On This Day In Music 18th July

1910 Jazz pianist Joe “Fingers” Carr is born Louis Ferdinand Busch in Louisville, Kentucky. He will eventually become an A&R man and studio pianist for Capitol Records, playing on tracks from Peggy Lee, Jo Stafford, and Tennessee Ernie Ford. He died September 19, 1979 (aged 69). 
1924 Earl Beal born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Baritone singer with The Silhouettes. He died on the March 22, 2001.
1929 Screamin’ Jay Hawkins (Jalacy Hawkins) born in Cleveland, Ohio. US Singer & Songwriter. (1956 ‘I Put A Spell On You’, 1993 UK No.42 single ‘Heart Attack And Vine’). Hawkins died after emergency surgery for an aneurysm on February 12, 2000, in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, near Paris aged 70.
1931 Papa Dee Allen born in Wilmington, Delaware. US percussion player and songwriter with War. (1976 UK No.12 single ‘Low Rider’). Died from a heart attack while performing on stage on 30th August 1988. 
1935 Johnny Funches born in Chicago. Illinois. First tenor and lead vocals with the Dells from (1952–58, 1960-1961) He died on 23rd January 1998. 
1938 Don Allen – US Drummer with the String-A-Longs.
1938 Ian Stewart born in Pittenweem, Fife, Scotland. He was a Scottish keyboardist and co-founder of the Rolling Stones. He was removed from the line-up in May 1963 at the request of manager Andrew Loog Oldham who felt he didn’t fit the band’s image. He remained as road manager and pianist and was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with the rest of the band in 1989.Stewart died of a heart attack in his doctor’s Harley Street waiting room on 12th December 1985. 
1939 Brian Auger born in Hammersmith.London, England. UK Keyboard Player & songwriter with Steampacket, Trinity, Oblivion Express.(1968 UK No.5 single with Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger And The Trinity, ‘This Wheel’s On Fire’). 
1939 Dion Dimucci born in The Bronx, New York. US singer, (1961 US No.1 & UK No.11 single ‘Runaround Sue’). 
1941 Lonnie Mack (Lonnie McIntosh) born in. West Harrison, Indiana. US Singer. His biggest hit came in 1963 with the Chuck Berry song, Memphis. Lonnie Mack died of natural causes on April 21, 2016, at a country hospital near his log-cabin home, seventy miles east of Nashville, Tennessee. He had often told friends of a lifelong recurring dream, set near his childhood home, in which “his body [flew] effortlessly across the Ohio River”. He was buried on a hillside overlooking the river, near the scenes of his youth, in Aurora, Indiana.
1941 Martha Reeves born in Detroit, Michigan. Lead singer for the US trio Martha & The Vandellas. (1964 US No.2 & 1969 UK No.4 single with The Vandellas ‘Dancing In The Street’, plus ten US & six UK other top 40 singles). 
1941 Frank Farian (Franz Reuther) born in Germany. Singer/Songwriter and producer with Boney M. 
1943 Robin McDonald born in Nairn, Scotland. UK Guitarist and Bassist with , Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas, (1964 UK No.1 & US No.7 single ‘Little Children’). Also played with Engelbert Humperdink’s backing group. He died 9 September 2015. 
1945 Danny McCullock born in Shepherd’s Bush, West London. UK Bass Player. Best known as the bassist of the 1960s psychedelic rock group Eric Burdon & The Animals. He left in 1968 to try a solo career. He died from heart failure on 29 January 2015, aged 69.
1946 Tim Lynch born in San Francisco, California. (guitar, harmonica, vocals) with The Flamin Groovies, (1976 album ‘Shake Some Action). 
1948 Phil Harris born in Muswell Hill, London. UK Lead Guitarist with Ace, (1974 UK No.20 single ‘How Long’). He died August 2010.
1948 Cesar Zuiderwyk born in The Hague, Netherlands. Dutch Drummer with Golden Earring, (1974 UK No.7 & US No.13 single ‘Radar Love’). 
