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Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Andrew Oldham Attend Decca Launch Party

On This Day in Rock: March 27

In 1964 – Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Andrew Oldham attend a Decca launch party at the Ex-Serviceman’s Club, Windsor, Berkshire for Oldham’s protégé singer Adrienne Posta, whose debut single, Shang-A-Doo-Lang was being released. Also at the party was 17 year-old Marianne Faithfull, with her boyfriend John Dunbar. This was the first time Mick Jagger met Marianne.

In 1966 – During an UK tour, Roy Orbison fell off a motorbike while scrambling at Hawkstone Park, Birmingham fracturing his foot. He played the remaining dates sat on a stool and walking on crutches.

In 1971 – Bruce Springsteen & Friendly Enemies opened for The Allman Brothers Band at the Sunshine In, Asbury Park in New Jersey, tickets cost $4.00. Springsteen had just disbanded his group Steel Mill and within a few weeks would form Dr Zoom & The Sonic Boom with Steve Van Zandt.

In 1979 – Eric Clapton married Patti Harrison (the ex wife of George) at Temple Bethel, Tucson, Arizona. Patti applied for a divorce in 1988.

And in 2000 – Singer, songwriter, poet and actor, Ian Dury died after a long battle with cancer aged 57. Dury had been disabled by polio as a child, formed Kilburn and the High Roads during the 70’s. His first album ‘New Boot’s And Panties’ became a punk classic spending 90 weeks on the UK chart, featured the 1979 UK No.1 single ‘Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick.’

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December 5th: On This Day

On this day in 1968, The Rolling Stones’ launch party at London’s Queensgate Hotel for “Beggars Banquet” soon degenerates into a near-riot. Waitresses serve food dressed as medieval wenches. During the dessert course, a custard pie fight begins, with most of the pastries aimed at record label execs who vetoed the Stones’ toilet cover art. Brian Jones, about to be fired by the band, delivers a few well-placed pies directly into Mick Jagger’s face.

Here they are on Youtube 35 years later with a live performance of one of the hits from that album, Street Fighting Man:

April 26th: On This Day

On this day in 1988, Mick Jagger appeared in White Plains, New York, Federal Court in the copyright infringement case brought by reggae singer Patrick Alley, who claimed the Mick Jagger solo track “Just Another Night” was a plagiarism of his own song of the same name. Alley was claiming $7m in profits from the track. During the

Alley was claiming $7m in profits from the track. During the case, Sly Dunbar played drums to the court to show how the beats were different in each song and Mick sang and played demos of his song to show the court the development of the track. At the end of the week-long trial, Jagger won the case.

Ray Davies of The Kinks Has Been Knighted

Kinks frontman Ray Davies has joined the likes of Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, & Elton John with the prestigious honor of being Knighted. He was recognized for his services to the arts today (3/16/17) by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace.

“It lasted three minutes and it went very well,” Davies told the Daily Mail. “And I said goodbye and went home.”

Before being Knighted, Davies was named Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by the Queen back in 2004.

Davies had already announced plans for a long-awaited Kinks reunion, another book and a musical before officially becoming Sir Ray. “Initially I felt a mixture of surprise, humility, joy and a bit embarrassed,” he said of the honor. “But after thinking about it, I accept this for my family and fans – as well as everyone who has inspired me to write.”

Publishers Snubbed Mick Jagger’s Memoir Because It Wasn’t Shocking Enough

A book publisher says he possesses a memoir penned by Mick Jagger. John Blake calls the  75,000-word draft a “masterpiece” and he believes it may never see the light fo day.

Handed to him by a friend three years ago, Blake describes the book as “an extraordinary insight into one of the three most influential rock stars of all time” and the “rock ’n’ roll equivalent of the Dead Sea Scrolls.”

Blake claims that Jagger was persuaded to write the book in the early eighties and was offered a handsome one million cash advance.

 

Surprisingly, the publisher rejected the Rolling Stones frontman’s manuscript as it was too “light on sex and drugs.” Blake adds: “In the early 1980s when it was written, shock and awe was a vital part of any successful autobiography.”

Stories recounted in the autobiography include Sir Mick buying a historic mansion called Stargroves while he was out of his head on LSD, nearly losing his life riding an out-of-control stallion and the “tedium of looking at Keith’s scraggy, monkey-like bottom night after night.”

Having obtained the memoir three years ago, Blake says he immediately got in touch with Mick’s manager Joyce Smyth who said that “Mick could not remember any manuscript.”

When Blake pushed recently, he says the “steel gates clanged shut” and “Mick wanted nothing further to do with this project. He never wanted to see it published.”

He ends his Spectator blog writing: “Apologies to the 10million people around the world who would love to read this story. After all, as the philosopher Jagger once said ‘You can’t always get what you want.’”

WATCH: Amazing Lego Remake of David Bowie and Mick Jagger’s ‘Dancing in the Street’ Video

David Bowie and Mick Jagger have been the butt of jokes for decades for their video of their cover of “Dancing in the Street”. That looks to come to an end, as they have now been immortalized in an amazing Lego remake.

As most Bowie and Jagger fans know, the original “Dancing in the Street” clip was made on the fly immediately after the duo tracked their version of the song for the Live Aid charity. The director, David Mallet, reportedly got the call for the gig only the day before it was scheduled to film.

The Lego rendition is the work of stop-motion animator William Osborne, who says he started working in the field in 2014. This has been his most successful video to date. You can check out his other work at his Vimeo page.

 

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