Wednesday, May 18, 2011

ROCK HISTORY - IT HAPPENED ON MAY 18


Toyah
No.1
1968 Archie Bell: Tighten Up US 45
1968 Scott Walker: Scott 2 UK LP
1974 Rubettes: Sugar Baby Love UK 45
1974 Ray Stevens: The Streak US 45
1985 Simple Minds: (Don't You) Forget About Me US 45
1991 Hi-Five: I Like the Way US 45
1991 R.E.M. : Out Of Time : US LP
1996 Bones-Thugs-N-Harmony : The Crossroads : US single
1996 Ash : 1977 : UK LP
2008 Neil Diamond : Home Before Dark : US & UK LP

Births
1949 Rick Wakeman (Yes)
1949 Bill Wallace (Guess Who)
1952 George Strait
1953 Butch Tavares (Tavares)
1958 Toyah
1961 Russel Senior (Pulp)

Deaths
1980 Ian Curtis (Joy Division)

Miscellany
1956 Carl Perkins' Blue Suede Shoes hits UK chart
Ash
1957 Chuck Berry's School Day tops US R&B chart
1963 Beatles begin their first headlining tour at the Granada, Slough
1969 Oh Happy Day by Edwin Hawkins released in UK
1971 The Band launch their first European tour in Rotterdam, Holland
1973 Paul Simon releases Kodachrome in the US
1979 Night Owl by Gerry Rafferty and Girls Talk by Dave Edmunds released in the UK
1985 Marillion hit UK chart with Kayleigh
1985 Prince hits US Hot 100 at No. 27 with Raspberry Beret (on way to No. 2)
1999 25-year-old Robbie O'Neil was found dead from a heroin overdose at Shane MacGowan's (The Pogues) London flat.

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