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Today in Oldies Music History: March 18

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Today In Oldies Music History: March 18

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Births

1936: Robert Lee Smith (The Tams)
1938: Charlie Pride
1941: Wilson Pickett
1947: B.J. Wilson (Procul Harum)
1950: John Hartman (The Doobie Brothers)

Deaths

2001: John Phillips (The Mamas and the Papas)
2010: Fess Parker

Events

1902: Opera legend Enrico Caruso begins his path to becoming the world's first recording star when he waxes ten songs for Italy's Gramophone and Typewriter Company.
1939: Frank Sinatra makes his very first recording, a demo called "Our Love," recorded with the Frank Mane band.
1958: Jerry Lee Lewis becomes the first musician to appear on American Bandstand actually singing and not lip-synching his performance. Singing "Great Balls Of Fire," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," and "Breathless" live, he also becomes the first guest to perform three songs on the program.
1959: EMI announces its intention to halt production of 78 rpm records.
1960: Rio Bravo, the classic Howard Hawks/John Wayne Western that also stars Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson, opens in US theaters.
1965: In a scandal that cements their reputation as bad boys (and which may have been planned by manager Andrew Loog Oldham), the Rolling Stones are arrested for publicly urinating on the side of a gas station in Essex after a show.
1965: The Standells guest star as themselves on tonight's "Far-Out Munsters" episode of CBS-TV's The Munsters.
1967: Steve Winwood, teenage singer/organist formerly with the Spencer Davis Group, forms Traffic with Jim Capaldi, Dave Mason, and Chris Wood.
1972: Ringo Starr, in his first directing role, films tonight's T. Rex concert in Wembley for his upcoming Marc Bolan documentary Born To Boogie.
1973: At Earl's Court in London, Pink Floyd perform their just-released album Dark Side Of The Moon in its entirety for the first time.
1975: Ken Russell's bizarre and controversial film of the Who's rock opera Tommy premieres in New York.
1976: David Bowie has his first starring role on film as the alien fantasy The Man Who Fell To Earth premieres in London.
1978: Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees occupies the top three spots on the Billboard charts as a songwriter and producer: Samantha Sang's "Emotion" at #3, younger brother Andy Gibb's "(Love Is) Thicker Than Water" at #2, and the Bee Gees' own "Night Fever" in the top spot for the first of eight solid weeks.
1982: Returning from a Philadelphia basketball game, Teddy Pendergrass is permanently paralyzed from the waist down when the brakes on his Rolls Royce fail, causing him to cross into oncoming traffic and crash into a tree. Miraculously, he returns to the stage in 1984.
1992: Donna Summer is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7000 Hollywood Blvd.
1994: Darryl Jones replaces longtime bassist Bill Wyman in the Rolling Stones.
1994: The New Orleans suburb of Kenner, LA, renames a section of 4th Street as Lloyd Price Avenue in honor of the musician, who grew up in the area.
2002: Liza Minelli marries her fourth husband, promoter David Gest, in New York. Natalie Cole sings "Unforgettable" at the ceremony, and Dionne Warwick, Petula Clark, and the Doobie Brothers all play at the opulent reception. The union would last not quite a year and a half.
2002: In New York, Isaac Hayes, Brenda Lee, and Gene Pitney (among others) are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Releases

1967: The Five Americans, "Western Union"
1968: The Beatles, "Lady Madonna"

Recording

1960: The Everly Brothers, "Cathy's Clown"

Charts

1950: Teresa Brewer's "Music! Music! Music!" hits #1
1967: The Beatles' "Penny Lane" hits #1
1972: Neil Young's "Heart Of Gold" hits #1
1978: The Bee Gees' "Night Fever" hits #1

Certifications

1970: Brook Benton's "Rainy Night In Georgia" is certified gold
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