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Tuesday 17 November 2020...Music news this week.

Tuesday 17 November 2020 Sad news that colourful music pr and football agent ERIC HALL has passed away aged 73. Eric Hall was a show business and football agent famous for his flamboyant public persona, outlandish fashion sense and catchphrase "Monster, monster ..." After an early career as a singer (he sang backing vocals for Tiny Tim) and actor, he became a publicist for EMI Records in the 1970s. Where he met Freddie Mercury, even claiming Killer Queen was written about him. He arranged the SEX PISTOLS ' notorious, expletive-filled appearance on the Today show in 1976 presented by Bill Grundy (after fellow EMI act Queen pulled out). He also worked with Cockney Rebel to have some hits. Hall grew up in Bethnal Green in the East End of London and was a friend of MARC BOLAN(also on EMI) , He had been with him on the night of Bolan's death in 1977. In 1986, a chance meeting with Steve Perryman led to him becoming a football agent, and he built up a roster of clients, which included Leon Cort, Robbie Savage, Tim Sherwood, John Scales, Neil Ruddock, Terry Venables, Paul Walsh and Dennis Wise. ------- MORRISSEY confirms he has been dropped from BMG and is now in search of a new record deal. ---------------- Wednesday 18 November 2020. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND....it was 45 years ago this week that I saw both their legendary debut London shows at Hammersmith Odeon on 18 Nov 1975 and 24 Nov 1975. I have seen Bruce on stage around 20 times...He is one of the best live performers out there... -------- Happy Birthday to singer-songwriter GRAHAM PARKER who is 70 today. I have seen him a dozen times live , including 1976 supporting Thin Lizzy at Hammersmith Odeon and five shows at Hammersmith Odeon in 1991 when he supported Bob Dylan. Been looking back recently on all the great shows at Hammersmith when I got paid to watch bands. I was front stage security all through the 1980s until 1992, when it became Hammersmith Apollo. --------- BBC4 10pm film " Sex and Drugs and Rock n Roll" biopic.....Andy Serkis is great as Ian Dury. I saw Ian Dury & The Blockheads 13 times including three shows at Hammersmith Odeon in 1979. That year they were massive as they played several shows at Hammersmith Odeon. ----------------- Thurs 19 November 2020. SKY ARTS 10pm - I am Johnny Cash - documentary (repeated on Saturday) ----------------- Friday 20 November 2020. As expected AC/DC new album "Power Up" went straight in at number one in today's charts. SKY ARTS 9pm - Brian Johnson meets Nick Mason SKY ARTS 10pm - rock photographers - episode 3 - album covers SKY ARTS 11.15pm - Bob Dylan "No Direction Home" Happy Birthday to JOE WALSH who is 73 today. I have seen him on stage several times with The Eagles including last year at Wembley Stadium. ----------------- Saturday 21 November 2020. 21 Nov 1995 - 25 years ago legendary music manager PETER GRANT passed away. Peter Grant (5 April 1935 21 November 1995) was the manager of Led Zeppelin from their creation in 1968 to their break up in 1980.With his intimidating size (6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) and 300 lb (140 kg))(at his peak weight) and confrontational manner, combined with his knowledge and experience, he drove strong deals for his band, and is widely credited with improving pay and conditions for all musicians in dealings with concert promoters.Grant has been described as "one of the shrewdest and most ruthless managers in rock history". ------- SKY ARTS 5pm - Cyndi Lauper live in Austin, Texas, USA. SKY ARTS 8pm - Pink Floyd "Delicate Sound Of Thunder" live 1988 USA in 4K vision/sound. SKY ARTS 10pm - NICK MASON and the Saucerful of Secrets live at The Roundhouse May 2019. I was at both those shows at The Roundhouse on that tour. ----------------- Sunday 22 November 2020 SKY ARTS 9pm - Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert at Wembley Stadium. Happy Birthday to STEVEN VAN ZANDT who is 70 today. I have seen him solo a few times as well as many times with Bruce Springsteen.