Music History: April 18
2014 Deon Jackson dies at age 68 from unknown causes. He was most famous for his 1966 sweet soul hit "Love Makes The World Go Round," but his output also made him a hero on both the South Carolina beach music and UK Northern Soul scenes.
2009 Sable Starr dies of brain cancer in Reno, Nevada at the age of 51. In the 1970s she was a famous groupie, following rock stars around the venues of LA from the age of 14. At the time of her death she has retired from the rock and roll lifestyle and is working in a casino.
2003 Etta James gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1997 Rock guitarist Jay Hening (Demolition 23) dies from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
1996 Bernard Edwards (bass guitarist for Chic) dies of pneumonia at age 43 after a Chic concert at the Budokan Arena in Tokyo, Japan.
1985 Liberace breaks his own record at Radio City Music Hall, pulling in two million dollars for his latest engagement.
1983 #1 Billboard Pop Hit: Dexys Midnight Runners's "Come On Eileen"
1981 Chris Squire and Alan White of Yes begin rehearsals with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin. It doesn't lead anywhere, and Yes gets back together to release their 1983 album 90125.
1978 The movie FM, which will become the basis for the TV show WKRP in Cincinnati, makes its debut. Linda Ronstadt and Jimmy Buffett both appear in the film.
1977 #1 Billboard Pop Hit: Thelma Houston's "Don't Leave Me This Way"
1974 James Brown's "The Payback" is certified Gold.
1973 The Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young documentary Journey Through The Past, directed by Neil Young, debuts at the Dallas Film Festival.
1971 The Diana Ross television musical special Diana, featuring guest stars The Jackson 5, Bill Cosby, and Danny Thomas, airs on ABC.
1970 Greg Eklund (drummer for Everclear) is born in Jacksonville, Florida.
1966 Ana Voog (lead singer of The Blue Up) is born Rachel Olson in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
1965 #1 Billboard Pop Hit: Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders' "Game Of Love"
1964 American Bandstand airs a taped telephone interview with The Beatles.
1963 Bobby Bare records "Detroit City."
1963 After a The Beatles performance at Royal Albert Hall in London for the radio show Swingin' Sound '63, Paul McCartney meets the actress Jane Asher. They become one of the most popular couples in England and get engaged, but they never marry and split up in 1968. This relationship inspires several Beatles songs, including "<a href="http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=21">All My Loving</a>" and "I'm Looking Through You."
1960 Bobby Rydell appears as "The Singing Delinquent" on an episode of the TV series Make Room For Daddy.
1958 Les Pattinson (bass guitarist for Echo & the Bunnymen) is born in Ormskirk, Lancashire, England.
1957 Second Lt. Buddy Knox is called up for six months active duty by the US Army Reserves.
1946 Lennie Baker (saxophonist for Sha Na Na) is born in Whitman, Massachusetts.
1946 Actress and singer Hayley Mills is born in London, England, to English actors John Mills and Mary Hayley Bell. She joins older sister Juliet Mills.
1946 Skip Spence (Quicksilver Messenger Service, Moby Grape, Jefferson Airplane) is born Alexander Lee Spence in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
1943 Drummer Clyde Stubblefield, who plays on many of James Brown's recordings, is born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. When hip-hop emerges in the '80s and '90s, many of the tracks sample his drums on tracks like "Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud" and "Cold Sweat."
1940 Mike Vickers (Manfred Mann) is born in Southampton, Hampshire, England.
1939 Pianist Glen Hardin is born in Wellington, Texas. In addition to playing with Buddy Holly's band The Crickets, Hardin will record with artists such as Elvis Presley, John Denver, Emmylou Harris, and Rick Nelson.
1938 Jazz pianist Hal Galper - known for his work with Chet Baker, Stan Getz, Anita O'Day, and Joe Williams - is born in Salem, Massachusetts.
1924 Blues musician Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown is born in Vinton, Louisiana.
1918 Guitarist Tony Mottola, known for working with Frank Sinatra and Perry Como, is born in Kearny, New Jersey.
1987Aretha Franklin and George Michael's duet "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" hits #1 in the US, returning Franklin to the top spot for the first time since "Respect" in 1967. The feat breaks the record for the longest span between #1 hits.
2013 Storm Thorgerson, a visionary designer who did classic artwork for Led Zeppelinand Pink Floyd, dies of cancer at age 69.
2013 Public Enemy becomes the fourth hip-hop act inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (the others that preceded PE into the Hall were Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, Run-DMC, and the Beastie Boys). Other 2013 inductees are Rush, Heart, Albert King, Donna Summer, and Randy Newman.
2008 Foxy Brown is released from Riker's Island jail after serving an eight month sentence for battery.
1988 Legendary Motown songwriters Holland/Dozier/Holland are inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame.
1988 The accused murderer of reggae legend Peter Tosh, Dennis "Leppo" Lobban, goes on trial in Jamaica.