House Band (who completely wowed the audience at this year's Stormin' The Castle bike rally), The Dirty South (highly popular southern rock ambassadors), Sticky Fingers (the band that's been bringing metal to the pubs for quarter of a century), The Force (one of the most respected rock acts in this region and beyond), and finally The Kill (probably the hardest working and partying rock band, who also perform as Bon Jovi Forever).

It's a fabulous billing of some amazing local talent. With tickets priced at a very reasonable £10 (for the main stage of the Academy), this is an opportunity not to be missed. Not only to see some of this region's giants of rock, but also to raise money for a very good cause, and to pay respect to a much-loved great entertainer. Anyone who ever met or knew Roddy, instantly recognised this man's passion for rock music. He really did live and breathe it. This is a fantastic moment for people to come together and show their support, as he'll be so sorely missed from the stages of the North East. All proceeds going to ‘The Roddy B Fund’ to be distributed as bursaries to young musicians.
O2 Priority Pre-sale – Tuesday 24th October 2017 at 9am
General sale – Thursday 26th October 2017 at 9am 
(Riffs is obliged to Colin Smoult for the above. As with most media, we rely on people 'in the know' to let US know).
Heavy rockers The Force (pictured above at the Penny Gill) are well-known in the North-East for their professionalism and attention to detail - indeed, their covers are superceded only by their superb self-penned numbers. And we understand they dropped everything to be free for this night. As spokesman Norm told Riffs: 'The Force are more than happy to support this cause. Rodrigo played with Phil and Geordie in Lovedrive, their Scorpions tribute band, and they both loved his talent and his personality.' It's always sad when someone who is so deeply into Rock leaves us, but so comforting to know that there are always those who will celebrate their life in the way that they would love - a night of solid Rock.
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18 - AND WHAT A BUNCH OF SKINFLINTS

Still rockin' the North-East with power and energy some bands can only dream of, and musicianship that for most bands is just unattainable, not to mention a phenomenal stage presence - we are talking about our own home-grown mega rockers . . .  Skinflint.
Difficult to believe that they are now celebrating 18 years in the business - well, we say business, but these lads just exude the love and passion that - dare we say it ('dare, dare') - that so many bands have lost - or never even had in the first place. Only mere boys (okay, a slight exaggeration) when Riffs first caught up with the band, reviewed them for the magazine (oh those were the days), took some pics, and then more pics . . . and before you knew it they were rockin' the crowds at Stormin' the Castle in '07. If there was one band that realised that musicianship without showmanship does not get you noticed, it's these guys. But don't take our word for the quality, stage presence and showmanship on offer; they are playing at the Royal in Stanley on Saturday 21 Oct (apparently the roof restorers have already been booked!) So we are proud to post here some pics of the early Skinflint. They say a picture paints a thousand words so . . .
The early years;
    

Then at the Office;
   
  

      

Then on to Storm the castle;
 





What a surpise to see local lad Contraband Ron on The Chase on Tuesday (3rd).

Sailing through the questions (thankfully he got the Keith Moon question right), he got right to the final chase.

Sensible Pencils indeed - it's a brilliant name.
 

The music world lost one of its greatest songwriters yesterday (Monday) when rock legend Tom Petty died of a heart attack at the age of 66. The loss was felt all over social media, where fans and fellow musicians paid heartfelt tributes to the singer whose prolific career spanned decades.



HEADS UP RE. BLACK HORSE MONKSEATON
Hi guys
Might be worth putting up that the above pub appears to have closed. My band Backwater had a gig booked for 8th Oct. However, posters sent with usual note to confirm gig - no reply
Rang landline - dead. Rang mobile I had for contact - voicemail and no response to texts.
Our bass player Google mapped it and it was showing as closed. No activity on f/book since June. Have accepted it's closed (short of visiting the premises) but just in case any other bands have gigs lined up they'll want to know I'm sure.
Regards, Steve (Backwater).


HUNDREDS TURNED AWAY
FROM FLUX CAPACITOR GIG
ON OCTOBER 13

A lot of eyes were on the Hells Bells gig at East Bedlington Community Centre last weekend and, by all accounts, the night was a resounding success. For those who are not aware, the East Bedlington Community Centre (EBCC) is non-profit making so all monies taken go to keep the Centre alive and help arrange bands for the future. The next big event is 80s party night with Flux Capacitor - It's on Friday 13th October, doors are 7pm and it's £5 a ticket. Again, tickets are available either directly from the Centre (absolutely no booking fee), or at wegottickets.com (which will include a 50p booking fee). There is optional fancy dress, with prizes being given away for best dressed on the night. Riffs has been sent some pics of the Hells Bells night and it looks like a nice big hall you can get your gear up to 11 in. Even (going by the door behind stage) looks like you have your own dressing room. You may also be thinking the same as us - shame about the non-black background! Well, Sarah from the Centre has been thinking the same thing and if the punters turn up in their droves, and drink lots (drink aware now!), the Centre may just be able to afford a massive black backdrop. And no, a tin of black paint will not suffice, as the venue hosts lots of other events. Just as an aside, Flux Capacitor has a rather envious pedigree; Riffs readers with good memories may remember those wild, wacky lads, the KooKooNauts who made a name for themselves around the North-East a few years ago, and rose to gracing the stage at Stormin' the Castle. Although 'only' the opening act, they stole the show to rapturous applause. So no pressure Flux lads, but all eyes, especially Riffs, are on YOU. (Oh - and we expect some good pics - yeah?)



LET'S KICK SOME SHIT!
The Shitkickers Ball4 is all set and rarin' to go: at The Cluny1 in Newcastle on Sunday 17th September 2017 from 2pm till 8pm. Four of the finest bands in the NE have assembled for what's going to be a brilliant full afternoon's musical entertainment at this excellent venue.
HED will be opening with their own special groove of Blues Rock that puts a new slant on well loved titles.
Pistoleros to follow will blow you away with their polished virtuoso covers of rock and pop songs that you rarely hear performed today.




STAN still continue to excite every audience they perform for with their self penned power pop anthems and heart wrenching ballads.






Groovetrain
are the premier Soul and R'n'B outfit of the area who'll knock you out with their imaginative arrangements of classic numbers. 
The tickets are available now for £5 from The Cluny1 or contact me by email and we can sort out PayPal, posting and any other queries you may have. Contact me at :- bentonblues@inthecrowd.co.uk 
(be aware other sites charge a booking fee). The Cluny1 is way down East on the Ouseburn Delta at Newcastle's historic Quayside. You can get there on foot from Byker Metro (15 mins) or catch one of the Quaylink buses straight from the many stops in the Toon. It has a fine selection of real ales and does an excellent Sunday dinner as well as other food. 
Hope to see you at what promises to be a monster afternoon with all the monies collected being donated to
St. Oswalds Hospice Gosforth.  There will be NO raffle and NO auction so best save all your change for the buckets that will be going round in the hands of big gadgies (and gadgettes) throughout the event. 
This will be the last music event I organise as I'm too owld for this game now so please can you tell all your mates, a FaceBook page has been set up as well :- 
https://www.facebook.com/events/343605216068726/
Graham
Well, Riffs has said it before and there's no chance of an apology for saying it again: getting the lads together, humping all the gear to the gig, setting it all up, soundchecking, not to mention having to do it with people (and other bands) milling about, and then after the gig (when you are tired, hungry and just thinking of your nice, warm bed) stripping down the gear, humping back on to whatever transport you are lucky enough to have, getting home and checking your pocket to find you have - oh yeah, f**k all!! But the satisfaction of doing all that to benefit people a lot worse off than yourself outweighs the hassle you have just been through, so can we - please - have a big, no make that a f**kin massive shout for these lads:
HED, PISTOLEROS, STAN, GROOVETRAIN
(and let's not forget the guy who has put the whole lot together - Graham - who is making this his last gig due to poor health. Graham - we salute you.)



AND YET ANOTHER BLUES
COUP FOR HARTLEPOOL


'Got a couple of interesting gigs coming up Nige, can you do me a couple of ads. Cheers, Tommy.'
That was our introduction to
Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado.
Blues, as regular Riffs readers will know, is not quite up our street, but after listening to Denmark's Risager, if we were to walk up this street, it's his gaff we would be heading for. To say we were impressed is quite an understatement but, let's cut to the chase, it's not what WE think, it's what YOU think. So check em out first. Youtube and biography links below.

Early in 2015,
Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado had their latest album voted as one the year’s best by Britain’s influential The Blues magazine, right alongside international stars such as Robert Cray, Walter Trout and Joe Bonamassa. Clearly, Risager and his mates had taken their exhilarating mix of blues, soul and rock‘n’roll to the next level. Thorbjorn and band duly celebrated by returning to one of their favorite nightspots – the Harmonie in Bonn, Germany. They would treat local fans to a one-of-a-kind spectacle, hitting the stage as a ten-piece mini-orchestra. After Thomas Ruf of Ruf Records introduces this deluxe edition of the band – including a three-man horn section and backing vocalists Ida Bang und Lisa Lystam – the colossal sound of Risager’s semi-hollow body spearheads the all-out attack of opening number “If You Wanna Leave.” He and his Black Tornado are off to the races…
The band is appearing at Edinburgh Blues Club and Carlisle Blues Festival - so if you miss the Hartlepool gig, our bet is you missed out - period.
'This guy is a singer’s singer, but maybe born too late, because if he had been around in the ’50s and ’60s and lived in the USA, he would surely be a legend by now.' (Simon Redley in the legendary British magazine Blues And Soul)
'This is the sort of band that gets booked by unwary festival promoters as an early evening support only to discover they’ve stolen the show by 8pm. If you haven’t seen them yet, do.'
Friday September 29 - Thorbjorn Risager & The Black Tornado.
Hartlepool Supporters Club ts268ps......£15/17......07535979658
.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7etBw_ikKp4

http://risager.info/biography/

Well, we don't know Tommy's secret in managing to attract such top class, remarkable and unparalleled acts - but let's be thankful he can.
And let's not forget
Ruf Records Blues Caravan on Saturday September 16.
Same details. Again, check them out on Youtube.



