Rock 'n' Roll History for
December 18






1961 - ClassicBands.com

December 18
After reaching #15 with "Tonight I Fell In Love" earlier in the year, a Brooklyn, New York group called The Tokens scored the top tune on the Billboard charts with "The Lion Sleeps Tonight".

December 18
Le Roy Van Dyke achieved the rare feat of having a Country song cross over to the Billboard Pop chart when "Walk On By" peaked at #5. Five years earlier he also had a Top 20 hit with "Auctioneer" and would return the following Spring with "If A Woman Answers (Hang Up The Phone)", which would reach #35.

1962 - ClassicBands.com

December 18
The Beatles return to Hamburg, Germany for the fifth and final time, where they will play a twelve night run at The Star Club.

1964 - ClassicBands.com

December 18
Funeral services are held in Chicago for Sam Cooke. A crowd of fans break the glass doors and cause other damage to the A.R. Leak Funeral Home and so many of them surround the limo of James Brown, he is forced to leave.

1969 - ClassicBands.com

December 18
A New York Times article estimates that the youth audience in America accounts for 75-percent of the $1 billion spent annually on recorded music.

1971 - ClassicBands.com

December 18
"I Gotcha" by Joe Tex is released by Dial Records. The song will reach #1 on the Billboard R&B chart in late January 1972, largely because of the publicity caused by way Tex slurred the line "Told you not to play with my affection," which causes many listeners to mistake the last word for one that rhymes with it.

December 18
Sly And The Family Stone had the number one album on the Billboard chart with "There's A Riot Going On". The original title of the LP was "Africa Talks to You", but was renamed in response to Marvin Gaye's landmark album "What's Going On".

1982 - ClassicBands.com

December 18
Hall And Oates overtook The Everly Brothers as the top recording duo of all time when their biggest hit, "Maneater" reached number 1 on the US singles chart. It made #6 in the UK.

1983 - ClassicBands.com

December 18
With Mick Jagger as the best man, Keith Richards marries model Patti Hansen during a ceremony in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The couple have two daughters, Theodora Richards and Alexandra Richards.

1991 - ClassicBands.com

December 18
Gilbert O'Sullivan wins an injunction that prevents rapper Biz Markie from sampling his 1972 hit "Alone Again (Naturally)" for a new Rap single called "Alone Again".

2003 - ClassicBands.com

December 18
Michael Jackson was formally charged with seven counts of committing lewd or lascivious acts upon a child under the age of fourteen and two counts of administering an intoxicating agent.

2004 - ClassicBands.com

December 18
A Gibson SG guitar that George Harrison used during the recording of "Revolver" and John Lennon played on "The Beatles" (the White Album) sold for 294,000 Pounds ($570,000) at an auction in New York.

2010 - ClassicBands.com

December 18
British plane passengers were left fuming when Madonna was allowed to leave a diverted Virgin aircraft two hours before other travelers. The material girl was onboard a flight from New York to London, but the plane was diverted to nearby Stansted Airport because of heavy snowfall.

2012 - ClassicBands.com

December 18
Mick Jagger appears on The Late Show With David Letterman where he read The Top 10 Things I've Learned After 50 Years In Rock And Roll. One of the things on the list was "Nobody wants to hear anything from your new album."

December 18
The Discovery Channel announced that because of poor ratings, Ted Nugent's reality TV show American Guns was not being renewed and that they had no plans to air any re-runs.

2014 - ClassicBands.com

December 18
Larry Henley, the lead singer of The Newbeats, died of Lewy Body Dementia at the age of 77. His group placed four songs in the Billboard Top 40, including the #2 hit "Bread And Butter" in 1964. He later enjoyed a prolific song writing career which included Bette Midler's 1989 #1 song, "Wind Beneath My Wings".

2015 - ClassicBands.com

December 18
The Kinks' Ray and Dave Davies performed together for the first time in twenty years when Ray joined his brother on stage at London's Islington Assembly Hall. The pair performed their 1964 smash "You Really Got Me" and re-ignited hope that the Davies brothers would put aside their years of bickering and animosity and reform the band.






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