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This Day In Rock History: Feb 18th


  • 1956, The Platters ‘The Great Pretender’, started a two run at No.1 on the US singles chart, a No. 5 in the UK.
  • 1959, Ray Charles recorded ‘What’d I Say’, in New York City. The song had evolved in concert as a call-and-response between Charles and his female back-up singers. It became Charles’ biggest hit to date, reaching No.1 on the R&B and No.6 on the pop charts.
  • 1965, The Kinks were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Tired Of Waiting For You’, the group’s second UK No.1.
  • 1965, Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles recorded two new songs: John Lennon’s ‘You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away’ and a new Paul McCartney song ‘Tell Me What You See’.
  • 1966, Beach Boy Brian Wilson recorded the future classic song ‘Good Vibrations’, which went on to become the band’s third US number-one hit. As a child, his mother told him that dogs could pick up “vibrations” from people, so that the dog would bark at “bad vibrations” Wilson turned this into the general idea for the song.
  • 1969, This week’s UK Top 5 singles: No.5, ‘Dancing In The Street’, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, No.4, ‘I’m Gonna Make You Love Me’, Diana Ross and The Supremes and the Temptations, No.3, ‘Where Do You Go To’ Peter Sarstedt, No.2, ‘Blackberry Way’, The Move, and No.1, ‘Half As Nice’ Amen Corner.’
  • 1972, 12 year-old Neil Reid started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with his debut album. It made Reid the youngest person ever to score a UK No.1.
  • 1987, Bon Jovi were at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’, it made No.4 in the UK.
  • 1989, An impostor claiming to be Madness vocalist Suggs caused havoc when he phoned Radio 1 and asked them to advertise a one-off gig in Newcastle, it also came to light that the man had been calling local radio stations and UK gig promoters.
  • 1990, Freddie Mercury  made his final public appearance on stage when he joined the rest of Queen to collect the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, held at the Dominion Theatre, London, England.
  • 1995, American guitarist Bob Stinson from The Replacements died from a drug overdose, his body was found in his Uptown, Minneapolis apartment. Founding member of The Replacements, was also a member of Static Taxi.
  • 2000, An American court ordered the release of FBI files relating to John Lennon’s interests and activities including his support for the Irish Republican cause and the Workers Revolutionary Party. The British Government told the US that it wanted the files to remain secret. MI5 also had files on Lennon, which they had passed on the FBI during the 70’s.
  • 2004, Dido entered a Top 10 of the music world’s biggest earners after making £15.8 million ($26.9 million) in 2003. The singer’s second album Life For Rent was the previous years biggest selling UK album. The Rolling Stones topped the Heat magazine rich list having earned £55.3 million ($94 million) in 2003.
  • 2004, A court case accusing Marilyn Manson of sexual assault was dismissed after the two sides reached a settlement. Security guard Joshua Keasler had sued Manson after the star allegedly put his legs around Keasler’s neck and gyrated against him on stage at a gig in Detroit, Michigan in 2001. Manson was ordered to pay $4,000 (£2,091) in fines and costs in the criminal proceedings.
  • 2009, Welsh songstress Duffy won three trophies at this years Brit awards, taking home Best British Female Solo Artist, British Breakthrough Act and British Album of the Year for her debut Rockferry. Kings of Leon won International Group and International Album for Only By The Night, International Male and Female Solo Artists were Kanye West and Katy Perry. British Male Solo Artist went to Paul Weller, Iron Maiden won British Live Act and Elbow won Best British Group. Outstanding Contribution to Music went to the Pet Shop Boys.
  • 2009, Michael Jackson’s management team announced that The King Of Pop was set to auction off his American Music Award for Thriller, his Gold and Platinum records, a Rolls Royce limousine, a customized Harley Davidson, a velvet cape given to him by his children for Father’s Day in 1998, a pair of rhinestone-trimmed socks from 1981, a basketball signed by Michael Jordan and his own original artwork.
  • 2012, Whiteny Houston had an invitation-only memorial at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey. Among those who performed at the funeral were Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys and R. Kelly. Kevin Costner read a moving and personal Eulogy.
  • 2013, African-American soul and R&B singer Otis Damon Harris, who was a member of The Temptations, died at the age of 62 after a 14-year battle with prostate cancer. Harris was a member of The Temptations from 1971 to 1975, joining shortly after the departure of Eddie Kendricks.

