In 1927, the “First Great Voice of the Air” Jessica Dragonette, makes her radio debut on Cities Service Concert.
Bob Hope’s film in 1938 “The Big Broadcast of 1938” debuts in New York. The film introduces Hope’s signature song “Thanks For The Memory”.
In 1956, The Platters “The Great Pretender”, started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles music chart, at No.5 in the UK.
Ray Charles recorded “What I’d Say” in New York City in 1959. The song had evolved in concert as a call-and-response between Charles and his female backup singers. It became Charles’ biggest hit to date, reaching No.1 on the R&B and No.6 on the pop music charts.
In 1962, on weekend leave from marine training, The Everly Brothers appeared on the US Ed Sullivan show, in full uniform and with regulation cropped hair, singing their new single “Crying In The Rain”.
In 1964, while vacationing in Miami during their first trip to America, The Beatles engage in a photo shoot with heavyweight boxer Cassius Clay, better known later as Muhammad Ali.
The Kinks in 1965, were at No.1 on the UK singles music chart with “Tired Of Waiting For You”, the group’s second UK No.1.
While working at Abbey Road Studios in London in 1965, The Beatles recorded two new songs: John Lennon’s “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away”, and a new Paul McCartney song “Tell Me What You See”.
In 1966, Beach Boy Brian Wilson recorded the future classic song “Good Vibrations” which went to become the band’s third US number one hit. As a child, his mother told him that dogs could pick up “vibrations” from people, so that the dog would bark at “bad vibrations”. Wilson turned this into the general idea for the song.
The Buckinghams started at two-week run at No.1 on the US singles music chart with “Kind Of A Drag” in 1967. This would be the group’s only US No.1 and it did not score at all on the UK charts.
In 1968, David Gilmour joins Pink Floyd as the replacement for founding member and guitarist Syd Barrett, who had already checked into a psychiatric hospital due to declining mental health.
Three thousand uninvited guests showed up to see Lulu and The Bee Gees Maurice Gibb get married at St. James Church in Gerrard’s Cross, England in 1969. Brother Barry was the best man.
In 1972, 12 year-old Neil Reid started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK album music chart with his debut album. It made Reid the youngest person ever to score a UK No.1.
On their first Australian tour in 1972, Led Zeppelin rescheduled their concert to the following night at Memorial Drive, Adelaide, after heavy rain left the stage and equipment unsafe. Zeppelin had brought to Adelaide the largest PA system seen in Australia to produce what was expected to be the loudest rock show ever heard.
During a concert in Las Vegas in 1973, four men climb on stage to shake Elvis Presley’s had while he was performing. Fearing a threat to his life, Elvis and bassist Jerry Scheff immobilize the men using karate moves. No charges were ever filed, but Elvis did tell the audience, “I’m sorry ladies and gentlemen. I’m sorry I did not break his goddamned neck, is what I’m sorry about”
During an interview in 1980 with Rolling Stone’s Bill Wyman, he announced that he intended to leave the band in 1982 on the group’s anniversary. Wyman quit the band in 1993.
Also in 1980, filming began on Ringo Starr’s new comedy “Caveman”.
In 1987, Bon Jovi was at No.1 on the US singles music chart with “Livin’ On A Prayer”, it made No.4 in the UK.
In 1990, Freddy Mercury made his final public appearance on stage when he joined the rest of Queen to collect the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, held at the Dominion Theatre, London, England.
In 2000, an American court ordered the release of FBI files relating to John Lennon’s interests and activities including his support for the Irish Republican cause and the Workers Revolutionary Party. The British Government told the US that it wanted the files to remain secret. MI5 also had files on Lennon, which they had passed on to the FBI during the 70’s.
In 2001, James Taylor married his second wife Caroline.
A court case accusing Marilyn Manson of sexual assault was dismissed in 2004, after the two sides reached a settlement. Security guard Joshua Keasler had sued Manson after the star allegedly put his legs around Keasler’s neck and gyrated against him on stage at a gig in Detroit, Michigan in 2001. Manson was ordered to pay $4,000 in fines and court costs in the criminal proceedings.
Britney Spears attacked a US magazine in 2005 after it published photographs of her honeymoon without permission. Weekly publication US printed five pages of pictures of Spears and husband Kevin Federline on holiday in Fiji. A statement from US magazine said: “Britney should start her own magazine if she’d like to dictate her own coverage”.
In 2012, Whitney Houston’s memorial was an invitation only and was held at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey. Among those who performed at the funeral were Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys and R. Kelly. Kevin Costner read a moving and personal Eulogy.
And now it is time to say Happy Birthday to those people who brought us great music or had a hand in creating the music we all know and love. Those born today, February 18th are:
1933 – Yoko Ono – Japanese artist, singer, poet, author and peace activist.
1934 – Skip Battin – The Byrds.
1939 – Bobby Hart – singer and songwriter.
1941 – Herman Santigo – singer with Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers.
1945 – Jimmy Jewell – Gallaher and Lyle.
1947 – Dennis Deyoung – vocals and keyboards – STYX.
1952 – Judy Kay Newton (Juice Newton) – US singer and songwriter.
1952 – Randy Crawford – US female singer.
1953 – Robbie Bachman – Bachman Turner Overdrive.
1954 – John Travolta – actor and singer.
1955 – Brian James – British punk group The Damned.
1961 – Jasper Stainthorpe – Then Jerico.
1965 – Dr. Dre, NWA.
1966 – Tommy Scott – singer with the English group Space.
1970 – Andy Williams and twin Jez Williams – with the English group Sub Sub.