Rock 'n' Roll History for
August 18






1958 - ClassicBands.com

August 18
Italy's leading male vocalist, Domenico Modugno, hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100 with "Volare" (Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu). The song would become the year's best selling record and win three Grammy Awards.

August 18
"Patricia" by 41 year old Perez Prado is certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. Three years earlier, the Cuban born band leader had his first US chart topper with "Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White".

1962 - ClassicBands.com

August 18
After a two hour rehearsal, Ringo Starr plays on stage with The Beatles for the first time at Hulme Hall in Port Sunlight, Birkenhead.

1963 - ClassicBands.com

August 18
21-year-old Wayne Newton sees his rendition of "Danke Schoen" peak at #13 on the Hot 100. The song was originally intended for Bobby Darin as a follow-up to his hit single "Mack the Knife", but after seeing Newton perform at the Copacabana, Darin decided to let him record the song.

August 18
"I Who Have Nothing" by Ben E. King tops out at #29, becoming his fifth solo effort to reach the Billboard Top 40 since he left The Drifters in May, 1960. Other notable versions of the song became hits for Terry Knight And The Pack (#46 in 1966), Liquid Smoke (#82 in 1970 ), Sylvester (#40 in 1979) and Tom Jones (#14 in 1970).

1964 - ClassicBands.com

August 18
The Beatles fly across the Atlantic to begin their first full concert tour of the US, with the debut show slated for the following day at The Cow Palace in San Francisco. Opening acts included The Righteous Brothers, The Exciters, Jackie DeShannon and Bill Black's Combo.

1969 - ClassicBands.com

August 18
The Woodstock festival closes after morning performances by The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Sha Na Na and finally, at 9 AM, Jimi Hendrix, who performs his rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner".

August 18
Mick Jagger nearly had his hand blown off when an old gun backfired during the filming the movie Ned Kelly in Australia.

1971 - ClassicBands.com

August 18
John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads" is certified as a million seller in the US. At the time, despite singing that West Virginia was "almost heaven", neither Denver or the song's writers, Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert, had ever been there.

1973 - ClassicBands.com

August 18
According to Cashbox Magazine, Wings had the best selling single in the US with "Live And Let Die". Produced by George Martin, the Grammy nominated song was written specifically for the James Bond film of the same name.

August 18
The Doobie Brothers' "China Grove" is released. A month later it will crack the Hot 100 and eventually reach #15. The song is based on a real town in Texas with the same name, however, the mention of "samurai swords" is inaccurate, as they were in fact Japanese, not Chinese.

1977 - ClassicBands.com

August 18
Two Missouri girls were killed and a third was critically injured when a car being driven by an 18-year-old Memphis teen swerved into a crowd of over 2,000 mourners standing in front of Graceland's music gate at about 4 AM. The driver was charged with drunk driving, leaving the scene of an accident and two counts of second degree murder.

August 18
Funeral services for Elvis Presley are held at Graceland. Inside are 150 mourners, outside are 75,000 more. Presley was entombed in a white marble mausoleum at Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis near the grave of his mother, Gladys, but would be re-buried at Graceland the following November at his father's request.

1978 - ClassicBands.com

August 18
Melvin Franklin of The Temptations was shot four times in the hand and the leg while trying to stop a man from stealing his car in Los Angeles. He survived.

1982 - ClassicBands.com

August 18
The City of Liverpool named four streets after The Beatles, John Lennon Drive, Paul McCartney Way, George Harrison Close and Ringo Starr Drive.

1991 - ClassicBands.com

August 18
Billy Preston was arrested in Los Angeles after a 16 year old boy reported being sexually attacked. Although he pleaded not guilty, Preston was convicted and placed on 5 years probation early in 1992.

1997 - ClassicBands.com

August 18
The Rolling Stones announce plans for their upcoming Bridges To Babylon tour in grand style. The band rolls up to the Brooklyn Bridge in New York in a red '55 Cadillac with Mick at the wheel.

2003 - ClassicBands.com

August 18
Tony Jackson, bass player with The Searchers, died from cirrhosis of the liver. The band had a 1964 UK #1 and US #13 single with "Needles And Pins".

2008 - ClassicBands.com

August 18
Pervis Jackson, bass vocalist and original member of the Motown group The Spinners, died of cancer at the age of 70. The band had a series of hits in the 1970s, including "Rubber Band Man", "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love" and "I'll Be Around".

2010 - ClassicBands.com

August 18
French beauty brand Etat Libre D'Orange announced that they have teamed up with legendary bad boy rockers The Sex Pistols to bottle the scent of the Punk era by launching the band's first fragrance. Company executives said "To wear this scent, you must resist tradition, fight conformity, and disregard aromatic conventions."

August 18
Kenny Edwards, an original member of the Country / Rock band The Stone Poneys, died of cancer at the age of 64. The group, led by vocalist Linda Ronstadt, reached #13 in late 1967 with "Different Drum".

2012 - ClassicBands.com

August 18
Scott McKenzie, who sang the US #4 hit "San Francisco", the unofficial anthem for "the summer of love" in 1967, died of the nervous system disorder Guillain-Barre Syndrome at the age of 73.






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