July 18th: On this Day in Music History
|1960, Brenda Lee went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I'm Sorry' it made No.12 in the UK. Seeking publicity the 4' 11 tall singer was once billed as a 32-year- old midget and had the nickname Little Miss Dynamite.|
|1964, The Four Seasons started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Rag Doll', the group's fourth No.1 and a No.2 hit on the UK chart. Co-writer Bob Gaudio said that he got the inspiration for the song from a young girl in tattered clothes that cleaned his car windows at a stop light.|
|1964, The Rolling Stones appeared on the US chart for the first time when their cover of Buddy Holly's 'Not Fade Away' peaks at No.48.|
1967, This week's Top 3 US singles, No.3, Light My Fire, The Doors, No.2, Can't Take My Eyes Off You, Frankie Valli, and No.1, The Association 'Windy'.
1968, Working at Abbey Road studios The Beatles recorded 'Cry Baby Cry' and 'Helter Skelter.' One take of 'Helter Skelter' lasted 27' 11'', the longest Beatle recording ever.
1969, During sessions at Abbey Road studios, London, Ringo Starr recorded his vocal to 'Octopus's Garden.'
|1970, UK BBC Radio 1 DJ Kenny Everett was sacked after he joked on air that the wife of the conservative transport minister Mary Peyton had 'crammed a fiver into the examiner's hand', when taking her driving test'.|
|1970, Pink Floyd, Roy Harper, Kevin Ayers, and the Edgar Broughton Band, all appeared at a free concert held in Hyde Park, London, England.|
|1972, Members from Sly and the Family Stone were arrested after police found two pounds of marijuana in the group's motor home.|
|1973, Bruce Springsteen played the first of four nights at Max's Kansas City in New York City, New York, supported by Bob Marley and The Wailers who were on their first ever North American tour.|
|1974, The US Justice Department ordered John Lennon out of the country by September 10th. The Immigration and Naturalization Service denied him an extension of his non-immigrant visa because of his guilty plea in England to a 1968 marijuana possession charge. The US Court of Appeal would overturn the deportation order in 1975 and Lennon was granted permanent resident status the following year.|
1978, Def Leppard made their live debut at Westfield School, Sheffield, England in front of 150 students.
1980, Billy Joel held the top position of both the US albums and singles charts. His album Glass Houses contained his first and biggest number 1 hit, 'It's Still Rock 'n' Roll to Me.'