AND MARTIN MAKES IT FOUR

The Flying Vs are pleased to announce that from this weekend Martin Bage will be joining the band on guitar and will be back to a four piece. Jeff told Riffs: 'Martin is a great player and we look forward to reviving some old favourites and adding new songs into our repertoire.'





THE DEPUTIES RAISE THE ROOF
The Seghill Community Centre "Raise The Roof" appeal, to save the Centre from closing, is having a charity night  JULY 1. The roof is in a bad state of repair and The Deputies have kindly given their time to play at The Blake Arms in Seghill, Cramlington on Saturday 1st July at 9pm.
Tickets are £3 and are on sale at The Blake Arms and Seghill Community Centre or, alternatively, can be bought on entry on Saturday night.





BOOKING FEE?  FUCK RIGHT OFF!!
As you may - or even may not - know, the idea of charging a 'booking fee' when you pick up a ticket is one of those things that really gets on Riffs proverbial tits. Can you imagine a supermarket putting a booking fee on a carton of milk? 'Yeah, it may be a quid on the label mate, but we have to charge a booking fee to cover our costs, so that will now be £2.50'. I can see that going down a storm. As most of the gigs on our Listings page are local and executed by fair-minded people - venues and bands - we don't come up against this very often. Thankfully!
But 'hey hey hey - another sloppy piece of mud' [and if you can tell us which live 80s gig that came from you get free boxed ads for 3 months] Guess what's just dropped into Riffs inbox for us to publicise? An upcoming gig at an Ashington venue near the end of this month. And it is not only ticket but pay on the door. 'So what,' you may say, 'nowt wrong with that'. Certainly isn't, and isn't that just how it should be? BUT, the door price also includes the booking fee!!!!
Yep, a booking fee included on the pay on the door entry fee. The mind boggles. If the promoter feels justified in holding the punters to ransom then there's not much we can do about that. But we ain't gonna mention the gig, or the artist appearing, or the venue. And that goes for anyone else out to make a fast buck off decent people.
Can you imagine, in the not-too-distant future: 'Hiya, a fiver to pay on the door mate, but then I have to include a £2 booking fee and, oh look at the time, a pre-9 0'clock fee, and look at those awful trainers - so that's a £2 embarassing trainer fee, and that fookin' shirt's a disgrace'  . . . .

And don't get us started on venues advertising the gig earlier so as to sell more drinks..........


On 30th June Pearlescence (Pearl Jam tribute) and Rage Against A Machine will be performing a one hour set each at The Cluny to raise money for specialist outdoor equipment for students who attend Sir Charles Parsons School in Walker, Newcastle. The school provides education for students aged 11-19 who have additional needs, moderate learning difficulties and profound and multiple learning difficulties, and the money raised will go towards much needed specialist outdoor sensory equipment and residential trips for the students. Doors open at 7pm with Rage Against A Machine hitting the stage just after 8pm. Entry is £5 on the door, tickets can also be purchased form The Cluny website and collected on the night. Both bands can be found on Facebook and the school has a website if you would like to find out a bit more about them. So in a nutshell, two great tribute bands, one great venue and a great cause. All for £5!!! Hope to see as many there as possible.


JUST WHO ARE THOSE CATS?
A big event featuring a 1950s theme with raffles, dance-offs and prizes for best dressed is all set for Sunday June 25. The gig is in support of Beach Access North East and features Ruby and the Mystery Cats, Ryan Page, and Sarah Holmes. It's just £5 a ticket. Full info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/415643978806543/




The Allman Brothers Band drummer and founding member Butch Trucks died on Tuesday. He was 69. The cause of his death remains unclear.



No doubt many of you are gagging at the bit to know if we solved our computer problems (also many of you are now thinking 'computer problems? Didn't even know about it - and actually don't care, as long my listings are up or I can find out who's on this weekend'). But we console ourselves with the thought that many are wondering how we sorted it . Well, without going into detail, Dave Fulton, who helps out at Houghton Cricket Club, helpfully pointed us in the right direction, listing the possible culprits and ignoring those with alibis. A replacement graphics card was all that was eventually needed and our problems ceased. I am rather long in the tooth and do not expect anyone to rush in to fix things, but sometimes when you hit a brick wall, it's good to have someone to point you in the right direction and to remind you that everything is fixable; you just need to check things in the right order. Dave did just that and his advice was invaluable. Advice is no good to yourself - so give it to others!

MUSICALLY BEREFT!

Just to mention that here at Riffs we are not musical. We do not play an instrument; we cannot analyse a tune; we can't tune a guitar or know what makes a hit song - but what we do know about is publicity. And we love giving it to those deserving. We have mentioned it before but we are doing it again - any band that gives of their time, skills and effort to support a charity is entitled to a massive mensh on this, our News page. Along with some outrageous pictures too. So there, no excuses to not only be selfless and helpful to a deserving cause but also to shout about this cause too (and of course yourself!). So there, musical be we not, but we will surely shout about those who are.......

HOWDON PEEPS DO FRAZER PROUD
Always great to get feedback on gigs, etc and Dave has just let Riffs know that the Funds For Frazer gig at High Howdon Social Club on May 19 managed to raise a very impressive £1,550. Janie, Frazer's mum, we have it on good authority, was totally overcome. A massive thank you to everyone who took part and gave of their time, or money, or support, or all three!


The new album release from SteelyMan is “Blues from Horden Colliery”. A twelve track blues story of growing up in an East Durham mining village that still holds a proud community despite being neglected and forgotten by the powers that be since the mine closed. Not a deep political statement but a few comments on my life as a miner’s son.
Love Horden – Love the Blues...
SteelyMan...
www.steelyman.co.uk
The album can be found on; i-tunes, Spotify, soundcloud etc.




BAD BAD BOYS TO OPEN
TRIPLE HEADER


Just got some info regarding a rather interesting rockin' night with an eclectic hint of dirty blues. Although mentioning rock, and then blues, may lead you into certain incorrect assumptions. This intriguing triple header features the weird and wonderful LaVendore Rogue headlining; consisting of three ex-Hokie Joint members; multiple-British Blues Award nominees and winners: JoJo Burgess on vocals, Joel Fisk on guitar and Stephen “Cupsey” Cutmore on drums, as well as Rob “Tank” Barry on bass and Warren Lynn on keyboards. Ably supported by Kris Barras who, with his band, promise 'foot-stomping riffs and catchy tunes' (nuthin wrong with the ol' foot-stomping riffs). However, the band with whom Riffs was most impressed has the unenviable task of opening the night's proceedings - which probably reflects our take on music in general! With influences which include Nazareth, Gun and Schenker, you can understand why these guys aren't your cliched rockers. Bournemouth-based Western Sand look (and sound) as if they could hold their own at Knebworth (er, I mean in the 80s when it was worth a shit), Kerrang Weekender or Monsters of Rock. After a Youtoob visit I came away with the feeling that if only somone could drop a megaton of Marshall gear on a pitch-sized stage these guys would clean up. The fact that all these three fascinating bands have been brought together on one stage for one evening is not only refreshing but shows that promoters do not always just think 'kerching' when dishing up bands for out delectation. A big 'whoop' for Tommy Hartlepool here - 'WHOOP' - oh, just me then. Anyway, it's at the Belle Vue Club in Hartlepool, tickets are a realistic £12 (so sod all for the club, let's hope you all drink loads!) and it's on Saturday June 24 - yes, we know it's over two months away, but Tommy's gigs have an enviable habit of selling out surprisingly often (notice the Wishbone Ash gig?). Triple bills like this are few and far between, and Riffs, for one, have our money on The Almighty-sounding Western Sand - don't let us down guys. Since we've been into Rock/Metal we can count on the fingers of one hand how many opening acts have blown the headliners off the stage - but boy, don't it feel good!!
Check this out from Western Sands - here

WALLSEND PEEPS NEEDED
TO SUPPORT LITTLE FRAZER

Just hearing of a very special night being organised by Dave of High Howdon Social Club way up where the wall ends. Singer and multi-instrumentalist Jon Alex is the artist for the night (pic), and Jon and staff of the social club hope to raise some funds for a little Howdon boy - Frazer - who has severe epilepsy and is suffering from multiple fits every day. You may think they are trying to raise a fortune for special treatment abroad; or a respite holiday for his mum whose devotion takes up all her time; or even to bring in paid help to look after little Frazer to ease his pain?  No, all his mum is wanting is a special mattress, and an alert watch so she is aware when he is having a fit. Just these two items will help the family so much. It's on Friday May 19 and although you are asked to get a ticket for entry, how much you pay is entirely up to you.


