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PEOPLE WHO KNOW, KNOW
Well, hello everybody peeps, have we got a treat for you. If you are into some original t-shirts and are embarrassed at the ones that say "I love AC/DC (or whatever)" then you will go ape-shit over what Bathroom Wall t-shirts have designed. And, we can speak as we find cos I have bought many of these over the years and they are not only spot-on quality but are generous in length (Val has just chipped in to say that makes such a dfference to her...). My faves: "Rosies - where the girls ain't exactly pretty, and they ain't exactly small", also: a picture of the building in New York that was used for the cover on Physical Graffiti, with just "St. Mark's Place, New York". Satisfyingly subtle. Brilliant; also a misty silhouette of Bon. And there's so many more - Motorhead, Lizzy, Ramones, Zep, Sabbath, the list is exhausting. Click on their logo and take a look. Oh, they also have a special offer where if you spend £20 you get a fiver off. Use code 'FIVER' when you check out. And it's free postage when you buy 4 shirts or more. If you're anything like me you fill your basket with such great designs - then wonder how the hell you are going to wear them all!!!!


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Usually get a great response from our readers (even both of them sometimes) but surprised that not one person has emailed regarding our request to hear from someone at the Bullet gig at Newton Aycliffe back in 2008. So, either everyone was high and can't remember; everyone has long since died; everyone has now got Alzheimer's; no-one reads Riffs. Well, if it's the latter why am I wasting my time?!!! Answers on a postcard to . . .

Whoa, just thought of the most obvious explanation; no-one was there! It was a ploy by the Turbinia to trick me and Val into thinking the place was heaving by filling the venue with holograms..... Just knew the answer would come to me..........


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COWBOY BLUES FROM THE LEAM LANE DELTA

Hello from Gateshead based Outlaw Country band The Loft Boys. This is our new promo video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c69BMzDe268) to support the launch of our new album: "Cowboy Blues From The Leam Lane Delta'. We are launching the album with a live set at The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3AF, on Friday 6th July 2018 playing outdoors (weather permitting) between 7pm and 9pm.

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We must mention that
Frankies Cafe are doing another gig for the `Daft As A Brush’ Charity on Friday 7th September at the Lancastrian Suite, Fed Brewery, in Dunston. More details nearer the time....

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It's The Dusty Tools turn this time, pics on our Index page and here is the review from - again, we think - about 2008.


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Sadly maddog music is closing down.Clearance bargains sale this Friday 22nd , Sat 23rd,  SUNDAY 24th , Monday 25th.
Open to sensible offers on great gear .Acoustic Guitars,Electric Guitars, Amps , Cases ,Gig bags. - 39 West Row, Stockton-On-Tees, TS18 1BN Tel: 01642 673383

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Looks like the Masons Arms in Blyth has shut. According to its Facebook page it is 'closed until further notice'...

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Well, this time it's
Bullet's turn to have their review on show - the only problem is Val, in her infinite wisdom, forgot to add the year to her review and we have only the 16th of December. We think it may be about ten years ago but not really sure, If you were there then give us a shout....



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The superb
Mississippi Sheiks grace our Index page at the moment, and we attach our full review of their gig at the Lord Nelson in Stockton on Tees back in 2008....




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We are proud to host pics of Vendetta on our index page and here is Riffs review from way back, at the Three Tuns in Gateshead...




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To coincide with the index page pictures of
Alcatraz House Band at Houghton Buffs ten years ago, we include Val's review from the gig....




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THREE TUNS KEBAB FESTIVAL LAST WEEKEND
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th May was the Three Tuns, Sheriffs Hill, Gateshead, 8th Annual Kebab Festival. A mind boggling 12 different kebabs to choose from, served on fresh warm kurdish naans with fresh salad and lots of sauces. Great real ales and real ciders and a superb live music line up;
Friday 25th       1977
Saturday 26th  Beyond Blonde
Sunday 27th    Ska-Toons.
Gorgeous kebabs to stuff your face plus Punk, New Wave and Ska - it doesn't get much better than this!! too late - you missed it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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With the Doyle boys featured on our Index page, we had an email asking if we still had the interview from 'way back' that Val did. Well, we had a looksee and lo and behold we found it! From Feb 16, 2008. So, for your delectation, here it is;



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Here is a slice of Hartlepool’s one and only punky power pop group DisGuise from 1977 with a song inspired by seeing The Rezillos at Middlesbrough Rock Garden. This recording is by the mk2 line-up in which Jimmy McKenna on bass/vocal and Peter Scott on guitar/vocals are joined by Newcastle’s John Miller on drums, and was recorded by Steve Thompson at Impulse Studios, Wallsend in January 1979.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUxnuQ6B--Q&feature=youtu.be


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Interesting feedback from a highly-respected North-East guy who books bands for venues - if you're a band and someone leaves you a message to get back to him, it may just be a good idea to do so. Apparently, many bands lose the chance of a gig cos they just don't bother to return his call. Go figure...

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THE RED LION, MOORCOCK AND BOOKING BANDS...

Just heard from Ray, late of The Red Lion in Norton, Stockton, just to clarify some points as there has been some ch..ch...ch...changes to what we said originally; Ray is likely to be seen in the Moorcock in Peterlee on Friday nights - for no better reason than it's a bloody good night there. Ian from the Moorcock is still booking the bands for that venue, so no sweat any band that has a gig there, there is NO changes there. Secondly, although Ray is leaving the Red Lion, he may still be booking bands for the new tenants cos, well basically, he's bloody good at it, so why wouldn't he?!! Hope that clears things up and for those who suspect that Riffs got it wrong originally - just how very dare you?!! You know we never make misteaks.

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If you haven't yet got a ticket for the gig on 14th April to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the birth of FREE, featuring no less than four superb bands, then panic no longer, as there will now be entry on door - and still at the bargain price of just £20. This is an annual event and is always memorable, but this special 50th anniversary gig at Wallsend Memorial Hall will be one for the history books.

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COME ON
PEEPS, PLAY THE GAME

It takes some doing keeping everything up to date here at Riffs and we do our very best and we know that a lot of you appreciate it. BUT, we are getting a growing number of bands/venues changing their gigs once added and uploaded and not letting us know. This does no-one any favours - in fact it harms your venue, your gig and our reputation - and that, as they say 'boils our piss'. If you are down for playing a venue on a certain date and then it is cancelled (for whatever reason) then LET US KNOW. Do not wait for the replacement band to inform us  - because then, in effect, we have TWO bands down for playing the same venue on the same date. When this happens we used to show both bands, but we decided that was not helpful at all so now we show neither. Checking your gig listing helps but it's surprising how many bands/venues just don't bother. Riffs strives to be as accurate as humanly possible but if we have a query concerning a gig listing then I'm afraid we have no option but to ignore that listing. We'd rather not host it than to mislead our readers.
Not so long ago, Lara, from American Girl was messed about by various venues one apocalyptical weekend and had a string of alterations, amendments and cancellations and apologised profusely to Riffs for messing us about. As we said to Lara and we say to you: 'You never mess us about by letting us know, no matter how many times, of alterations. You only mess us about when you don't'.


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'IN 1968 FOUR YOUNG MEN AGREED TO MEET UP FOR A JAM SESSION . . .'
The saying, 'Doesn't time fly by as you get older' really does seem to ring true for many of us and particularly when looking back to 50 years.
Some  news making the headlines in 1968: Martin Luther King was assassinated on 4th April 1968. London bridge was sold to the US for £1million on the 18th April 1968 and The Beatles set up their own record label in Abbey Road Studios.
Whilst only 6 miles away from The Beatles coming and goings, unannounced, on Friday 19th April 1968  at a pub in Battersea in a small corner of London, four young men had arranged to meet for a jam session, the names of those individuals;
Andy Fraser, Bass player (15years of age), Paul Kossoff,  Guitarist (17)  Paul Rodgers Vocalist and Simon Kirke Drummer (both 18). After a blistering evening of playing blues, they decided there and then to form a band and soon after settled on the name FREE. And by November 1968 they had recorded their first album: 'Tons of Sobs'. 
They went on to become one of the biggest-selling British blues rock groups; by the time the band split in 1973, they had sold more than 20 million albums and had played more than 700 arena and festival concerts. Their most famous song "All Right Now"  topped a 2010 online fan poll by UK radio station Planet Rock for the "Greatest Rock single". Rolling Stone has referred to the band as "British hard rock pioneers".The magazine ranked Rodgers No. 55 in its list of the "100 Greatest Singers of All Time", while Kossoff was ranked No. 51 in its list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".
Bill Flynn has been organising 'The Annual Free Convention' since 1986 which is a live music event honouring his heroes. 'Thirty two years ago it was impossible to find a Free tribute band' explained Bill. Since that first event Bill has seen a gradual rise in bands playing Free's music, and these days he is inundated with requests to play at the annual event; 'There is nothing quite like the atmosphere of  a Free Convention where both musicians and fans share an evening of such affection for the band's music' said Bill. Recent Highlights have seen original member Simon Kirke playing at the 2014 Convention and particularly poignantly for Bill was Andy Fraser who came in 2013 to play in the North East for the first time in 38 years, this turned out to be a  record attendance for any Free Convention and as a result many fans got their one and only chance to meet and see their hero up close. Sadly Andy passed away in 2015.
This year's show is being held at
Wallsend Memorial Hall on Saturday 14th April (doors open 6pm) and will feature 4 live bands. Bill explained: 'This year will be extra special as a very fine band is making the long and arduous journey from Japan specially to play the 'Tons of Sobs' album in its entirety'. - which to Bill's knowledge has never been attempted before in a live setting.
Bill is in contact with the surviving members of
Free; namely Simon Kirke and Paul Rodgers and they regularly support the event with merchandise to help with a charity raffle and both have gone on record to thank Bill for his loyal support over so many years.
Tickets are available priced £20 directly from Bill and he can be contacted on 01282 868352 /07948 017380 or email freeconvention@aol.com.
Riffs would like to remind our very generous readers that not only is this an intimate evening soaking up an atmosphere of Free music and vibes - but Bill is, as always, donating all profits to The Northern Brainwave Appeal. So make an effort to creep along and listen to some songs of yesterday.....

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Well, the 28th has come and gone and not one support band for Soulville at the Golden Fleece has come forward! I don't know; some bands just don't want publicity..so we'll hand over to someone who needs and deserves it - over to you Bill....

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WE DOFF OUR HATS TO YOU

Apparently, some bads just don't like publicity! Local guys
Soulville are headlining an evening of music to raise badly-needed funds for cystic fibrosis [Wednesday 28th at The Golden Fleece in Silksworth] - but the support acts remain elusive. We raise our musical hats to all bands who give so freely of their time and skills to support charities so please - let us know who you are and you can have our heartfelt appreciation . . .

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THE NORTON LION ROARS NO MORE

Bit of sad news concerning the Red Lion in Norton. They are one of the few (if the only) pubs that put on midweek gigs but, sadly, the tenancy is being taken over on the 16th of April and the new tenant is ceasing all live bands. So the last three gigs in April will be

Monday April .2nd....THE PHAT TYRTLES.

April ..9th....AUDIO SOULS.

April..16th..GRAHAM RUSSELL HUNTER.
Ray, from the Lion, is moving to The Moorcock in Peterlee and Riffs understand he may be arranging their Friday nights live gigs. It is interesting to note what Ray had to say about booking midweek bands: 'I'm sure if the bands of today halved their fee for Monday to Thursday gigs instead of saying "we never go out for less than £250" (because they have never done a midweek gig), then a few pub managers would give it a go. I tell them midweeks are different to weekend gigs, people come out to sit and listen to bands during the week, and the pubs don't get full like weekends are, but they don't seem to take it in.'
So, after 20 years at the Lion, Ray is shutting up shop. Our own rock legend Russ Tippins got one of his very first gigs twenty years ago at the Lion - from Ray's daughter who had just took over the venue.
I think pub landlords/owners/tenants are like car mechanics - when you find a good, fair and honest one you stick by them like glue. Riffs wishes Ray all the luck in the world at the Moorcock, and will always give him our full and continued support.


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How chuffed is Riffs that an owner of one of the most popular and prestigious pubs in the North-East has responded to our article on how a new band goes about getting a gig. So we hand over the next few paragraphs to Paul Smith from The Three Tuns in Gateshead . . .
I read with interest the article on how to get a gig and I have to say the editor pretty much nails it for me. 
The truth is very simple, there are few pubs providing live music who have great crowds irrespective of which band is on. Speaking from The Tuns we are more or less guaranteed a good night with 10/12 bands that I know of. Another 15/20 will get us a crowd of between 40 and 60 every time and make the night worthwhile financially. 
I can think of no unknown covers band that has ever in my 16 years of putting on live music filled my room. In fact on the odd occasion I take a risk, I'm persuaded by friends or colleagues, or I'm in desperate need to cover a late cancellation it's invariably, inevitably almost a tiny crowd. 
This is not a reflection on our promotion or the band's appeal or professionalism it's simply that with so much live music to choose from the dwindling audience will not give us the benefit of the doubt preferring instead to go see Blue Diamond at The Fox or Russ Tippins at The Schooner or The Emerald Thieves at The Stone Trough, all within a mile and a half radius and I understand them entirely. 
It's the proverbial chicken and egg for new bands and venues alike but there are ways - as Riffs hints at - that can get our attention. 
From my perspective I'm not interested in Demo CDs or YouTube footage or the guitarist's CV. These things have zero impact for me but for what it's worth here is how to guarantee your band an opportunity to join our regular twice a year rota of quality local bands. 
I'm not trying to pick fights so any musician feeling hard done to reading this ought to understand that it's just my view, my experience and talking about one pub. 
1.. Be a tribute to a band that have a wide appeal but are not duplicated by lots of other local bands. Within the last two weeks I've booked a Rush Tribute at £600, a Dire Straits tribute from Newcastle who I've not seen on a cash guarantee plus 100% of the door fee and a Marillion tribute on a similar deal because I know my customers and others will support these shows. 
2..Like Riffs speculates below, I would indeed be swayed by an offer to play a show on a Thursday night, Sunday evening for a reduced fee or expenses plus door take if appropriate to see whether :
A) People would come along and 
B) whether the band had something unique that I felt I could sell to our audience for a weekend or 
C) the obvious is where a band can guarantee to get a new crowd into my room in the manner of a La Villa Strangiato or Skinny Molly who are just so good you can't ignore the opportunity or a band made up of locals playing their first gig who will bring friends and family to fill the place (it happens).
We have lots of festivals, celebrations, events at The Tuns like our Pie Festival weekend or St Patrick's Day or Halloween or too many others to mention. I'd love to hear from any new band wanting to come along and entertain us perhaps earlier in the evening before the main band when you'd play to a large enthusiastic crowd but you'd have to be prepared to take a more speculative approach to payment as I simply wouldn't pay £300 to a new band [to me] to play at 6pm. 
I've heard all the arguments a million times about how over worked and under paid musicians are but that's not the point this time. Nige is asking how do new bands get gigs and I'm more than happy to pass on what works for me. 
No offence meant to anyone at all.  
Paul.

