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This Day In Rock History: Jan 18th

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Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder

  • 1960, Johnny Preston started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Running Bear’. Written by J.P. Richardson (The Big Bopper), the tune originally entered the chart in October 1959, then quickly vanished, but re-entered in November and slowly climbed to the top. It was also a UK No.1.
  • 1964, The Beatles made their US chart debut when ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ entered the chart at No.45 just ten days after its release, making it the fastest-breaking and the fastest selling single in Capitol Records history. It went on to spend seven weeks at the No.1 position.
  • 1974, Former members from Free, (Paul Rodgers & Simon Kirke), Mott The Hoople (Mick Ralphs), and King Crimson, (Boz Burrell), formed Bad Company. The band went on to score a US No.1 album with their debut release.
  • 1975, Barry Manilow scored his first US No.1 single when ‘Mandy’, (originally titled ‘Brandy’ when it was recorded in 1972 by Scott English), went to the top of the charts.
  • 1975, Status Quo were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Down Down’, the group’s only UK No.1 from 52 hits between 1968 and 1996.
  • 1981, Wendy O. Williams of The Plasmatics was arrested on stage at Milwaukee and was charged with the offence of simulating sex with a sledgehammer. Williams later filed a multimillion dollar civil suit against the Milwaukee Police, claming they sexually assaulted and beat her during the arrest, but a jury rejected her claims.
  • 1986, ‘That’s What Friends Are For’ by Dionne Warwick began a four-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart, all company and artists profits were given to aids charities.
  • 1989, At just 38 years old, Stevie Wonder became the youngest living person to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. At a ceremony held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, other inductees include The Rolling Stones, The Temptations, Otis Redding and Dion DiMucci.
  • 1991, The first of three nights at Wembley Arena for The Brits 91, which featured the Happy Mondays, James, 808 state, The Cure, Jesus Jones, The Quire Boys, Thunder and The Little Angels. Tickets £12.50 ($21.25) for each day.
  • 1996, Lisa Marie Presley divorced Michael Jackson after less then two years of being married.
  • 1997, Songwriter and producer Keith Diamond died of a heart attack. He wrote, ‘Caribbean Queen’ and ‘Suddenly’ for Billy Ocean, and also wrote hits for Donna Summer, James Ingram, Mick Jagger, Sheena Easton and Michael Bolton.
  • 1997, Tori Amos was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Professional Widow’ (It’s Got To Be)’. The song had been remixed by Armand Van Helden and was rumoured to be about Courtney Love the former wife of Kurt Cobain.
  • 2010, Canadian folk singer Kate McGarrigle died of cancer at home in Montreal at the age of 63. Once married to folk singer Loudon Wainwright lll, Kate was the mother of singers Rufus and Martha Wainwright. She rose to prominence with sister Anna when they recorded together in the 1970s. Other artists who covered the pair’s songs included Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello, Billy Bragg, Kirsty MacColl and Judy Collins.
  • 2011, The largest collection of Beatles memorabilia went on display in a new museum in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Rodolfo Vazquez, a 53-year-old accountant, turned his mammoth Beatles collection into a museum with more than 8,500 objects – setting the new world record for the largest collection of Beatles memorabilia. Some of the items included a box of condoms bearing the names of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, a brick from the Cavern Club, a chunk of the stage from the Star Club in Hamburg, and certified copies of the band members’ birth certificates. Among his favorite items were 64 boxes of chewing gum in the form of Beatles records.

Born on this day:

  • 1941, Born on this day, Bobby Goldsboro, US singer, (1968 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Honey’).
  • 1941, Born on this day, David Ruffin, vocals, The Temptations, (1971 US No.1 & UK No. 8 single ‘Just My Imagination’ and re-issued ‘My Girl’ UK No.2 in 1992, solo, 1975 US No.9 & UK No.10 single ‘Walk Away From Love’). Ruffin died of a drug overdose on 1st June 1991.
  • 1944, Born on this day, Legs Larry Smith, drums, Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, (1968 UK No.5 single ‘I’m The Urban Spaceman’).
  • 1958, Born on this day, Tom Bailey, vocals, keyboards, The Thompson Twins, (1984 UK No.2 single ‘You Take Me Up’, 1984 US No.3 single, ‘Hold Me Now’).
  • 1959, Born on this day, Bob Rosenberg, Will To Power, (1988 US No.1 & 1989 UK No.6 single ‘Baby I Love Your Way / Freebird’).
  • 1971, Born on this day, Jonathan Davis, vocals, Korn, (1998 UK No.23 single ‘Got The Life’, 1998 US No.1 album ‘Follow The Leader’).
  • 1973, Born on this day, Crispian Mills, guitar, vocals, Kula Shaker, (1996 UK No.2 single ‘Hey Dude’).
  • 1973, Born on this day, Luther Dickinson, guitar, The Black Crowes. Joined in 2007.
  • 1980, Born on this day in 1980, Estelle Swaray, female English hip-hop artist, singer and producer. 2008 UK No.1 single ‘American Boy’ featuring Kayne West.

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