On This Day In Music 18th April

1935 Paul A. Rothchild born in Brooklyn, New York. American record producer, worked with The Doors, (‘Break on Through (To the Other Side)’, ‘Light My Fire’, ‘People Are Strange’), Janis Joplin, (No.1 album Pearl and her only No.1 single, ‘Me and Bobby McGee’). Crosby, Stills, & Nash, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Love. In 1990, Rothchild was diagnosed with lung cancer. Although he was planning a huge 60th birthday party, he succumbed to the disease on March 30, 1995 at the age of 59.
1939 Glen D.Hardin born in Wellington, Texas. He has performed and recorded with such notable artists as Elvis Presley, Emmylou Harris, John Denver, and Ricky Nelson, and a pianist for The Crickets after Buddy Holly’s Death. 
1941 Mike Vickers born in Southampton, Hampshire. UK Guitarist, Saxophonist, Flautist & Clarinetist in the early days of Manfred Mann.
1946 Skip Spence (Canadian Drummer/Guitarist with Jefferson Airplane & Moby Grabe(1967 US No.18 single ‘White Rabbit’). died 16/4/99 
1946 John Kane is born. Vocalist with Australian trio New World. 
1946 Hayley Mills born in Marylebone, London. UK Child Actress/Singer. 
1947 Polly Brown born in Birmingham England. UK Vocalist who sang with Pickettywitch & she had a solo hit in 1975 with ‘Up in A Puff Of Smoke’. 
1947 Greg Quill born in Sydney. Australian Vocalist & Guitarist with Country Radio. 
1953 Frankie Laine was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Believe.’ The single stayed at No.1 for nine weeks. Laine holds the record for most (non-consecutive) weeks at No.1 than any other single in three chart runs with a total of 18 weeks. 
1958 Andy Kyriacou – UK Drummer with the band Modern Romance, (1982 UK No.4 single ‘Best years of our lives’). 
1958 Les Pattinson – UK Bassist with Echo And The Bunnymen, (1983 UK No.8 single ‘The Cutter’). 
1959 Cliff Richard’s first album “Cliff” entered the UK Charts. 
1962 Shirley Holliman – UK Singer with Wham! 1982 UK No.3 single ‘Young Guns, (Go For It’). From 1987 she was with Pepsi & Shirlie. 
1964 Mark ‘Bez’ Berry, Happy Mondays, (1990 UK No.5 single ‘Step On’), Black Grape, (1995 UK No.8 single ‘In The Name Of The Father’). 
1964 The Beatles appeared on the UK TV comedy program The Morecambe and Wise Show, playing ‘This Boy’, ‘All My Loving’, and ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ and also participate in comedy sketches with Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise. The Beatles also held the UK and US No.1 position on this day with ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’. 
1967 Nancy Sinatra and her dad, Frank, found a gold record award in the mailbox, for their collaboration on the hit single, “Something Stupid”. 
1968 During a European tour, Pink Floyd played 2 shows at the Piper Club, in Rome, Italy. 
1969 Lulu married Bee Gee Maurice Gibb, Brother Barry was the best man. They split in 1973. 
1970 Steel Mill, (featuring Bruce Springsteen) played in the Main Gym at Ocean County College in New Jersey. Tickets cost $2.00. 
1970 Greg Eklund born in Jacksonville, Florida. He was the drummer for the rock band Everclear from 1994-2003. The Oohlas from 2004-2008. Storm Large and Le Bonheur 2009–present.
1972 The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Amazing Grace.’ The single enjoyed a five-week run at No.1. 
1974 Mark Tremonti born in Detroit, Michigan. American musician and singer-songwriter, best known as the lead guitarist of the rock bands Alter Bridge and Creed.(2001 US No.1 & UK No.13 single ‘With Arms Wide Open’, 2002 US No.1 album, ‘Weathered’). 
1975 Four Bay City Rollers fans were taken to hospital and 35 others required on site treatment after they attempted to swim across a lake to meet their heroes. The group were making an appearance at a BBC Radio 1 fun day at Mallory Park. 
1981 This year’s Eurovision Song contest winners Bucks Fizz were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their first No.1 single ‘Making Your Mind Up.’ 
1981 Yes decided to disband on this day. They formed in 1968. 
1984 Michael Jackson underwent surgery in a Los Angeles hospital to repair damage done after his hair caught fire during the filming of a Pepsi commercial. 
1985 Wham! Became the first-ever Western pop act to have an album released in China. 
1987 Aretha Franklin and George Michael started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Knew You Were Waiting’ also a No.1 in the UK. Aretha Franklin set a record for the artist with the longest gap between US No.1 singles, it had been 19 years, 10 months from her last hit ‘Respect’ in June 1967. 