As our readers may know, on 18 March, Classic Clapton headed off to play out in Colombo, Sri Lanka. They have created a photo album on Facebook that documents the trip. Their keyboards player Paul Warren was unable to make the Sri Lanka trip so Derek Miller of well-known band Cirkus stood in.
https://www.facebook.com/pg/classicclapton/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1794705100547041
Here is a review of the gig:-
http://www.ft.lk/article/605681/When-Clapton-came-to-Colombo
Sri Lanka page on the website here:-
http://www.classic-clapton.com/colombo.htm




This years Crookfest will be held bank holiday sunday 30th April featuring 21 cover and tribute bands across three stages for only £15. New to the fest for 2017 will be the Scooter Tent with a mix of Mod 60s 70s rock and Ska plus a blast of Northern Soul with JD and the Woodsmen. The Main Marquee will feature will more classic rock with bands covering groups such as  Bon Jovi, Slade, Journey, Meat Loaf, Guns n Roses, Thin Lizzy; while the Hut Bar goes a wee bit deeper in the style of Ozzy, Zeppelin, AC/DC, Pink Floyd, Rory Gallagher and thrown into that mix will be the band Share the Darkness: these guys cover Irish legends The Dubliners, Chieftains and more, and alongside all this there's bars and food outlets. For full details go to www.crookfest.co.uk



The Howard Baker Band are proud to announce their April mini-tour which sees them travelling to Wales and France for four shows. The band has had line up changes since their last outing over the Channel and are now looking forward to heading out again with fresh faces and material. Their upcoming gig list is on the Riffs page and would invite anyone who’s interested to come along and catch a show before they go as they warm up their new rock and pop material, including some songs from Howard’s most recent album ‘The Paris Files’.  The band welcome enquiries from venues and reviews from audience members. You can also check upcoming gigs on their website at www.howardbakerband.co.uk and keep up to date through their Facebook page by searching for the Howard Baker Band.




And yet another band hits our live venues (long may this trend continue!) - The Lone Sharks. Again, a mature bunch of guys who have served their time in several local bands such as TT Blue, Old Codger and Nostalgic Fools. They gigged at Steels Club and the Mallard last weekend but you can get a taste of their fayre here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXRmxotkBYk


Just a had a brief mail from Broken Spoke. We reproduce it here: "
Just to say that Marge has kindly given Broken Spoke a booking for The Bell and Bucket on Sunday 4th June. After losing The Maggie Bank and Wooden Doll in the past year it is great to have somewhere in North Shields for bands to play."



The great Chuck Berry has passed away. A mega influence on the Stones, Beatles, Springsteen and countless others....


COVERS BAND WANTED FOR CHARITY GIG
We are holding a charity show on the 13th May which is a Saturday and are in need of some entertainment - covers band, nothing too heavy, motown would be nice. It is to raise funds to buy a Defibulator for my sons Autistic school, Columbia Grange in Washington. The night will be held in Silksworth Catholic Church and we are willing to pay expenses for the artist. Thank you. Miss S Mcglinchey   Tel 07857970000 or siobhan.mcglinchey@hotmail.co.uk


HEARTBREAKER RINGING THE BELL TONIGHT
Just goes to show what a good reputation does: Short notice but Marge has managed to squeeze in new boys Heartbreaker into her Rock gaff (The Bell and Bucket, North Shields) TONIGHT 17th. 'So what' I hear you moan. 'Never 'eard of 'em'. Ya think? These 'new boys' are anything but - look at this for some pedigree: ex Witchkraft, Sheiks, Sticky Fingers, The Paul Rodgers Story. So, apart from some frighteningly competent musicians, expect loads of Free and Bad Co.
This week in . . .
1965, Bob Dylan married Sara Lowndes in a secret ceremony during a break in his tour. The marriage took place under an oak tree on a judge's lawn on Mineola, Long Island, New York. Sara, who is the mother of singer Jakob Dylan, filed for divorce on March 1st 1977.

1990, Bill Wyman announced that his 17-month marriage to model Mandy Smith was over. With the consent of her mother, Smith had started dating the 47-year-old Rolling Stones bassist when she was aged 13.


2002, The surviving members of The Doors - Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger, announced they would record and tour again with a new line up including ex- Cult singer Ian Astbury and former Police drummer Stewart Copeland. Original drummer John Densmore was not able to take part because he was suffering from severe tinnitus.

2005, A gig by former Stone Roses front man Ian Brown was abandoned after 20 minutes because the floor at the venue began to sag. 2,000 people were told to leave Newcastle's Carling Academy, which had only been open for a month. Organisers said it was simply a safety precaution after joists under the main dance floor came out of their springs.

Week commencing November 13 . . .
1956, Fats Domino appeared on the US TV Ed Sullivan Show performing 'Blueberry Hill.' Before the song became a rock and roll standard it had been recorded by various artists including Louis Armstrong, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Gene Autry and Jimmy Dorsey. The version by Fats Domino was ranked No.82 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

1976, Richard Hell and the Voidoids made their debut at CBGBs in New York. Hell was an innovator of punk music and fashion and was one of the first to spike his hair and wear torn, cut and drawn-on shirts, often held together with safety pins. Malcolm McLaren, manager of the Sex Pistols, has credited Hell as a source of inspiration for the Sex Pistols' look and attitude.


1949, Born on this day (Saturday) Herman Rarebell, Scorpions.

1967, Pink Floyd were added to a 16-date UK tour with Jimi Hendrix, The Move, The Nice, Amen Corner, The Outer Limits and The Eire Apparent. It kicked off at the Royal Albert Hall, London. The headlining Hendrix was allotted exactly 40 minutes; The Move, who preceded him onstage, had just half an hour, and Pink Floyd, who appeared after The Outer Limits, were allowed between 15 and 20 minutes per show.

2004, The Rolling Stones were refused permission to pursue a claim against their former record company Decca for unpaid royalties through the courts. A High Court judge in London said the dispute would go to arbitration and not be decided in court. The dispute was over their Forty Licks compilation CD, which was released in 2002 and was the first collection to span their entire career.

2006, Led Zeppelin were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame by Roger Taylor of Queen. Jimmy Page personally accepted the award in front of a 3,000 strong audience during the 3rd annual induction ceremony which was held at the famed Alexandra Palace in London.

1970, Syd Barrett released his second solo album Barrett only 10 months after his debut The Madcap Laughs. David Gilmour produced the whole album, which also featured performances by Pink Floyd's Richard Wright on keyboards. The album has since been reissued in remastered form with extra tracks from the sessions.

1976, The Melody Maker announced UK dates for the first major punk tour with The Sex Pistols and the Ramones co-headlining along with Talking Heads, The Vibrators and Chris Spedding. The 14-date tour which was due to start at Newcastle City Hall on Nov 29th never took place.

1949, Born on this day (Monday), Terry Reid, UK singer, member of Peter Jay's Jaywalkers. Reid turned down the job as lead singer with Led Zeppelin.

Week commencing November 6 . . .
1955, The Everly Brothers made their first studio recordings cutting four tracks in 22 minutes, at Nashville's Old Tulane Hotel studios. Family friend Chet Atkins engineered a chance for The Everly Brothers to record for Columbia Records in early 1956. However, their first and only single for the label, 'Keep A' Lovin' Me', was a flop, and they were quickly dropped from Columbia.

1967, The first issue of Rolling Stone Magazine was published in San Francisco. It featured a photo of John Lennon on the cover, dressed in army fatigues while acting in his recent film, How I Won the War and the first issue had a free roach clip to hold a marijuana joint. The name of the magazine was compiled from three significant sources: the Muddy Waters song, the first rock ‘n’ roll record by Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones.

1968, Led Zeppelin played their first ever London show when they appeared at The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm on the same bill as John Lee Hooker, Deviants, John James and Tyres. Robert Plant married his girlfriend Maureen in London on this day and held the reception at the gig.


1974, Bachman Turner Overdrive went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet'. Randy Bachman stuttered through the lyrics of the demo recording as a private joke about his brother Gary, who had a speech impediment. The record company liked that take better than the non-stammering version and released it.

2015, Scottish session drummer Andy White died aged 82. He was best known for replacing Ringo Starr on drums on the The Beatles' first single, ‘Love Me Do’. White was featured on the American 7" single release of the song, which also appeared on the band's debut British album, Please Please Me. He also played on ‘P.S. I Love You’, which was the B-side of ‘Love Me Do’. White also worked with Chuck Berry, Billy Fury, Herman's Hermits and Tom Jones.

2016, David Bowie's retrospective show at the Victoria & Albert Museum had enjoyed so much foot traffic it was now officially the most successful touring exhibition in the cultural institution’s 164-year history. According to the V&A, over half a million people had visited 'David Bowie Is' in sites across the globe, including the 312,000 visitors who saw the exhibition in London back in 2013.



1968, The Who, Joe Cocker and The Grease Band, The Mindbenders and The Crazy World of Arthur Brown all appeared at The Walthamstow Granada Theatre.

1971, Led Zeppelin released their fourth album. With no title printed on the album, and generally referred to as Four Symbols, it has gone on to sell over 37 million copies worldwide. The 19th century rustic oil painting on the front of the album was purchased by Robert Plant from an antique shop in Reading, Berkshire. The 20th century urban tower block on the back of the full gatefold LP cover is Butterfield Court in Eves Hill, Dudley.

1975, David Bowie made his US TV debut performing 'Fame', on the Cher CBS-TV show. Bowie, who was living in New York at the time, had written the song with John Lennon during a jamming session.

1991, Rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin quit Guns N’ Roses and was replaced by guitarist Gilby Clarke. Stradlin citied a combination of Axl Rose's personal behaviour and the difficulties of being around Slash, Matt Sorum, and Duff McKagan, due to his new-found sobriety.

