Today In Oldies Music History: October 18--
Births1926: Chuck Berry
1937: Cynthia Weil
1938: Ronnie Bright (The Coasters)
1943: Russ Giguere (The Association)
1947: Laura Nyro
1949: Joe Egan (Stealers Wheel)
1949: Gary Richrath (REO Speedwagon)
1952: Keith Knudsen (The Doobie Brothers)
Deaths1994: Lee Allen
1997: Glen Buxton (Alice Cooper)
2000: Julie London
Events1922: The British Broadcasting Corporation, or BBC, the first national broadcasting corporation, is founded on this day in London.
1957: For the Quarrymen's gig at the New Clubmoor Hall, Norris Green, Liverpool, Paul McCartney joins the group on stage for the first time, as a guitar player. Having made a few mistakes on his solo for Arthur Smith's "Guitar Boogie," a distressed and nervous McCartney attempts to repair his image by showing Quarrymen leader John Lennon some of the songs he's composed. John responds in kind, leading to the beginning of the Lennon-McCartney songwriting partnership.
1957: ABC-TV debuts The Frank Sinatra Show.
1959: 75 teens are arrested outside of the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, KS after a riot breaks out, further goading civic leaders to decry the rock and roll "menace."
1963: Chuck Berry is released from prison after serving 19 months for a Mann Act violation (transporting a minor across state lines for immoral purposes).
1964: The Animals begin their first UK tour as headliners, playing the ABC Club in Manchester with supporting acts Carl Perkins, Gene Vincent, the Nashville Teens, and Tommy Tucker.
1967: The Richard Lester movie How I Won The War, an antiwar satire featuring John Lennon in the role of Pvt. Gripweed, opens at London's Premiere Theatre, with all four Beatles attending.
1968: John Lennon and Yoko Ono are busted for marijuana possession in their apartment in London's Montague Square, a flat leased to them by Ringo and previously lived in by Jimi Hendrix. Having gotten wind of the bust ahead of time (and also having begun experimenting with heroin), John, Yoko, and John's friend Pete Shotton clean the place to within an inch of its life, but the police nevertheless claim to find approximately 230 grains of cannabis resin, enough to arrest the two. Later in the day, fater paying a 150 pound fine, the pair are released, but not before Yoko begins to feel discomfort in her stomach, an ominous symptom of the miscarriage she will soon suffer.
1969: In Hawaii, Paul Kantner of the Jefferson Airplane is arrested for possession of marijuana.
1969: Rod Stewart joins the Faces, formerly known as the Small Faces.
1969: A clearly ill Bill Haley plays the First Annual Rock and Roll Revival show at New York's Madison Square Garden and, at the end of his set, receives an eight-minute standing ovation.
1969: The Jackson 5 make their television debut when they appear on tonight's episode of ABC's variety show Hollywood Palace.
1974: Al Green's ex, Mary Woodson, still jealous over his infidelities, breaks into his home in Memphis, TN, and dumps a pot of boiling grits on the singer's naked body while he is in the bathtub, burning Green very badly. A distraught Woodson then goes into the next room and takes her life with a handgun. Green will later point to this incident as one of the major catalysts for his decision to leave secular music behind.
1975: Paul Simon reunites with former partner Art Garfunkel on tonight's second-ever episode of Saturday Night Live, performing "Scarborough Fair," "The Boxer," and their new single, "My Little Town."
1979: Police break up a 15-man robbery ring set up in the parking lot of Madison Square Garden during an Earth, Wind and Fire concert there.
1979: After a series of renovations, New York's legendary venue Radio City Music Hall re-opens with a showing of its first film, Disney's Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs.
1986: Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie marries her second husband, Portugese music composer Eduardo Quintela.
1990: The city of Los Angeles declares today "Rocky Horror Picture Show Day" in honor of the 1975 cult classic musical.
2002: Citing a contract all group members signed in 1963, the New York Court of Appeals overturns an earlier ruling that awarded three million dollars in unpaid royalties from Phil Spector to the Ronettes, ending a 15-year court battle for the group.
Releases1967: The Kinks, "Autumn Almanac"
Recording1935: Tommy Dorsey, "I’m Getting Sentimental Over You"
1964: The Beatles: "Eight Days A Week," "Kansas City / Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!," "Mr. Moonlight," "I Feel Fine," "I'll Follow The Sun," "Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby," "Rock And Roll Music," "Words Of Love"
1964: The Beatles: "If I Needed Someone," "In My Life"
Charts1969: The Temptations' "I Can't Get Next To You" hits #1
1975: John Denver's LP Windsong hits #1