SANDY WEST of The Runaways
In 1962, The first trans-Atlantic transmission was sent by the American Communications satellite Telstar. A British record producer was inspired to compose an instrumental in honor of the occasion, and by the end of the year that song, “Telstar,” had become a #1 pop hit for The Tornados.
In 1964, The Beatles’ first movie, A Hard Day’s Night, premiered in their hometown of Liverpool, and near pandemonium ensued.
In 1968, Eric Clapton announced that Cream would disband following a series of “goodbye” concerts.
In 1972, Harry Nilsson’s eighth album, Son Of Schmilsson, was released. Some of the tracks featured George Harrison, playing as George Harrysong, and Ringo Starr, listed as Richie Snare. Peter Frampton played guitar on most of the album.
In 1984, Former Derek And The Dominos drummer Jim Gordon was sentenced to 16 years to life in prison after being found guilty of murdering his mother. Gordon was diagnosed with schizophrenia after his arrest, and though the Court acknowledged this, California law had prevented Gordon from using an insanity defense. He’s been denied parole 10 times.
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