2014, Australian drummer of AC/DC, Phil Rudd, had a charge of attempting to arrange a murder dropped in New Zealand, but he will still facing charges of drugs possession and making threats to kill. The U-turn by authorities, announced less than 24 hours after Mr Rudd appeared in court, was because of a lack of evidence his lawyer said.

2014, Two wealthy fans paid $300,000 to eat lasagne with Bruce Springsteen at his house. Springsteen started off the annual Stand Up For Heroes event by playing an acoustic set, then offering the instrument to the highest bidder. When bidding reached $60,000, he threw in a guitar lesson, which someone offered $250,000 for. At this point, he offered up a lasagne dinner at his house, a ride around the block in the sidecar of his motorbike and the shirt off of his back. All the money went to the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which helps injured servicemen and their families when they return home.


2016, Canadian singer, songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen died at the age of 82 at his home in Los Angeles. Cohen pursued a career as a poet and novelist during the 1950s and early 1960s, and did not launch a music career until 1967, at the age of 33. His first album, Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967), was followed by three more albums of folk music: Songs from a Room (1969), Songs of Love and Hate (1971) and New Skin for the Old Ceremony (1974). "Hallelujah" is a song written by Canadian singer Leonard Cohen, originally released on his album Various Positions (1984). His song 'Hallelujah' found greater popular acclaim through a recording by John Cale, which inspired a recording by Jeff Buckley.

Week commencing October 30 . . .
1967, Pink Floyd made their US live debut when they appeared at the Winterland Auditorium, San Francisco, California. Floyd shared the bill with local group Big Brother & The Holding Company, featuring singer Janis Joplin and singer / songwriter Richie Havens.


1969, Founder member of The Ink Spots, Ivory Watson died aged 60. The group, who formed in the early 1930s in Indianapolis, had the 1939 US hit ‘If I Didn't Care’, and ‘The Gypsy’ was their biggest chart success, staying at the No.1 position for 13 weeks.

1969, Creedence Clearwater Revival released Willy and the Poor Boys, the third studio album that the band released in this year. The album features the songs 'Down on the Corner', from which the album got its name, and 'Fortunate Son', which is a well known protest song and their version of the Lead Belly song 'Cotton Fields'.

1979, AC/DC played the second of three sold out nights at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, with Def Leppard supporting.


1984, The Rev Marvin Gaye Sr. was sentenced to a suspended six-year sentence and probation for the manslaughter of his son, Marvin Gaye. He later died at a nursing home in 1998.

2007, Led Zeppelin's eagerly-awaited reunion concert in London was postponed for two weeks after guitarist Jimmy Page broke a finger. The tribute concert in honour of late Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun scheduled for 26 November would now take place on 10 December. More than a million fans applied for the 20,000 tickets available, which cost £125 each. Profits from the show would go towards scholarships in Ertegun's name in the UK, USA and the country of his birth - Turkey.

2009, Ronnie Wood was given an Outstanding Contribution award at the Classic Rock Roll of Honour ceremony in London. Who guitarist Pete Townshend presented the award to Wood, who had joined The Rolling Stones full time in 1976.

1968, George Harrison released his first solo album, 'Wonderwall Music' on the Apple label. The songs which were mostly Harrison instrumentals, featured Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and an unaccredited banjo contribution by Peter Tork of The Monkees.

2004, 61-year old Terry Knight, the former manager of Grand Funk Railroad, was murdered at his home in Killeen, Texas. Knight was defending his daughter during a domestic disturbance when he was stabbed by her boyfriend, 26 year old Donald Alan Fair. Knight began his music career by leading a Michigan band called Terry Knight and the Pack, who scored a Billboard top 50 hit with ‘I, Who Have Nothing’.

2008, US drummer and singer Jimmy Carl Black died. Was a member of The Keys, The Soul Giants, The Mothers Of Invention and Jimmy Carl Black And The Mannish Boys. Also worked with Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Doors, Joe Cocker, Grateful Dead and The Turtles.

2016, Bap Kennedy, singer, songwriter from Belfast, Northern Ireland, died in Belfast in hospice care from pancreatic and bowel cancer. He is noted for his collaborations with Steve Earle, Van Morrison, Shane MacGowan and Mark Knopfler, as well as for writing the song 'Moonlight Kiss' which was on the soundtrack for the film Serendipity. Kennedy was also in the rock band Energy Orchard.

1963, Gerry And The Pacemakers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'You'll Never Walk Alone.' The group's third and final No.1.

1964, The Supremes started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Baby Love', the group's second of five consecutive US No.1s. The group were formerly known as the five piece group The Primettes.


1956, Born on this day (Monday), Tony Bowers, Alberto Y Los Trios Paranoias and then Simply Red (1986 US No.1 & UK No.2 single 'Holding Back The Years').

1969, David Bowie appeared at a Halloween night at the General Gordon, Gravesend. The gig lasted about 15 minutes after Bowie sang 'Space Oddity' to everyone’s delight and then dragged a stool on stage, along with a huge book. He then sat and read poems and was booed off stage.

1974, Led Zeppelin held the launch for their new record label Swan Song at Chislehurst Caves, Kent, on Halloween night. Drinks were served by nuns in suspenders, a naked woman lay in a coffin covered in jelly and naked male wrestlers cavorted in recesses of the caves. Label mates Bad Company, The Pretty Things and Maggie Bell also attended. The launch also tied in with the releases of The Pretty Things new album Silk Torpedo. The label was named after an unreleased Zeppelin instrumental track.

1986, Roger Waters went to the high court to try and stop David Gilmour and Nick Mason from using the name 'Pink Floyd', for future touring and recording.

1990, During a gig in Seattle, Washington, Billy Idol dumped 600 dead fish in Faith No More's dressing room. They responded by walking on stage, naked during Idol's set.


1967, Tyrannosaurus Rex recorded a session for the Radio 1 'Top Gear' show, the first group to do so without a recording contract.


1970, Hotlegs made their live debut supporting The Moody Blues at the Festival Hall, London. Their only hit 'Neanderthal Man' made No. 2 in July 1970. The members from the group went on to become 10cc.

1970, Jim Morrison of The Doors was fined and sentenced to six months in jail after being found guilty of exposing himself during a gig in Miami.

1971, John Lennon and The Plastic Ono Band went to No.1 on the UK album chart with Imagine. The album contained two tracks attacking Paul McCartney, 'How Do You Sleep' and 'Crippled Inside.' Early editions of the LP included a postcard featuring a photo of Lennon holding a pig, in mockery of McCartney's similar pose with a sheep on the cover of Ram. The front cover photo was a Polaroid taken by Andy Warhol.

1998, All four original members of Black Sabbath reunited momentarily to play 'Paranoid' on US TVs David Letterman Show.

2003, Steve O'Rourke suffered a stroke and died in Miami, Florida. O'Rourke had managed Pink Floyd since 1968, and was the executive producer for their 1982 film The Wall.

2004, An arrest warrant was issued for Motley Crue singer Vince Neil after he allegedly knocked a soundman unconscious during a concert. Neil was said to have punched Michael Talbert in the face at Gilley's nightclub in Dallas after he asked the soundman for more volume on his guitar but attacked Talbert as he adjusted it, leaving him unconscious for 45 seconds.

2007, Linda Stein, former co-manager of punk band the Ramones, was found beaten to death at her Manhattan apartment. Mrs Stein was the ex-wife of Seymour Stein, former president of Sire Records, which was the launching pad for the Ramones, Talking Heads and Madonna. Mrs Stein had become one of New York's leading estate agents, her clients included Sting and Billy Joel. Long-time friend Sir Elton John told the New York Times he was "absolutely shocked and upset".

1946, Born on this day (Monday), Chris Slade, drummer, who has worked with AC/DC, Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Gary Moore and The Firm.

Week commencing October 24 . . .
1966, ? & the Mysterians went to No.1 on the US singles chart with '96 Tears'. Although he closely guarded his true identity at the time, the man known as Question Mark turned out to be Rudy Martinez, from Saginaw Valley, Michigan. The song was later a hit in the UK for The Stranglers in 1990.

1971, Duane Allman of The Allman Brothers Band was killed when he lost control of his motorcycle on a Macon, Georgia street while trying to swerve to avoid a tractor-trailer and was thrown from the motorcycle. The motorcycle bounced into the air, landed on Allman and skidded another 90 feet with Allman pinned underneath. He was three weeks shy of his 25th birthday.

1983, Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of The Moon marked its 491st week on the Billboard album chart in the US, surpassing the previous record holder, 'Johnny's Greatest Hits' by Johnny Mathis. When it finally fell off of list in October 1988, 'Dark Side' had set a record of 741 weeks on the chart.

1996, Manchester band The Stone Roses split up. Singer Ian Brown said 'having spent the last ten years in the filthiest business in the universe, it's a pleasure to announce the end of The Stone Roses.'

1955, Born on this day, Kevin DuBrow, singer, Quiet Riot (1983 US No.1 album, 'Metal Health'). Found dead in his Las Vegas home at the age of 52 on 25th Nov 2007. The band's biggest hit was Cum on Feel the Noize, a cover of the Slade song - which they are said to have grudgingly recorded in just one take.

1978, The live-action movie KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park, was shown on NBC-TV in the U.S. The four rock stars had to deal with a mad scientist who went crazy in an amusement park. All four members of Kiss had just released their individual solo albums.