SO HOW DO YOU GET A GIG?
I was prompted to write this article after contact from a very reputable venue owner who, when contacted by bands wanting a gig, requested a demo of their material, and a list of gigs they had done, and also a list of gigs booked for the future. He said that, more often than not, he never heard from the band again.
Now, this puts me in mind of Zeppelin in their early days. We all know they must have had masses of potential and played bloody well, but as they were unknown they never rang up a venue out of the blue, asking for a gig and expecting payment. No - they, invariably, played for free. All over the place. And, as they were understandably brilliant, it was not long before venues were ringing them.
It seems to me that three things are paramount in getting a gig: 1, the venue needs to make a profit from the night. 2; the band needs to make a profit from the night. 3; the punters need to be kept happy.
So, it seems to me that everyone is on the same side - so what's going wrong?
If I was in a band and I was truly convinced we were amazing I would get in touch with this venue owner (preferably a face to face visit - at least show you are sincere), and explain that we were new, we thought we were good and we thought we would eventually pull in a lot of punters. But we realised that HE could not take us at face value. So, I would put it to him that we played for our expenses - obviously give him a rough figure of what that would be - so we wouldn't actually lose money on the gig. I would hope (forever the optimist I) that this would be acceptable and that, if he made oodles from the night he would be fair enough to share some of those oodles with the band. Also, if we were good, we would gladly take a further booking at the venue for a full fee. I am also presuming, by the way, that the band members behave properly and respectfuly at all times. Call me old school, but you are never, just never, going to get a repeat gig if any member of the band shows himself (or herself) to be an arse!! And, also a bit of respect for the band from the venue staff may not go amiss, too. (I well remember when Val ran a pub that she went out of her way to make sure the band for the night was welcomed, shown where everything was, offered a drink and told that any query they had they were to come to her immediately and it would be sorted. To me, this is quite obvious but so many bands complained to her they were virtually ignored when arriving at the majority of venues. Come on, if you have invited a band to play at your venue and you are going to pay them, you are going to get a helluva lot more from the band if they are happy and appreciated - yes?).
Call me naive, but why wouldn't this work? Answers on a postcard..............
no, seriously, we welcome feedback............

OBY REMEMBERS . . .
(all as supplied with no editing or corrections - and all pics supplied by Oby)
Jan 1996 started with  Sticky  fingers  at  the heaton  buffs (great  band ),,,  then with Alligators  at , Alexandria,,,,,,  Kings Head at Allendale .,,Swarland again ,,,Grindon Broadway on wednesday 24th for willie  Newton`s  farewell party b4  he  moved  to  Australia !  He  was  lead  guitarist  in Howard Bakers,  BBFaith ...wonder how  he  is  doing  now `...Did  Thornhill club  at  Stockton with Razzle ...meanwhile Big Brother,  and Alexanders  Palace .were  going  down  well in Newcastle ..Feb,,,was  down  at  Barnsley. with FM,,, at  Wath  and West  club ..then Shieldfield club .....Did  the  heaton buffs  with Crossroads ..at  last ... they  play  on  a BIG  stage !   End  of  Feb worked  with The  Force at Porters S/S....March  had  some  interesting  club  bands  doing  the `rounds`  Guns & Oatcakes ...New  Jersey....Deek  the Juice (wor  lass`s fav  band )....Steve Graham band ....Strongheart ....Grand  Slam ...The  Strand ..and  the Medicine band ...Also  worked  for   the `bikers` at 81 club in S/land most  Saturday  nights ..  The  Alligators  were  the  first  band  on.......`..April  and May..worked  with The Force at Pelaw Broadway   and Stanley Civic  Centre (live  recordings )  got  me name  on  the credits !!
July ,,did  Europa  Lodge with  the Animals 11....High Pit  club ...Haltwhistle W.M.C,,,and Belle  View ..with  the Force......
Slippery  Dick  were  playing  the 81club at Murton St ...August with Benwell  Floyd and  then Terry   Slesser  plus Graham Russell  also  the 81 club ..Dec was  busy  with various bands ,,Wallsend Companions  club  with benwell  floyd ..Sticky  Fingers  did a private  party at Newcastlle  Station  Hotel ,,,Steels  club with Big Brother ..At  the `Arts Centre ` in  the toon  with Sticky  fingers,,and  the usual Xmas  party  gigs  at  the Buffs,with Deek  the Juice..Alexanders Palace....Bon Geordie ,,,and  Steve Graham band ..finishing  up  with Erik  and  the vikings at  81 club ........97 started with a very  good  band at  the  Royal Archer  ,,Jesmond  ...called Nobody1s  Fool who ,,did  all  their  own material ..,,,Feb, with Stone  the Crows  at  the buffs,,Stanley Civic Centre with  the Force & Disregard ,,,,awsome ``....and  the`Sticky`s at 81 club ...
March,,,Strongheart at  the buffs..Wow !!  Steels  club with Powerage ......Then Whitelease club S/s   with Matt Vynal and  the decorators (honestly !)   ,,,,Trillians  with powerband Powerage ,,,, finishing up  at  the buffs with F.M for 2 nights !,,,Rest of  the year .all  over ,,including Beamish  Mary.....Ivy  Leaf...Maltby progeressive club,,, 81 club  with the Force ,,,Rocktop , Usher  Moor..Navy club Blackhall,,Cross  keys Barnsley ....Civic  hall  Stanley ,,,Loftus,,Scarbro.pavillion Vaults ..etc...Other great bands i  saw  during this  year were ,,,Grand Slam ,,,Whizzkid...The  Piggies,,,Hit  the Deck  ,,,Kleen sheet ,,,The  Boyz,,,Renegade ..up  next  1998 ....
(Pics from top: Nighthawks gig list; The Force, Rob Tunbull and band)


1994 and Animals  11 rehearsing   for  their  new  tour !   ...   meanwhile ,,, in  Jan`,,,did the Pheasant  with  Crossroads  ......Seaton  Carew  and H/pool  supporters with Nighthawks ,,,and  hollyhill  social  club  in G/heed with Powerage ..Feb...Feb  Nighthawks were  playing Parkers ..Stanley /Barmston W/ton ..Westerhope  Comrades / station  hotel W/bay ..  and Powerage did Parkers  . Stanley ..
So  ..from Jan 94 till  June 95 the  animals11,,,were  touring all  ower .,, but  ,,,coming  back  to  england to  play  as Alligators ...  including .. Bergan .Norway...(3 nights  in March )  then in June with  the Troggs ( Reg  Pressley)  as  supporting  band ..they  did ,,Leisure  Centre  .Mansfield ...Chesterfield ....Brentwood ,,,the Powerhouse in london ..The  Dome ..Doncaster..and in july ...Chatham and Hastings   also  with  the Troggs  in  support ..Went  down  to Scunthorpe with  Animals  11 at the Redburn  club ..  sold  lots  of  t.shirts !followed  by Ritz  ballroon at  Leeds..October  saw  the Animals at Colchester ..Norwich ,,Butlin`s  Bogner  Regis Ronnie Scotts in london ,b4 travelling  to denmark  for  a 6day  tour ..then holland for 7gigs...then Scotland  at  Bannockburn for  2 nights ...Then finally on  march 2nd  /3rd a working  trip   trip to  Dubai ....allreet  for  some !!!  Meanwhile  back  yem  ..worked with Big  Clocks / Crossroads/ Powerage /Barking  Billy and King Snakes ....Scandalous Batchelors /Cuban Eels /Lemon  / Sticky  fingers ..brilliant  band ...Brendon  Healey ...Jackson  at  the Alexandria ...Six  of  the best ,,,After midnight ..Fastbuck ..and ALLIGATORS   when they  were  not  `on  the road `..that  takes  us  up to  the end of 94,,,with ,  one  or  2  notible  exceptions in  between ...In March  did  trillians  with Powerage ,,which  was  `jam packed `..also Kings  Head  Stanley (again  , sold  out )   another  great `rocking night`  was Harveys  at  Stockton and Queen Vic S/shields  also  with  the ac/dc  band ...Went  to  see Bryan adams at Gates head  Stadium in july .. In  December ,the ANIMALS did the Pheasant and Park hotel  with Crossroads in  support ..///////    95 saw a couple  of `new  bands  hitting  the clubs`  Eye to  eye...The boys///and  McKenzie ..Unsung  Heroes...Big  Brother  to  name  5,,,In March  did The  Moathoos in  Wallsend with Animals for  2  nights  (Barclays  bank  do`.).....Ashington  central /Shotton  colliery and Haltwhistle club  with Powerage ,,,and  Crossroads plus Beggers  Banquet at  the Pheasant ..June 1st  with Sticky  fingers and later Nissan Sports  lounge ...then South Gosforth  club .July back  withAnimals at lots  of  clubs /pubs...inc,,Grand  Hotel ..Toll  bar / Maggy` bank...Parkers// Cellar  club  S/S//    Seahorse  at blyth ....etc  ...all the way to  December ///

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RUSS SAVES THE DAY FOR THE LION
Late change at the Red Lion in Norton this coming Monday (12th) when anybody expecting the Picaroons on one hand may be disappointed, but on the other may be rather elated as they are being replaced by our own legend that is Russ Tippins. Apparently the Picaroons are "not ready" for their gig at the Red Lion and, even though booked for over six months have only just let Raymond know, so he has had to rather urgently find a replacement. He told Riffs: 'It was rather annoying to be let down so late in the day; building up regular clientele to see good quality acts is not an overnight job, but thankfully my old mate Russ was available and agreed to do the gig. Whether he is belting out Rock classics or strumming away acoustically he always pulls in the crowds.'

GOV. TO CRACK DOWN ON
BOOKING FEES

Watching the News today it seems we're getting there - little by little. Riffs has always baulked at unfair 'booking fees' and any excuse to add more fees to a ticket, but it seems the Government is now cracking down and they reckon that, within 12 months, the price the ticket is advertised for should be the price you pay. No doubt, though, the ticket sellers will still find a way to add fees - but we have ourselves to blame a lot of the time.  Even in our own Listings there is a choice of getting the ticket direct from the venue - or going through an entertainment site for the same ticket and paying a booking fee. Just don't give your heard-earned to the company - go direct to the venue. Derrr.....

'Well, it's one louder, isn't it?'
And talking of Hartlepool Supporters Club; a cracker of a gig coming up on Saturday 10th when you can expect not only a reliably rockin' set from headliners The Russ Tippins Electric Band but also a very special one-off performance from This One Goes Up To Eleven. Aaron from the band told Riffs; 'Yeah a reunion gig. After a 3 year hiatus, the band are getting back together for a one-off gig in Hartlepool supporting the mighty Russ Tippins Electric Band! And we are delighted that the incredible Ian Halford will be joining us on drums. Tickets available from the promoter Thomas Alan Wormald. Excited? Just a bit!!! Road trip anyone?' Needless to say the lads are focused on a truly memorable performance as they will need to be on full throttle to have even a vestige of a chance to steal the limelight from Mr Tippins and co.!! (tickets are available £8, and feel free to turn up on the night but be expected to part with a still-acceptable tenner).

The Big River lads wish to apologise as, due to unforeseen circumstances, and illness, Big River Trio have had to cancell their show at Hartlepool Supporters Club on Sunday 4th March.

We are getting in cancellations due to the bad weather and mark the gigs on the Listings page as such as soon as we get the info so make sure you check - right up to the last few minutes - before you set off. And if in any doubt - RING THE VENUE.



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OBY REMEMBERS . . .
(all as supplied with no editing or corrections - and all pics supplied by Oby)

So..in  july ,,,93,,,just got  back  from Cyprus  hols ` straight back  with `mans  music`    at  Castle  Farm tennis  club ,again ...stanley  Central .. The  Pheasnt N/sheilds ,,  then  an `all nighter  `  at Millfield Aerodrome ,,,In  August did  a `double  bill `  with Powerage  at  the heaton buffs ..brilliant !  On monday 23rd  Aug ,,,started  rehearsals at  the pheasant ..with  the  `Gators`  who  were preparing  to form Animals  11..tribute ... next  night played, same venue ...with  Crossroads  as support....Did  the Beamish  Mary (no place)  Heaton  buffs and  Benidictine social club Cramlington ...and  the ~animals were  going  down  well ...End  of  Aug  did Colne R@B festival .Lancashire ..with Jools  Holland ..my  old  mate ..Alvin  Lee,, and the Hamsters ...   Sept was with a few  different  bands ,,, Hartepool Belle  View with  F.M.   and  heaton  buffs ...High pit with Powerage ,,,Pheasant  with  the `Gators, and Nighhawks ...Also Pheasant ..
October the Park  Hotel did  a tribute  to  the Anmals .plus  Alive  and  Kicking ...Next  night at  the Mayfair  with Powerage (ac.dc)  Alexandra Ballroom Sland .with Nighhawks  and  the Big  clocks ,,sat 9th ...Westerhope  Comrades with Powerage ,,while  Six  of the best did  heaton buffs  Sat and Sun ..  Battle Hill  club  with Trevor  Sewell  (  where is  he  now?)   Sat  16th  Belle  View with  Gary  Witton  and  Messanger , and  back  in H/pool  the next  night  at United  supporters club  with Nighthawks ..End  of  Oct..doon Bogner  Regis  with  the Alligators ..November  was  busy ..Mayfair  again  ,,with The  Force  and  Powerage ,,the pheasant with  the last  appearance  of  the Nighhawks ...shame! ..Dunston Fed  breweries  with Big Ray ,,,and Slippery  dick ...really !!  Travellers  Rest Whickam  with  Powerage ......Hamburg for  2 days with alligators (7th /8th ).....  Mayfair  ,,,with  Alligators and my  old  marra  Brendon Healy ...Trillians  with Bad  Influence ..  Heaton Buffs  with powerage .to  finish  of  october , doon  at Belle  view  H/pool  with Nighhawks  (reformed )  and Mean Mr  Mustard .. Cold  december we travelled  up  to the `Dug  Out`` in Greenock Glasgow ..and  then  to  the G/head  leisure  Centre to  see 6 of thr best ,,,Did  the Pelaw Social Xmas  party for British Telecom ..then onto  the corner  house  . Heaton with Bad influence ..The  annual Xmas  party was  mega with The  Junco  partners ,,,Jan 94  saw  the Animals 11 were  `playing all over Europe ...Wil  list  gigs next ....

