Rock 'n' Roll History for
September 18






1956 - ClassicBands.com

September 18
A fight broke out during a Fats Domino concert at the Naval base in Newport, Rhode Island, where several are injured and arrested. Rock and Roll music would be banned at the club for a month.

1957 - ClassicBands.com

September 18
A record hop style show called The Big Record premieres on CBS-TV. Hostess Patti Page welcomed her guests, Sal Mineo, Billy Ward And The Dominos and Tony Bennett.

1960 - ClassicBands.com

September 18
On his twenty-first birthday, Frankie Avalon is given $600,000 that he earned as a minor.

1961 - ClassicBands.com

September 18
Bobby Vee scores his third US Top Ten hit and his only number one with "Take Good Care Of My Baby". The song reached #3 on the UK chart.

September 18
15 year old English actress Hayley Mills sees her US debut recording "Let's Get Together" enter the Billboard charts, where it will reach #8. Concentrating mostly on her film career, she would have just one more hit next year when "Johnny Jingo" reached #21.

1970 - ClassicBands.com

September 18
Freda Payne tops the UK chart for the first of six weeks with "Band Of Gold", a song that she was reluctant to record because she thought it was more appropriate for a much younger woman. The record would go on to reach #3 in America and sell over a million copies.

September 18
After scoring twelve US number one hits with The Supremes, Diana Ross has her first solo US chart topper with "Ain't No Mountain High Enough". It made #6 in the UK.

September 18
27 year old Rock legend Jimi Hendrix died in Kensington, London, England. He was in an ambulance after taking too many sleeping pills when he choked to death on his own vomit and was pronounced D.O.A. at the hospital. His death was ruled an accident, but in 1993 an investigation was re-opened by Scotland Yard. When no new evidence was unearthed, the matter was dropped.

1971 - ClassicBands.com

September 18
Bobby Sherman's TV sitcom Getting' Together premieres on ABC. It would be cancelled after just 14 episodes.

1974 - ClassicBands.com

September 18
John Lennon appears as a guest D.J. on New York radio station WNEW-FM.

1976 - ClassicBands.com

September 18
"Play That Funky Music" by a Steubenville, Ohio quintet called Wild Cherry topped the Billboard Pop chart. It was the first of five chart singles for the band who took their name from a box of cough drops.

September 18
Boston's "More Than A Feeling" is released in the US, where it will reach #5. In the UK, the song topped out at #22.

1979 - ClassicBands.com

September 18
Greg Arama, bassist for The Amboy Dukes on their 1968 hit, "Journey To The Center Of The Mind", was killed in a motorcycle accident. He was 29 years old.

1981 - ClassicBands.com

September 18
More than ten years after Jim Morrison's death, The Doors' "Greatest Hits" album goes Platinum.

1983 - ClassicBands.com

September 18
KISS appeared in public for the first time without their make-up when they guested on MTV, promoting the release of their newest album, "Lick It Up".

1996 - ClassicBands.com

September 18
At Sotheby's in London, Julian Lennon successfully bids just over $39,000 for the recording notes for a song that Paul McCartney wrote for him, "Hey Jude". At the same event, John Lennon's scribbled lyrics to "Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite" sold for $103,500.

1998 - ClassicBands.com

September 18
Charlie Foxx, a guitarist and vocalist who teamed up with his sister Inez on the 1963 Billboard #7 hit "Mockingbird", died of leukemia at the age of 68.

1999 - ClassicBands.com

September 18
Carl Perkins Day is celebrated in the state of Tennessee.

2012 - ClassicBands.com

September 18
Using a survey of more than 160,000 readers, British music magazine NME named John Lennon as Rock's ultimate icon. Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher placed second, followed by David Bowie, Arctic Monkeys star Alex Turner and late Nirvana icon Kurt Cobain.

2015 - ClassicBands.com

September 18
The Who was forced to postpone all 50 dates of The Who Hits 50! tour because lead singer Roger Daltrey had contracted viral meningitis. Plans were made to reschedule for the Spring of 2016.

September 18
A tune called "Love Song to the Earth", billed as by Paul McCartney & Various Artists, debuted on Billboard's Pop Digital Songs chart at #36 with 11,000 first-week downloads.






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