2008, A statue honouring AC/DC's Bon Scott was unveiled at the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour in Western Australia. Although born in Scotland, Scott grew up in Fremantle after his family emigrated to Australia in 1952. Bon started out his newfound Australian life in Melbourne, his family lived in the suburb of Sunshine for 4 years before moving to Fremantle. Scott was born in 1946 died on 20th February 1980. He is buried in Fremantle cemetery.

2011, The organisers of a planned Metallica concert in India were arrested after the show was called off, leading fans of the band to destroy the stage and vandalize equipment. Metallica had been booked to play in Delhi on Friday, but they postponed the show after a security barrier in front of the stage collapsed. The four promoters of the gig were arrested on fraud charges after they refused to refund tickets. Around 25,000 people had purchased tickets to see what would have been Metallica's first-ever concert in India.

1957, The Crickets started a three-week run at No.1 on the singles chart with 'That'll Be The Day'. It was also a No.3 hit in the US where it went on to sell over a million. The song was inspired by a trip to the movies by Holly, Jerry Allison and Sonny Curtis in June 1956. The John Wayne film The Searchers was playing and Wayne's frequently-used, world-weary catchphrase, "that'll be the day" inspired the young musicians.

1964, 31 year old Salvatore Philip Bono married 18 year old Cherilyn Sarkisian La Piere. For a time they performed together as Caesar and Cleo before changing the name of their act to Sonny and Cher. Their union lasted 12 years.

1977, American musician Roy Estrada, a founding member of Little Feat and who also worked with Frank Zappa, was convicted of sexual assault on a child. Estrada served six years in prison. In January 2012, he pleaded guilty to a charge of continuous sexual abuse of a child which happened in March 2008. In the plea bargain agreement, he was sentenced to 25 years in prison and is not eligible for parole.

1980, Former T Rex member Steve Took choked to death on a cherry stone, after some magic mushrooms he had eaten numbed all sensation in his throat, he was aged 31. Took was also a member of The Deviants with Pink Fairies members Twink and Mick Farren.

1980, Mark Chapman bought a five-shot .38 special for $169. A little over six weeks later, he would use the gun to kill John Lennon outside his New York City apartment.


1984, During a US tour, The Grateful Dead allocated a specific recording area for fans to bootleg the show; tonight's gig was in Berkeley, California.

1989, U2 bass player Adam Clayton was convicted of a drink driving offence by a Dublin court after being found driving twice over the legal limit. He was fined £500 and banned from driving for 1 year.

2013, Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed died at the age of 71. An admitted hard drinker and drug user for many years, he underwent a liver transplant in Cleveland in April 2013. Afterwards he claimed on his website to be 'bigger and stronger' than ever.

2016, A letter John Lennon wrote to the Queen explaining why he was returning his MBE was found tucked in a record sleeve from a £10 car boot haul. The anonymous owner took the document to a valuation day at The Beatles Story in Liverpool and discovered it was worth about £60,000. Lennon had returned the MBE in protest at Britain's involvement in a civil war.

1966, Newsweek interviewed The Monkees. They are asked how the music is created. Singer Davy Jones tells them, "This isn't a rock 'n' roll group. This is an act."


2001, Kim Gardner former bassist with Ashton Gardner & Dyke died of cancer. Had the 1971 No.3 single 'The Resurrection Shuffle'; Gardner formed 60s band The Birds with guitarist Ronnie Wood.

2002, American record producer Tom Dowd died of emphysema. He recorded albums by many artists including: Eric Clapton, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Derek and the Dominos, Rod Stewart, Aretha Franklin, Cream, Lulu, Chicago, The Allman Brothers Band, The J. Geils Band, Meat Loaf, Sonny & Cher, The Rascals, Willie Nelson, Diana Ross, Kenny Loggins, Dusty Springfield, The Drifters and Otis Redding.

2004, Queen became the first rock act to receive an official seal of approval in Iran. Western music was still strictly censored in the Islamic republic, where homosexuality is considered a crime, but an album of Queen's greatest hits was released this week in Iran. Freddie Mercury was proud of his Iranian ancestry; illegal bootleg albums and singles had made Queen one of the most popular bands in Iran.


Week commencing October 16 . . .
1965, The Spencer Davis Group recorded 'Keep On Running' at Pye Studios in London. The track went on to top the chart next January.

1978, The Clash sacked manager Bernie Rhodes, saying the band and record company 'found him hard to deal with'. Melody Maker journalist Caroline Coon took his place.

1995, Green Day singer Billie Joe was arrested and fined $141 after mooning at the audience during a gig in Milwaukee.

2006, American musician, singer, songwriter, and drummer Sandy West died. Founding member (with Joan Jett) of all girl group The Runaways, hailed by fans and critics alike to be one of the most groundbreaking drummers in rock and roll history.

2006, Broadcaster John Peel left over £1.8m and over 25,000 vinyl records in his will. Peel died suddenly at the age of 65 from a heart attack in 2004.


2014, Former Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson said he has been "cured" of the terminal pancreatic cancer with which he was diagnosed in 2012. The 67-year-old was initially given 10 months to live after rejecting chemotherapy, but had radical surgery to remove the tumour earlier this year.

1962, Bobby 'Boris' Pickett and the Crypt Kickers started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Monster Mash', it became a No.3 in the UK eleven years later in 1973. The song had been banned by The BBC who deemed it offensive.

1976, The Led Zeppelin film 'The Song Remains The Same', premiered in New York City. The charity night raised $25,000 for the save the children fund.

1977, Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines and Cassie Gaines from Lynyrd Skynyrd were all killed along with manager Dean Kilpatrick when their rented plane ran out of fuel and crashed into a densely wooded thicket in the middle of a swamp in Gillsburg, Mississippi. The crash seriously injured the rest of the band and crew who were due to play at Louisiana University that evening.


1977, Siouxsie Sioux and Kenny Morris from The Banshees were arrested and held overnight at Holloway police station, London for causing an obstruction after a London gig, they were both fined £20.

1978, The Police made their US debut at CBGBS, New York. The trio had flown on low cost tickets with Laker Airtrain from the UK, carrying their instruments as hand luggage.

2011, US photographer Barry Feinstein, best known for taking enduring pictures of musicians such as Bob Dylan and George Harrison died aged 80. Feinstein was responsible for capturing more than 500 record sleeves, including Harrison's All Things Must Pass album and the cover photograph for Dylan's album The Times They Are A-Changin. The Rolling Stones sleeve for Beggars Banquet shot in a graffiti-covered toilet, was also Feinstein's work.

1974, Al Green was taking a shower at his Memphis home when his ex-girlfriend Mary Woodson burst in and poured boiling hot grit over him. She then shot herself dead. Green suffered second degree burns.

2007, South African reggae star, Lucky Dube, was shot dead by car thieves when he was dropping his teenage son and daughter off in a Johannesburg suburb. Police said Dube's son and daughter were already out of the car when three shots were fired through the car window, witnesses said the wounded singer tried to drive away, but lost control of his car and hit a tree.

1964, Manfred Mann started a two week run at No.1 on the singles chart with 'Do Wah Diddy Diddy', possibly the first No.1 with a nonsense song title. Also a No.1 in the US, the song was first released by the US group The Exciters.

1995, Sting's former accountant Keith Moore was sentenced to six years in jail after being found guilty of embezzling £6 million from the singer's 108 bank accounts.


2005, Freddie Mercury's 1974 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow failed to sell in an eBay auction, having not met its reserve price. It had been listed by his sister, Kashmira Cooke, who had inherited the car from him. The auction had attracted nearly 200 bids and exceeded £60,000. The luxury vehicle had not appeared in public since 2002, when it had been used to transport the Bulsara family to the premiere of the Queen stage musical We Will Rock You. It came with a box of Kleenex Mansize tissues left in the car by Freddie.

1968, Born on this day (Tuesday), Ziggy Marley, Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers (1988 UK No.22 single 'Tomorrow People'). His father Bob Marley had his last haircut the year Ziggy was born.

Week commencing October 9 . . .
1970, Janis Joplin's ashes were scattered at Stinson Beach in Marin County, California. The singer had been found dead on the floor beside her bed at the Landmark Hotel in Hollywood California on 4th Oct. The official cause of death was an overdose of heroin, possibly combined with the effects of alcohol.

1974, TV host Ed Sullivan died. Leader of the Ed Sullivan Singers and Orchestra. Introduced The Beatles and other UK acts to America via his Ed Sullivan TV show, from New York City, which ran from June 20, 1948 to June 6, 1971, on CBS every Sunday night at 8pm. The Beatles appearance on February 9th 1964 is considered a milestone in American pop culture and the beginning of the British Invasion in music. The broadcast drew an estimated 73 million viewers.

1979, 'Reggatta De Blanc' the second album from The Police started a four-week run at No.1. The album, which features the band's first two No.1 hits, 'Message in a Bottle' and 'Walking on the Moon', cost only £6,000 to record.

1947, Born on this day (Friday), Sammy Hagar, Montrose, Van Halen, solo 1984 hit with 'I Can't Drive 55'. He founded the Cabo Wabo Tequila brand and restaurant chain, as well as Sammy's Beach Bar Rum.

1957, During an Australian tour, Little Richard publicly renounced rock 'n' roll and embraced God, telling a story of dreaming of his own damnation after praying to God when one of the engines on a plane he was on caught fire. The singer threw four diamond rings, valued at $8,000, into Sydney's Hunter River and soon after launched a Gospel career. Five years later, he would switch back to Rock.


