Music History: August 18th
2012 Pop singer-songwriter Scott McKenzie dies at age 73 in Los Angeles, California, after a two-year struggle with Guillain-Barre syndrome.
2011 During a severe storm, high wind and heavy rain cause a stage to collapse while Chicago band Smith Westerns are performing. Four are killed and over 70 injured. Organizers decide to cancel the festival, where Eminem, Face to Face and Foo Fighters were scheduled to perform.
2004 Film score composer/conductor Elmer Bernstein dies of cancer in Ojai, California, at age 82.
2003 Singer/bass player Tony Jackson (of The Searchers) dies from a combination of health issues - including diabetes, heart disease and cirrhosis of the liver - in Nottingham, England, at age 65.
1991 Billy Preston is arrested on charges of battery after allegedly attacking a 16-year-old prostitute once Preston discovered he was a transvestite. The keyboardist and singer is eventually given five years probation.
1982 The Beatles hometown of Liverpool, England, renames some streets in honor of the band members. There is John Lennon Drive, Paul McCartney Way, George Harrison Close, Ringo Starr Drive, and even Sutcliffe Street (in honor of original bass player Stu Sutcliffe).
1978 The Temptations' Melvin "Blue" Franklin is shot four times in the hand and leg during an attempted carjacking in Los Angeles, but survives.
1977 Elvis Presley's funeral is held at Graceland, where 150 guests are invited inside and about 75,000 fans pay their respects outside.
1973 Jazz drumming legend Gene Krupa plays what is to be his last live show, a gig with the Benny Goodman Quartet in New York City.
1973 Diana Ross' "Touch Me In The Morning" hits #1, where it will stay for one week.
1973 Jethro Tull's LP A Passion Play hits #1.
1973 Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn's "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man" hits #1 on the country chart.
1971 Electronic musician Richard David James (best known as Aphex Twin) is born in Limerick, Ireland.
1969 Rapper Everlast is born Erik Francis Schrody in Valley Stream, New York.
1969 While filming the violent gangster movie Ned Kelly in Australia, Mick Jagger is hit in the hand by a stray bullet from an old gun being used as a prop.
1969 The Beatles finish recording "The End."
1968 MC Eric/Me One (of Technotronic) is born Eric Martin in Cardiff, Wales, UK.
1965 Herman's Hermits lead singer Peter Noone interviews Elvis Presley in Honolulu, where Elvis filming his movie Paradise, Hawaiian Style.
1962 The Beatles perform at the 17th annual fete for the Birkenhead, England, Horticultural Society at the local Hulme Hall, a gig notable as the first time Ringo Starr will play onstage with the band. Ringo had prepared for two hours with the group beforehand.
1958 Domenico Modugno's "Nel Blu, Dipinto di Blu (Volare)" hits #1 for the first of five weeks.
1958 Perez Prado's "Patricia" is certified gold.
1957 Ron Strykert (lead guitarist for Men at Work) is born in Victoria, Australia.
1955 Pete Seeger testifies before the House Un-American Activities Committee, where he is asked if he has performed for communists. Seger replies: "I have sung for Americans of every political persuasion, and I am proud that I never refuse to sing to an audience, no matter what religion or color of their skin, or situation in life. I have sung in hobo jungles, and I have sung for the Rockefellers, and I am proud that I have never refused to sing for anybody."
1950 Dennis Elliott (drummer for Foreigner) is born in Peckham, London, England.
1949 Ralph Flanagan records "You're Breaking My Heart" with vocalist Harry Prime.
1945 R&B singer Barbara Harris (of The Toys) is born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
1945 Sarah Dash (of Labelle) is born in Trenton, New Jersey.
1943 Carl Wayne (lead singer for The Move) is born Colin David Tooley in Winson Green, Birmingham, England.
1939 Pop singer Johnny Preston is born in Port Arthur, Texas.
1937 The first FM (frequency modulation) radio station in the US, Boston's WGTR (now WAAF), is granted its construction permit by the FCC.
1925 Sonny Til (lead singer for The Orioles) is born in Baltimore, Maryland.
1969Jimi Hendrix closes out Woodstock with an early morning performance of "Hey Joe." The festival headliner, he was supposed to play the previous night, but when it runs long, he ends up taking the stage on a Monday morning. His set includes a scorching rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner."
1992 Frances Bean Cobain is born to Courtney Love and Nirvana's Kurt Cobain.
1984 After years toiling in clubs, Red Hot Chili Peppers release their self-titled debut album.
1979 Nick Lowe marries Johnny Cash's stepdaughter, country singer Carlene Carter, in Los Angeles. The wedding is reenacted in Lowe's video for "Cruel To Be Kind." The pair get divorced in 1990.
1979 Chic's "Good Times" hits #1 in America as disco still has some dance. It holds the top spot for one week.