(pics, from top: Lemon, Powerage, Quebec)


In July 92 was  at the Park  hotel  with Mc callum ( wonder  what  he  is doing now ) meanwhile back  in sunderland Steels club , it  was  Davy Ditchburn`s last  gig  with Talisman ,,,Six  of  the best  were rocking the clubs ,as were Big Brother ...August  saw  us back  at the Moathouse with Bessie and  his  buckets .plus Crossroads,  an  excellent  `up  and coming  ` band from Tynemouth...  October saw the Alligators doing  a charity show  at  the Park  hotel with Steve Gibbons  band and  the moat  brothers .. then   did  the Harrogate Moat  house Hotel .(private  party)  stayed overnight ..  followed  by the Nissan sports  club // December was  busy ..The  Royal York  Hotel, Redcar ,,it  was the M/boro Poly students Xmas bash ..(literally )  ..then M/boro  town  hall supporting Dr  Feelgood ,,Sands  club W/bay ...Pelaw club ..Xmas  party  for British .Telecom ,,,,Newcastle  Poly for..Scottish/Newcastle breweries ball` ,,Heaton buffs . plus  Crossroads,,,and  last  one of  the  year ,,,Park  hotel with `Bessie` .....93  January ,, the gators  were in the  recording .studios....
Then  in April did  a private  wedding do up  at Bamburgh ,,the Moat  house in Wallsend next  with Crossroads ...and  again in May  with support Bessie  and  the buckets !  plus  Crossroads ...brilliant  neets`   Also  did Castle  farm tennis  club ,, (again  in july )June ..were at battle  Hill club (well named ) South  gosforth ...River Wear  club (still  there ?) then Ashington  Central where they  all  talk  funny !!!  ..Its  only a few  miles up north  of  the toon ,,but ye  cannot  understand  them ...!  pit  yackkers ! 
Also  in June supported  the Commitments  at  the Mayfair ..Went  to  Leeds Irish  Centre and  supported Paul Jones blues  band.
Then  Peterlee R&B  festival with Alvin  Lee plus  the Hamsters.next day....travelled  up  to Newland farm  in  Belford ....
(pics, from top: Dance Class, Geordie, Brian Johnson)

April 91 ..was up in Glasgow  to  see AC/DC  with Hylton ..and  back  stage  passes..
At  south Gosforth club  saw  Double Trouble (ex Jynx)  and Dougie  small..then the Gators  did `swaziland `  club  again , before doing  a show  at Jesmond lawn tennis  club   .cracking  neet ! followed by  the Coatham Bowl  ..Redcar...In July got  a
gig at Riverside in Newcastle , after being on the telly````  t.t.t.v. `  Northern Life .. (going  back  in time now)  Saw  Gary  Whittons  beer money (band ) at Blackhall Navy  club ....whatever happened to  Gary?     Then  the BIGGEEEE.!!!...Travelled down  to Donnington ..Monsters  of  rock  with Hylton Valentine @ Johnnas  brother ,..but had to detour to  a swish nottingham hotel  to  pick  up  wa tickets  and back stage  passes  which  Johnna  had left  us  in reception   Ac/Dc  headlined this  show  and it  was  awsome ...woora day..i  will never forget !
Other  notable club bands doing the rounds  were Tattood tears (ex babysitter) Shooting  party..Riff Raff..7 to midnight ..Legacy..
Saw Riff raff at the Fed  breweries ..very  good ... and F.M  who  are  still going now ..great rock  stuff!..((over  the` KILLS`  and  far  away).....End  of  October  went  to  see Bryan Adams at  whitley  bay  ice  rink ..the night after did Park  hotel  with after  Midnight   (tribute  to Free) In  November    worked  with Salamander Joe and Cairo  at newcastle  Irish club   ..then the  Moat house hotel 
with support ..The  Buffs  Xmas  extravaganza   was  with Talisman and Alligators...
1992,,,did some good  gigs  with  the Gators,,,,Porters  S/Shields ...Irish  centre Toon...Riverside ..for the pelaw  bikers,,Nissan Social  club ,,good night ...The  old Assembly  rooms in Newcastle ..Croft sports  and  social  club .. Belle View h/pool  with Talisman ,,,Mayfair...
Moat  house  with Bessie  and the Zinc  buckets .(..really  enjoyed these  lads)  Also  saw  the `Big  Clocks ` at  the Borough in S/land ,,
At the end  of  June Alligators got  a gig down  Scarboro ,,remember stopping  at a b@B  guest  house  just  outside the railway  station ..the  next  day We  set up  at the Mere social  club for  the miners  convention ...It  was  hillarious !!  the smoke  machine  `jammed  ` on  stage ,  and half  the club  was covered  in smoke  ,,a quick dash  down  to  unplug the machine ,,but ,Scargill and the , miners all  thought it  was part  of  the act !  happy  days `` next  day  off to Harvey`s  wine  bar  at  darlington  followed by Mount Pleasant in  G/head ,,and Gosforth  and Coxlodge ...Not  coxlodge  and  Gosforth ...!!!  another  story !  `



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    That `Young  farmers gig was amazing ...we  had  bailes  of  compacted straw for  the stage ,  and  generators for  the power ,,what  a brilliant  night ..right in  the middle of  Haltwhistle hills .. then it  was Houghton Le  Skerne Darlington ..one  of my  favourite clubs... .D,R,S,M   Darlington rolling  steel  mills... was  a good gig followed by another  in ~Darlo`  Cockerton band S.C   with Rudie West ...
Then  at  the  beginning  of July at Guidepost  club   Debbie anounced  she  was leaving the band to  go  solo  !!!  and  by  end  of  Sept did  the last  gig at Farringdon club S/land ...!!  Meanwhile, the Alligators (left) ...Robert and hylton valentine (below right)  were emerging ...the very  first  gig was at  Silkswoth club ..and  i  know  you `were  there` cos  it  was packed to  rafters `!!!   A brilliant blues  band had hit  the clubs ...(not  forgetting  all  the pub  gigs )  Rose  Inn .Wallsend ..Dun Cow (New York N/Shields)  High point Cullercoats..Beamish  Mary No Place..Corner  House  ..Heaton .The  Vic W/bay..Butlers bar in  the tooon  !   Sloans  wine  bar ..3mile Inn..Gosforth ..not  forgetting te Pheasant N/Shields ..a  great gig for  many  up  and coming  bands ...  The first  3gigs for  the ` gators were Percy  main club,,then  Heaton  buffs.then Steels S/land ..... the washington Whitehouse on  sat  night and  sunday morning !  We  did all  the popular clubs and in december ,,the Newcastle  Playhouse..followed  by  the `Crypt` at  Boro town hall . Thenup  to Alnwick Northumberland  Hall ..plus  xmas party time with After  midnight at Percy Main club .......Buffs  xmas do` was Talisman and Pirahna  bros (below left) ..always  a sell  oot!
In  91`   I  wonder how  many  bands  did  this gig ?   It  was  a tiny  club in Swarland near  Alnwick...but,, you never  find  it easily ..tucked  away amongst a forest ,,had  some excellent night`  s in there ...with `Smokey` !!   local  guy ...
Did the Park  hotel..Tynemouth ..  (with lots  of bands)  then Shieldfield club,,,which  is not  a club anymore.....Heaton Meadowfield (my local) and the Alletsa Ballroom ...no  not  for dancing !!....In Feb did Whitehoos  club Sat  neet  and  sunday morning  again... and Whitley  bay  residents  club.... In March Did Newcastle University students party ...It  was  an all nighter with champagne breakfast at 5am!  ...May, saw the Fish  Quay  festival  at  North sheilds with the Alligators ..Alive  and  kicking ..After Midnight and  Joe  Brown ..wonderful  enterrtainment ...must  have seen  YOU  THERE!!



Once again ,  i  want  to thank Nige` ,,for  printing  all these great memories and stories of my  life  on  the road with  some  of  the best bands ..that  never achieved stardom  ... You look  on  t.v now and  see all  these (c) rap posers..girl/boy bands all  miming ..and  all  the rubbish in  the charts !  sorry ..rant  over ...
In 1989 i  was  working  with Centrefold   pictured ....Did  some memorable shows plus  support ..the  likes  of  Bob Ritchie.. Al Meechie   3times.... ( where  are they now ? ) On  the 25th Jan we  all  helped in  a charity show at Forest  Hall  club  for  Danny..taxi  driver and  friend  who  died  in North  Shields ...bands  included 3D,,,Talisman ..Messanger and  Little Mo  ..Alot  of money  was  raised  for  Dannys widow ,,,and  a brilliant night  was  had  by all  ,,were  you  there ? In  March  Centrefold got  part  time resideny  in Zoots  Newcastle every  Friday , sometimes  Saturday..until  end of april ,,including one gig at  Zoots  felling ..Some  interesting `new` bands  were doing  the rounds inc`  Vancouver..The Action ..Twylight Zone ,,Mainstreet,,Invision ,,Playboys...Officers  Club..Boogyhoppers....Buster..New Invision ..Anthill  Mob ...,,,,,,,.In May Paul Defty (drummer) left  Centrefold...but not  b4 we  had  an interesting gig at Acklington Prison !!!!   No ..not  for the inmates ...but  the warders ,,,! A new  lineup in June saw  the new  drummer ,  and Peter Harrison join  the band ,,,and  first gig  was at  Victoria Park   .It  was a   red hot July and  we  did 20 gigs! In August we did Rosyth (H,M.S cochrane..lion  club) Edinburgh ...for  2nights ...Also Crimdon Dene clubhouse al  day ..September we  did Strangs riding  school (ponderosa)  at Washington ..Is  it  still  there ?...In oct..i  did 3 clubs  i  had never  done b4 !!!  the No1 Amalgamated club in Boro,,,Mardi  Gras..Darlington...and M/boro  buffs ...Also in November we did a great  show  for the Officers Mess 8thsignal regiment . at  Catterick Camp ..but ...in  the second  set ..there  was a bomb  scare ,,and we  were all  evacuated from  the camp , leaving  all  the gear !!...Went back  the next day  to  pick up ...then straight to the  Ivy Leaf  ...its a hell  of  a hump into the club!  December was very  busy ...including ....Cheers...old East end club s/land ...(still  there ?)  Catterick  camp  again at  Gazza  barracks (no  bomb scare)...I,C,I.  Wilton works private  party ...Pennywell with Perfect match and Bobby Knoxall  ...The  Heaton  Buffs  Xmas  party  was with Talisman and Prism ...  1990.....Saw Alibi,,,  with Alan roadhouse and  Dogg (ex Cirkus)   ...than it  was back  up to Scotland at Hellenburgh navel  base .Glasgow   and Heaton Buffs with Bob Ritchie   Charity  do` Other  notable shows were at Cleater Moor in Whitehaven ...Pegswood S,C ,,for footballers do....` and Chesters farm` reet  oot in the wllds !!!!...It  was for  the  young farmers.



1987 started  badly ..Idle  Hands  broke  up !   Then  Jynx came  along ,,,Dave  and Carol from ~Eshington ```..a  formidable duo with a great band behind  them ,thay got plenty of work  Ncle .Gateshead.S/land Hartlepool...Durham  and Darlington ..Then in March good news....Hands Down  were  hitting the road after  rehearsing at Campbells (freezer)  club in  Jarrow ..i  remember  it  was perishing  in there...memorable early  gig was  at  Thomas wilson  club g/head with Powerhouse  and Pirahnas ..Meanwhile ..Cirkus ..Becket / Talisman ..Six  of  the best   After  midnight .. were getting  plenty of  work ..  In  April I went  up  to  Kinloss and  Lossiemouth in  the wilds`  of  scotland with  Jynx...did  2  `officers mess `  gigs..We  were  supposed  to be supporting the Batchelors...but  all  the airmen came  to  see the band ...We  all  stayed on  camp ..had lots  of  excellent  food and  drink Next  day we  were dashing  down Early to Billingham  cons`  club for  the next gig !  Early June Jynx  were  in  the recording studio ...thats  when yet  another  new music  show  started up in  the t.t.t.v. studios ...It  was  ... ROXY    ..It  `ran` until April 88..with notable  groups  like Chris Rea...Ultravox...Echo  and  the bunnymen...The  Cure..Hew@Cry..Def Leppard...Wet wet wet ..Squeez/ House  Martins ..Steve Winwood Bryan Adams... ( see me picture  with Bryan in  the `last instalment `)......  TPau and  carol  Decker ...Brian Ferry ..Joe  Cocker ..Climey Fisher ..Stranglers..Billy  Ocean..Belinda  Carlisle .and ,,.Vanessa Paradis  she  was  gorgeous !   Meanwhile when  all  that was  going  on  new club ...bands were appearing  on the scene   remember these ?   French  Curves ,,.Yankee  rose.... Playboys....Miarage ...   Tony  Liddle  and  the Law.....(did some  shows  with Tony )  and Quebec...also  worked with these guys ...In December i  got  a call from Carol  Johnson{Johnna`s  ex wife) invited me to  a party at  their `swish` house oposite  the corner  house pub  in  heaton ...but  ,,there  was  no  beer !!  just  champagne !   ..This  was  after  we all went to  to the city  hall  to  see Shake  the Tree`(ex  jogging  waiters),,,who  she  was managing `...They  were  supposed  to  be  supporting Wet wet wet ...but they  got  held  up in London  after  doing `top  of the pops`   and  they  were fogbound ...Anyway  the band  went  on  and entertained all  the `teeny  boppers` and  their parents ..it  was  a good night ...Then  i  was down in Blackburn with Quebec...another  goodun `The  Heaton  buffs  had Talisman and the Pirahnas on  for  their annual  xmas  party ..
The begining of  88  saw Whitesnake  at  city hall ...awsome !..then in Feb..Quebec  split  up ..Got  called   up for `rent  a roadie ` to work  at the Mayfair in  the toon ..working  with  the  Cross....(Roger Taylor .Queen ) plus Ya ya supporting ...  what  a brilliant  voice  this  guy has ..and  he  playing  2 different drum  kits ....March saw Ac/dc doon  at Wembley with  Hylton Valentine and Johnna`s brother   backstage ,,got  some great  pics of  Angus  a nd  theboys` ,,but  they  were  all drinking  tea....! NO BOOZE  allowed on  tour ! Angus  said to me `there is  a baby`s  bath full of  ice  over  there` ...roll  ya  sleeves up  dip  both  hands in and  what ever  you bring  out ,ye  gotta drink ,,,,bottle  of  Jack  Daniels and  a can of lager ,,,happy  days ,,...Saw  Wishbone  Ash  at  Mayfair...wow ... ....In  April did  a gig with Jynx at  the newcastle Boat Club ,,right  on the Quayside ..dont  know if  its  still  there ,,but  had a brillnight In May South  Gosforth stopped the rock  bands on Tuesday nights ,,very sad ~     In May  `The  Magnificent Bimbo  Brothers  were `born` )  Ex  hands ,,,one of  the first  gigs was upstairs   at Co-op Rainbow rooms in the toon   ,,they  went  down  a storm`  I  always  remember  the night  we  done Peterlee  Labour club ,,Peter  was  singing  that  classic ,,dancing  in  the dark , by  springsteen , when one  of  my pyrotechnics set  fire to  my backdrops when  he  was  singing ``cant start  a fire ``..  hahahah  ...July saw  the bands  back  on  `Gossy  club` by public  demand ..And  in Sept..Peter  Harrison left the `bimbos `  after the Ryton  social  club!....Come  October . had  a spell  with `Mind  over  Matter`..while Caffrey Bros were  in red  nose studios Shieldfield ..then in November was  with Centrefold ..and  the brilliant  Debbie ...In dec...we did 22gigs  including Allenbrook army  barracks ,Thirsk ,,but  i still  got  to see Talisman and  the Amazing  squibs at  the buffs  xmas  party ...more  to follow from  89..