1987 On the first leg of their Joshua Tree tour, U2 played the second of five nights at the Los Angeles Sports Arena in California. 
1992 Def Leppard started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Adrenalize.’ 
1992 Former Findus fish foods factory worker Annie Lennox went to No.1 on the UK album chart with her debut solo release ‘Diva.’ It included the singles “Why”, “Precious”, “Walking On Broken Glass” & “Little Bird”. 
1992 Right Said Fred had their first and only UK No.1 single with ‘Deeply Dippy’ (‘I’m Too Sexy’ and ‘Don’t Talk Just Kiss’ both made the Top 3). 
1995 Oasis drummer Tony McCarrol was told by phone that he was being sacked from the group. McCarrol sued the Manchester group for millions in unpaid royalties and in 1996 Oasis agreed to pay him a one-off sum of £550,000 ($935,000). 
1996 Bernard Edwards bass guitarist and producer from Chic, died of pneumonia in a Tokyo Hotel room while touring Japan. Also worked with ABC, Power Station, Sister Sledge, Sheila and B. Devotion, Diana Ross, Johnny Mathis, Debbie Harry, Air Supply, and Rod Stewart. 
1996 Mike Leander – English record producer, died aged 54. He worte & produced most of Gary Glitter’s hits. (Glitter was also his best man when Leander married in 1974). 
2000 Four Monkee look-alikes were signed to play the 60’s pop legends in a TV movie about the group’s meteoric rise. The film called ‘Daydream Believers’ was set to start filming in Toronto. 
2003 It was reported that the British share of the most played tracks on UK radio had fallen from 60% to 30% in the past five years. The chart from 2002 had only three UK acts in the Top 10, Sugababes, Blue and Liberty X. The most played single from 2002 was Kylie Minogue’s ‘Love At First Sight’ which had a total of 48,486 plays on UK stations 
2004 R&B singer from New York Eamon started a four week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Fuck It, (I Don’t Want You Back)’ his debut single. The song earned a listing on the Guinness World Record for “the most expletives in a No.1 song”, with 33. 
2005 Reebok pulled a UK TV ad featuring 50 Cent after a mother whose son was shot dead complained it glamorised gun crime. Lucy Cope, from London went to the Advertising Standards Authority about the campaign featuring the US rapper. The ASA had been investigating 54 other complaints from viewers over a reference to the rapper having been shot nine times. 
2006 A sale of clothes belonging to Sir Elton John raised more than $700,000 (£395,000) for the singer’s Aids charity. Over 10,000 pieces were sold during a five-day sale in New York City at the specially-created shop, Elton’s Closet, at New York’s Rockefeller Centre. 
2006 A line from U2’s 1992 hit ‘One’ was voted the UK’s favourite song lyric after in a poll of 13,000 people by music channel VH1. The line “One life, with each other, sisters, brothers” came top. The Smiths lyric “So you go, and you stand on your own, and you leave on your own, and you go home, and you cry, and you want to die” from the song ‘How Soon is Now’ came second in the poll, followed by “I feel stupid and contagious, here we are now, entertain us”, from Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ which was voted into third place. 
2009 The Black Eyes Peas started a 12 week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Boom Boom Pow’. The single was knocked off the No.1 position by the bands next single ‘I Gotta Feeling’. 
2009 Keith Urban went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Defying Gravity’, the Australian singers fifth studio album. 
2012 An original and extremely rare 1963 mono copy of the Beatles‘ ‘Please Please Me’ album, signed by the Fab Four, sold on an eBay auction for nearly $25,000. Paul McCartney and John Lennon both signed their names with “love” in royal blue ink whereas George Harrison and Ringo Starr signed their names in midnight blue ink. The autographs were signed in May of 1963. 
2013 Storm Thorgerson, whose album cover artwork includes Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, died aged 69. A childhood friend of the founding members of the band, he became their designer-in-chief. His credits also include albums by Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel and Muse. In 2003, Thorgerson suffered a stroke, from which he recovered. He was later diagnosed with an undisclosed form of cancer, which he battled for several years. 
2015 Green Day was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a part of the 2015 class, in their first year of eligibility. 
2017 Numerous opioid painkillers were found at US singer Prince’s home shortly after his death last year, unsealed court documents show. Some of the pills discovered at Prince’s Paisley Park estate in Minnesota had prescriptions in the name of his friend and bodyguard. But the documents do not offer evidence about the source of the fentanyl that killed the singer on 21 April 2016.

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