This Day in Rock Music History: September 18

    1954:  Elvis Presley was at the Eagle's Nest in Memphis, Tennessee.
    1957:  "The Big Record" debuted on CBS-TV, with Patti Page hosting.
    1959:  The Dick Clark Caravan of Stars tour began with Paul Anka, the Coasters, Lloyd Price, Duane Eddy, the Coasters and Bobby Rydell.
    1960:  The Tab Hunter Show premiered on NBC-TV.
    1960:  Frankie Avalon was given $600,000 on his 18th birthday as earnings accumulated when he was a minor.
    1963:  The Patty Duke Show premiered on ABC-TV.  It would last three seasons.
    1964:  The Beatles performed at Dallas Memorial Auditorium in Texas.
    1965:  A new group was introduced to us as the Vogues first charted on this date with their first single "You're the One".
    1965:  James Brown reigned on the R&B chart for the sixth week with "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag Part 1".
    1965:  We Five were on top of the Adult Contemporary chart for a third week with the great song "You Were On My Mind".

              The Turtles were crawling up the chart

    1965:  The Beatles made it three consecutive weeks at #1 with "Help!".  Barry McGuire edged up one spot closer with "Eve of Destruction" while Bob Dylan slipped with "Like a Rolling Stone".  We Five had "You Were On My Mind" and the Dave Clark Five moved from 13-5 with "Catch Us if You Can".  The rest of the Top 10:  The instrumental "The 'In' Crowd" from Ramsey Lewis Trio, the McCoys slipped into the Top 10 with "Hang On Sloopy", the Turtles were moving slower with "It Ain't Me Babe", Sonny & Cher's "I Got You Babe" came in ninth and the Yardbirds reached the list with "Heart Full of Soul".
    1966:  The Doors and the Seeds ("Pushin' Too Hard") were in concert at Bido Lito's in Hollywood, California.
    1966:  Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass performed for Prince Rainier and Princess Grace in Monaco.
    1967:  The Doors released the single "People Are Strange".
    1968:  The Beatles recorded 20 takes of the track "Birthday" at Abbey Road Studios in London, with Mal Evans, a roadie, producing the handclaps and Patti Harrison and Yoko Ono on backing vocals.  

    1970:  Jimi Hendrix died in his apartment from an overdose of sleeping pills in London at the age of 27.  Hendrix was pronounced dead on arrival at St. Mary Abbot's Hospital in London.  Hendrix had left a message on his manager's answering phone earlier in the evening--"I need help man."  

    1971:  The Bobby Sherman show "Getting Together" premiered on ABC-TV.
    1971:  Pink Floyd became the first rock act to appear at the Classical Music Festival in Montreaux, Switzerland, performing "Atom Heart Mother".
    1971:  The Who scored their only #1 album in the U.K. with Who's Next.

    1971:  Joan Baez remained on top of the Easy Listening chart for the third week with "The Night They Drove Ol' Dixie Down".
    1971:  Stanley, Idaho's Carole King dominated the album chart once again as Tapestry was #1 for the 14th week in a row.  The Moody Blues remained in the runner-up spot with Every Good Boy Deserves Favour and Rod Stewart was next with Every Picture Tells a StoryWho's Next was next followed by Ram from Paul & Linda McCartney.  The rest of the Top 10:  The self-titled Carpenters, Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon by James Taylor, the Soundtrack to "Shaft" by Isaac Hayes, Black Sabbath with Master of Reality and the epic What's Going On by Marvin Gaye.

    1972:  Lobo released the single "I'd Love You To Want Me".
    1972:  The Who, the Faces and Mott the Hoople performed at the Rock at the Oval Festival in London.
    1974:  John Lennon was a guest DJ on WNEW-FM in New York City.

    1976:  The second annual Rock Music Awards was televised on CBS.  Fleetwood Mac won awards for Best Group and Best Album (for their self-titled release).

    1976:  Olivia Newton-John set a chart record that still stands when "Don't Stop Believin'" hit #1 on the Easy Listening chart.  That gave the incredible Australian songstress seven consecutive #1 songs in that format, surpassing the record of six set by fellow Australian Helen Reddy in 1975 and equaled by the Carpenters in 1976.
    1976:  K.C. & the Sunshine Band returned to #1 on the R&B chart with "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty".

    1976:  The Spinners were shooting up the chart with "Rubberband Man", which moved from 84 to 62 on this date.
    1976:  Newcomer Wild Cherry reached #1 with "Play That Funky Music", meaning K.C. & the Sunshine Band had a short stay at the top with "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty".  England Dan & John Ford Coley were up with "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight".  Walter Murphy had song #4 with "A Fifth of Beethoven" while Lou Rawls dropped after peaking at #2 with "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine".  The rest of the Top 10:  "Lowdown", the great song from Boz Scaggs, Cliff Richard, who had enjoyed dozens of hits in his native England, notched his first big hit with "Devil Woman", War's ode to "Summer" came in eighth, Chicago registered their 11thTop 10 with "If You Leave Me Now" and the Bee Gees' former #1 "You Should Be Dancing" came in #10.
    1978:  Neil Young & Crazy Horse performed at the Cobo in Detroit, Michigan.

    1978:  While "Hot Blooded" was still in the Top 10, Foreigner released the single "Double Vision".

