On this day, April 18 In Music history

On this day, April 18 In Music history


On this day, April 18 in 1964 – The Beatles appeared on the comedy TV show The Morecambe and Wise Show where they played couple songs and also engaged in some of the comedy sketches.

1964 – Country musician Robert ‘Bobby’ Bare recorded one of his most famous songs ‘Detroit City’. The song reached Top 10 on the Country singles chart later that year.

1971 – The Jackson 5 and Bill Cosby appeared on the Diana Ross‘ television musical special called Diana.

1974 – James Brown received a Gold record for his chart topping single ‘The Payback’. It was his second but also the last single to become certified Gold record by the RIAA.

1975 – Dozens of Bay City Rollers fans had to receive medical treatment because they attempted to swim across a lake just to meet their idols.

1981 – Bassist and drummer for YesChris Squire and Alan White left the band to rehearse with Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin with the intend to form a rock supergroup. However, things didn’t go as planned and they soon returned to their old band.

1985 Two weeks after making history and becoming the first western band to perform in China. Wham! also made history when they became the first western pop act to release an album in China. The album in question – Make It Big.

1987 – With ‘I Knew You Were Waiting’George Michael and Aretha Franklin went on number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Also a chart topper in the UK.

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1987 – A new show dedicated to the rising genre of heavy metal called Headbangers Ball started airing on MTV.

1988 – The legendary Motown songwriting trio Holland–Dozier–Holland were inducted in the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

1992 – With their fifth studio album ‘Adrenalize’Def Leppard started a five week run at the top of the US album chart. While in the Uk, it was Annie Lennox who topped the album chart with her debut solo album ‘Diva’.

1996 – Co-founder of the American band ChicBernard Edwards died of pneumonia at the age of 43 after a concert in Tokyo, Japan.

2004 – With his debut and best known single ‘F*ck It (I Don’t Want You Back)’Eamon Doyle topped the UK singles chart.

2009 – Sable ‘Starr’ Shields also known as ‘queen of the groupie scene’ died at the age of 51 from brain cancer. She worked with musicians such as David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Iggy Pop, Rod Stewart and others.

2012 – Radio and television personality Richard ‘Dick’ Clark died at the age of 82 from a heart attack. Best known for hosting American Bandstand from 1957 until 1988.

2013 – Inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – Heart, Albert King, Donna Summer, Randy Newman, Rush and Public Enemy.

2013 – English graphic designer and music video director Storm Thorgerson died at the age of 69 from cancer. He worked with music giants such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Yes, Muse and others. He was solely responsible for the artwork of The Dark Side of the Moon, one of the most recognizable album covers in the world.

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2013 – American bassist Cordell “Boogie” Mosson died on this day, April 18 at the age of 60 due to a liver failure. Best known as member of Parliament – Funkadelic.

2014 – American soul singer and songwriter Deon Jackson died at the age of 68 after having a brain hemorrhage at his home.

2015 – Inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – Green Day, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Lou Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bill Withers, Sir Ringo Starr and Paul Butterfield Blues Band.


1918 – American jazz guitarist Anthony ‘Tony’ Mottola was born on this day, April 18 in music history. In his rich career he release dozens of solo albums and worked with musicians such as Frank Sinatra and Perry Como.

1935 – American record producer Paul Rothchild was born on this day, April 18 in music history. Best known for his work with The Doors and Janis Joplin.

1939 – Piano player and arranger Glen Dee Hardin was born on this day in Wellington, Texas. He has performed and worked with musicians such as Elvis Presley, John Denver and Ricky Nelson.

1940 – British musician and multi-instrumentalist Michael Vickers was born on this day, April 18 in music history. Best known for his work with the rock band Manfred Mann in the 1960s.

1943 – American drummer Clyde Stubblefield was born on this day in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Best known for his work with James Brown.

1946 – Musician and singer-songwriter Alexander ‘Skip’ Spence was born on this day in Windsor, Canada. Best known as the co-founder of Moby Grape, but also for playing drums on Jefferson Airplane‘s debut album.

1946 – Singer and saxophone player Lennie Baker was born on this day, April 18 in Whitman, Massachusetts. Best known for his work with Danny and the Juniors and Sha Na Na. He also appeared in the famous musical romantic comedy Grease.

1958 – Founding member and bassist of Echo & the BunnymenLes Pattinson was born on this day in Ormskirk, England.

1962 – English singer of the pop duo Pepsi and Shirlie, Shirlie Holliman was born on this day, April 18 in music history.

1964 – English musician Mark Berry also known professionally as Bez was born on this day in Bolton. He is a member of the rock bands Happy Mondays and Black Grape.

1970 – American musician Greg Eklund was born on this day, April 18 in music history. Best known as drummer for the rock band Everclear from 1994 until 2003.

1974 – Founding member of Creed and Alter BridgeMark Tremonti was born on this day in Detroing, Michigan.

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