In  Jan 84.`  Geordie were playing the White  Swan down Billingham ..great  night `s...,and  the Junco partners  were doing  `rock  at the heaton  buffs`  ..Also  saw Lone  Wolf and  Arizona at  `the Swan`  in feb ..Hylton Valentine formed Brown Jack..which turned  into Byker `which  played  at Wallsend  Labour  club and R.A.F.A,  club ..Hartlepool ..In April Idle Hands were  formed .they  were  brilliant ! Also  ,  the  same month .  i  was  off to Paris with  B.B.Faith for  6days . played  in  a huge  football stadium with 5  other  bands ,all  from  Europe ...Back  home  i  was with Pauline  Gillan band (Ian Gillan`s sister) } at Middleton club At  M/boro ..also atS/s Legion ...
Then back  to  the  ~swan `  with Geordie and Black  Rose ..Meanwhile Alan Roadhouse  exCIrkus.. joined  `Harlequin` resident  band at Westerhope  club..And ...At  the R,A,F,A club Hartepool The  Shine` (Ex  Saigon ?) went  doon  a `storm` ..In  October the `Force` and  Idle hands  were getting  plenty  exposure ...It  was  another  sell  out showow at  the Mead` with the `faith  and  chubby`  !!
At  the start of 85 Hellsinki rocked  the Pheasant pub doon, Preston  Grange ,  North Shields...this  was to  be a great  venue for loads  of bands ,,  Saw the Groundhogs and Bombay  at  Newbottle club   ...did  a `fashion show  ``yes ,,,at  Seaham Hall ..,,,,Back  at  t.t.t.v. one  day  we  had  a long flat  loader  wagon with Rebel  Run playing  live out  side  the studios ,,trying  to  get  `noticed` by the `Tube ` 
In  June ,, Me  and Mr  Mo ,, the Flakes and Punishment  of  Luxury ..played Tiffany`s ...remember it  well ..Idle  hands did  the Washington Whitehoos with  Tramp and  Swank plus Bobby  Knoxall   ,,were  you  there?....In Sept the french band (B.Zadar)  we met  in Paris, supported B,B.Faith at Brandon club ..Also  in this  year  we had  Geordie Aid at  the Mayfair.
By the  end  of  85 B,B,Faiith  played  their  last  gig  at Ivy Leaf  club S/land ...then along  came  `Asleep  at  the wheel `  great  name for  a band ,,did  some good  shows  with  these  guys ...what  they doing  now ? ,,,,, December saw  the Razzamatz christmas party  at  t,t,t,v,  studios ,,,  with Phil Lynott...Roy  wood...Jenifer  Rush ..Kim  Wild,,John Parr,,Fergal  Sharkey,,,   and  then it  was  back to Idle Hands,,,, at Usworth and  district....Coatsworth  G/head ...Washington  white hoos /Thornley ...Newton  Aycliff  and  Hetton  b4  Xmas  ..
January  1986  started  great ...went to Playhouse in  Edinburgh.to  see AC/DC  with  Hylton Valentine and  Johnna `s  brother ...it  was  muckin  fagic!  ....In early Feb  did Beechwood  and Easterhouse  club Darlington...with  the `hands`,,,There  were lots of  north  east bands  appearing down here at  the time ..and  ,, if they  recall  beers/lager were 40p  a PINT....  unbelievable !!!   did  the Swan Billingham  with Powerhouse..and  got  lock  in at  birtley Rex club with  the Pirahna  Bros ....Saw Ronnie  James  Dio on  the Tube ..In  April  a new show  came  about  at t.t.t.v.  called TX45,,,,it  featured lots  of  local  talent ,,including Well  well  well ...Zoot  and  the roots..Flaming  Musolinis...my  old  friend Pauline  Gillan ,,Death  wish and  the Edge ,,,May  saw  a new Iveco truck  for  the `hands` loadsa  room  ...and on 28th  May ..Cirkus  were back on  the road ...first  2 gigs  were  Coatsworth and forest  Hall clubs ..Did Walker  social  club  with Talisman on  the Sunday morning and  then went to  downhill club  in  the afternoon !  hell  of  a place Dooonhill` the little kids  from  the estate used to  say ...```look  after ya van Mr.` for 50pence...We  used  to  say `nar ,,we  got  a big dog in  the back ..Kids  reply ..```Aye  . but  does  it  like  fire`  !!!  ye gotta  laugh !!!      In June/July  Razzamataz was  back in the studio `s with Midge Ure..Taxas..INXS...BAngles..Jim Diamond ..Dr  and  the medics...Steve  Harley ......End  of  July did Dryburn Hospital  with Rhythm Method ...lots  of nice  nurses ..then  following  day  (friday)did Steels club ...Saturday  with Talisman at Usworth  ...Sept  at  theMayfair N/cle saw  Mad Jacks  travelling  circus..747,,,Foxy ..Villa  Latina ,  Wallop  ,and  the Pirahna  Bros....   In  oct saw  that `fateful` ZZtop sham on  the  Tube special !  ...but ,we  also  had  `live  bands ` on  in December  with John Bon Jovie,,Suzie  Quatro Heaven  17 ..It  Bites ,,,etc...Doctor Feelgood..the  Blues  burglars,,and  After Midnight did Tiffany`s ...Got  tickets  for  the City Hall to  see `Chubby` ,,and  the Xmas party at  the buffs were Talisman and Pirahnas..brilliant ...


pic: Oby and Bryan Adams
Before  i  go  any  further ..i  just  want  to mention,,the reason i wanted Nige` , (and  its  thanks  to  him ..who put  all  this stuff  up  on  the `news page) `...was to leave  some kind  of  documented history of  what was  happening in  the social club/pub scene  back  in early 80`s........When ` i  peg it ` .( not  for  awhile  yet  i  hope )..wor  lass is  gonna  chuck  all  my Diaries`.band  posters ,  pictures , parafinaylia in  the bin..!!!  So... Who  remembers  all  these  bands from nearly  40yrs ago ???    In  March 1980..Chris Cool  band formed ,  and  were  an instant hit in  the  clubs ,  what  a great  singer , ..The  Pirahna Bros  , from Blyth  ..Showbiz  kids .Once  bitten (Ex  Tyson)..747   Ex  Goldie ...Dance  Class,,who  were  awsome ...The News,,Geordie ,  with  Rob turnbull replacing Johnna ,  who  joined  AC/DC///Rhamm ...In  82 ,,Armagedon and Davy  Ditchburn ..Baby sitter , from Teesside........Micky  Hutton joined  the King  Crabs .....
Howard Baker formed Blueprint !...In October  this  year Roy  `Chubby  Brown ` did my  `house  warming  party,,` worra  hoot !!  Also  saw Armageddon ,Dance  Class ..John Miles,, Eric  Burdon.. and  Johnna  at  the Heaton Buffe  Xmas  show ...Blueprint ..then became B.B Faith ..The  Caffrey Bros started  doing  the clubs ..and Raven made it  big doon  London .......In 83,,Paul  .  the original singer from Cirkus , joined  Easy  Touch .. while  The Toy  Dolls  (Olga) stormed the Shieldfield club   I  remember B.B .Faith  did  a gig at Murton Victoria club ( and in June 84)  ,,and  all the hells angels wanted them to  do  a show in S/land ..after  the gig ... we  found  our  selves in the  middle  of  a long street  of  terraced  houses..and some one  had  knocked  2  or   3houses  into  ONE !    Well.. the sun  was  coming up when  we  packed  the wagon to go  home ! great times ...and ,,there  was  not  a pick  of  botha !  Did  a show at  the Grey  Hen in s/shields with with Next ...and  the Crabs ...dont  know  what  happened  to  those  lads ,,,,or ,,even  these bands  which  you  will  all  have heard  of ....The  Business,,Black  Rose ...B.15,,,,Legend  ....Teaser....Slinky ...the Cast....French  Curves ,,,Digital  Dog...Boxer  ...Shanghai...E.S.P... Powerhouse ...23 Skidu..Rythm Sticks ....Becket..Rocky ....Cruella  de  Ville Mad  Jacks  travelling  circus etc  etc  ...About  this  time  there were  rumours  that Pete  Barclay was  gonna  join the Caffrey  Bros?.....I  put the `Faith`  on  the heaton meadowfield for  the Xmas  party with chubby brown ... charged  50p  for the  tickets , plus  pie  `n` peas ...Tickets  were always  sold  b4 they  were  printed ...  you could do  a lot  for 50p  in  thise days !!....more  to  follow ..




Fancy a `rocking  ` holiday  in  the sun in October? ...Why  dont  you e,mail  Cyprus  Rocks `  and  see if  you  can get  yourselves a gig  right on the beach in sunny  Cyprus ..We  witnessed  some  incredible tribute   bands .. including Ac/Dc   at  theyr very best .the Who .. Led Zepplin Deep purple etc  ..  Click  onto Cyprus Rocks , or  the  facebook  page ..See if  you  can get   the band  on  an unforgetable trip   ..its  mega ,,,,,good luck,,,,,,  Oby


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''While  working  with Cirkus..  got  a great  job at  T.T.TV.    on  City  road ...I  thought i  was  made  for life ...I  had  the pleasure  of  seeing  some brilliant  pro` bands and  artists on  television ..(.and  i  saw many  `up  and coming new  local  bands that  were  `doing  the  rounds`)        Who  remembers Alright Now? ..it  was  the first of  some great  programmes for  well  known  pro` groups  who were  playing  live  in  the studios ...including  Rory  Gallager .Dr  Feelgood ...long before Robert  Kane from the Animals  joined  ...Saw  the  Tourists ...Squeez..Nick  Lowe... Mike  Oldfield..etc...that  was  in  1980....Then  in  81  Razzamataz  exploded  onto your  t.v. ..We  had  Kim Wild   .Elton John   Bad  Manners...Stu Copeland ..Toyah ..Stray cats..Kate  Bush..Kiki Dee...Gary  Newman  The  Shadows ,,,I  remember  in April  of  this  year i booked  Roy  Chubby  brown for  the club  bar one  friday  night ..It  was  a sell out ..He  did  a 2hour show ..well. the tears were  rolling  down our faces  laughing..Even  Cathy  Secker who  was the  contimuity anouncer was   there  on  her  break ...Roy  and  i  became very  good  friends ,,even had  him for  my  new house  `warming  party `   he  stole  the show ..He  used  to  ring  me  up  from Teeside ,  where  he lived and would  ask  me ..do you know  where Morpeth  Comrades / Ashington Central / and  other clubs up  north  were ..Yes  i  said...O.k i  will  pick  you up  at  the Tyne  Tunnel.
i  have pie  and  peas  suppers /strippers private  shows  to  do ...had  some  brilliant  nights  with  him ...sold  loads of  t.shirts,cassettes etc  at half  time ......
In Jan 82  Razz returned ..and  we had Depeche Mode /Haircut 100/Godley  and  Creme .Boomtown  Rats..ABC..Toyah...Phil Lynott/ John Sykes..A flock  of  seagulls... and more ,,,Then  we  had  the BIGGEE!   ..In  November     Tyne  Tees Tele ..produced the TUBE  LIVE`  on  friday nights  for  channel 4   ..Met  some real  supa stars `  on  this  show   the  tickets  to  get  in  were  like GOLD...!  Opened  up  with The  Jam.(.Toy  Dolls... Remember them ?)Sting  and  Pete  TownshendDuran  Duran ,,Simple  minds ..Robert  Palmer ..Robert  Plant ..Twisted  Sister..Blancmange ..U.2 ..Dance  Class ( brilliant  band ...after  the  show  they  performed at  Henderson Hall College ,,,we  `blagged  our  way  in ` showing  our  t.t.tv passes )  then next  up  were Pat  Benatar / Thin lizzy.
Paul Young .Madness..Eurythmics ...`In  november  83 Tube  returned with ,,ZZ TOP...this was  one  off special ...I  got  all  of  Idle  Hands in  for  this  one ..Me  and  Peter  Harrison  were  amazed  when we  noticed  they  were `Miming !!!!   bloody  disgrace ,,! Then  it was  up to R.E,M  ..Style  Council ...Pretenders ...Echo  and  the Bunnymen /Judas  Priest..The  alarm ..Sade  (who  tyne   tees discovered !) Thompson  twins ..Siouxsie`...Gary  Moore ..Big  Country ..China  crisis ,,Howard  Jones / Ultravox ..The  Cure / Joe  jackson Big  country ..UB40          ...Motorhead (Toooo  loud.. everyone had  cotton  wool  in  the lugs )  Tom  Robinson band ..Stranglers ..Toy  dolls  (again) ..Water  boys....Frankie goes  to  Hollywood ....this  band  went  down  to  the Quayside  after  the  show and  tried  to  get on  the Tuxedo Princess..( floating  nightclub)  The  bouncers  threw  them oot ...then  they  were then  called `Frankie  goes  to  gateshead ,and  got  beat  up `.........Clit  Pilchard ...Meatloaf..Bangles ...Bryan Adams was  brilliant ..they  were  on  tour  with  T.pau  at  the  time ,  and  Carol  Decker actually  took me  and   Bryans  pic ( 2nd  picture ) in  the dressing  room ..Met  Bryan again on tour  in Limassol . Cyprus in 2013    ...other  notable bands  on  the  Tube  were .  Chris  Rea ..Dead  or  alive ...Robert  Palmer  Level  42 ...Tom  Waites ..INXS...Ronnie  James  Dio ,,Jon Bon Jovie ...It  Bites ...All  of  who  SANG LIVE!!''



Oby has just sent Riffs some interesting old pics of
Cirkus and rare pics of LucasTyson . . .(bottom pic shows the bass player next to Oby's sister).




REMINISCENSES OF 'OBY'

[As received - no editing whatsoever]
''Remember Friday  evenings in  the  70s...when you  would  buy  the Evening Chronicle .Go..straight to  club  pages...There  were  2 full pages  of  club`s All  of  Newcastle /Gateshead.area.and  even  further  affield ;;You  could  plan  the whole  weekend with  your favourite groups....Now  .  i believe,  in  the  same  paper (half  the size) you  get one  or  two clubs telling  you  about  the bingo nights /go  as  you  please and single  artists ...There  were  hundreds of  `working  mens clubs in  the  North  East .  all  putting  on great  entertainment ...Now  .  sadlly ,,,  they  have  either closed  down turned  into  care  homes ` etc ,,,or  just  hiring out concert  rooms  for  private bookings .. Hi,  my  name is John , but  everybody  called me  Oby ..I  have been living  in Cyprus  for  the last 13 yrs.I  came across  this old  diary of  all  the bands..for  30yrs  i  used  to  follow  , and  work  with ..back  in  the `good  old  days`.. I  would  like  to  share my  experiences with  you  all ,,maybe ,  jog  your  memory ..You may  recall..i  remember that  club/band .................I will  never  forget queing up  to  see the  `turns`  at  the  heaton  Buffs ..South  gosforth  Forest  Hall ..Byker ,  bottom and  middle  clubs ...then  there  were  all  those  clubs  in  Gateshead ..great  nights ,,,excellent  bands ..cheap beer ,,and  always a chinese  takeaway on  the  way  `yem` !  Fast forward 50  odd  yrs ,and if  you  want  see a good  band now ..i  hear....,,,the pubs  are  the  place  to  be ..I  first started going  to  watch  groups in 76`  and  i  was  hooked`...bands like Lucas  Tyson,, [below right]  Geordie ..Cirkus ,,Brass  Alley etc...I followed Tyson  around  all  over ,especially when  they  played  the `old Labour  club next  to  st james`s .park..on  a sunday  morning ,,( incidently  ..can  anyone  tell  what happened  to Peter  Barclay .last  i  heard  the lead  guitarist was  unwell )..What  a  place  that  was ...you  had  to  to get there early  ( 11.30 ) ..when they  opened  up  the  bar  upstairs  was full  of  already poured pints  of  beer ..exhibition  / scotch.  lager ...ready for  you  pick  up  and  grab  a table ..the  strippers  were on first ,  followed  by  the longest  game  of  bingo you  will  ever  play (  they  had  a song  for almost  every  number)  then  the bands would  come  on and  rock  the hoos   doon !   Just  what  you needed,,,a few  pints,  great band  , then home  for  ya  sunday  dinner ..I  started  keeping a  diary of  all  the bands i  was following ,Next ,,  i  got   a job  `roadying `  for  Cirkus ,,,what  brilliant entertainers .. but that  `melatron `  (keyboards) of  Dereks was  a swine to  hump  upstairs  .,,that  was one band  that  definatly should  have made  it to  the top !  I  have got signed pictures of  them all ,,and  a signed..copy  of  Cirkus  One [check out: https://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=2451] ...plus  pics  of  the  band playing  live ...I  believe Alan the  singer still sings locally ..
In the middle 70s Cirkus [left] were  playing at least 20  gigs a month !  venues like ...huntington  hotel.Stanley..Anfield  Plain democratic club..Shildon Civic hall..Sunderland  boilermakers/ Gates head  Central... Wallsend  miners...Thornley,,,Doxford  park ...Thornley...Great  Lumley..West  Denton... Birds  nest club  Walker....Wallsend East end   ...Hebburn  trades &labour ..Nova  Castria //
Windy  Nook G/head...Wingate..Shiney  Row.....Gypsies Green,,afternoon ..GatesheadBritish  legion at  night ....etc  etc.How  many  of  these  clubs  are  still  putting  on bands??.....In April 1980 Cirkus travelled to Guernsey for  a 3 week  residency..and  in July they toured the  shetland island rigs with Sweet  Sensation ( a name from  the past)......Sadly ...Cirkus  last  gig was at Westbourne club in  Walker...on 9th Jan 1983...   A typical `setlist` was  Wall  street (10cc)  Baker  street ..Bat  oota  hell .,,Space  oddity. Echo  beach...Rat trap.......Sabre  Dance(Dogg).....Ohhh  Vienna ...with  my  pyrotechnics at  the end .!..
well  i  hope i  briough tback a few memories for some  of  you older rockers....Thanks  to  Nige  for  letting  me reminisce with  you  all ....Maybe ,,,if  i  get  any  feedback .....i  will  send  more  memories ...''
Oby's email: ybo1948@yahoo.co.uk
This week in . . .
1965, The Yardbirds appeared at The City Hall, Salisbury, admission 10 shillings.