1949 Wally Bryson born in Gastonia, North Carolina. Guitarist with The Raspberries, (1972 US N.5 single ‘Go All The Way’). 
1950 Phoebe Snow born in Manhattan, New York. US singer, songwriter, (1975 US No.5 single ‘Poetry Man’, 1979 UK No.37 single ‘Every Night’). She suffered a cerebral hemorrhage on January 19, 2010 and slipped into a coma, enduring bouts of blood clots, pneumonia and congestive heart failure. Phoebe died on April 26, 2011 at age 60 in Edison, New Jersey.
1950 Glenn Hughes born in The Bronx, New York. The mustached leather-clad biker in The Village People, (1978 US No.2 & 1979 UK No.1 single ‘YMCA’).Hughes died in March 2001, aged 50, at his Manhattan apartment from lung cancer.
1950 Sir Richard Branson born in Surrey, England. founder of Virgin Records and the Virgin Empire. 
1953 Truck driver Elvis Presley made his first ever recording when he paid $3.98 at the Memphis recording service singing two songs, ‘My Happiness’ and ‘That’s When Your Heartaches Begin’. The so-called vanity disc, was a gift for his mother. It would surface 37 years later as part of an RCA compilation called ‘Elvis – the Great Performances’. 
1954 Ricky Scaggs born in Cordell, Kentucky. American country and bluegrass singer, musician, producer, and composer. He primarily plays mandolin; however, he also plays fiddle, guitar, mandocaster and banjo. 1982 Country Music Association singer of the year, (US country No.1 single ‘Crying My Heart Out Over You’). 
1955 Terry Chambers born in Swindon, Wiltshire. UK Drummer with XTC, (1982 UK No.10 single ‘Senses Working Over Time’). 
1957 Keith Levene born in Wood Green, London. UK Guitarist. He was a founding member of The Clash, and a founding member of Public Image Ltd (PiL), along with John Lydon. (1983 UK No.5 single ‘This Is Not A Love Song’). 
1958 Nigel Twist born in Manchester, England. Drummer with The Alarm, (1983 UK No.17 single ’68 Guns’). 
1960 Brenda Lee went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I’m Sorry’ it made No.12 in the UK. Seeking publicity the 4′ 11 tall singer was once billed as a 32-year- old midget and had the nickname Little Miss Dynamite. 
1960 “When Will I Be Loved” by The Everly Brothers peaked at #8 on the US singles chart.
1962 Jack Irons born in Los Angeles, California. American drummer and multi-instrumentalist. He is best known as the founding drummer of the American rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, and as a former member of Pearl Jam, with whom he recorded two studio albums.
1964 The Four Seasons started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Rag Doll’, the group’s fourth No.1 and a No.2 hit on the UK chart. Co-writer Bob Gaudio said that he got the inspiration for the song from a young girl in tattered clothes that cleaned his car windows at a stop light. 
1964 The Rolling Stones appeared on the US chart for the first time when their cover of Buddy Holly’s ‘Not Fade Away’ peaked at No.48. 
1964 “Can’t You See That She’s Mine” by The Dave Clark Five” peaked at #4 on the US singles chart.
1964 “Good Times” by Sam Cooke peaked at #11 on the US singles chart.
1966 Bobby Fuller leader of The Bobby Fuller Four was found dead in his car in Los Angeles aged 22. Fuller died mysteriously from gasoline asphyxiation, while parked outside his apartment. Police labelled it a suicide, but the possibility of foul play has always been mentioned. Had the 1966 US No.9 single ‘I Fought The Law’ written by Sonny Curtis of Buddy Holly’s Crickets and covered by The Clash. 