1968, Big Brother And The Holding Company went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Cheap Thrills'. The cover, drawn by underground cartoonist Robert Crumb, replaced the band's original idea, a picture of the group naked in bed together. Crumb had originally intended his art to be the LPs back cover, but Janis Joplin demanded that Columbia Records use it for the front cover. Initially the album title was to have been Sex, Dope and Cheap Thrills, but this didn't go down too well at Columbia Records.

1975, Rod Stewart and The Faces made their final live appearance when they played at Nassau Coliseum, Long Island.

1985, Ricky Wilson of the B-52s died of complications from aids. The B-52s, had the 1990 UK No.2 & US No.3 single 'Love Shack'.

1994, Pink Floyd played the first of a 15-night run at Earls Court, London. Less than a minute after the band had started playing 'Shine On You Crazy Diamond', a scaffolding stand holding 1200 fans, collapsed, throwing hundreds of people 20 feet to the ground. It took over an hour to free everyone from the twisted wreckage, ninety-six people were injured, with 36 needing hospital treatment. Six were detained overnight with back, neck and rib injuries. Pink Floyd sent a free T-shirt and a note of apology to all the fans who had been seated in the stand that collapsed. The show was immediately cancelled and re-scheduled.

1959, The Quarry Men played at the Casbah Coffee Club, Liverpool. Ken Brown, suffering from a heavy cold, was unable to perform and, after the show, an argument started when Paul McCartney said that Brown should not get a share of the performance fee since he had not performed. Lennon and Harrison side with McCartney, and Brown quits The Quarry Men.


1970, Black Sabbath were at No.1 on the UK chart with their second album 'Paranoid.' The album, which contains some of the band's best-known signature songs, including the title track, 'Iron Man' and 'War Pigs' is now regarded as one of the classic Heavy Metal albums.

1970, The first issue of Sounds music paper was published. It was intended to be a weekly rival to titles such as Melody Maker and New Musical Express and was well known initially for giving away posters in the centre of the paper. Sounds closed on April 6, 1991.

1978, The second Stiff Records UK tour kicked off featuring; Wreckless Eric, Jona Lewie, Rachel Sweet, Lene Lovich and Micky Jupp. The UK tour was undertaken by train, and then continued on to the USA, without Jupp, who was afraid of flying.

1980, The funeral took place of Led Zeppelin's drummer John Bonham. ‘Bonzo’, aged just 32, was found dead at guitarists Jimmy Page's house of what was described as asphyxiation, after inhaling his own vomit after excessive vodka consumption (40 shots in 4 hours).

1965, The Beatles started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with the Paul McCartney ballad 'Yesterday' giving the group their tenth US No.1. Strangely, the track was not released as a single in the UK until 1976.

1969, For the first time in the history of the show, Top Of The Pops producers refused to air the No. 1 song, ‘Je T’aime... Moi Non Plus’, the erotic French language love song by Serge Gainsbourg and actress Jane Birkin. The song, an instrumental with the voices of Gainsbourg and Birkin apparently recorded in the act of love and superimposed over the top, caused such a stir in Britain that the original label, Fontana, dropped the record despite it being No. 2 on the charts. A small record company, Major Minor, bought the rights and saw the song climb to the top of the charts, the first French language song ever to do so.

1971, Rod Stewart was at No.1 on the singles chart with 'Maggie May' (first released as a B side to 'Reason To Believe'). The first of six UK No.1s for Stewart, it spent five weeks at the top of the chart.

1971, The Who played a small, low-key show at the University of Surrey, Guildford, with guest John Sebastian joining in on harmonica on ‘Magic Bus’ ‘ the only outside musician ever to jam with The Who on stage. Backstage, the group celebrated John Entwistle’s 27th birthday.

1976, The Sex Pistols signed to EMI records for £40,000. The contract was terminated three months later with the label stopping production of the 'Anarchy In The UK' single and deleting it from its catalogue. EMI later issued a statement saying it felt unable to promote The Sex Pistols records in view of the adverse publicity generated over the last few months.


1976, Dr Feelgood scored their only No.1 album when 'Stupidity' went to the top of the charts. It was the first ever live album to go to No.1 in the chart in its first week of release. Some of the album was recorded at The Kursaal in Southend-on-Sea.

1990, All four members of The Stone Roses were each fined £3,000 after being found guilty of criminal damage at their former record company's offices.

1993, Nirvana entered the US album chart at No.1 with 'In Utero', their third and final studio album. Kurt Cobain had originally wanted to name the album 'I Hate Myself and I Want to Die.'

2008, Paul McCartney (a vegetarian for 30 years), was said to be furious when he heard that a Liverpool branch of McDonald's restaurant displayed his picture, accusing them of using it to attract customers. Sir Paul was quoted as saying "What sort of morons do McDonald's think Beatles fans are?"

Week commencing October 2 . . .
1965, During a UK tour The Rolling Stones appeared at The ABC, Stockton on Tees. Also on the bill, Spencer Davis Group, Unit Four + 2, The Checkmates, The End, and Charles Dickens and The Habits.

1966, Cream drummer Ginger Baker collapsed during a gig at Sussex University, after playing a 20 minute drum solo. He later recovered in a local hospital.

1967, Jimi Hendrix, Arthur Brown and John's Children all appeared at the Saville Theatre in London.


1969, David Bowie played the first of a 10 date tour supporting Humble Pie at Coventry Theatre. Fronted by former Small Faces singer Steve Marriott and featuring Bowie's old school friend Peter Frampton. Frampton’s father, Owen, taught Art at Beckenham Technical School where Bowie was a pupil. Another of his pupils was George Underwood, who became a painter and designed three David Bowie album covers, Space Oddity, Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust.

1971, Led Zeppelin II was enjoying its 100th week on the album chart. It was the band's first album to hit No.1 in the US, knocking The Beatles' Abbey Road twice from the top spot, where it remained for seven weeks. When first released the album had advance orders of 400,000 copies in the USA (the advertising campaign was built around the slogan Led Zeppelin II Now Flying).

1987, The three members from ZZ Top made advance bookings for seats on the first passenger flight to the Moon. Needless to say the boys are still waiting for confirmation of the trip.

2012, Record label bosses at EMI recalled a vinyl, anniversary edition of The Beatles' hit single 'Love Me Do' after discovering they had accidentally pressed a version that included session musician Andy White playing drums instead of Ringo Starr.

2013, Philip Chevron, the guitarist with Irish folk-punk band The Pogues, died of cancer aged 56. He formed punk band The Radiators From Space in 1976 before joining The Pogues, who became best known for their 1987 Christmas hit single 'Fairytale of New York' featuring Kirsty MacColl.

1965, Johnny Cash was arrested crossing the Mexican border into El Paso, Texas after customs officials found 100s of pills in his guitar case. He received a suspended jail sentence and a $1,000 fine.

1970, Led Zeppelin III was released in the UK on Atlantic records. The album peaked at No.1 on both the UK and US charts. It has now been certified 6 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales alone in excess of 6 million copies.

1974, Mike Oldfield's 'Tubular Bells' went to No.1 for the first time on the album chart 15 months after being released. It went on to sell over 10 million copies worldwide.

1975, Stevie Wonder appeared at the Wonder Dream Concert in Kingston, Jamaica, a Jamaican Institute for the Blind benefit concert, along with Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer, the three original Wailers, performing together for the last time.


1980, The NME had Joy Division's 'She's Lost Control' as single of the week. The song is about a girl who singer Ian Curtis worked with at a disability center. One day she didn't come to the center and Ian later learned that she died from an epileptic seizure.

1989, Motley Crue played a warm-up show for their forthcoming Dr. Feelgood tour at the Whisky a Go Go, West Hollywood, California, under their pseudonym The Foreskins. The show was also used for the filming of their next video, 'Kickstart My Heart'.

1992, American singer Eddie Kendricks of The Temptations died aged 52 of lung cancer one year after having one lung removed. His was the lead voice on ‘The Way You Do The Things You Do’, ‘Get Ready’, and ‘Just My Imagination’. As a solo artist, Kendricks recorded several hits of his own during the 1970s, including the US No.1 single 'Keep On Truckin'.

2011, David Cassidy filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Sony, claiming he had not been paid royalties for sales of Partridge Family merchandise which bear his image, including lunchboxes, magazines and board games. Cassidy told CNN "It's just a matter of being fair and doing the right thing. Just be fair, be real, be genuine, don't be greedy." And yet another example of why some people circumvent large recording companies to download music free.

1962, The Tornados were at No.1 on the singles chart with the instrumental, 'Telstar' (named after a communication satellite). The track went on to be the first major hit from a UK act on the American chart also reaching No.1.

1968, On the first night of a UK club tour Led Zeppelin (billed as The Yardbirds featuring Jimmy Page) appeared at the Mayfair Ballroom, Newcastle upon Tyne, supported by Terry Reid's Fantasia. Tickets cost 10/6. The Mayfair was a regular venue for up and coming acts; indeed, anybody who was anybody appeared at the club which was demolished in 2000.

1969, Creedence Clearwater Revival started a four week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Green River', the group's first US chart topper.

1969, The Beatles Abbey Road album went to No.1 on the chart. The final studio recordings from the group supposedly contained clues adding to the ‘Paul Is Dead’ phenomenon: Paul is barefoot and the car number plate ‘LMW 281F’ supposedly referred to the fact that McCartney would be 28 years old if he was still alive. ‘LMW’ was said to stand for ‘Linda McCartney Weeps.’ And the four Beatles represent; the priest (John, dressed in white), the Undertaker (Ringo in a black suit), the Corpse (Paul, in a suit but barefoot), and the Gravedigger (George, in jeans and a denim work shirt).


