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- Twin Palms California Vince jamming with a band in Palm Spring, California
Whatever you can or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. —Goethe
“A walk of 1000 miles starts with the first step” – Ghandi
The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts; therefore guard accordingly. – Marcus Aurelius, 121-180—————————————————————————————
The weather today in Spain has been more like a dank and grey dismal day in Cornwall. I hate these days and even more so after spending such a long time in California. I miss the sunshine already but I have to remember we are still in Spring and we always have the odd colder day at this time of the year. The problems are exacerbated by the fact that we watch the UK TV and miss the local news. It drives me mad. We know the weather forecast for Manchester. We know the weather forecast for Cornwall. We know the weather for most of England but we have no idea what is happening at the bottom of the road. It drives me mad. I’ve just had to watch Britain’s Got Talent. Yes there were a few decent acts but it is the Godlike status now given to the panellists and the ultimate in Gods-Simon Cowell. There were acts practically wetting themselves as they were being given the judgements. Children who can sing and dance. Yes I’m all for it but don’t let’s lose control over our bodily functions just yet!
Events 29th April
1289 – Qala’un, the Sultan of Egypt, captured Tripoli. Looking for sultanas?
1429 – Joan of Arc lead Orleans, France, to victory over Britain. Arc is a place just outside Paris
1672 – King Louis XIV of France invaded the Netherlands. Not far to go
1813 – Rubber was patented by J.F. Hummel.Rubber what?
1852 – The first edition of Peter Roget’s Thesaurus was published.Is there another word for one of these?
1856 – A peace treaty was signed between England and Russia.Glasnost?
1913 – Gideon Sundback patented an all-purpose zipper. I hope nothing got caught in it
1916 – Irish nationalists surrendered to British authorities in Dublin.But didn’t they also fight with the British in the war?
1927 – Construction of the Spirit of St. Louis was completed for Lindbergh. He was a high flier
1945 – The Nazi death camp, Dachau, was liberated.Great
1952 – IBM President Thomas J. Watson, Jr., informed his company’s stockholders that IBM was building “the most advanced, most flexible high-speed computer in the world.” The computer was unveiled April 7, 1953, as the IBM 701 Electronic Data Processing Machine. Wow
1984 – In California, the Diablo Canyon nuclear reactor went online after a long delay due to protests. I’m anti nuclear
1988 – Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev promised more religious freedom. Good
1990 – The destruction of the Berlin Wall began.I watched this on TV
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The Day’s Music Events 29th April
1963, Publicist Andrew Oldham and agent Eric Easton signed a management deal with The Rolling Stones after buying the rights to the bands first recordings for £90. They also persuade keyboard player Ian Stewart to drop out of the line up and become the bands road manager, (and still play piano at the back of the stage).How did they get him to do that?
1965, Jimmy Nicol, the drummer who stood in for Ringo Starr during a Beatles Australian tour in 1964, appeared in a London Court faced with bankruptcy with debts of £4,000.I hope the Beatles helped him out
1967, Jimi Hendrix, The Walker Brothers, Engelbert Humperdink and Cat Stevens played two shows at Bournemouth Winter Gardens, England. Great show
1969, working on tracks for the forthcoming Beatles Abbey Road album, Ringo Starr added his vocal to ‘Octopus’s Garden.’ He needn’t have bothered-only joking!
1976, After a gig in Memphis Bruce Springsteen took a cab to Elvis Presley’s Graceland home and proceeded to climb over the wall. A guard took him to be another crank fan and apprehended him. Great story
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 Presley’s in the play.P J was a guest on my show on OCI. I also met him and found him very nice to be with
1981, Elton John paid £14,000 for 232 ‘Goon Show’ scripts broadcast during the 50′s at an auction held at Christies, London.Worth the money
1990, Floyd Butler of The Friends of Distinction, died of a heart attack at the age of 49. Had the US No.3 single ‘Grazing In The Grass’ in 1969.Good song and I got a promo copy on the first green and orange RCA label
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. And worked with Morrissey, Slaughter & The Dogs, The Wildhearts, The Rich Kids, Elton John, Johnny Cougar, T-Bone Burnett.Great loss
2001, Rod Stewart asked for a change in wedding vows bringing them up to-date and to be treated like a dog licence. Stewart said ‘a change is needed because they’ve been in existence for 600 years when people used to live until they were only 35′.Nice one Rod
2003, A $5 million lawsuit against former Creedence Clearwater Revival leader John Fogerty was dismissed after a personal-injury lawyer claimed that he 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. Good judgement
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1899, Duke Ellington, composer, bandleader, pianist, died 24th May 1974. Worked with Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday.
1928, Carl Gardner, The Coasters, (1958 US No.1 single ‘Yakety Yak’, 1959 US No.2 and UK No.6 single ‘Charlie Brown’).
1931, Lonnie Donegan, singer who launched the skiffle craze. He had a 1960 UK No.1 single with ‘My Old Man’s A Dustman’, plus over 30 other UK Top 40 singles. He died on November 3rd 2002.
1936, April Stevens (born Carol LoTempio), US singer, Nino Tempo and April Stevens had the 1963 US No.1 ‘Deep Purple’, a No.17 hit in the UK.
1942, Klaus Voorman, bass, Manfred Mann, Plastic Ono Band. Voorman designed the cover for The Beatles album ‘Revolver.’
1945,Tammi Terrell, singer, who died of a brain tumour on March 16th 1970 after collapsing into Marvin Gaye’s arms on stage during a duet of ‘That’s All You Need To Get By’. Terrall had undergone eight brain operations in 18 months. She had had hits with Marvin Gaye, including the 1967 US No.5 ‘Your Precious Love’. 1947, Tommy James, The Shondells, (1966 US No.1 single ‘Hanky Panky’, 1968 UK No.1 single ‘Mony Mony’).
1949, Francis Rossi, guitar, vocals, Status Quo, (1977 UK No.3 single ‘Rockin’ All Over The World’, plus 50 other UK Top75 singles since 1968).
1953, Bill Drummond, producer, A&R man, writer, musician. Joined Big In Japan in 1977 (with Holly Johnson, later of Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Ian Broudie later of Lightning Seeds). Co-founder of Merseysides Zoo Records. Formed KLF in the late 1980’s, who had a 1991 UK No.1 single ‘3 AM Eternal’. 1958, Simon Edwards, Fairground Attraction, (1988 UK No.1 single ‘Perfect’). 1960, Born on this day, Phil King, bass, Lush, (1996 UK No.21 single ‘Single Girl’).
1968, Carine Wilson, Wilson Phillips, daughter of Beach Boy Brian Wilson, (1990 US No.1 & UK No.6 single ‘Hold On’).
1973, Mike Hogan, bass, The Cranberries, (1994 UK No.14 single ‘Linger’).