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This Day in rock history: Nov 18th

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Eddie Vedder
Eddie Vedder

  • 1956, Fats Domino appeared on the US TV Ed Sullivan Show performing ‘Blueberry Hill.’ Before the song became a rock and roll standard it had been recorded by various artists including Louis Armstrong, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Gene Autry and Jimmy Dorsey. The version by Fats Domino was ranked No.82 in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
  • 1965, Manfred Mann, The Yardbirds and Paul and Barry Ryan all appeared at the ABC Cinema, Stockton, Cleveland, North East England.
  • 1972, Cat Stevens started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Catch Bull At Four’. The title was taken from one of the Ten Bulls of Zen a series of short poems and accompanying pictures that are intended to illustrate the stages of a Buddhist practitioner’s progression towards enlightenment.
  • 1974, Genesis released the double concept album The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway their sixth studio album and the last album by the group to feature the involvement of lead singer Peter Gabriel.
  • 1976, Richard Hell and the Voidoids made their debut at CBGB’s New York. Hell was an innovator of punk music and fashion and was one of the first to spike his hair and wear torn, cut and drawn-on shirts, often held together with safety pins. Malcolm McLaren, manager of the Sex Pistols, has credited Hell as a source of inspiration for the Sex Pistols’ look and attitude.
  • 1978, Billy Joel went to No.1 on the US album chart with his sixth studio album, ’52nd Street’. His first US No.1 album was also the first commercial album to be released on compact disc (by Sony Music Entertainment) and won Joel the 1979 Grammy for Album of the Year.
  • 1978, This week’s UK Top 5 singles: No.5, The Cars, ‘My Best Friend’s Girl’, No.4, Rod Stewart, ‘Do You Think I’m Sexy’, No.3, Dan Hartman, ‘Instant Replay’, No.2, Olivia Newton- John, ‘Hopelessly Devoted To You’ and No.1, The Boomtown Rats, ‘Rat Trap’ giving the Irish band their first UK No.1 single and the first chart topper by a punk or new wave act.
  • 1983, R.E.M. made their first appearance outside the US when they appeared on Channel 4 UK TV show The Tube.  The following night they made their live UK debut when the played at Dingwalls, London.
  • 1992, British group Black Sabbath were honoured with a star at the Rock Walk in Hollywood, California.
  • 1993, Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder was arrested in New Orleans for disturbing the peace after a fight broke out in a bar.
  • 2003, American composer and orchestral arranger Michael Kamen died of a heart attack in London aged 55. Worked with Pink Floyd, Queen, Eric Clapton, Roger Daltrey, Aerosmith, Tom Petty, David Bowie, Eurythmics, Queensryche, Rush, Metallica, Herbie Hancock, The Cranberries, Bryan Adams, Jim Croce, Sting, and Kate Bush. Kamen co-wrote the Bryan Adams’ ballad ‘(Everything I Do), I Do It for You.’
  • 2007, US celebrity publicist Paul Wasserman, died aged 73 of respiratory failure. His clients included The Rolling Stones, The Who, Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Paul Simon,Tom Petty and James Taylor. His career ended in 2000, when he was jailed for six months for swindling some of his friends by falsely claiming to be selling shares in investment schemes that he said were backed by stars like U2.

Born on this day:

  • 1936, Born on this day, Don Cherry, jazz musician, stepdaughter & father of Neneh and Eagle Eye Cherry. Cherry died on 19th October 1995.
  • 1941, Born on this day, Con Clusky, The Bachelors, (1964 UK No.1 single ‘Diane’, plus 16 other UK Top 40 singles).
  • 1949, Born on this day, Herman Rarebell, The Scorpions, (1991 UK No.2 single ‘Wind Of Change’).
  • 1950, Born on this day, Graham Parker, singer, The Rumour, (1978 UK No.32 single ‘Hey Lord Don’t Ask Me Questions’)
  • 1950, Born on this day, Rudy Sarzo, bass, Whitesnake, (1987 US No.1 & UK No.9 single ‘Here I Go Again’). Also worked with Dio, Quiet Riot and Ozzy Osbourne.
  • 1954, Born on this day, John Parr, (1985 US No.1 & UK No.6 single ‘St Elmo’s Fire’).
  • 1958, Born on this day, Laura Lynch, American country musician and songwriter, a founding member of the all-woman country music band the Dixie Chicks. (1999 UK No.26 single, ‘There’s Your Trouble’, 2000 single ‘Cowboy Take Me Away’, 1999 US No.1 album Wide Open Space’).
  • 1960, Born on this day, Kim Wilde, singer, (1981 UK No.2 single ‘Kids In America’, 1987 US No.1 single ‘You Keep Me Hanging On’, plus 20 other Top 50 UK singles).
  • 1962, Born on this day, Kirk Hammett, guitar, Metallica, (1991 UK No.5 single ‘Enter Sandman’, 1991 US & UK No.1 album ‘Metallica’).
  • 1972, Born on this day, Matt Knight, Toploader, (2000 UK No.7 single ‘Dancin In The Moonlight’).
  • 1984, Born on this day, Johnny Christ, American bassist, songwriter of Avenged Sevenfold, who had the 2010 US No.1 album Nightmare and the 2013 US No.1 album Hail to the King.

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