Friday, 13 November 2009
News, Views and Music Issue 47 (Intro)
♫ Howdy doody AAA readers – welcome again to what’s been another busy week at the AAA. Or it has for us anyway – goodness knows what our artists are up to as we only have a small news section for you this week. First up a celebration: we’ve now passed 300 hits for our new-look new-site website and only about 15 of them were me checking the site, honest! That works out at an average of more than 10 hits a day for the past three months which isn’t bad going for a relatively new site with relatively no budget for publicity so thankyou all those of you who’ve taken the time out to visit us. There may not be time for a newsletter next week – my days seem to busy from today into the new year and I’m not joking – but hopefully we’ll see you in a fortnight’s time when things have calmed down a bit. Happy reading till then!
♫ Beatles News: In fact, the only news we do have for you is a repeat for the 2002 documentary ‘Infamous Assainations: John Lennon’, a short but surprisingly informative half-hour look into Lennon’s last hours and the mind of his killer. Look out for a moving interview with George Harrison some time in the late 80s which to the best of my knowledge has only ever been broadcast as part of this documentary. The programme is being re-broadcast several times on the History Channel (or the ‘Yesterday’ channel as it’s called Today – wonder what it will be calledTomorrow!) as part of their ‘Assasinations’ theme this month. (Why an assasainations theme? Surely a Beatles theme week would get more viewers...)
♫ Anniversaries: Happy Hoo-rays to the following AAA luminaries (November 13-19th): Gene Clark (singer and Mr Tambourine Man with The Byrds 1965-66) who would have been 68 on November 17th and Rod Clements (bassist with Lindisfarne 1970-2003) who turns 62 on November 17th. Anniversaries of events include: The Moody Blues release their first ‘proper’ single, the evergreen ‘Go Now’ (November 13th 1965), Brian Jones buys AA Milne’s ‘House At Pooh’s Corners’ where he will meet his end two years later (November 13th 1967), Yellow Submarine has it’s American premiere (November 13th 1968), Cat Stevens releases his most famous LP ‘Tea For The Tillerman’ (November 13th 1970), The Star Club in Hamburg – made famous by The Beatles – closed it’s doors 40 years ago this week (November 15th 1969), Janis Joplin gets arrested for ‘vulgar and obscene language’ after a set in Florida (the same day in 1969) – I can just imagine her ‘choice’ reply to her arrestees!, ‘Brothers In Arms’ becomes the first LP to sell 3 million copies in the UK alone (November 15th 1987) and it doesn’t exactly do badly in the rest of the world either, Ronnie Lane releases his only post-Small Faces hit ‘How Come’ (November 16th 1973), Danny Whitten – beloved and talented guitarist with Crazy Horse – dies at the age of 27 from a drugs overdose (rumour has it the drugs were paid for by Danny after ‘borrowing’ his plane fare for a Neil Young gig from Neil himself; November 18th 1972) and finally The Beatles are awarded a Silver Disc for the first time thanks to record sales of first LP ‘Please Please Me’ (November 18th 1963).