1968 Gary Puckett & the Union Gap’s “Lady Willpower” is certified Gold. 
1968 Des O’Connor was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Pretend’, the singers only UK No.1. 
1968 Hugh Masekela received his only gold record certified by the RIAA for the instrumental “Grazing in the Grass.”
1968 Tania Kernaghan born in Albury, NSW. Australian Country Singer & sister of Lee Kernaghan.
1968 Working at Abbey Road studios The Beatles recorded ‘Cry Baby Cry’ and ‘Helter Skelter.’ One take of ‘Helter Skelter’ lasted 27′ 11”, the longest Beatle recording ever. 
1969 During sessions at Abbey Road studios, London, Ringo Starr recorded his vocal to ‘Octopus’s Garden.’ Starr had written the song when he ‘quit’ The Beatles the previous year and was staying on actorPeter Seller’s yacht in the Mediterranean. 
1970 UK BBC Radio 1 DJ Kenny Everett was sacked after he joked on air that the wife of the conservative transport minister Mary Peyton had ‘crammed a fiver into the examiner’s hand’, when taking her driving test’. 
1970 Pink Floyd, Roy Harper, Kevin Ayers, and the Edgar Broughton Band, all appeared at a free concert held in Hyde Park, London, England. 
1972 All six members of Sly & the Family Stoneare arrested in Hollywood after police search their tour bus and find two pounds of marijuana and two vials of cocaine. 
1972 Boston Mayor Kevin White helps get Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones out of jail in Warwick, R.I., so they can make their performance at the Boston Garden. The two were arrested for getting into a scuffle with a Providence, R.I., photog
1973 Bruce Springsteen played the first of four nights at Max’s Kansas City in New York City, New York, supported by Bob Marley and The Wailers who were on their first ever North American tour. 
1974 The US Justice Department ordered John Lennon out of the country by September 10th. The Immigration and Naturalization Service denied him an extension of his non-immigrant visa because of his guilty plea in England to a 1968 marijuana possession charge. The US Court of Appeal would overturn the deportation order in 1975 and Lennon was granted permanent resident status the following year.
1975 “Barry Manilow II” album by Barry Manilow was certified Gold by the RIAA. Containing ‘Mandy’ & ‘it’s a Miracle’. 
1975 Daron Malakian born in Los Angeles, California. Guitarist with System of a Down, (2001 US No.1 & UK No.13 album ‘Toxicity’, 2005 US No.1 & UK No.2 album ‘Mezmerize’). 
1978 Once a member of Stealers Wheel, Gerry Raferty earns a gold record for “Baker Street.”
1978 Def Leppard made their live debut at Westfield School, Sheffield, England in front of 150 students. 
1980 “Shining Star” single by The Manhattans was certified Gold by the RIAA
1980 Billy Joel held the top position of both the US albums and singles charts. His album Glass Houses contained his first and biggest number 1 hit, ‘It’s Still Rock ‘n’ Roll to Me.’ 
1980 Closer, the second and final album from Joy Division, is released just two months after the suicide of founding member and singer Ian Curtis. Its claustrophobic, synth-laden sound, combined with Curtis’s nihilistic lyrics make it a defining moment in England’s post-punk scene 
1983 Following up on momentum from their free Central Park reunion concert, Simon and Garfunkel start a 19-city tour in Akron, Ohio 
1985 “Under A Blood Red Sky” album by U2 was certified Platinum by the RIAA. Including ‘New Years Day’, ‘Gloria’, ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’ & ‘I Will Follow’. 
1987 “Funky Town” by Psuedo Echo peaked at #6 on US singles chart.
1988 Nico died after suffering a minor heart attack while riding a bicycle on holiday with her son in Ibiza Spain. The German born singer-songwriter and keyboard player with Velvet Underground, had also worked as a fashion model and actress. 
1988 “Lap Of Luxury” album by Cheap Trick was certified Gold by the RIAA. Including ‘The Flame’ & ‘Don’t Be Cruel’. 
1988 Ike Turner was sentenced in Santa Monica, California to one year in jail for possessing and transporting cocaine. Police had stopped Turner, former husband of Tina Turner, in August 1987 for driving erratically and found about six grams of rock cocaine in his car. 
