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Music History: October 18th:
2013 Rockabilly guitarist Roland Janes dies at age 80 after suffering a heart attack. As a Sun Records session guitarist, he played on tracks from Jerry Lee Lewis, Charlie Rich, and Sonny Burgess, among others.
2011 A Birmingham County Court declares four of the original members of UB40 bankrupt. Even after selling 70+ million records over their 33-year career, saxophone player Brian Travers, drummer Jimmy Brown, trumpeter Terence "Astro" Wilson and percussionist Norman Hassan fail to fight off bankruptcy proceedings over debts related to the band's now defunct record label DEP International.
2011 The Stone Roses announce they are to reunite after a 15-year split. The band confirms three gigs at Heaton Park in Manchester on June 29th, 30th and July 1st 2012, and also claim a world tour and new album is in the works.
2008 R&B/soul singer Dee Dee Warwick dies after a long struggle with ill health in Essex County, New Jersey, at age 63. Known for the '60s hits "I Want to Be with You" and "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me."
2001 Mexican singer Paulina Rubio, whose languishing career made a spectacular comeback with her 2000 release, Paulina, is the big winner at the third annual El Premio de la Gente Ritmo Latino Music Awards. Rubio wins for Album of the Year and Best Female Artist of the Year, while her hit "Y Yo Sigo Aqui" wins in the music video category.
2000 Jazz/pop singer Julie London dies in Encino, California, at age 74, five years after a stroke left her in poor health. Known for her signature song, "Cry Me a River" (1955).
2000 Rage Against The Machine lead singer, Zack De La Rocha, quits the politically charged rock outfit. In a statement, he says, "I feel that it is now necessary to leave Rage because our decision-making process has completely failed. It is no longer meeting the aspirations of all four of us collectively as a band, and from my perspective, has undermined our artistic and political ideal."
1997 Hanson sing the national anthem in Miami before Game 1 of the World Series between the Marlins and the Cleveland Indians.
1994 Tenor saxophonist Lee Allen dies of cancer in Los Angeles, California, at age 68. A prominent rock-and-roll session musician, his sax playing can be heard anywhere from Little Richard's "Tutti-Frutti" to Fats Domino's "I'm Walking" to Etta James' "Tough Lover."
1991 Los Angeles declares it "Rocky Horror Picture Show Day" in honor of the 1975 cult classic musical.
1989 During a gig opening for The Rolling Stones in Los Angeles, Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses announces on stage: "Unless certain people in this band get their s--t together, these will be the last Guns N' Roses shows you'll f--king ever see. Cause I'm tired of too many people in this organization dancing with Mr. Brownstone." His bandmates promise to clean up after the incident.
1988 Stephen M. Love, brother of Beach Boys singer Mike Love, pleads guilty in LA Municipal Court to one count of grand theft. He had embezzled $900,000 from the band he formerly managed. God only knows why.
1986 Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie marries her second husband, Portuguese music composer Eduardo Quintela.
1984 Jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding is born in Portland, Oregon. She wins the 2011 Grammy Award for Best New Artist, becoming the first Jazz artist to do so... beating out nominee Justin Bieber in the process.
1979 R&B singer Ne-Yo is born Shaffer Chimere Smith in Camden, Arkansas. He is raised in Las Vegas, Nevada.
1979 Police break up a 15-man robbery ring set up in the parking lot of Madison Square Garden during an Earth, Wind & Fire concert at the venue.
1979 After a series of renovations, New York's legendary venue Radio City Music Hall re-opens with a showing of its first film, Disney's Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs.
1975 Rapper Baby Bash is born Ronnie Ray Bryant in Vallejo, California. Known for songs like "Cyclone," featuring T-Pain, and "What Is It," featuring Sean Kingston.
1975 John Denver's LP Windsong hits #1.
1974 Peter Svensson (main songwriter/guitarist for The Cardigans) is born in Huskvarna, Sweden.
1969 Rod Stewart joins Faces, formerly known as Small Faces.
1969 The Jackson 5 make their TV debut and first appearance as a Motown act when they appear on the variety show Hollywood Palace.
