March 18

Image courtesy of my buddy DanCh :)1939 : Frank Sinatra made his first recording, a song called ‘Our Love’, with the Frank Mane band.

1958 : Jerry Lee Lewis becomes the first artist to sing three songs on an episode of ABC-TV’s American Bandstand (and he sings, not lip-synchs them).

1965 : The Rolling Stones were each fined £5 ($8.50) for urinating in a public place, following an incident that had taken place at a petrol station after a gig at the ABC Theatre in Romford, Essex, England. This was after the last show on their fifth UK package tour with The Hollies, The Konrads, all girl-group Goldie and the Gingerbreads and Dave Berry and the Cruisers.

1965 : John Lennon gave his friend and ex-Quarry Man Pete Shotton £20,000 to open Hayling Supermarkets. Lennon, George Harrison and Shotton became joint directors of Hayling Supermarkets Ltd.

1965 : The Standells appear on an episode of NBC-TV’s The Munsters.

1965 : On Moosic Street in Scranton, Pennsylvania, a tractor-trailer carrying 15 tons of bananas loses control and crashes into cars, telephone poles, and houses on its way down the hill, injuring many people and killing the driver.
Singer/Songwriter Harry Chapin tells the story of the tragic event in his song, “30,000 Pounds Of Bananas.”

1967 : The UK music magazine New Musical Express announced that former Spence Davis Group member Steve Winwood was planning to form a new group with Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and Dave Mason. The ensemble would choose the name Traffic.

1967 : The Beatles scored their 13th US No.1 single with ‘Penny Lane / Strawberry Fields Forever’. The song’s title is derived from the name of a street near Lennon’s house, in Liverpool. McCartney and Lennon would meet at Penny Lane junction in the Mossley Hill area to catch a bus into the centre of the city.

1972 : Neil Young started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Heart Of Gold’ with backing vocals by James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt. His only Top 20 hit as a solo artist reached No.10 on the UK chart.

1972 : Paul Simon scored his first solo No.1 album when his self-titled debut went to the top on the UK charts. Featuring the singles ‘Mother And Child Reunion’ and ‘Me And Julio Down By The School Yard.’

1972 : T Rex played the first of two sold out nights at Wembley’s Empire Pool; Ringo Starr filmed the shows for the ‘Born To Boogie’ Apple documentary.

1976 : The Man Who Fell To Earth, starring David Bowie, premieres in London. The film is based on Walter Tevis’ novel of the same name, about an alien who visits Earth in search of water for his planet, which is suffering from a drought.

1977 : The Clash released their debut single ‘White Riot.’ It peaked at No.38 on the UK charts.

1978 : The Bee Gees had the Top 3 on the US singles charts, ‘Night Fever’ at No.1, ‘(Love is) Thicker Than Water’, by brother Andy at No.2, co-written by Barry Gibb and ‘Emotion’ by Samantha Song written and produced by The Bee Gees at No.3.

1978 : California Jam II takes place at Ontario Motor Speedway outside of Los Angeles. The largest festival of the late ’70s, performers include Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Foreigner, Santana and Heart, Mahogany Rush and Dave Mason. An estimated 350,000 fans attend; the Los Angeles Times reports that 700 of them were treated for overdoses of Angel Dust.

1989 : A radio station in California arranged to have all it’s Cat Stevens Records destroyed by having a steamroller run over them in protest of the singer’s support of Ayatollah Khomeni.

1991 : After attending an in-store promo appearance U2 were fined $850 after being found guilty of selling condoms illegally at the Virgin Megastore, Dublin.

1994 : Kenner, Louisiana names a street “Lloyd Price Avenue” in honor of their native son.

1994 : Bassist Darryl Jones replaces Bill Wyman in The Rolling Stones.

1994 : Courtney Love calls the police fearing that her husband, Kurt Cobain, is suicidal. Police confiscate four guns and 25 boxes of ammo from his home.

1996 : The Sex Pistols announce that they are reuniting for a 20th anniversary tour, which they call the Filthy Lucre Tour. They would tour again in 2002 and 2007.

2001 : American singer, guitarist, and songwriter John Phillips of Mamas and The Papas died of heart failure aged 65. His first band, The Journeymen, were a folk trio, Mamas and The Papas had the US No.1 ‘Monday, Monday’. Phillips was married to Michelle Gilliam, they had one child together, Chynna Phillips, vocalist of the 1990’s pop trio Wilson Phillips. His second solo album was released on Rolling Stones records and featured Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mick Taylor and Ronnie Wood.

2002 : Brenda Lee, Gene Pitney, Isaac Hayes, The Ramones, Talking Heads and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers are inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The ceremony took place at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.

2004 : Courtney Love exposed her breasts during an appearance on David Letterman’s TV talk show. The singer who had her back to the audience flashed at the presenter while singing the song Danny Boy. After the show, she went on to perform a surprise gig at the Plaid night-club in Manhattan where she was alleged to have injured a man by throwing a microphone stand into the crowd. Ms Love was charged with assault and reckless endangerment.

2011 : Organisers of an attempt to reunite 19 people who watched The Beatles play in a town hall in 1963 had claims from 24 people who said they were there. Billy Shanks was helping to lead the search for the audience members of the gig in Dingwall, Ross-shire, Scotland in 1963. He said some who turned up thought the music was rubbish and left to join an audience of 1,200 watching a local band in nearby Strathpeffer.

2011 : Jet Harris, bass guitarist for The Shadows, died from throat cancer at the age of 71. Jet played on the hit ‘Apache’ and during their days as Cliff Richard’s backing band, performed on the chart-topper ‘Living Doll’. In 1962 he left the group and had solo hits with ‘Besame Mucho’ and ‘The Man With The Golden Arm’.

2013 : David Bowie’s first album in a decade become the fastest-selling of the year, hitting the No.1 spot in the UK in its first week of release. ‘The Next Day’ was the 66-year-old’s first No.1 since 1993’s ‘Black Tie White Noise’ and sold 94,000 copies in the first week.