Friday, May 18, 2012

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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