August 18th: On this day
1962, Ringo Starr made his debut with The Beatles at the horticultural society Dance, Birkenhead, England, having had a two-hour rehearsal in preparation. This was the first appearance of The Beatles as the world would come to know them: John, Paul, George, and Ringo.
1964, Over 9,000 frenzied fans met The Beatles as they arrived in San Francisco, to begin an American tour. The Beatles were driven into a protective fence enclosure so that photographers could take pictures. As the 9,000 fans pressed against the fencing, it gave way, with The Beatles managing to get out split-seconds before it came crashing down.
1966, Paul Jones left Manfred Mann just as ‘Pretty Flamingo’ was climbing the US charts. He was replaced by singer Mike D’Abo, who would take over lead vocals on the bands next hit, ‘The Mighty Quinn,’ a song written by Bob Dylan.
1969, Mick Jagger was accidentally shot in the hand during filming of Ned Kelly in Australia. The film was dogged by problems: Jagger’s girlfriend of the time, Marianne Faithfull, had gone to Australia to play the lead female role (Ned’s sister, Maggie), but the Jagger-Faithfull relationship was breaking up, and she took an overdose of sleeping tablets soon after arrival in Sydney resulting in being hospitalised in a coma, and pulling out of the film.
1973, Diana Ross scored her second US No.1 single with ‘Touch Me In The Morning’. The song marked a turning point in her career, coming immediately after her Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in her acting debut, Lady Sings the Blues.
1976, ‘Variety’ reported that Marvin Gaye faced two consecutive five day prison terms in Los Angeles county jail for contempt of court after failing to pay alimony and child support.
1977, The Police made their live debut as a three-piece band when they played at Rebecca’s Birmingham, England. The Police became globally popular in the late 1970s and are generally regarded as one of the first New Wave groups to achieve mainstream success, playing a style of rock that was influenced by punk, reggae, and jazz.
1977, Two Missouri girls were killed and a third was critically injured when a car being driven by an 18-year-old Memphis teen swerved into a crowd of over 2,000 mourners standing in front of Graceland’s music gate at about 4am. The driver was charged with drunk driving, leaving the scene of an accident and two counts of second degree murder.
1979, British singer, songwriter, producer Nick Lowe married Johnny Cash’s stepdaughter Carlene Carter in Los Angeles. The couple are now divorced.
1979, Chic went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Good Times’, the group’s second US No.1, a No.5 hit in the UK.
1982, The City of Liverpool named four Streets after the fab four: John Lennon Drive, Paul McCartney Way, George Harrison Close and Ringo Starr Drive.
1984, George Michael was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his first solo single ‘Careless Whisper.’ It made George the first person to reach No.1 as a solo artist and a member of a band in the same year. It gave Epic records UK their first UK million seller and the song was No.1 in nearly 25 countries, selling over six million copies worldwide.
1986, Bon Jovi released their third studio album, Slippery When Wet, which peaked at No.1 on the US charts, going on to sell over 28 million copies worldwide. The set featured two US chart toppers, ‘You Give Love A Bad Name’ and ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’.
1991, Rick Griffin, died after being forced off the road by a van he was attempting to pass on his Harley Heritage Softail motorbike. One of his best known album covers was for the Grateful Dead’s ‘Aoxomoa’ LP, and the legendary “Flying Eyeball” poster he designed for a series of concerts in San Francisco featuring the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Albert King and John Mayall.
1991, Sweet Jesus appeared at the Boardwalk, Manchester. Support act was The Rain (later to become Oasis) minus Noel Gallagher who had yet to join his brothers band.
1992, Kurt Cobain became a father when his wife Courtney Love gave birth to a daughter, Frances Bean Cobain.
2003, Tony Jackson bass player with The Searchers died of cirrhosis of the liver. The Searchers had the 1964 UK No.1 & US No.13 single ‘Needles And Pins’.
2005, Kanye West called for an end to homophobia in the hip-hop community during an MTV interview saying ‘hip-hop was always about speaking your mind and about breaking down barriers, but everyone in hip-hop discriminates against gay people. Not just hip-hop, but America just discriminates, I wanna just, to come on TV and just tell my rappers, just tell my friends, ‘Yo, stop it’.”