1973, 10cc were at No.1 on the singles chart with 'Rubber Bullets', the first of three UK No.1's for the band (who also had a No.1 as Hotlegs).

1975, During his 'Welcome To My Nightmare' tour in Vancouver, Canada, Alice Cooper fell from the stage and broke six ribs.

2004, Bob Dylan was awarded an honorary degree by the University of St. Andrews Scotland's oldest University and made a "Doctor of Music."

2010, 62-year-old Gregg Allman underwent a successful liver transplant operation at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. Allman had begun a series of treatments for Hepatitis C, but chronic damage of his liver led doctors to recommend a transplant. In a statement to the press, Allman said "I changed my ways years ago, but we can't turn back time. Every day is a gift."

2016, American bluegrass artist Ralph Stanley who was known for his distinctive singing and banjo playing, died aged 89. With his brother Carter, he helped popularise the bluegrass genre. Stanley won new fans when his work featured in the Coen brothers film O Brother, Where Art Thou?

1966, Reg Calvert, manager of The Fortunes, Screaming Lord Sutch and the owner of offshore pirate radio station Radio City was shot dead by business rival William Smedley during a confrontation. Smedley was the owner of pirate station Radio Caroline and was later cleared of the murder.

1966, After a North American tour The Rolling Stones sued 14 hotels over a booking ban in New York, claiming that the ban was violating civil rights laws.

1968, Pink Floyd played two shows in one day: the first at the Commemoration Ball, Balliol College, Oxford, and then at Middle Earth Club, Covent Garden, London. The club was notable for several drug raids by the police, during which underage revellers were arrested; on one occasion a machine called the 'Trip Machine' was dismantled and taken away by the police.


1972, The first Stonehenge Free Festival was held at Stonehenge, culminating on the summer solstice. Staged between 1972 and 1984, acts who have appeared include Hawkwind, Gong, Doctor and the Medics, Flux of Pink Indians, Buster Blood Vessel, Crass, Selector, Dexys Midnight Runners, Thompson Twins, The Raincoats, Amazulu, Wishbone Ash, Man, Benjamin Zephaniah, The Enid, Roy Harper, Jimmy Page, Ted Chippington, Zorch and Ozric Tentacles.

1975, Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore quit Deep Purple to form his own group Rainbow. The group went through many line-up changes (no shit!) with, Ronnie James Dio, Graham Bonnet, Cozy Powell, Roger Glover, and Doogie White all being members.

1979, Angus MacLise, Velvet Underground's first drummer died of tuberculosis aged 34. He quit the band in 1965.

1980, French police arrested all members of The Stranglers after a concert at Nice University for allegedly starting a riot.

1969, The first of a three day Festival in Newport, California, featured Ike And Tina Turner, Marvin Gaye, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Byrds, The Rascals, Steppenwolf, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Janis Joplin, Johnny Winter, Eric Burdon and Love. A three day ticket cost $15 (£8.80). Hendrix received $125,000 for his appearance, at the time it was the highest fee ever paid to a rock act for a single appearance.

1974, Van Morrison, The Allman Brothers Band, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Tim Buckley, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band and The Doobie Brothers all appeared at Knebworth Park, Stevenage. A special PA system was used for the event, claiming to be the best ever for an outside show, weighing 12 tons and needing five technicians.

1998, Baddiel, Skinner & Lightning Seeds went to No.1 on the singles chart with 'Three Lions '98' released for the football World Cup 98. (Although the 'Lions' are, actually, leopards - but as Baddiel pointed out 'leopards doesn't scan').

2016, Lawyers for Led Zeppelin asked a judge to throw out a case accusing the band of stealing the riff for 'Stairway To Heaven'. Singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page and Warner Music argued that the claimants had failed to make their case after three days of testimony. The band were accused of basing Stairway on the 1968 Spirit song, Taurus.

1965, The Who, Solomon Burke, Zoot Money, Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Spencer Davis Group, Marianne Faithful, Long John Baldry, The Birds (featuring a young Ronnie Wood), Dave Witting and the Ray Martin Group all appeared at Uxbridge Blues Festival. Tickets cost from 7/6 to 10/6.

1965, The Four Tops went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I Can't Help Myself'. Lead singer Levi Stubbs had not been satisfied with the recording session and was promised that he could do it again the following day, but no other session ever took place. The track that became a hit was just the second take of the song.


1973, Edgar Winter's US No.1 hit 'Frankenstein' was awarded a Gold record. Winter named the song because of how many cuts and patches were contained in the original studio tape.

1974, The Delinquents, a band featuring Mick Jones (later of The Clash) made their debut at the Students union bar, Queen Elizabeth College, Kensington.

2012, The former chief financial officer for Pearl Jam was charged with 33 counts of theft for allegedly stealing at least $380,000 from the Seattle band's management company. According to the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Rickey Goodrich allegedly stole hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of several years, spending the money on lavish family vacations, spa treatments, life insurance and pricey California wines.

2016, Artists including Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Pearl Jam, U2 and Sir Paul McCartney called for online copyright laws to be reformed. More than 180 artists signed an open letter criticising the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). They claimed the law benefits companies that "exploit music for their financial enrichment", but not artists.

1948, Columbia Records started the first mass production of the 33-RPM long player. The new format could contain a maximum of 23 minutes of music per side versus the three minutes that could be squeezed on to a 78 RPM disc.

1977, Fleetwood Mac went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Dreams', the group's first and only US No.1, was also a No.24 in the UK. Stevie Nicks has stated she wrote the song at the Record Plant studio in Sausalito, California, in about 10 minutes.

1977, Johnny Rotten and Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols were stabbed and beaten when they were attacked in a car park outside a London pub. They objected to the Pistols' anti-monarchist song 'God Save the Queen'. The next day, another member of the Pistols, Paul Cook, was beaten by a gang armed with iron pipes.

1988, 'Doctorin' The Tardis' by The Timelords was at No.1 on the UK singles chart. The Timelords were Scottish duo Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty, who formed KLF. The song was a mash-up of the Doctor Who theme music, Gary Glitter's 'Rock and Roll (Part Two)' with sections from 'Blockbuster!' by Sweet.


Week commencing June 11 . . .
1954, Guitarist Danny Cedrone died following a freak accident; 10 days after he had recorded the lead guitar break on 'Rock Around the Clock' with Bill Haley and His Comets. Session player Cedrone was paid $21 for his work on the session, as at that time Haley chose not to hire a full-time guitarist for his group. He died of a broken neck after falling down a staircase.

1972, The Rolling Stones album Exile On Main Street started a four-week run at the top of the US charts. The double album, regularly regarded as one of the band's best, features Rocks Off, Rip This Joint, Happy and Tumbling Dice.

1976, Ian Dury played his last gig with Kilburn and the High Roads before starting his solo career. The show at The Assembly Hall, Walthamstow also had The Sex Pistols and The Stranglers on the bill.


1976, Blondie released their debut single 'X Offender'. Written by Gary Valentine and Debbie Harry, the title of the song was originally 'Sex Offender', written about an 18-year-old boy being arrested for having sex with his younger girlfriend. Debbie Harry changed the lyrics so that the song was about a prostitute being attracted to the police officer that had arrested her. Private Stock, the band’s label insisted that the single be changed to 'X Offender' because they were nervous about the original title.

1977, After Jimmy Helms pulled out of a gig at Shoreditch College, the members of the social committee decided to call upon famous local, Elton John who lived up the road and ask if he would perform. Elton did the gig for two bottles of wine.

1987, Florida real estate agent Vittoria Holman sued Motley Crue and their concert promoter for hearing loss allegedly incurred at a concert in December 1985. Holman and her daughter had front row seats less than 10 feet (3 metres) from the speakers. The case was settled out of court with the band's insurance company paying Holman over $30,000. (£18,200).

2008, Welsh singer Duffy's single Mercy was named song of the year at the Mojo magazine awards held in London. Best breakthrough act went to The Last Shadow Puppets - the side project of Arctic Monkeys singer Alex Turner. Other acts honoured at the reader-voted Mojo Honours included Led Zeppelin, Paul Weller, the Sex Pistols and Genesis. Ska band the Specials were welcomed into the Mojo Hall of Fame and former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty won the inspiration award for his contribution to rock music.


1969, During a short 5 date UK tour Led Zeppelin appeared at The Free Trade Hall, Manchester, supported by Blodwyn Pig and The Liverpool Scene. The flyer for the tour stated: 'Come & take off, levitate with the Led Zeppelin album'.

1977, The Sex Pistols held a party on a boat as it sailed down The River Thames in London. The Pistols performed 'Anarchy In The UK' outside The Houses Of Parliament resulting in members from the party being arrested when the boat docked later that day.

1989, Nirvana's debut album 'Bleach' was released in the US. The title for the album came from a poster 'Bleach Your Works' urging drug users to bleach their needles. Kurt Cobain claimed that most of the lyrics on the album were written the night before recording while he was feeling "pissed off", and that he did not regard them highly.

2016, Led Zeppelin's guitarist Jimmy Page denied stealing the riff to 'Stairway To Heaven' when he took the stand at a copyright trial in the US. The band were accused of lifting the opening guitar line from 'Taurus', a 1968 track by the band Spirit. Page testified that he had never heard the song until people started posting comparisons online a few years ago. Page admitted to owning several Spirit albums, but only remembered buying two of them, neither of which contained Taurus. Under questioning, he conceded that he did own a copy of the band's self-titled debut, on which the track appears, but could not recall how it came to be part of his collection.


1961, Patsy Cline was seriously injured in a car accident. During her two month hospital stay, her song "I Fall to Pieces" gave the singer her first Country No.1 and also became a huge country-pop crossover hit.

1964, Touring Australia The Beatles arrived in Melbourne and were greeted at the airport by over 5,000 fans. Another 20,000 fans lined the route from the airport to the hotel, army and navy units were brought in to help control the crowds, cars were crushed, hundreds of girls fainted and over 50 people were admitted to hospital with broken bones.

1964, The Manish Boys (featuring David Bowie) auditioned for the UK television talent show Opportunity Knocks.

1986, Three fans died during an Ozzy Osbourne gig at Long Beach Arena, California after falling from a balcony.

1989, Pete De Freitas drummer with Echo And The Bunnymen was killed at the age of 27 when his motorbike collided with a car.


1995, Irish guitarist Rory Gallagher died after a chest infection set in following a liver transplant. Had been a member of Taste before going solo, sold over 30m albums worldwide. Voted Melody Maker's Top Musician of the Year in 1972, auditioned for The Rolling Stones following the departure of Mick Taylor. Gallagher made his final performance on 10 January 1995 in the Netherlands.

2000, American pianist and session musician Paul Griffin died aged 62. He recorded with hundreds of musicians from the 1950s to the 1990s. Griffin worked with Bob Dylan, Steely Dan, Don McLean, the Isley Brothers, Van Morrison, The Shirelles and Dionne Warwick. He is best known for playing on the Bob Dylan albums Highway 61 Revisited, Blonde on Blonde and Steely Dan's Aja.

2007, Bob Dylan won Spain's Prince of Asturias Arts Award, one of the country's most prestigious honours. Jury chairman Jose Llado called Dylan a 'living legend of popular music and the guiding star of a generation that dreamed of changing the world'. Previous winners of the annual prize include US film-maker Woody Allen.

2016, Irish rock guitarist Henry McCullough died after never fully recovering from a severe heart attack he had suffered four years earlier. He recorded with Paul McCartney and Wings, featuring on the hit James Bond theme, 'Live and Let Die' and 'My Love', the solo which he made up on the spot in front of a live orchestra. He was also a member of Spooky Tooth and The Grease Band.


Week commencing June 4 . . .
1967, Procol Harum were at No.1 on the singles chart with 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale' the group's only No.1. In 2004 the song was named the most played record of the past 70 years. More than 900 recorded versions by other artists are known.


1970, Deep Purple had their van and equipment impounded by East German police while on an European tour, after mistakenly driving too close to the border.

1974, David Bowie started a four-week run at the top of the UK charts with his third No.1 album 'Diamond Dogs'. The cover art features Bowie as a striking half-man, half-dog grotesque painted by Belgian artist Guy Peellaert. It was controversial as the full painting clearly showed the hybrid's genitalia. Very few copies of this original cover made their way into circulation at the time of the album's release.

1989, At a Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior's press conference, vegetarian Chrissie Hynde claimed that she once firebombed a McDonalds restaurant. The following day a McDonalds in Milton Keynes was firebombed and Hynde was threatened with legal action.

2003, Led Zeppelin were at No.1 on the US album chart with their triple live album How The West Was Won, the band's seventh US No.1 album. The performances were from the band's 1972 tour of the United States, recorded at the LA Forum on 25 June 1972 and Long Beach Arena on 27 June 1972.

2008, Rolling Stone magazine published a list of the Top 50 guitar songs of all time. No.5 was 'Brown Sugar' by The Rolling Stones, No.4 , ‘You Really Got Me’ by The Kinks, No.3, ‘Crossroads’, by Cream, No.2 ‘Purple Haze’, by Jimi Hendrix and No.1 ‘Johnny B Goode’, Chuck Berry.


1964, During their first ever US tour The Rolling Stones were booed off stage at a gig in San Antonio, Texas. Some performing monkeys who had been the act on before the Stones were brought back on stage for another performance.

