Wednesday, 18 May 2016
Today in rock history 18th May
1911 – Big Joe Turner is born in Kansas City, Mo. His shouting blues inspired rock singers like Elvis Presley and Little Richard. 1942 – Albert Hammond, who wrote the meteorologically misleading “It Never Rains in Southern California,” is born in London. He also wrote “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” for Starship with Diane Warren. 1949 – Keyboardist Rick Wakeman of Yes is born in London. 1949 – William Wallace, Guess Who, is born 1963 – Bob Dylan duets with Joan Baez on “With God on Our Side” at the Monterey Folk Festival. 1963 – The Beatles begin their third U.K. tour supporting Roy Orbison. By the end of the 21-date tour, the fast-rising band was the headliner. 1964 – David Frost interviews Paul McCartney on the BBC show A Degree of Frost. 1965 – Here’s a Grammy Awards ceremony to remember. After Peter Sellers presents the Beatles with the Best Performance by a Vocal Group trophy, John Lennon leads the band in an a cappella rendition of “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary.” 1966 – It’s Bruce Springsteen’s first day at a recording studio as the Castiles (of which the Boss is a member) cut their song “That’s What You Get.” 1968 – The Doors, the Animals, Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother & the Holding Company, Country Joe & the Fish, and Taj Mahal all play the Northern California Folk Rock Festival. 1969 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Get Back,” The Beatles. 1972 – According to today’s New York Times, the Beatles have agreed to split the fortune they accrued in their partnership. Paul McCartney says they’ve come to this arrangement to free up the $17 million that was frozen as they sued one another. 1979 – Journey host The Midnight Special, with special guests the Jacksons and Herbie Hancock. 1982 – Joe Strummer reappears after fleeing the Clash and moving to Paris for a month. He claims his disappearance was due to exhaustion and doubts about his career. 1993 – Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS are given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 2003 – Aussie rockers INXS play a gig at a Singapore restaurant to prove the country is safe despite the outbreak of the deadly SARS virus. 2005 – Dave Matthews Band top the album charts with Stand Up, while Weezer’s Make Believe debuts beneath the jam rockers at No. 2. 2011 – Roger Waters performs “The Wall Live” in London at the 02 Arena.! The show was sold out.