    Eagles 1979

    1979:  The Eagles released the single "Heartachie Tonight".
    1978:  Kiss members Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Peter Criss all released solo albums.
    1980:  The Paradise Club in Amsterdam hosted a two-day festival to celebrate the life of Jimi Hendrix on the 10th anniversary of his death.  
    1981:  Gary Numan ("Cars" from 1980) attempted a trip around the world in a single engine Cessna.  He was forced to land in India and was arrested.  On what charge?
    1982:  "Private Investigations" by Dire Straits was #2 in the U.K., beat out only by "Eye of the Tiger" from Survivor.

    1982:  Chicago landed at #1 for a second week with "Hard to Say I'm Sorry", holding off "Abracadabra" by the Steve Miller Band for the moment.  Survivor's #1 smash "Eye of the Tiger" was third and John Cougar (Mellencamp) was on a roll with "Jack & Diane".  Melissa Manchester was up to 5 with "You Should Hear How She Talks About You".  The rest of the Top 10:  Air Supply and "Even the Nights are Better", Fleetwood Mac's "Hold Me", John Cougar (Mellencamp's) "Hurts So Good", the Alan Parsons Project and the great "Eye in the Sky" and Sir Paul McCartney was at #10 with "Take It Away".
    1983:  Kiss released the album Lick It Up
    .  That same day, members appeared on MTV without makeup.
    1984:  David Bowie won top honors for Video of the Year ("China Girl") at the MTV Video Music Awards.

    1991:  Rob Tyner of MC5 died of a heart attack at the age of 47.
    1992:  Earl Van Dyke of the Funk Brothers, who played keyboards on songs by the Temptations and the Miracles,   died of prostate cancer in Detroit, Michigan.

    1993:  Meat Loaf reached #1 in the U.K. with the album Bat Out of Hell II.

    1993:  SWV (Sisters With Voices) owned the top song on the R&B chart with "Right Here/Human Nature".

          Blind Melon's top five album

    1993:  Competition was so weak on the album chart that two albums were able to debut at #1 and #2.  Garth Brooks grabbed the top spot with In Pieces while Mariah Carey moved right in to #2 with Music Box.  Billy Joel took a back seat with River of Dreams while Blind Melon fell to #4.  The rest of the Top 10:  The Soundtrack to "Sleepless in Seattle", Janet from Janet Jackson, Core by Stone Temple Pilots, Black Sunday was #8 from Cypress Hill, UB40 had Promises and Lies while "The Bodyguard" Soundtrack slipped to #10.  And those were the 10 best, mind you.
    1996:  Consider yourself fortunate if you own lyrics to Beatles songs.  Julian Lennon was able to win the bid ($39,000) for the recording notes to "Hey Jude", the song that was written for him by Paul McCartney, at a Sotheby's auction in London.  Am I alone in wondering why the notes weren't just given to him?  John Lennon's lyrics to "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite" sold for $103,500. 
    1997:  The Rolling Stones performed at the Double Door Club in Chicago, Illinois.
    1999:  "Carl Perkins Day" was declared in Tennessee a year after the star's death.

    2002:  Bon Jovi performed at the Shepherd's Bush Empire in London before a Web cast audience of 375,000.
    2004:  John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dave Matthews and Willie Nelson performed at Farm Aid in Auburn, Washington.
    2004:  Britney Spears married Kevin Federline. 
    2005:  Neil Young, Dave Matthews and Willie Nelson performed at Farm Aid in Tinley Park, Illinois.
    2005:  Joel Hirschhorn, who won Academy Awards for Song of the Year for "The Morning After" from The Poseidon Adventure and "We May Never Love This Way Again" from The Towering Inferno, died at the age of 67.  Hirschhorn also wrote songs for many artists including Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison and the Osmonds.
    2005:  "Don't Cha'" by the Pussycat Dolls topped the U.K. chart.
    2005:  David Gray had the #1 album in the U.K. with Life In Slow Motion
    2006:  Willie Nelson and four members of his band were charged with drug possession after their tour bus was stopped in Lafayette, Louisiana.
    2006:  Sir Cliff Richard unveiled a plaque at the 2 i's coffee bar on Old Compton Street in London.  The tiny basement was said to to be the birthplace of British rock and roll in 1956.  The Shadows, Tornados and Tommy Steele were among the many acts who performed at the 2 i's.
    2007:  Britney Spears was dropped by her management company one month after she hired them.  Seller's remorse.
    2007:  The Elvis:  Viva Las Vegas documentary aired on ABC-TV.
    2010:  Tommy James was given a day in his honor in Morristown, New Jersey.

    Born This Day

    1933:  Jimmy Rodgers ("Honeycomb" from 1957) was born in Camas, Washington.

    1940:  Frankie Avalon was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    1946:  Alan King of Ace ("How Long" from 1975)

    1949:  Kerry Livgren, songwriter, guitarist and keyboardist of Kansas, was born in Topeka, Kansas.
    1950:  Michael Hossack, drummer of the Doobie Brothers, was born in Paterson, New Jersey.
    1952:  Dee Dee Ramone (Douglas Colvin), bass guitarist of the Ramones, was born in Fort Lee, Virginia; died of drugs June 5, 2002.
    1961:  Martin Beedle of the Cutting Crew

    1962:  Joanne Catherall, singer with the Human League, was born in Sheffield, England.
    1966:  Ian Spice ("Spike"), drummer of Breathe ("Hands to Heaven"), died in 2000.
    1967:  Ricky Bell of Bell Biv Devoe and the New Edition was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts.
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