1970, US singer Janis Joplin was found dead at the Landmark Hotel Hollywood after an accidental heroin overdose. Joplin had the posthumous 1971 US No.1 single 'Me And Bobby McGee', and the 1971 US No.1 album 'Pearl'. She was known as "The Queen of Psychedelic Soul" and as "Pearl" to her friends. Joplin remains one of the top-selling musicians in the United States, with over 15.5 million albums sold in the USA.

1975, Pink Floyd went to No.1 on the UK and American album chart with Wish You Were Here. The album featured a tribute to ex band member Syd Barrett, 'Shine On You Crazy Diamond'. For one of the shots on the album's cover, two stuntmen were used, Danny Rogers and Ronnie Rondell, who was dressed in a fire-retardant suit covered by a business suit. Initially the wind was blowing in the wrong direction, and the flames were forced into Rondell's face, burning his moustache. The two stuntmen changed positions, and the image was later reversed.

1980, Winners in the Melody Makers readers poll included, Kate Bush who won Best female singer, Peter Gabriel won Best male singer, Best guitarist went to Ritchie Blackmore, Phil Collins won Best drummer, Genesis won Band of the year, Best single went to Pink Floyd for 'Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)' and Saxon won brightest hope.

1999, It was reported that the sister of Jimi Hendrix was planning to exhume her brother's body and move it to a pay-to-view mausoleum. Other plans for the new site included a chance for fans to buy one of burial plots around the guitarist's new resting place.

2005, Mike Gibbins, drummer with Badfinger, died in his sleep at his Florida home aged 56. Badfinger had the 1970 UK No.4 & US No.7 single 'Come And Get It'. He had also been a member of The Iveys during the 60s.

2014, Paul Revere, organist and leader of Paul Revere And The Raiders, died following a battle with cancer. Between 1961 and 1971, the band placed 15 songs on Billboard's Top 40, including the US Top 10 hits 'Kicks', 'Hungry', 'Good Thing' and 'Him Or Me - What's It Gonna Be?'

1967, American singer, songwriter Woody Guthrie died after suffering from Huntington's Chorea disease. Guthrie was a major influence on Bob Dylan and American folk music. The 70s film 'Bound For Glory' is based on his life. His best-known song is 'This Land Is Your Land', which is regularly sung in American schools.

1978, The members of Aerosmith bailed thirty fans out of jail after they were arrested for smoking pot during an Aerosmith concert at Fort Wayne Coliseum.

1992, Sinead O'Connor ripped up a photograph of Pope John Paul II on the US TV show 'Saturday Night Live', as a protest over sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church. The incident happened as Sinead ended her live performance and produced a photograph of Pope John Paul II, which she ripped into pieces. There was stunned silence in the studio and the station went to a commercial. NBC was fined $2.5 million dollars by the Federal Communications Commission.

2000, The Cars singer and bass player Benjamin Orr died of cancer at home in Atlanta at the age of 53. Sang lead vocals on the bands hits ‘Just What I Needed’, ‘Let's Go’ and ‘Drive’.

1938, Born on this day (Tuesday), Eddie Cochran, singer (1958 US No. 8 single 'Summertime Blues', 1960 UK No.1 single 'Three Steps To Heaven'). Cochran was killed in a car crash on 17th April 1960 aged 21 while on tour in Britain. Songwriter Sharon Sheeley and singer Gene Vincent who were also in the car both survived the crash.

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1966, Jimi Hendrix appeared live for the first time in the UK when he jammed with Cream at their gig at London Polytechnic. Hendrix made his official live debut a month later on Friday 25 Nov 1966, when the Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at the Bag O'Nails Club, London.

1967, The first edition of BBC Radio 1's 'Top Gear' was aired. Presented by John Peel and Pete Drummond they featured The Move, Traffic, Pink Floyd, Tim Rose and Tomorrow featuring Keith West.

1970, Jimi Hendrix was buried at The Greenwood Cemetery at the Dunlop Baptist Church Seattle. Among the mourners; Miles Davis, Eric Burdon, Johnny Winter and members of Derek and the Dominoes.


1975, 39 year old Al Jackson, drummer for Booker T. And The MGs, was shot and killed by a burglar at his home. His wife was questioned about the killing because she was arrested in July for shooting her husband in the chest during a domestic dispute. He wasn't badly hurt and the charges were dismissed when his wife claimed self-defense. Jackson had returned home to what police described as a botched robbery attempt. According to Jackson's wife, an intruder made her answer the door and then threw her husband to the floor demanding money. Jackson was forced to lie face down and then was shot in the back five times. The identity of the culprit remains a mystery. Booker T had backed such artists as Otis Redding, Al Green and Sam and Dave.

1983, A David Bowie world convention was held at The Cunard Hotel in London. The event had the largest collection of Bowie merchandise ever assembled.

1986, Andy McVann drummer with Liverpool band The Farm was killed in a car crash during a police chase.

2004, Canadian bassist Bruce Palmer died of a heart attack. Member of The Mynah Birds and Buffalo Springfield. Also worked with Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young and Neil Young.


2004, The Lord Mayor of Melbourne officially opened 'AC/DC' Lane after the veteran rockers. The Lord Mayor erected the sign to cheers and bagpipes playing the bands song 'It's a Long Way To The Top'. The City of Melbourne had extra copies of the sign made in anticipation of fans stealing them. (Photo courtesy of Franki Martin who took this photo specially for Riffs while visiting Melbourne)

2015, An original tape of The Beatles performing at The Cavern Club in Liverpool in 1962 was found after 50 years languishing in a desk drawer. It featured the Fab Four playing 'Some Other Guy' in September 1962 - four weeks before their debut single came out. It was recorded after the group were filmed for Granada TV's Know The North, but was never broadcast.

1960, Ricky Valance was at No.1 on the singles chart with 'Tell Laura I Love Her', making him the first Welsh singer to top the charts, and a One-hit Wonder.

1971, On the last night of their first ever Japanese tour Led Zeppelin appeared at Osaka Festival Hall. Near the end of the set the group played a medley of songs during an extended version of 'Whole Lotta Love', including 'Let That Boy Boogie', 'I Gotta Know', 'Twist and Shout', 'Fortune Teller', 'Good Times Bad Times' and 'You Shook Me'.


1979, The Police had their first No.1 single with 'Message In A Bottle' the group's third Top 20 hit. The song was released as the first single from Reggatta de Blanc and also topped the charts in Ireland and reached No.5 in Australia. Despite its popularity in the UK, the single only reached No.74 in the United States.

1987, Pink Floyd's thirteenth studio album A Momentary Lapse Of Reason was on the UK chart. The shoot for the album cover involved dragging 800 hospital beds onto Saunton Sands in Devon, but rain interrupted the session and they had to repeat the exercise two weeks later. A hang glider can be seen in the sky, a possible reference to the track 'Learning to Fly'. Photographer Robert Dowling won a gold award at the Association of Photographers' Awards for the image, which took about two weeks to create.

1989, While travelling on his motorbike from Los Angeles, Bruce Springsteen called in at Matt's Saloon in Prescott, Arizona and jammed with the house band. Bruce played a bunch of rock and roll classics, including Elvis Presley's 'Don’t Be Cruel,' and Chuck Berry's 'Sweet Little Sixteen' and 'Route 66.’ Bruce also donated $100,000 to a barmaid's hospital bill.

2012, The UK press reported that there really was a girl who works down the chip shop and swears she's Elvis' daughter, after Lisa Marie Presley was spotted serving up deep-fried treats on a mobile motor called Mr Chippy. The 44-year-old, offspring of Elvis and actress Priscilla, donned an apron and cooked battered cod for the locals. Kim Scales, who owned the business, said: "Lisa Marie likes to see how we live and experience British life. We were laughing because the customers didn't know who she was. She really enjoyed it." The singer had moved to the quaint village of Rotherfield, East Sussex, two years ago from Los Angeles.

1968, Pink Floyd appeared at the Queen's Hall in Dunoon, Scotland. Due to bad weather all the ferries to Dunoon were cancelled, so Pink Floyd hired their own boat from Gourock and risked the rough seas to make the crossing, eventually appearing in front of 400 fans.

1972, Rory Storm singer from UK 60s group Rory Storm and the Hurricanes died aged 32 after taking an overdose of sleeping pills in a suicide pact with his mother. Ringo Starr played drums with Storm before joining The Beatles.

1979, Scottish guitarist Jimmy McCullough died from a heroin overdose in his flat in Maida Vale, London, aged 26. Member of Stone The Crows, Thunderclap Newman and Wings (1974 to 1977). When 'Something in the Air' by Thunderclap Newman went to No.1 in 1969, it made McCulloch the youngest guitarist to ever play on a No.1 single, as he was was just sixteen at the time.


1986, Metallica bass player Cliff Burton was crushed to death after the bands tour bus crashed between Stockholm and Copenhagen. During a European tour members from the band drew cards for the most comfortable bunk on the tour bus, Burton had won the game with an ace of spades and was asleep when the tour bus ran over a patch of black ice and skidded off of the road. He was thrown through the window of the bus, which fell on top of him.

2004, Legendary record producer Phil Spector was formally charged with murder in the February 3rd, 2003 shooting of actress Lana Clarkson. He was convicted in April, 2009 and sentenced to 19 years to life in the California State prison system.

