Saturday, February 18, 2017

Today in Music History...February 18, 2017

Music History: February 18


1914: Pee Wee King
1933: Yoko Ono
1941: Herman Santiago (Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers), Irma Thomas
1947: Dennis DeYoung (Styx)
1953: Robbie Bachman (Bachman-Turner Overdrive)
1954: John Travolta




1927: The "first great voice of the air," Jessica Dragonette, makes her radio debut on Cities Service Concerts.
1938: Bob Hope's film The Big Broadcast of 1938 debuts in New York. The film introduces Hope's signature song, "Thanks For The Memory."
1964: While vacationing in Miami during their first trip to America, the Beatles engage in a photo shoot with heavyweight boxer Cassius Clay, better known later as Muhammad Ali. Clay: "You guys got to be making a lot of money. You ain't as dumb as you look." John Lennon: "No, but you are." That night the group visits a local drive-in to watch the new Elvis film Fun In Acapulco.
1968: David Gilmour joins Pink Floyd as the replacement for founding member and guitarist Syd Barrett, who had already checked into a psychiatric hospital due to declining mental health. 
 1968: Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney, along with their female companions, head to Rishikesh, India to join the other two members of the Beatles in studying under the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
1969: The Bee Gees' Maurice Gibb marries Lulu at St. James' Church, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, England. Three thousand fans turn out to see the nuptials.
1973: Four men climb on stage during Elvis Presley's show in Las Vegas, ostensibly to shake his hand. Fearing a threat to his life, Elvis and bassist Jerry Scheff immobilize the men using karate moves. No charges are filed. Elvis tells the audience: "I'm sorry, ladies and gentlemen. I'm sorry I didn't break his goddamned neck, is what I'm sorry about."
1973: The nationally syndicated radio concert series The King Biscuit Flower Hour premieres, featuring Blood Sweat and Tears, the Mahavishnu Orchestra, and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.
1980: Bill Wyman announces his intention to leave his group, the Rolling Stones, by 1983. The bassist is convinced to stay on, which he does until 1992.
1980: Filming begins on Ringo Starr's new comedy, Caveman.
2001: James Taylor marries his second wife, Caroline.


1974: Ringo Starr, "Oh My My"
1974: KISS, KISS


1942: The Mills Brothers, "Paper Doll"
1959: Ray Charles, "What'd I Say"
1959: The Everly Brothers: "When Will I Be Loved," "Let It Be Me"
1965: The Beatles: "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away," "Tell Me What You See"
1969: Elvis Presley: "And the Grass Won't Pay No Mind," "Power of My Love," "After Loving You"


1972: Neil Young's album Harvest is certified gold


1956: Kay Starr's "Rock and Roll Waltz" hits #1
1967: The Buckinghams' "Kind of a Drag" hits #1

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