1969, British supergroup Blind Faith, featuring Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, Rick Grech and Steve Winwood made their live debut at a free concert in London's Hyde Park. Their only album release provoked controversy because the cover featured a topless pubescent girl holding a silver space ship which some perceived as a phallic symbol. The US record company issued it with an alternative cover which showed a photograph of the band. Rumours about the girl's relationship to the band fuelled the controversy; among them were that she was a groupie kept as a slave by the band members.

1977, Led Zeppelin played the first of six sold out nights at Madison Square Garden, in New York City during their 11th and final North American tour. Playing a 3 hour set, tickets cost $8.50 - $10.50.

2007, The funeral of guitarist and singer Bo Diddley took place in Gainesville, Florida. Many in attendance chanted "Hey Bo Diddley" shortly after family members had passed by his coffin as a gospel band played Bo Diddley's music. At the service, they presented a floral tribute in form of his trademark square guitar.

2010, Former Stereophonics drummer and BBC Radio Wales presenter Stuart Cable was found dead at him home near Aberdare in Wales aged 40. His new band Killing for Company had been due to appear at the Download rock festival at Donington Park in a few days. Cable had also been presenting a Rock show on BBC Radio Wales.


2012, Bob Welch (centre on pic), an early member of Fleetwood Mac who enjoyed a successful solo career with hits such as 'Ebony Eyes,' was found dead after an apparent suicide at home in Nashville. He was 66. Police said Welch's body was found by his wife Wendy with a single gunshot wound to the chest, and he had left a suicide note. Welch was part of Fleetwood Mac in their early years from 1971 to 1974 and worked on such albums as Future Games and Bare Trees. A recovering alcoholic, apparently Welch had recently learnt that problems with his legs meant he would probably not walk again.

2015, Sir Elton John lost his cool during a performance at Gloucester's Kingsholm Stadium after he likened a steward to Hitler as she tried to stop crowds from surging forward during a gig. In an expletive-laden rant, John went on to say it was "not China" and he picked out a female steward, telling her: "You put a uniform on and you think you're Hitler - well you're not."

1965, The Rolling Stones released the single '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction' in the US, which went on to give the band their first No.1. In the UK (where it was released in August 1966), the song initially played only on pirate radio stations because its lyrics were considered too sexually suggestive.

1966, Roy Orbison's first wife, Claudette, was killed when a truck pulled out of a side road and collided with the motorbike that she and her husband were riding on in Gallatin, Texas, she was 25.


1970, Christie were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Yellow River'. Written by band leader Jeff Christie, the song was offered to The Tremeloes, who recorded it with the intention of releasing it as a single. However, they considered it too pop-orientated for their future direction, so producer Mike Smith took their vocals off the recording and replaced with those of Jeff Christie.

1970, Syd Barrett played his first gig since leaving Pink Floyd at the Extravaganza 70, at London's Olympia Hall, backed by a band that included his old friend Floyd guitarist David Gilmour. Barrett baffled the audience (and his musicians) when he abruptly took off his guitar during the fourth number and walked off stage.

1986, A&R man Dick Rowe died of diabetes. Rowe became famous for not signing The Beatles to Decca records and made the classic quote 'Nobody cares about guitar group's anymore.' He did however sign The Rolling Stones to Decca.


Week commencing May 28 . . .
1964, During a photo session, Ringo Starr was taken ill suffering from tonsillitis and pharyngitis, days before a world tour was about to start. After a last-minute phone call from George Martin, session drummer Jimmy Nichol rushed over to EMI Studios, where he and The Beatles ran through six songs from their tour repertoire in a quick rehearsal. Nichol replaced Ringo and became a Beatle for eleven days.

1967, The Doors 'Light My Fire' was released in the US, where it went on to be No.1 on the singles chart two months later. When The Doors were booked to appear on The Ed Sullivan Show they were asked to change the line "girl, we couldn't get much higher", as the sponsors were uncomfortable with the possible reference to drug-taking. The band agreed to do so, and did a rehearsal using the amended lyrics; however, during the live performance, lead singer Jim Morrison sang the original lyric, after which they were informed they would never appear on the Ed Sullivan show again.

1968, Valerie Solanas shot Andy Warhol and art critic and curator Mario Amaya at Warhol's studio in New York City. Solanas had been to see Warhol after asking for the return of a script which had apparently, been misplaced. Warhol was seriously wounded in the attack and barely survived.

1970, The Kinks Ray Davies was forced to make a 6,000 mile round trip from New York to London to record one word in a song. Davies had to change the word 'Coca- Cola' to 'Cherry Cola' on the bands forthcoming single 'Lola' due to an advertising ban at BBC Radio.

1970, Deep Purple released their fourth studio album 'Deep Purple In Rock'. This was the first album to feature the classic Mk II lineup of - Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord and Ian Paice.


1983, US session drummer Jim Gordon murdered his mother by pounding her head with a hammer. A diagnosed schizophrenic, it was not until his trial in 1984 that he was properly diagnosed. Due to the fact that his attorney was unable to use the insanity defense, Gordon was sentenced to sixteen years-to-life in prison in 1984. A Grammy Award winner for co-writing Layla with Eric Clapton, Gordon worked with The Beach Boys, John Lennon, George Harrison Frank Zappa and many other artists.

2016, English folk musician and singer-songwriter Dave Swarbrick died aged 75. His work for the group Fairport Convention from 1969 has been credited with leading them to produce their seminal album Liege & Lief (1969) which initiated the electric folk movement.


1974, Bernadette Whelan a 14 year-old David Cassidy fan died of heart failure four days after attending a UK concert of his. Over 1,000 other fans had to be given first aid during the singers White City Stadium show.

1980, Carl Radle bass player with Derek and the Dominoes died of kidney failure aged 38. Also worked with Gary Lewis & the Playboys, George Harrison, Joe Cocker, Dave Mason & Delaney and Bonnie.

1987, David Bowie kicked off his 87-date Glass Spider world tour at the Feyenoord Stadium, Rotterdam, Holland. The tour's set, described at the time as "the largest touring set ever," was designed to look like a giant spider. It was 60 feet (18.3m) high, 64 feet (19.5m) wide and included giant vacuumed tube legs that were lit from the inside with 20,000' (6,096m) of color-changing lights. A single set took 43 trucks to move.

1996, Alan Whitaker from Penzance appeared on the UK TV quiz show Mastermind, his specialist subject being the Sex Pistols. He won a place in the semi-final of the show answering all but one of the 18 questions correctly.


2003, Record producer Mickie Most died aged 64. Member of The Most Brothers during late 50s, and Mickie Most and the Playboys, produced hits for The Animals, Hermans Hermits, Donovan, Kim Wilde, Lulu and Jeff Beck. Most ran his own record label RAK in the 1970s, having hits with Hot Chocolate, Suzi Quatro and Mud.

2007, A leaked copy of the new White Stripes album 'Icky Thump' was played completely on Chicago's radio station Q101-WKQX. Jack White personally called the US radio station from Spain, where he was touring, to voice his displeasure.

2009, Mick Jagger offered to buy an ice cream van but was turned down by its owner - who'd promised his daughter he would drive her to her wedding in it. Guiseppe Della Camera had spent ten years restoring the rusting van to perfection after he spotted it on a farm - being used as a chicken shed. The restoration was such a success Sir Mick offered to buy the vehicle when he saw it at a show on Wandsworth Common. Camera said, 'Jagger told me he'd really fallen in love with my van and asked me if I would consider selling it. I was stunned when he offered me £100,000'.

2009, Ozzy Osbourne was suing the band's guitarist Tony Iommi over royalty payments. The 60-year-old had accused Iommi of falsely claiming to have sole rights to the band's name which has cost him royalties from merchandise sales. Osbourne was seeking unspecified damages, lost profits and a declaration he is a half-owner of the trademark. Iommi claims Osbourne legally relinquished rights to the band's name in the 1980s. Osbourne said he believed all four original members of the band should share Black Sabbath's name equally.

2015, Jeremy Brown, guitarist for Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, died of unknown causes at the age of 34. Brown began playing with the Stone Temple Pilots as singer in 2008.


1942, Bing Crosby recorded the Irving Berlin song 'White Christmas'. Crosby recorded the song with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra and the Ken Darby Singers in just 18 minutes. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the version sung by Bing Crosby is the best-selling single of all time, with estimated sales in excess of 50 million copies worldwide.

1965, The Beach Boys started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Help Me Rhonda', the group's second US No.1. The recording session was interrupted by the Wilson brothers' drunken father, Murry, who arrived at the studio to criticize the Boys enthusiasm. The recording reel continued to record the confrontation, which still circulates among fans.

1967, The Move, Cream, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd, Zoot Money, Geno Washington and The Ram Jam Band all appeared at the Tulip Bulb Auction Hall in Spalding, Lincoln. Pink Floyd were only a support band and played in a corner of the shed with a white sheet behind them with the coloured oil shining onto it. Tickets cost £1. The poster advertising the show promised a 'Knockout Atmosphere'.

1969, Crosby, Stills & Nash released their self-titled debut on Atlantic Records label. It spawned two Top 40 hits: 'Marrakesh Express' and 'Suite: Judy Blue Eyes'.

1977, Manchester band Warsaw (later to become Joy Division) made their live debut supporting The Buzzcocks at The Electric Circus, Manchester.

1991, After just completing the recording of the 'Nevermind' album, Nirvana played a last-minute show at the Jabberjaw in Los Angeles. In the audience was Iggy Pop, Dave Grohl's girlfriend and L7 bassist Jennifer Finch who brought along her best friend Courtney Love.

1992, Concerned that some pupils were overly identifying with Freddie Mercury, the sacred heart School in Clifton New Jersey decided not to sing the Queen song 'We Are The Champions', at their Graduation Ceremony.


1997, Singer songwriter Jeff Buckley disappeared after talking a swim in the Mississippi River, his body was found on 4th June 1997 after being spotted by a passenger on a tourist riverboat.

1999, Skeletal remains were found by photographers looking for old car wrecks to shoot at the bottom of Decker Canyon near Malibu, California. Based on forensic evidence the remains were Philip Kramer former bassist with rock group Iron Butterfly, who had disappeared on his way home from work on February 12, 1995. His death was ruled as a probable suicide.

2010, Sabrosa Park (at the small town of Sabrosa, north of Portugal) was renamed B.B. King Park in honor of King and the free concert he had played before 20,000 people.


Week commencing May 21 . . .
1963, The album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan was released by Columbia in the USA. Establishing Bob Dylan as a leader in the singer-songwriter genre and a supposed spokesman for the youth-orientated protest movement, it reached No.22 in the US charts and No.1 in the UK charts. The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan showcased Dylan's songwriting talent for the first time and propelled him to national and international fame.

1977, The Sex Pistols single 'God Save The Queen' was released in the UK. Banned by TV and radio, high street shops and pressing plant workers refused to handle the record. It sold 200,000 copies in one week and peaked at No.2 on the UK charts behind Rod Stewart's 'I Don't Want to Talk About It'. There have been persistent rumours that it was actually the biggest-selling single in the UK at the time, and the British Phonographic Industry conspired to keep it off the No.1 slot.

1990, The Stone Roses played at Spike Island, Widnes, Cheshire, to a capacity crowd of 30,000. The event, considered a failure at the time due to sound problems and bad organisation, has become legendary over the years as a "Woodstock for the baggy generation."

2010, Dozens of AC/DC fans needed treatment after complaining of burning eyes during a concert on the runway of Wels Airport, Wels, Austria. Around 150 fans had to be treated. Doctors found that the fans showed allergic reactions to bark mulch spread at the venue - the runway of Wels Airport, to avoid the soil getting too muddy after hours of massive rainfall.

1963, US blues guitarist and singer Elmore James died of a heart attack aged 45. James wrote 'Shake Your Money Maker', which was covered by Fleetwood Mac in 1968. Known as "The King of the Slide Guitar", James influenced Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Keith Richards.

1970, Peter Green played his last gig with Fleetwood Mac when they appeared at the Bath Festival, Somerset.

1991, Founder member of The Byrds Gene Clark died of a heart attack aged 49. Wrote The Byrds hits 'I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better', and 'Eight Miles High', member of McGuinn, Clark and Hillman and solo.



1958, Jerry Lee Lewis arrived at London's Heathrow Airport to begin his first British tour, along with his new bride, 14 year old third cousin, Myra. Although advised not to mention it, Lewis answered all questions about his private life. The public's shock over Lewis' marriage marks the start of a controversy leading to his British tour being cancelled after just 3 of the scheduled 37 performances.

1968, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Young Girl.' The song which was about under-age sex, was the acts only No.1.

1991, Wil Sinnott from The Shamen drowned while swimming off the coast of La Gomera when he was pulled under by strong currents. The Shamen were in Tenerife filming a video for their new single 'Move Any Mountain.'

2004, Morrissey appeared at the M.E.N. arena Manchester, on his 45th birthday. It was Morrissey's return to his home city Manchester after an absence of 12 years and the 18,000 tickets sold out in only 90 minutes. During the set Morrissey performed five Smiths songs.

2011, Four dead dogs in 'sealed containers' were found in the Tennessee home of former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent during an investigation that led to his arrest on charges of assaulting his wife. Vincent, a member of Kiss from 1982 to 1984, was released after posting $10,000 bond after his arrest by the Rutherford County Sheriff's Department.

1955, Born on this day (Tuesday), Mary Black, Irish singer, songwriter, who has released over 12 solo albums. For a number of years, What Hi-Fi? magazine considered Black's voice to be so pure that it was used as an audiophile benchmark for comparing the sound quality of different high fidelity systems.

1967, Jimi Hendrix signed with Reprise Records on the US Warner Brothers label. They released the guitarist's albums Are You Experienced? Axis: Bold as Love and Electric Ladyland.

1970, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young released the protest single Ohio, written and composed by Neil Young in reaction to the Kent State shootings of May 4, 1970, when unarmed college students were shot by the Ohio National Guard. The guardsmen fired 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students and wounding nine others, one of whom suffered permanent paralysis.


1972, The Doors, Pink Floyd, The Faces, Family, Curved Air, Atomic Rooster, The Kinks, Rory Gallagher, Uriah Heep, Country Joe McDonald, Buddy Miles, Status Quo, Brinsley Schwarz, Spencer Davis, The Strawbs and Humble Pie all appeared at the 2nd British Rock Meeting, Insel Grun, Germersheim, West Germany. The festival was due to take place in Mannheim, West Germany, but after protests from the locals, the concert actually took place in nearby Germersheim.

1974, Two would-be concert promoters were arrested by police in America on fraud charges in connection with selling mail order tickets for a forthcoming Elten John show. (Elten with an E and not an O). Police took away over $12,000 in cheques.

1980, A thief brook into Electric Lady Studios in New York City, the recording studio built by Jimi Hendrix and stole five Hendrix gold records for the albums ‘Are You Experienced’’, ‘Axis: Bold as Love’, ‘Cry of Love’, ‘Rainbow Bridge’ and Live at Monterey.

1980, Joe Strummer of The Clash was arrested at a much-troubled gig in Hamburg, Germany, after smashing his guitar over the head of a member of the audience; he was released after an alcohol test proved negative.

2013, Trevor Bolder, the bassist in David Bowie's legendary 1970s backing band Spiders From Mars, died from cancer at the age of 62. Bolder appeared on the studio albums Hunky Dory (1971), The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972), Aladdin Sane (1973), and Pin Ups (1973). He joined Uriah Heep in 1976, replacing John Wetton.