1990 “The Power” single by Snap was certified Platinum by the RIAA 
1991 Bobby Brown married Whitney Houston at her New Jersey estate. 
1991 The first night of the ‘Lollapalooza’ tour at The Compton Terrace, Phoenix, featuring, Living Colour, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Jane’s Addiction, Nine Inch Nails, Henry Rollins Band and The Butthole Surfers. 
1992 Actor and singer Jimmy Nail had his first UK No.1 single with ‘Ain’t No Doubt’. 
1992 Bobby Brown married Whitney Houston at her New Jersey estate who was dressed in a $40,000 Marc Bouwer wedding gown. Those in attendance included Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan, Natalie Cole, Patti LaBelle and Freddie Jackson. After years of making tabloid headlines, she would file for divorce in September, 2006. 
1992 “Achy Breaky Heart,” a #1 country hit from Billy Ray Cyrus, peaks at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. 
1998 1998, The Beastie Boys went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Hello Nasty’, only the second rap album to make No.1 in the UK, the first being Wu-Tang Clan. javascript:void(0)
2001 Kiss, added another product to their ever-growing merchandising universe: the “Kiss Kasket.” The coffin featured the faces of the four founding members of the band, the Kiss logo and the words “Kiss Forever.” Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell was buried in one after he was shot and killed on-stage in Dec 2004.
2001 Weezer releases “Hash Pipe,” the first single from Weezer (aka The Green Album). 
2002 Rapper Mystikal and two other men were arrested on suspicion of raping a 40-year-old woman in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Mystikal, (real name Michael Tyler), was charged with the offence as well as one of extortion after giving himself up to police, he was subsequently released on $250,000 (£161,000) bail.
2002 The Rolling Stones crew chief, 54 year old Royden Magee, who had worked with the band for 30 years, died during a rehearsal in Toronto. A spokesman for the band said Magee had said that he wasn’t feeling well and went to another room to take a nap. The Stones had just finished dinner and resumed rehearsing when they got word that Magee had collapsed and stopped breathing. He was taken by ambulance to nearby Sunnybrook Hospital. He was pronounced dead on arrival. The members of the band said they were devastated by his death. javascript:void(0)
2007 Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler were ordered to pay their former chef compensation after losing a sexual discrimination case. Jane Martin, 41, was awarded £24,944 at an employment tribunal in Southampton, England after she was sacked by Miss Styler from the couple’s estate in Wiltshire because she became pregnant
2007 Paul Simon filed a law suit against Rhythm USA Inc. a Georgia-based subsidiary of a Japanese firm, claiming the company never had his permission to sell wall clocks that played ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’. The suit claimed that as one of the best known songs throughout the world, a proper licensing agreement would earn at least a $1 million licensing fee.
2008 Rolling Stone guitarist Ronnie Wood was ‘seeking help’ with his battle with alcohol in a rehabilitation centre. The move followed tabloid speculation over the state of his 23-year marriage to former model Jo Wood. ‘Following Ronnie’s continued battle with alcohol he has entered a period of rehab,’ his spokeswoman said.
2008 Billy Joel plays the “Last Play at Shea” concert – the final show before Shea Stadium is closed down. Joel is joined on stage by Paul McCartney, Garth Brooks, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, and The Who’s Roger Daltrey. 
2012 The Who announce of a tour to revive their rock opera Quadrophenia. The original run of the film of Quadrophenia debuted in 1979; the album in 1973. Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, as the surviving members of the group, are also tapped to perform the ending song for the 2012 Olympic games in London 
2017 R&B singer R Kelly denied allegations that he was holding several young women in an “abusive cult”. The singer’s lawyer said he would work “diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name”. A report accused the singer of brainwashing women, who got closer to him in an effort to boost their musical careers. He had faced previous accusations of sexual misconduct, but was never found guilty.

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