Monday, January 7, 2008

70's Reggae Music Missing

A portion of the 70's reggae music that had been locked up in the archives of the former Jamaica Broadcasting Corp. are now gone. The sketchy act is a dis on the Jamaican government who people accuse of not properly maintaining the archives, according to the AP.

The theft was noticed recently by workers for the new Public Broadcasting Corp. of Jamaica, who went to the old JBC building looking for archived material for new programs on the network.

Thousands of vinyl records and compact discs are being considered stolen. Also missing is video, including footage from Fidel Castro's 1977 visit and the 1978 "One Love Peace Concert," where Marley famously joined the hands of two bitter Jamaican political rivals, political rivals Michael Manley (PNP) and Edward Seaga (JLP), onstage.

'from news files'

Today In Music History- Jan 7

In 1963, Gary "U.S." Bonds files a $100,000 suit against Chubby Checker, charging Checker rearranged "Quarter to Three" and turned it into "Dancin' Party." The suit is settled out of court.

In 1970, area residents file a $35,000 lawsuit for property damages against Max Yasgur, owner of the New York farm that hosted the 1969 Woodstock Festival.

1978 saw the soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever enter the US album charts, where it will eventually hit number one and stay there for six weeks starting February 18. The album had a chart stay of 39 weeks and to this date, has sold over 15 million copies.

The "Eagles Live" album went platinum in 1981. The two-record set will turn out to be the final Eagles album until 1994's comeback LP, "Hell Freezes Over".

Led Zeppelin's "In Through the Out Door" was awarded a platinum disc in 1980. It's the last album issued before the September 25th death of drummer John Bonham.

Paul Revere
("Hungry") turns 70.

Happy birthday to Kenny Loggins ("Your Mama Don't Dance" with Jim Messina) who turns 60.

In 1962, Chubby Checker's "The Twist" returns to #1, the only rock song to do that by the same artist.

Led Zeppelin fans riot before a Boston concert in 1975, causing $30,000 in damages and the concert to be cancelled.

In 1998, Owen Bradley, who introduced slick instrumentation to the country genre in his productions for Patsy Cline and Brenda Lee and helped establish Nashville as the center of C&W, dies at the age of 82. His last work was on k d lang's album Shadowland.

Early rock 'n' roll star Larry Williams is found dead of a gunshot wound to the head in his Los Angeles home in 1980. The "Bony Maronie" singer drifted into crime during the '60s, and although his death is ruled a suicide, many believe he was murdered.

Also in 1980, The Rivingtons' Carl White dies in Los Angeles, aged 48. The West Coast doo-wop group made their mark on the pop culture with the two nonsense singles "Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow" and "The Bird's the Word."

In 1964, the Beatles record a session for the BBC Saturday Club program, during which they make their only known recording of the Chuck Berry song "Johnnie B. Goode."

In 1967, The Young Rascals, The Doors and Sopwith Camel played at Winterland in San Francisco.

Today in 1950, the song "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer," by Gene Autry, topped the charts and stayed there for a week.

In 1956, the song "Memories Are Made of This," by Dean Martin, topped the charts and stayed there for 6 weeks.

Rolling Stone founder and editor Jann Wenner was born in New York City in 1946.

In 1968, David Gilmour is asked to join Pink Floyd, briefly making them a five-piece band.