2015, Black Sabbath received a lifetime achievement prize at the Ivor Novello songwriting awards. Guitarist Tony Iommi picked up the trophy, confirming the heavy metal band would embark on their "final tour" next year. Ed Sheeran was named songwriter of the year, and Annie Lennox was awarded the fellowship of the British Society of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (Basca) - the society's highest honour.

Week commencing May 14 . . .
1966, During his 1966 world tour, Bob Dylan and Robbie Robertson from The Band were filmed singing several songs in a hotel room in Glasgow, the footage turning up in the film Eat The Document. The film was originally commissioned for the ABC television series Stage '66, but after Dylan edited the film himself ABC rejected it as 'incomprehensible for a mainstream audience'.

1967, Pink Floyd started recording their forthcoming single 'See Emily Play' at Sound Techniques Studios, Chelsea. Syd Barrett was inspired to write See Emily Play, by the ‘looning about’ of the early Pink Floyd fan Emily Young (who is now a renowned sculptor). Guitarist David Gilmour, playing gigs in France with his own band in that period, visited Floyd in the studio during a trip to London.

1968, The first Miami Pop event took place with an estimated 100,000 people attending the concert, which was promoted by Richard O'Barry & Michael Lang (later famous as the promoter of Woodstock). Bands featured at the festival included Steppenwolf, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Mothers of Invention, Blue Cheer, Chuck Berry, The Blues Image, Pacific Gas and Electric, Three Dog Night and the Crazy World of Arthur Brown.


1980, Joy Division singer and guitarist Ian Curtis hanged himself in the kitchen of his house in Macclesfield, at the age of 23. Curtis had the Iggy Pop album 'The Idiot', playing on his stereo and left a note that said, 'At this very moment, I wish I were dead. I just can't cope anymore.' Joy Division released the critically acclaimed debut album Unknown Pleasures in 1979, and recorded their follow-up 'Closer' in 1980.

2004, Clint Warwick the original bass player with The Moody Blues died from liver disease at the age of 63. Clint left the band in 1966 after playing on their only number one hit, 'Go Now'.

Week commencing May 7 . . .
1969, Led Zeppelin became one of the first major British rock group to appear in Hawaii, when they appeared at The Civic Auditorium, Honolulu. A review in the Honolulu Advertiser stated: 'The showmanship exceeded any rock performance here to date. I wondered before the concert if Led Zeppelin could sound as good as their Atlantic album – they sounded better'.

1971, On his twenty-first birthday Stevie Wonder was to receive all his childhood earnings. Despite having earned $30 million so far, he received only $1 million.

1985, Bruce Springsteen married Julianne Phillips at Lake Oswego, Oregon. Julianne filed for divorce on Aug 30th 1988.

2007, Brian May was under 24-hour security watch after a deranged man announced he was setting off to murder him - then disappeared. Police were hunting for a schizophrenic who left a letter behind at his home blaming the Queen guitarist for his illness. In it the man - said May was an "impostor" and that HE was the real rock star. He signed the letter "Brian May."

2011, 'Like A Rolling Stone' was voted as Bob Dylan's best-ever song by Rolling Stone Magazine, who had asked the opinions of a panel of writers, academics and musicians to compile a poll to mark Dylan's 70th birthday on 24th May. 'Like A Rolling Stone', was described by U2's Bono as 'a black eye of a pop song', while Mick Jagger praised the simplicity of Desolation Row. Keith Richards argued that the original 1963 solo version of Girl From The North Country, ranked 30th, was superior to Dylan's 1969 duet of the same song with Johnny Cash.

2012, Donald Dunn, bassist with Booker T and the MGs died in his sleep after playing a show at the Blue Note night club in Tokyo the night before. He had been in the country as part of an ongoing tour with Steve Cropper and Eddie Floyd. Booker T and the MGs scored the 1962 US No.3 single 'Green Onions', and the 1969 UK No.4 single 'Time Is Tight'.


1947, Born on this day (Sunday), Pete Overend Watts, bassist with Mott The Hoople, who had the 1972 UK No.3 & US No.37 single 'All The Young Dudes' which was written for them by David Bowie. Other hits include, 'All the Way from Memphis' and 'Roll Away the Stone'. Watts continued with Dale Griffin, Morgan Fisher and Ray Major in the Mott successor British Lions. He later became a record producer, producing albums for artists including Hanoi Rocks and Dumb Blondes. Watts died on 22 January 2017 from throat cancer, aged 69.


1974, Led Zeppelin attended an Elvis Presley show at the Los Angeles Forum in California. After a shaky start to the show, Elvis stopped the band and jokingly said: ‘Wait a minute, if we can start together fellas, because we’ve got Led Zeppelin out there, lets try to look like we know what we're doing.’ All four members of Zeppelin met with Elvis after the show, spending over 2 hours backstage. Elvis asked for all the group’s autographs for his daughter Lisa Marie.


1981, Jamaican singer-songwriter Bob Marley died aged 36. In July 1977, Marley was found to have a type of malignant melanoma under the nail of a toe, Marley's health deteriorated as the cancer had spread throughout his body. Marley had the 1981 single 'No Woman No Cry', plus over ten other UK Top 40 singles. In 1990, the 6th February was proclaimed a national holiday in Jamaica to commemorate his birth. The compilation album, Legend, released in 1984, is the best-selling reggae album ever with sales of more than 20 million copies. Time magazine chose Bob Marley & The Wailers' Exodus as the greatest album of the 20th century.

1996, Bill Graham the Irish journalist credited with discovering U2 died of a heart attack aged 44. He was also the co-founder of the Irish music paper Hot Press. Members from Clannad, U2, Hothouse Flowers and Gavin Friday all attended his funeral.

2003, Jimi Hendrix Experience bassist Noel Redding died at his home in Ireland aged 57. Redding played on the classic Hendrix albums 'Are You Experienced', 'Axis: Bold as Love' and 'Electric Ladyland,' Right up until his death, Redding had been taking legal action against the Hendrix estate for payment estimated at £3.26 million for his part in recordings and for ongoing royalties. Had also been a member of Fat Mattress and formed The Noel Redding Band.

1936, Born on this day (Friday), Tony Barrow, who worked as The Beatles' press officer between 1962 and 1968. He coined the term 'The Fab Four' to describe the band and also wrote sleeve notes for their early albums, as well as the strip cartoon for the Magical Mystery Tour booklet. Barrow died on 14th May 2016 aged 80.


1963, The Rolling Stones recorded the Chuck Berry song 'Come On', at Olympic Studios, London. This the bands first release was issued on the 7th June 1963 by Decca Records.

1965, The Rolling Stones recorded a version of '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction' at Chess Studios in Chicago, with Brian Jones on harmonica. The group re-recorded it two days later at RCA Studios in Hollywood, with a different beat and the Gibson Maestro fuzzbox that Keith Richards had recently aquired, adding sustain to the sound of the guitar riff.

1969, Led Zeppelin made their first appearance on the UK album chart when the band's debut album charted at No. 6, going on to spend 71 weeks on the UK chart. It entered the US chart the following week at No. 10. Recorded in around 36 hours, the album is now considered one of the most important debuts in rock, creating an entirely new interpretation of the Rock And Roll genre, with groundbreaking musical styles and recording techniques.

1986, Falco was at No.1 on the singles chart with 'Rock Me Amadeus.' Falco became the first-ever Austrian act to score a UK and US No.1 hit single and the first German speaking artist to achieve a No.1 on the US charts. Falco died of severe injuries received on 6 February 1998, when his Mitsubishi Pajero collided with a bus in the Dominican Republic. It was later determined that the bus driver was speeding, for which the driver served three years in prison. His estate claims he has sold 20 million albums and 15 million singles, which makes him the best selling Austrian singer of all time.

1999, American singer, songwriter poet, cartoonist, screenwriter, and author of children's books Shel Silverstein died of a heart attack aged 57. Wrote, 'A Boy Named Sue' for Johnny Cash (which Silverstein won a Grammy for in 1970) and many songs for Dr Hook including 'Sylvia's Mother' and 'The Cover of the Rolling Stone.'


2013, Two men were arrested in Dublin after the city centre statue of Phil Lynott was pushed over and seriously damaged. The memorial to the Thin Lizzy icon has been removed from its Harry Street location for repairs, and the men were later released without charge. The life-size bronze sculpture was unveiled in 2005 and had become a tourist destination and landmark since then.


1969, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr signed a business management contract with Allen Klein and his company ABKCO, but Paul McCartney refused to sign, continuing to let the Eastmans represent his interests.


1974, UK keyboard player Graham Bond committed suicide after throwing himself under a London tube train at Finsbury Park station, aged 36. It took police two days to identify his body which was crushed beyond all recognition. Briefly a member of Blues Incorporated, a group led by Alexis Korner, before forming the Graham Bond Quartet, with a lineup of Bond on vocals and organ, Ginger Baker on drums and Jack Bruce on bass.

1976, BBC Radio 1 DJ Johnny Walker announced he was quitting the station after being told he must pretend to like The Bay City Rollers.

1984, Roger Waters released his first solo album The Pros And Cons Of Hitch Hiking. The concept album, as originally envisioned by Waters in 1977, rotated around a man's thoughts during a midlife crisis, and featured guest musicians Eric Clapton on guitar, David Sanborn on saxophone and Michael Kamen on piano.

2006, The Rolling Stones called off their forthcoming European tour after guitarist Keith Richards underwent emergency brain surgery. The 62 year-old guitarist suffered "mild concussion" when he fell out of a coconut tree on holiday in Fiji.


1966, The Mamas & the Papas started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Monday Monday', it made No.3 in the UK. The group was reported, as saying they all hated the song except for its writer John Phillips. The Mamas & the Papas won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for this song.

1971, 'Moonage Daydream' was released as a single by Arnold Corns, a band formed by David Bowie, the name of which was inspired by the Pink Floyd song 'Arnold Layne'. This was one of Bowie’s side projects and something of a dry run for Ziggy Stardust. The song later reappeared on Ziggy Stardust in a new version with updated lyrics.


1992, Nigel Preston drummer with The Cult died in London, England aged 32. Was a founding member of The Death Cult, he also played and recorded with Sex Gang Children, Theatre of Hate and The Gun Club.

2011, John Walker (John Joseph Maus) best known as the founder of The Walker Brothers died of liver cancer at his Los Angeles home. He formed The Walker Brothers (originally The Walker Brothers Trio) in 1964, with himself as lead vocalist and guitarist. The Walker Brothers scored the 1966 UK No.1 & US No. 13 single 'The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore'.


Week commencing April 30 . . .
1967, The 14 hour Technicolour Dream benefit party for The International Times was held at Alexandra Palace in London. Seeing the event mentioned on TV, John Lennon called his driver and went to the show. Coincidentally, Yoko Ono was one of the performers. Other acts to appear included The Flies, Pink Floyd, Arthur Brown, The Move and Suzie Creamcheese.

1978, P.J. Proby was sacked from his role in the London stage musical Elvis after repeatedly changing his lines from the script. Proby had been playing the oldest of three Presleys in the play.

1980, Black Sabbath began their first tour with vocalist Ronnie James Dio, who had replaced Ozzy Osbourne.

1993, Guitarist, producer, Mick Ronson died of liver cancer aged 46. Ronson recorded and toured with David Bowie from 1970 to 1973. Released the 1974 solo album 'Slaughter On Tenth Avenue'. Ronson co-produced Lou Reed's album Transformer, also part of Hunter Ronson Band with Ian Hunter. Worked with Morrissey, Slaughter & The Dogs, The Wildhearts, The Rich Kids, Elton John, Johnny Cougar, T-Bone Burnett.

1998, Steven Tyler broke his knee at a concert in Anchorage, Alaska delaying Aerosmith's 'Nine Lives' tour and necessitating camera angle adjustments for the filming of the video for 'I Don't Want to Miss a Thing.

2003, A $5million lawsuit against former Creedence Clearwater Revival leader John Fogerty was dismissed after a personal-injury lawyer claimed that the plaintiff suffered hearing loss in his left ear from attending a Fogerty concert. The Judge said the plaintiff assumed the risk of hearing damage when he attended the concert in 1997 and dismissed the case without further ado.

2014, David Gilmour, former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr and Radiohead's Ed O'Brien and Philip Selway all signed an open letter, published by The Guardian, to keep musical instruments available to UK prisoners. Spearheaded by Billy Bragg, the singer-songwriter founded an "independent initiative" called Jail Guitar Doors in 2007 to provide instruments for the rehabilitation of inmates
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1971, The Rolling Stones released their classic album Sticky Fingers in the UK. The band's first release on their own label via Atlantic Records, the cover was designed by Andy Warhol, who was paid $15,000 for his efforts. The LP sleeve featured a close-up of a pair of jeans with a working zip. Widely assumed to be that of Mick Jagger, the crotch photographed for the cover was actually that of actor Joe Dallesandro.

1976, Ramones released their eponymous debut album. The front cover depicts the band members standing in a line leaning against a brick wall, taken by Roberta Bayley. The cover was ranked No.58 on Rolling Stone's list of 100 Greatest Album Covers.

1977, Adam And The Ants made their debut at the Roxy Club, London.

1988, Iron Maiden went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son', their second No.1 album.

1991, Founder member of The New York Dolls Johnny Thunders (John Anthony Genzale, Jr), died of a drug overdose. He renamed himself Johnny Thunders after a comic book of the same name. The influential New York Dolls formed in 1972 and made just two albums. A teenage Morrissey acted as president of the UK branch of the New York Dolls fan club. Formed The Heartbreakers with Dolls drummer Jerry Nolan, and Television bassist Richard Hell.

2012, Thomas "Tommy" Marth, the touring and studio saxophonist for the Killers, died after shooting himself in the head at his Las Vegas home. The 33-year-old musician joined the band in 2005 and played on the live tours with Brandon Flowers and co between 2008 and 2010. Tommy also performed on 2006 release Sam's Town and 2008's Day & Age.


Week commencing April 16 . . .
1968, Pink Floyd released their fourth UK single 'It Would Be So Nice', written by Richard Wright with Roger Waters' 'Julia Dream' on the B-side. Pink Floyd were on tour in Europe on this day, and played their second night at the Piper Club, in Rome.

1974, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band appeared at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The gig was unadvertised by its promoter who gambled that word-of-mouth would be enough to fill the 550-seat venue, only 250 people attended. Tickets cost $4.50 and $5.50 in advance.

1980, 32 year old English singer Brian Johnson joined Australian group AC/DC, replacing the iconic Bon Scott who had died after a drinks binge in February 1980. Johnson's first band was the Gobi Desert Canoe Club. He was also in a band called Fresh. From 1970, Johnson played with cabaret/club band The Jasper Hart Band, performing songs from the musical Hair. He and other members of the band went on to form Geordie.


2012, Levon Helm died of throat cancer aged 71. A drummer, singer and multi-instrumentalist, Helm formed his own high school band, the Jungle Bush Beaters, at 17, he later joined The Hawks (who became Bob Dylan's backing group) who then became known as The Band. He sang on Band classics such as 'The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,' 'Up on Cripple Creek,' 'Rag Mama Rag,' and 'The Weight.'

2012, Leonard Cohen's former manager was jailed for 18 months for harassing the singer-songwriter. Kelley Lynch was found guilty by a Los Angeles court after a sending a torrent of expletive-strewn emails and letters to the star. She was also sentenced to five months probation and ordered to attend anger-management courses. Cohen thanked the court for the "even-handed and elegant manner in which these proceedings have unfolded".