2006, Justin Hawkins the lead singer of The Darkness checked himself into the Priory rehabilitation clinic suffering from exhaustion after three years of non-stop work.
2006, US film-maker Adam Muskiewicz set up elviswanted.com as part of a documentary exploring the myth that the singer was still alive and offered a $3m (£1.59m) reward for anybody who found Elvis Presley alive. The film was due for release in August 2007, to coincide with the 30th anniversary of Presley’s death.
2006, Babyshambles front man Pete Doherty appeared at Thames Magistrates court in London to face seven charges of drug possession.
2008, Soul singer Pervis Jackson died of cancer. Was a member of The Spinners (Also known as The Motown Spinners and The Detroit Spinners). Had the 1980 UK No.1 & US No.2 single ‘Working My Way Back To You’.
2010, French beauty brand Etat Libre D’Orange announced that they have teamed up with the Sex Pistols to bottle the scent of the Punk era by launching the band’s first fragrance. Company executives said “to wear this scent, you must resist tradition, fight conformity, and disregard aromatic conventions.”
2014, Ed Sheeran’s album X notched up eight weeks at No.1 on the UK chart, becoming the joint longest chart-topper by a male solo artist. The last man to achieve the feat was James Blunt for his 2005 collection Back to Bedlam.
August 18th: Born on this day
1930, Born on this day, Johnny Preston, US singer, (1960 US & UK No.1 single ‘Running Bear’. Preston died on March 4, 2011.
1942, Born on this day, Sarah Dash, Labelle, (1975 US No.1 & UK No.17, single ‘Lady Marmalade’).
1944, Born on this day, Carl Wayne, singer, The Move, (1969 UK No.1 single ‘Blackberry way’). Wayne died of cancer on 31st Aug 2004.
1945, Born on this day, Nona Hendryx, Labelle, (1975 US No.1 & UK No.17, single ‘Lady Marmalade’).
1945, Born on this day, Barbara Harris, singer, The Toys, 1965 US No. 2 & UK No.5 single ‘A Lover’s Concerto’).
1949, Born on this day, Nigel Griggs bass, Split Enz, (1980 UK No.12 single ‘I Got You’).
1950, Born on this day, Dennis Elliott, drums, Foreigner, (1985 UK & US No.1 single ‘I Want To Know What Love Is’).
1951, Born on this day, John Rees, Men At Work, (1983 UK & US No.1 single ‘Down Under’).
1952, Born on this day, Patrick Swayze, actor, singer, (1988 US No.3 & UK No.17 single with Wendy Fraser, ‘She’s Like The Wind’). Swayze died from pancreatic cancer on September 14, 2009.
1956, Born on this day Tony Garnier American bassist, best known as an accompanist to Bob Dylan, with whom he has played since 1989. He is Dylan’s longest-running sideman and was also a long-time sideman for David Johansen in his Buster Poindexter persona, and was also briefly a member of the Saturday Night Live house band.
1957, Born on this day, Ron Strykert, Men At Work, (1983 UK and US No.1 single ‘Down Under’).
1967, Born on this day, Dan Peters, drums, Mudhoney, (1991 UK No.60 single ‘Let It Slide’).
1967, Born on this day, Tracy Tracy, The Primitives, (1988 UK No.5 single ‘Crash’).
1969, Born on this day, Erik Schrody, Irish-American rapper and singer-songwriter, House Of Pain, (1993 UK No.3 single ‘Jump Around’). Member of Everlast, (1999 UK No. 34 single ‘What It’s Like’).
1971, Born on this day, Richard James, Aphex Twin (1993 UK No.32 single ‘On’).
1977, Born on this day, Canadian multi-instrumentalist and singer, Régine Chassagne, founding member of Arcade Fire. (She is married to co-founder Win Butler).
1983, Born on this day, Mika, (Mica Penniman), UK singer, (2007 UK No.1 single ‘Grace Kelly’ and 2007 UK No.1 album ‘Life in Cartoon Motion’).