1969 The Temptations' "I Can't Get Next To You" hits #1 for the first of two weeks.
1967 The Richard Lester movie How I Won The War, an antiwar satire featuring John Lennon in the role of Pvt. Gripweed, opens at London's Premiere Theatre, with all four Beatles attending.
1966 The Jimi Hendrix Experience play their first major gig, supporting the French pop star Johnny Hallyday at the Olympia Theatre in Paris.
1964 The Animals begin their first UK tour as headliners, playing the ABC Club in Manchester with supporting acts Carl Perkins, Gene Vincent, The Nashville Teens, and Tommy Tucker.
1964 The Beatles record "Eight Days A Week," "Kansas City"/"Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!," "Mr. Moonlight," "I Feel Fine," "I'll Follow The Sun," "Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby," "Rock And Roll Music," and "Words Of Love."
1964 The Beatles record "If I Needed Someone" and "In My Life."
1963 Chuck Berry is released from prison after serving 20 months for a Mann Act violation (transporting a minor across state lines for immoral purposes).
1961 Wynton Marsalis, jazz trumpeter, composer and teacher, is born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Music for Blood on the Fields, a three-and-a-half hour jazz oratorio telling the story of a couple finding freedom from slavery.
1957Paul McCartney and John Lennon perform together for the first time after Paul joins John's band the Quarrymen. The show takes place at New Clubmoor Hall in their hometown of Liverpool, and Paul plays guitar.
1957 The second Frank Sinatra Show debuts on ABC, lasting only one season. The singer's first version of the show lasted two seasons.
1949 Gary Richrath (guitarist for REO Speedwagon) is born in Peoria, Illinois.
1947 Laura Nyro, singer, songwriter and pianist, is born in The Bronx, New York.
1946 Joe Egan (co-founder of Stealers Wheel) is born in Paisley, Scotland.
1943 Russ Giguere (vocalist/percussionist/guitarist for The Association) is born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, but would be raised in San Diego, California.
1940 Songwriter Cynthia Weil is born in New York. Known for her work with husband Barry Mann, including "On Broadway," "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling," and "We Gotta Get Out of This Place," to name a few.
1938 R&B singer Ronnie Bright (of The Coasters) is born in New York.
1935 Tommy Dorsey records "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You."
1926 Chuck Berry is born in St. Louis, Missouri.
1922 The British Broadcasting Corporation, or BBC, the first national broadcasting corporation, is founded on this day in London.
1899 Gussie Davis, the first popular black Tin Pan Alley composer, dies at age 35.
1969Promoter Richard Nader puts on the first "Rock and Roll Revival" concerts, with performances by Chuck Berry, The Coasters, The Shirelles, Sha Na Na and Bill Haley. Held at Madison Square Garden's Felt Forum, the two shows sell out, leading to a series of similar concerts and the emergence of the "oldies" format.
2008 Adele is the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, performing "Cold Shoulder" and "Chasing Pavements." Sarah Palin is on the show, which leads to a huge audience and lots of exposure for Adele, which gives her a huge boost in America.
1975 Saturday Night Live airs its second episode, which is hosted by Paul Simon, who gets most of the airtime.More
1974 Al Green's "Grits Incident": When a stewardess friend of Green's shows up to meet the singer, he ends up at his Memphis home with her and his companion, Mary Woodson. When Green takes a bath, Woodson pours a pot of boiling grits in the tub, burning him badly before going in the next room and killing herself with his gun. Green takes these disturbing events as a sign from God and focuses his career on gospel music and preaching.
1961 Mirisch Pictures releases the film version of the Broadway musical West Side Story, starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, and Rita Moreno. The soundtrack features music by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim - including the song "Somewhere," later recorded by Tom Waits, Aretha Franklin, Josh Groban, Kylie Minogue, and others.