Almanac: October 18, 2015

Birthdays
  • 1918 - Bobby Troup (d. 1999)
  • 1919 - Anita O'Day (d. 2006)
  • 1926 - Chuck Berry (89)
  • 1938 - Ronnie Bright (Valentines, Cadillacs, Coasters) (76)
  • 1940 - Cyntha Weil (75)
  • 1943 - Russ Giguere (Association) (72)
  • 1946 - Joe Egan (Stealers Wheel) (69)
  • 1947 - Laura Nyro (d. 1997)
  • 1949 - Gary Richrath (REO Speedwagon) (d. 2015)
  • 1953 - Vickie Wynans (62)
  • 1956 - Dick Crippen (Tenpole Tudor) (59)
  • 1961 - Wynton Marsalis (54)
  • 1965 - Curtis Stigers (50)
  • 1967 - Tim Cross (Sponge) (48)
  • 1971 - Mark Morrison (Bluetones) (44)
  • 1974 - Peter Svensson (Cardigans) (41)
  • 1974 - Nonchalant (born Tanya Pointer) (41)
  • 1975 - Baby Bash (born Ronnie Bryant) (40)
  • 1977 - Simon Rix (Kaiser Chiefs) (38)
  • 1980 - Josh Gracin (35)
  • 1982 - Ne-Yo (born Shaffer Smith, Jr.) (33)

Deaths
  • 1994 - Lee Allen (early rock saxophonist) (67)
  • 2000 - Julie London - Stroke (74)
  • 2007 - Lucky Dube - Murdered (43)
  • 2008 - Dee Dee Warwick - Effects of narcotics addiction (63)

On This Day
  • 1956 - Elvis Presley was assaulted by a gas station owner who was upset that the singer had drawn a small crowd of autograph seekers.
  • 1957 - Paul McCartney made his first appearance with the Quarry Men.
  • 1964 - The Animals opened their first headlining tour in Manchester, England.
  • 1966 - The Jimi Hendrix Experience played their first show as a band in Paris, France.
  • 1967 - The movie How I Won the War with John Lennon opened in London.
  • 1968 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono were charged with obstruction after marijuana was found in their apartment.
  • 1968 - Bob Wills was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • 1969 - Paul Kantner of the Jefferson Airplane is arrested for marijuana possession.
  • 1969 - Richard Nadar held his first Rock and Roll Revival concert in New York.
  • 1974 - Mary Woodson, the ex-girlfriend of Al Green, poured a boiling pot of grits on the singer and then commits suicide.
  • 1979 - Johnny Cash was awarded the United Nations Humanitarian Award. 
  • 1984 - Mickey Gilley receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 
  • 1986 - For the first time in U.S. chart history, female vocalists held the top three positions on the singles chart (Janet Jackson (When I Think of You), Tina Turner (Typically Male), Cyndi Lauper (True Colors))
  • 1989 - Axl Rose announced he was quitting Guns N' Roses to the crowd at the Los Angeles Colisseum.
  • 1990 - It was Rocky Horror Picture Show Day in Los Angeles.
  • 1992 - Loretta Lynn was released after two days in a Nashville jail after swearing at her former husband in front of their children.
  • 2000 - Zach De La Rocha quit Rage Against the Machine.
  • 2002 - The Ronettes lost their court case against Phil Spector that he owed them money for the use of their songs in movies, advertising and television.
  • 2005 - Midge Ure of Ultravox received his Officer of the British Empire (OBE) from the Queen for his music and charity work.
  • 2007 - Amy Winehouse and her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil were arrested in Norway for marijuana possession.
  • 2007 - Alison Krauss and Robert Plant record a CMT Crossroads show. 
  • 2007 - It was announced that the Spice Girls' Greatest Hits album would be available two months early exclusively through Victoria's Secret stores.

Marriages
  • 1952 - Hank Williams and Billie Jean Jones
  • 1983 - John Anderson and Jamie Atkinson
  • 1986 - Christine McVie (Fleetwood Mac) and Eduardo Quintela
  • 1998 - Frank Sinatra, Jr. and Cynthia McMurrey

Recorded
  • 1964 - Eight Days a Week - Beatles
  • 1976 - The Buzzcocks had their first recording session in Manchester, England.

Released
  • 2005 - Jesus, Take the Wheel - Carrie Underwood (debut single)

Broadcasts
  • 1968 - Hollywood Palace (ABC) - Jackson 5 (broadcast debut)
  • 1975 - Saturday Night Live (NBC) (second program) - Simon & Garfunkel
  • 2002 - CMT Crossroads - James Taylor & Dixie Chicks
  • 2008 - Saturday Night Live (NBC) - Adele

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