Music Almanac - August 18

Birthdays
  • 1906 - Curtis Jones (d. 1971)
  • 1907 - Enoch Light (d. 1978)
  • 1928 - Sonny Til (Orioles) (d. 1981)
  • 1934 - Ronnie Carroll (d. 2015)
  • 1938 - Allen Reynolds (country producer)
  • 1939 - Molly Bee (d. 2009)
  • 1939 - Johnny Preston (d. 2011)
  • 1940 - Bryan Bowers (credited with reintroducing the autoharp)
  • 1943 - Carl Wayne (Move) (d. 2004)
  • 1945 - Vince Melouney (Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs, Bee Gees)
  • 1945 - Sarah Dash (Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles)
  • 1945 - Barbara Harris (Toys)
  • 1949 - Nigel Griggs (Split Enz)
  • 1950 - Dennis Elliott (Forigner)
  • 1950 - Jamie O'Hara (O'Kanes)
  • 1952 - Patrick Swayze (d. 2009)
  • 1953 - Jim Ayoub (Mahogany Rush)
  • 1953 - Marvin Isley (Isley Brothers) (d. 2010)
  • 1956 - Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz (Weird Al Yankovic)
  • 1967 - Dan Peters (Mudhoney)
  • 1967 - Blas Gomez (Slaughter)
  • 1967 - Tracy Tracy (Primitives)
  • 1969 - Everlast (born Erik Schrody)
  • 1971 - Richard D James (Aphex Twins)
  • 1977 - Régine Chassagne (Arcade Fire)
  • 1981 - Jonathan Schneck (Relient K)
  • 1983 - Mika (born Michael Penniman)

Deaths
  • 1999 - Johnny Byrne (Rory Storm & the Hurricanes) (60)
  • 2003 - Tony Jackson (Searchers) - Cirrhosis of the liver (65)
  • 2004 - Elmer Bernstein - Cancer (82)
  • 2008 - Pervis Jackson (Spinners) - Cancer (70)
  • 2012 - Scott McKenzie - Guillain–Barré syndrome (73)

On This Day
  • 1962 - Ringo Starr debuted with the Beatles in Birkenhead, England.
  • 1963 - The Louvin Brothers performed for the last time as a duo.
  • 1964 - The Beatles arrived in San Francisco in preparation for their first U.S. tour. 6,000 met them at the airport.
  • 1966 - Paul Jones left Manfred Mann, replaced by Mike d'Abo.
  • 1969 - Mick Jagger was accidentally shot in the hand on the set of Ned Kelly.
  • 1973 - Gene Krupa played for the last time with the Benny Goodman Quartet.
  • 1976 - It was reported that Marvin Gaye was facing two five-day sentences in jail for overdue alimony and child support.
  • 1977 - The funeral of Elvis Presley was held at Graceland.
  • 1977 - The police played their first show as a three-man group in Birmingham, England.
  • 1982 - Streets were named after each of the Beatles in Liverpool.
  • 1990 - Jazzie B from Soul II Soul was injured in a car accident.
  • 1992 - Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love became parents of daughter Frances Bean.
  • 1997 - The Rolling Stones announced their Bridges to Babylon tour.
  • 1999 - Chris Barron of the Spin Doctors is said to have rare paralysis of his vocal chords.
  • 2000 - Joey Molland of Badfinger finishes a show in Darrington, WA after falling off the stage and breaking his leg.
  • 2003 - Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake start their Justified & Stripped Tour in New York.
  • 2003 - Mary J. Blige says that hundreds of thousands of dollars were stolen from her bank account by her managers.
  • 2005 - Eminem is hospitalized for dependency on sleep medication after cancelling his European tour.
  • 2006 - Justin Hawkins of the Darkness voluntarily checked into a rehabilitation clinic for exhaustion.

Marriages
  • 1979 - Nick Lowe and Carlene Carter
  • 1984 - Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran) and Julie Anne

Recorded
  • 1961 - Big Bad John - Jimmy Dean

Released
  • 1956 - Hound Dog - Big Mama Thornton (single)
  • 1962 - If I Had a Hammer - Peter, Paul & Mary (single)
  • 1973 - China Grove - Doobie Brothers (single)
  • 1986 - Slippery When Wet - Bon Jovi
  • 1987 - Permanent Vacation - Aerosmith
  • 1998 - I Don't Want to Miss a Thing - Aerosmith (single)

Gold & Platinum
  • 1981 - Long Distance Voyager - Moody Blues (Platinum)

Broadcasts
  • 1979 - Eat the Document (PBS documentary) - John Lennon, Bob Dylan

Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1956 - Hound Dog / Don't Be Cruel - Elvis Presley (11 weeks)
  • 1958 - Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare) - Domenico Modugno (1 week)
  • 1973 - Touch Me in the Morning - Diana Ross (1 week)
  • 1979 - Good Times - Chic (1 week)
  • 2001 - Fallin' - Alicia Keys (3 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 1951 - Show Boat - Soundtrack (18 weeks)
  • 1973 - A Passion Play - Jethro Tull (1 week)
  • 2001 - Now That's What I Call Music 7 - Various Artists (3 weeks)
  • 2007 - Finding Forever - Common (1 week)
  • 2012 - God Forgives, I Don't - Rick Ross (1 week)
  • 2018 - Astroworld - Travis Scott (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1956 - My Prayer - Platters (2 weeks)
  • 1973 - Let's Get It On - Aretha Franklin (6 weeks)
  • 2001 - Fallin' - Alicia Keys (4 weeks)
  • 2012 - No Lie - 2 Chainz Featuring Drake (5 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1958 - Blue Blue Day - Don Gibson (3 weeks)
  • 1973 - Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man - Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty (1 week)
  • 1979 - Coca Cola Cowboy - Mel Tillis (1 week)
  • 1984 - Still Losing You - Ronnie Milsap (1 week)
  • 1990 - Next to You, Next to Me - Shenandoah (3 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1973 - Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose - Tony Orlando & Dawn (3 weeks)
  • 2007 - Home - Daughtry (8 weeks)
  • 2012 - Somebody That I Used to Know - Gotye Featuring Kimbra (16 weeks)

Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1966 - Yellow Submarine/Eleanor Rigby - Beatles (4 weeks)
  • 1984 - Careless Whisper - George Michael (3 weeks)
  • 2001 - 21 Seconds - So Solid Crew (1 week)
  • 2007 - With Every Heartbeat - Robyn With Kleerup (1 week)
  • 2012 - Heatwave - Wiley Featuring Ms D (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.K. Albums
  • 1973 - We Can Make It - Peters and Lee (2 weeks)
  • 2001 - Right Now - Atomic Kitten (1 week)
  • 2007 - Made of Bricks - Kate Nash (1 week)
  • 2012 - Talk That Talk - Rihanna (1 week)
  • 2016 - Blossoms - Blossoms (2 weeks)

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