1960, Touring in the UK, 21-year-old US singer Eddie Cochran was killed when the taxi he was travelling in crashed into a lamppost on Rowden Hill, Chippenham (where a plaque now commemorates the event). Songwriter Sharon Sheeley and singer Gene Vincent survived the crash, Cochran's current hit at the time was 'Three Steps to Heaven'. The taxi driver, George Martin, was convicted of dangerous driving, fined £50, disqualified from driving for 15 years, and sent to prison for six months.


1973, Pink Floyd's album The Dark Side of The Moon went gold in the US. The LP went on to stay in the US chart for more than ten years and became the longest charting rock record of all time.

1974, Vinnie Taylor, guitarist with US rock 'n roll revival band Sha Na Na was found dead in a Holiday Inn hotel room in Charlottesville, Virginia from a drug overdose. Sha Na Na played at the Woodstock Festival; their 90-second appearance in the Woodstock film brought the group national attention. The group appeared in the movie Grease as Johnny Casino & The Gamblers.


1983, Felix Pappalardi, producer and bass player with American rock band Mountain, was shot dead by his wife Gail Collins during a jealous rage. Collins was convicted of criminally negligent homicide and sentenced to four years in prison. Pappalardi, who was 43, had produced the Cream albums 'Disraeli Gears' and 'Wheels of Fire.'

1987, Reggae drummer and percussion player Carlton Barrett of The Wailers was shot dead outside his house in Kingston, Jamaica. Joined Bob Marley and The Wailers in 1970, wrote the Marley song 'War'. Barrett was the originator of the one-drop rhythm, a percussive drumming style.

1998, Linda McCartney died after a long battle against cancer. Married Paul McCartney in 1969 when she was working as a photographer. As well as a being a member of Wings, she became an animal rights campaigner and launched her own brand of vegetarian food.

2008, Danny Federici, the longtime keyboard player for Bruce Springsteen and a member of The E Street Band, died of cancer at the age of 58. Federici had worked with Springsteen for over 40 years, starting with Steel Mill and Child with Springsteen.


Week commencing April 9 . . .
1971, The Rolling Stones released 'Brown Sugar' taken from their latest album Sticky Fingers, the first record on their own label, Rolling Stones Records, which introduced the infamous licking- tongue and lips logo.

1973, Bob Marley and the Wailers released Catch a Fire their first album on Island Records and which is now regarded as one of the greatest reggae albums of all time. The album was also groundbreaking as its singles were released as long-playing records as against to the early reggae songs coupled with two sides.

1979, Thin Lizzy released their ninth studio album Black Rose: A Rock Legend. The album, which featured guitarist Gary Moore, contained the hits 'Do Anything You Want To', 'Waiting For An Alibi' and 'Sarah', which was written with Moore about Lynott's newborn daughter.

2002, Thieves broke in to a house in Bexhill, Sussex and stole a hi-fi system and several CDs. They left albums by Madonna, Robbie Williams and Oasis but took the owners entire Showaddywaddy collection.


2008, Producer and drummer Clifford Davies was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his home in Atlanta, aged 59. Davies had worked with Ted Nugent from 1979-1982. It was reported that Davies was "extremely distraught" over outstanding medical bills.

2009, Procol Harum's 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale' was the most played song in public places in the past 75 years, according to a chart compiled for BBC Radio 2. Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody was at number two followed by 'All I Have To Do Is Dream' by the Everly Brothers. Wet Wet Wet's 1994 hit, 'Love Is All Around', was at number four followed by Bryan Adams's 1991 hit '(Everything I Do), I Do It For You.'

2011, A portrait of Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett was returned to the London art gallery it had been stolen from the previous week. The late singer's former girlfriend, Libby Gausden, pleaded for its safe return and offered a reward of £2,000, and following an appeal, the image was returned undamaged and intact to the gallery by post.

2012, Five of Tom Petty's guitars were stolen from a soundstage in Culver City, California, where Petty and his band, the Heartbreakers, were rehearsing for their upcoming worldwide tour. The stolen gear included a 1967 Blonde Rickenbacker, a 1967 Epiphone Sheridan, a 1965 Gibson SG TV Jr., a Fender Broadcaster and a Dusenberg Mike Campbell Model, which belonged to Campbell himself. Petty was offering a "no questions asked" reward bounty of $7,500 to anyone with information leading to the guitars' recovery.


1962, The Beatles original bass player Stuart Sutcliff died (bassist for eighteen months; January 1960 - June 1961). Sutcliff had stayed in Hamburg Germany after leaving the group. He died of a brain haemorrhage in an ambulance on the way to hospital, aged 22.

1970, Doors singer Jim Morrison was dragged off stage by keyboardist Ray Manzarek during a concert in Boston, after Morrison asked the audience, 'Would you like to see my genitals?'. Theater management quickly switched off the power. Morrison had been arrested in Miami a year earlier for "lewd and lascivious behavior" during a performance.

1970, 27 year-old Paul McCartney issued a press statement, announcing that The Beatles had split (one week before the release of his solo album). McCartney said, "I have no future plans to record or appear with The Beatles again, or to write any music with John". John Lennon, who had kept his much-earlier decision to leave The Beatles quiet for the sake of the others, was furious. When a reporter called Lennon to comment upon McCartney's resignation, Lennon said, "Paul hasn't left. I sacked him."


1984, Nate Nelson (born today Tuesday in 1959), lead vocalist for The Flamingos on their 1959 hit 'I Only Have Eyes For You', died of heart disease aged 52, a day after his wife had made a plea to his fans to find a heart for her ailing husband.

1967, The Doors and The Jefferson Airplane appeared at Cheetah, Santa Monica Pier, Venice, California. This was the largest show The Doors had played to date with a crowd of over 3,000.

1969, Bob Dylan released his ninth studio album Nashville Skyline, which embraced country music. With liner notes by Johnny Cash (who also appeared on the record), at the time of release it was dismissed by some critics as lightweight, but included 'Lay, Lady, Lay', a major hit single for Dylan. The album also gave Dylan his fourth No.1 album.

1988, Dave Prater of soul duo Sam & Dave was killed when his car left the road and hit a tree in Syracuse, Georgia, on his way to his mother's house in Ocilla. He was 50. Recorded for Stax Records from 1965 - 1968, hits included 'Soul Man' and 'Hold On, I'm Coming.'

1991, Record producer Martin Hannett died. He worked with many Manchester acts including The Smiths, New Order, Joy Division, Happy Mondays, Magazine, as well as U2 and The Psychedelic Furs.

1946, Born on this day (Monday), Les Gray, singer with glam rock band Mud who had the 1974 No.1 single 'Tiger Feet' which was the best-selling single of 1974 plus 14 other UK Top 40 singles. Gray died from throat cancer on 21 Feb 2004 aged 57.

Week commencing April 2 . . .
1979, Siouxsie And The Banshees played a charity gig for MENCAP, but after crowd trouble were latter faced with a £2,000 bill for seat damage.

1981, Producer and manager Kit Lambert died of a cerebral hemorrhage after falling down a flight of stairs at his mother's home in London, England. Lambert managed The Who from 1964-1967 and produced the 'Tommy' album. Also produced Arthur Brown's 1968 hit 'Fire'.

1988, During a European tour, Alice Cooper accidentally hung himself in a rehearsal when a safety rope snapped; he dangled for several seconds before a roadie saved him.


1994, Lee Brilleaux, singer, harmonica player and founding member of Dr Feelgood died of throat cancer aged 41. They had the 1979 UK No.9 single 'Milk And Alcohol' and the 1976 UK No.1 live album, 'Stupidity'. In 1976, Brilleaux helped fund Stiff Records one of the driving forces of the “New Wave” of the mid- to late-1970s, with a loan from singer-songwriter John Hiatt.

2000, Heinz, bass player and singer with The Tornados died aged 57. The group had the Joe Meek produced 1962 UK & US No.1 single 'Telstar', making them the first UK group to score a US No.1 single. Heinz had the 1963 solo hit 'Just Like Eddie', a tribute to Eddie Cochran (which featured future Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore).

2013, Andy Johns, the veteran producer and engineer who worked on classic albums by Led Zeppelin (Led Zeppelin II and all albums through to Physical Graffiti), the Rolling Stones (Sticky Fingers, Exile On Main Street); Jimi Hendrix, Van Halen and many others, died at the age of 61.

2016, American singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jimmie Van Zant died in a hospice in Florida after several years of treatment for liver cancer. He began playing guitar and piano as a child, mentored by his cousin Ronnie Van Zant, but largely gave up music until the 1977 plane crash in which Ronnie, the founder and lead singer of Lynyrd Skynyrd, was killed. He then then took up a career playing Southern rock music.

1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Walker Brothers, Engelbert Humperdink and Cat Stevens played two shows at Bournemouth Winter Gardens.


1970, Brinsley Schwarz's promotion company sent 133 UK journalists by plane to New York to see the band supporting Van Morrison at the Fillmore East, at a cost of £120,000. The event turned into a disaster. The group planned to leave a few days before the show to rehearse, but were denied visas on a technicality. They were finally given visas on the morning of the show, and arrived hours before the concert. The plane carrying the journalists developed a mechanical fault, delaying the flight and when the journalists arrived In New York 18 hours later, they were all hung over. Brinsley Schwarz gave a underwhelming live performance, resulting in a flood of scathing reviews.

1982, ‘Layla’ was on the UK singles chart. The re-released track originally featured on the Derek and the Dominos album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (November 1970). Inspired by Clapton's then unrequited love for Pattie Boyd, the wife of his friend George Harrison, ‘Layla’ is considered one of rock music's definitive love songs, and features an unmistakable guitar figure played by Eric Clapton and Duane Allman.

2013, Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman turned himself in to British police after reports emerged suggesting he began a sexual relationship with his second wife, Mandy Smith, when she was 14 years old. After a brief meeting, the authorities decided not to pursue charges.

2016, It was reported that David Bowie had dominated the album charts for the first quarter of 2016. Bowie had the most entries to the chart with six albums in the top 40, after fans sought out his music in the wake of his death in January with his final album Blackstar becoming the second best selling album of the year so far.

1971, The Temptations scored their second US No.1 with 'Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)'. The track is considered one of the Temptations' signature songs, and is notable for recalling the sound of the group's 1960s recordings. It is also the final Temptations single to feature founding members Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams.


1975, Steve Miller was charged with setting fire to the clothes of a friend, Benita Diorio. When police arrived at Miller's house, Diorio was putting out the flames, Miller then got into a fight with some of the policemen and was charged with resisting arrest.

2006, Founder member and original drummer for The Wonder Stuff, Martin Gilks died aged 41, after losing control of his motorbike in London. Gilks was voted the best drummer on the planet in an NME poll in 1989.

2015, Bob Burns, the American drummer who was in the original line-up of the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd died in a car crash in Georgia when his car struck a mailbox and a tree with the front of the vehicle. Burns was the only occupant of the car and was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. He appeared on the band's 'Sweet Home Alabama,' 'Gimme Three Steps' and 'Free Bird.'

Week commencing March 26 . . .
1963, The Chiffons started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘He’s So Fine’, which was a No.16 UK hit. In 1971 George Harrison was taken to court accused of copying the song on his 1970 ‘My Sweet Lord’ and ordered to pay £345,000 to the writers.

1963, 16 year-old Lesley Gore recorded her breakthrough hit, 'It's My Party'. The song produced by Quincy Jones went on to be a US No.1.

1976, The Sex Pistols played their first show at The 100 club, London. They begin a weekly residency at the club in June.

2000, Rolling Stone Mick Jagger made a nostalgic visit to his old school. He opened the new arts centre that had been named after him at Dartford Grammar. The singer said he had spent the worst years of his life at the school.

2000, Mungo Jerry singer Ray Dorset was ordered to pay a former employee £620  in back wages after a tribunal heard he had harassed her after she left his company. Dorset told the court he had paid her double pay by mistake for ten months.

1950, Born on this day (Friday), Dave Ball, Procol Harum, 1967 UK No.1 & US No.5 single 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale' (one of the few singles to have sold over 10 million copies) and scored the hits 'Homburg', 'Conquistador'.

1966, Rolling Stone Mick Jagger was injured during a gig in Marseilles, Southern France after a fan threw a chair at the stage. Jagger required eight stitches in the cut.

1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Black Sabbath, The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, Curved Air, J.J. Jackson's Dilemma, Shy Limbs, Spontaneous Music Ensemble, Sunflower Brass Band and Toe Fat all appeared at the London Free Easter Festival in Bethnal Green.


1973, Dr Hook And The Medicine Show got their picture on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine after their hit, 'The Cover of Rolling Stone' reached No. 6 on the US singles chart. According to members of the group, they really did buy five copies for their mothers, just like the song said.

1975, Led Zeppelin saw all six of their albums in the US Top 100 chart in the same week, alongside their latest album Physical Graffiti at No.1. Physical Graffiti has now been certified 16 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 16 million copies.

1980, Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of The Moon album spent its 303rd week on the US album chart, beating the record set by Carole King's 1971 No.1 album Tapestry. The album remained in the US Billboard charts for 741 discontinuous weeks from 1973 to 1988, longer than any other album in chart history. After moving to the Billboard Top Pop Catalog Chart, the album notched up a further 759 weeks, and had reached a total of over 1,500 weeks on the combined charts by May 2006.

1996, Two former members of the 1950s group, The Teddy Bears filed suit in Los Angeles, California, against producer Phil Spector and several labels. Carol Connors and Marshall Lieb alleged they had not received royalties from re-issues of their 1958 No.1 hit 'To Know Him Is To Love Him'.

2000, Phil Collins took out a high court action against two former members of Earth, Wind And Fire. Collins claimed his company had overpaid the musicians by £50,000 in royalties on tracks including 'Sussudio' and 'Easy Lover'.

1968, Pink Floyd recorded a performance for the BBC 2 TV Omnibus - The Sound of Change show from Barnes Common, London. The special, which was produced by Tony Palmer, also featured performances by The Who, Cream and The Jimi Hendrix Experience. The show was later broadcast in September of this year.

1973, Led Zeppelin released their fifth studio album Houses Of The Holy in the UK. The album title was a dedication by the band to their fans who appeared at venues they dubbed 'Houses of the Holy'. The cover is a collage of several photographs which were taken at the Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland, by Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis. The two children who modelled for the cover were siblings Stefan and Samantha Gates.

1982, David Crosby was arrested after crashing his car on the San Diego Highway. Police also found cocaine and a pistol in the Crosby Stills & Nash star's car. When the police asked Crosby why he carried the gun, his reply was, "John Lennon".

2013, American rock guitarist and session musician Hugh McCracken died of leukemia in New York City at the age of 70. He appeared on many recordings by Steely Dan, Donald Fagen, Billy Joel, Roland Kirk, Roberta Flack, B. B. King, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, The Monkees, Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, James Taylor, Phoebe Snow, Bob Dylan, Carly Simon, Graham Parker, Eric Carmen, Loudon Wainwright III, Aretha Franklin, Van Morrison, The Four Seasons, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Gary Wright and Andy Gibb. Because of such high demand for his work, McCracken declined Paul McCartney's invitation to help form his new band, Wings, after appearing on his 1971 album Ram.

1949, Born on this day (Wednesday), Sally Carr, singer from Scottish pop group Middle Of The Road, who had the 1971 No.1 single 'Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep', which is one of only a few singles to have sold in excess of 10 million physical copies.