2008, Pink Floyd's manager Bryan Morrison died after spending over two years in a coma. Morrison suffered severe brain injuries in a polo accident at the Royal Berkshire Polo Club, in 2006, and never recovered. He also managed The Pretty Things and was a music publisher for Syd Barrett, The Bee Gees, Elton John, The Jam, T-Rex and Wham!

1964, Roy Orbison started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Oh Pretty Woman'. The title was inspired by Orbison's wife Claudette interrupting a conversation to announce she was going out; when Orbison asked if she was okay for cash, his co-writer Bill Dees interjected "A pretty woman never needs any money."

1965, At the end of a European tour Roger Daltry knocked out Keith Moon resulting in the singer being sacked from The Who. The band were playing two shows in one night in Denmark, when an argument broke about between all four band members. Daltrey was reinstated the following day.


1981, Bruce Dickinson joined UK rock band Iron Maiden (Dickinson had been the vocalist with Samson).

1995, AC/DC released Ballbreaker - their 12th international studio album. The album, which was produced by Rick Rubin, featured the return of former drummer Phil Rudd who had been fired from the band in 1983 as a result of drinking and drug problems and a fight with founding rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young.

2003, English singer, songwriter Robert Palmer died of a heart attack aged 54 in Paris France. He was a member of Vinegar Joe and Power Station (with Duran Duran members Andy Taylor and John Taylor with drummer and former Chic member Tony Thompson). As a solo artist had the 1986 US No.1 & UK No.5 single 'Addicted To Love' and the 1988 hit 'Simply Irresistible'.

2016, Universal, Warner Brothers, Sony and several other record labels filed a law suit against the operators of YouTube-mp3.org, a service that allowed its users to remove audio from videos streamed on YouTube. The court action, launched against a German company, alleged that "tens, or even hundreds, of millions of tracks are illegally copied and distributed by stream ripping services each month."

1964, The Temptations begin recording 'My Girl' which went on to be their first US number one and the first of fifteen US Top Ten hits.

1969, John Lennon recorded the track 'Cold Turkey', with Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Klaus Voorman and Yoko. Lennon presented the song to Paul McCartney as a potential single by The Beatles, but was refused and released it as a Plastic Ono Band single with sole writing credits to him.

1972, Black Sabbath released their fourth studio album, 'Black Sabbath Vol. 4'. The album, which features a monochrome photograph of Ozzy Osbourne with hands raised, taken during a Black Sabbath concert, was originally to be titled 'Snowblind', after one of several songs referring to the band's cocaine use.

1975, Jackie Wilson had a heart attack while performing live on stage at the Latin Casino, New Jersey. Wilson collapsed into a coma suffering severe brain damage. Ironically, he was in the middle of singing one of his biggest hits, 'Lonely Teardrops' and was two words into the line, "....my heart is crying" when he collapsed to the stage, striking his head heavily. He remained semi-comatose for the nine years until his death in 1984, at the age of 49. Van Morrison wrote the song 'Jackie Wilson Said', covered by Dexy's Midnight Runners.


1980, John Bonham, drummer with Led Zeppelin, died aged 32 after a heavy drinking session. ‘Bonzo’ was found dead at guitarists Jimmy Page's house of what was described as asphyxiation, after inhaling his own vomit after excessive vodka consumption (40 shots in 4 hours). During live sets his drum solo, ‘Moby Dick,’ would often last for half an hour and regularly featured his use of his bare hands. In 2007, Ludwig issued a limited edition drum kit in Bonham's memory.

1999, Stephen Canaday of The Ozark Mountain Daredevils was killed when the vintage WW II plane he was flying in, rolled, inverted and crashed into a tree. The pilot failed to maintain speed which resulted in a stall.

2000, Ozzy Osbourne formally requested that Black Sabbath be removed from the nomination list for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Calling the inclusion "meaningless", Osbourne went on to say "Let's face it. Black Sabbath have never been media darlings. We're a people's band and that suits us just fine."

2015, David Gilmour's fourth studio album Rattle That Lock went to No.1 on the UK album chart. Gilmour had been writing the material for Rattle That Lock over the past five years, though he pointed out that one piano piece was recorded 18 years ago in his living room.

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1964, Herman's Hermits were at No.1 on the singles chart with the Carole King & Gerry Goffin song 'I'm Into Something Good', the group's only No.1.

1969, The Band released their self-titled album, which peaked at No.9 on the US chart, and included Rag Mama Rag, Up on Cripple Creek and The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down. In 2009 the album was preserved into the National Recording Registry because the album was ‘culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and reflects life in the United States.’

1979, Gary Numan had his second and final No.1 single with 'Cars'. Also on this day Gary Numan went to No.1 on the album chart with 'The Pleasure Principle.'


1990, Nirvana played their biggest gig to date when they appeared at the Motor Sports International Garage in Seattle. Drummer Dave Grohl, who would audition for the band in a few days, was in the audience of 15,000 people.

2004, Cat Stevens, who now went by the name of Yusuf Islam, was escorted from a diverted transatlantic flight and refused entry into America by FBI agents. His name showed up on a US watch list after United Airlines Flight 919 had taken off from London. The flight landed in Maine where Islam, who was traveling with his 21-year-old daughter, was detained and questioned.

2005, Jimmy Page was made an honorary citizen of Brazilian city Rio de Janeiro for his work helping its street children. The Led Zeppelin guitarist had opened Casa Jimmy (Jimmy's House) in 1998 which had so far supported more than 300 children.

1951, Born on this day (Friday), David Coverdale, English rock singer with Whitesnake who scored the 1987 US No.1 & UK No.9 single 'Here I Go Again'). Coverdale was the lead singer of Deep Purple from late 1973 to 15 March 1976.

1960, Hank Ballard and The Midnighters had the honour of being the first group to have three songs in the US Top 100 at the same time. ‘Finger Poppin’ Time,’ ‘Let’s Go Let’s Go Let’s Go’ and ‘The Twist’ all made the Top 30. Ballard refused to perform ‘The Twist’ on a highly rated US TV show, so Chubby Checker picked it up at the insistence of Dick Clark, and Checker’s version of the song was number 1 this week in 1960.

1964, Oxfam printed half a million Christmas cards in the UK of a drawing by John Lennon called the Fat Budgie, which was taken from his book A Spaniard in the Works. All profits from the cards went to help raise money for charity. Oxfam re-printed the cards in 2007 as a limited edition card which again sold thousands.

1969, Creedence Clearwater Revival scored their only UK No.1 single with 'Bad Moon Rising' a US No.2 hit. Also on this day the group started a four-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Green River.'

1970, The first UK Glastonbury Festival took place featuring Marc Bolan, Ian Anderson, Keith Christmas, Quintessence, Amazing Blondel and Sam Apple Pie.


1973, Country rock singer, songwriter 26-year-old Gram Parsons formerly of The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers, died under mysterious conditions in Joshua Tree, California. His death was attributed to heart failure but later was officially announced as a drug overdose. His coffin was stolen by two of his associates, manager Phil Kaufman and Michael Martin, a former roadie for The Byrds, and was taken to Cap Rock in the California desert, where it was set alight, in accordance with Parson's wishes. The two were later arrested by police.

1979, The No Nukes concert was held at New York's Madison Square Garden. Performers included Stephen Stills, David Crosby, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, The Doobie Brothers, Poco, Tom Petty, Carly Simon, James Taylor and Bruce Springsteen.

2005, Research published by Guinness World Records showed that Status Quo have had more hit singles than any other band in UK chart history. The band had scored 61 chart successes, dating from ‘Pictures of Matchstick Men’ in 1968 to ‘You'll Come Around’ in 2004. Queen came second with 52 hits, with The Rolling Stones and UB40 with 51 hits each.

2008, American drummer Earl Palmer died. Worked with The Beach Boys, Little Richard (‘Tutti Frutti’), Frank Sinatra, Ike And Tina Turner (‘River Deep, Mountain High’), The Monkees, Fats Domino (‘I'm Walkin’), Neil Young, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, The Righteous Brothers (‘You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin’), and Randy Newman, Tom Waits, Bonnie Raitt, Tim Buckley, Little Feat and Elvis Costello.

1941, Born on this day, Lee Dorman, Iron Butterfly (1968 US No.14 single 'In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida'). Dorman was found dead aged 70 in a vehicle in Orange County on 21st Dec 2012.

1970, Jimi Hendrix was pronounced dead on arrival at St. Mary Abbot's Hospital in London at the age of 27 after choking on his own vomit. Hendrix left the message 'I need help bad man', on his managers answer phone earlier that night. Rumors and conspiracy theories grew up around Hendrix’s death. Eric Burdon claimed Jimi had committed suicide, but that’s contradicted by reports that he was in a good frame of mind. In 2009, a former Animals roadie published a book claiming that Jimi’s manager had admitted to him that he arranged the murder of Hendrix, since the guitarist wanted out of his contract.


1981, Gary Numan took off on a round the world trip in a single engine Cessna plane. The attempt ended after he was forced to land in India, where local police arrested him.

1983, KISS appeared without their make-up for the first time during an interview on MTV promoting the release of their newest album, Lick It Up.

2009, Leonard Cohen collapsed on stage during a concert in Valencia in Spain and was taken to hospital. He was later discharged after doctors told him he had food poisoning. Cohen was in the middle of singing his song Bird On The Wire when he fainted, prompting the band to stop playing and rush to help him.