Born on this day:

  • 1933, Born on this day, Yoko Ono, Japanese artist, singer, poet, author and peace activist and wife of John Lennon.  Ono moved to New York City from Tokyo aged 14 and first met John Lennon in London in 1966, the couple married in 1969.
  • 1934, Born on this day, Skip Battin, The Byrds, who had the 1965 US & UK No.1 single ‘Mr Tambourine Man’. In 1959-60 he sang in a duo, Skip & Flip, with Gary Paxton when they had two US hits that each went to No.11, Paxton later formed the Hollywood Argyles, who had the No.1 hit, ‘Alley Oop’. Battin was in the Byrds from 1970 to 1973. Member of New Riders Of The Purple Sage and The Flying Burrito Brothers. Battin died on July 6th 2003.
  • 1939, Born on this day, Bobby Hart, singer, songwriter who had the 1968 US No 8 single with Tommy Boyce, ‘I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonite’, also wrote ‘Last Train To Clarksville’, ‘I’m Not Your Stepping Stone’ and ‘Scooby Doo Where Are You.’ Has sold over 40m records.
  • 1941, Born on this day, Herman Santigo, singer with Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers who had the 1956 UK No.1 single ‘Why Do Fools Fall In Love’.
  • 1945, Born on this day, Jimmy Jewell, from Gallagher & Lyle who had the 1976 UK No.6 single ‘I Wanna Stay With You’.
  • 1947, Born on this day, Dennis Deyoung, vocals, keyboards, Styx who had the 1979 US No.1 & 1980 UK No.6 single ‘Babe’.
  • 1952, Born on this day, Judy Kay Newton, Juice Newton who had the 1981 US No.2 single, ‘Queen Of Hearts’.
  • 1952, Born on this day, Randy Crawford, US female singer who had the 1980 UK No.2 single ‘One Day I’ll Fly Away’ and with the Crusaders the 1979 UK No.5 & US No.36 single ‘Street Life.’
  • 1953, Born on this day, Robbie Bachman from Bachman Turner Overdrive who had the 1974 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet’.
  • 1954, Born on this day, John Travolta, actor, singer, who had the 1978 UK & US No.1 single with Olivia Newton John, ‘You’re The One That I Want’. The track topped the UK Singles Chart for nine weeks in the summer of 1978 and as of 2008, is still the sixth best-selling single ever in the UK where it has sold over 2,015,000 copies. His mother and his sister Ann appeared as extras in Saturday Night Fever and his sister Ellen appeared as a waitress in Grease.
  • 1955, Born on this day, Brian James, from British punk group The Damned, who had the 1986 UK No.3 single ‘Eloise’, James was also a member of Lords Of The New Church.
  • 1961, Born on this day, Jasper Stainthorpe, from Then Jerico who had the 1989 UK No.13 single ‘Big Area’.
  • 1965, Born on this day, Dr Dre, NWA, who had the 1990 UK No.26 single ‘Express Yourself’. As a solo artist had the 1996 US No.1 & UK No.6 single ‘California’. Dre is the host of ‘Yo! MTV Raps.’
  • 1966, Born on this day, Tommy Scott, singer from English group Space who had the 1996 UK No.14 single ‘Female Of The Species’.
  • 1970, Born on this day, twins, Andy Williams (drums, vocals), and Jez Williams, (guitar) who were members of English group Sub Sub who had the 1993 UK No.3 single ‘Ain’t No Love, (Ain’t No Use’). Also members of Doves, who had the 2002 UK No.3 single ‘There Goes The Fear’ and 2002 UK No.1 album ‘The Last Broadcast’.


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