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Music History On This Day the 18th of July

On the 18th July 1953 Truck driver Elvis Presley made his first ever recording when he paid $3.98 at the Memphis recording service singing two songs, "My Happiness" and "That's When Your Heartaches Begin". The so-called vanity disc, was a gift for his mother.

On the 18th July 1960 Brenda Lee went to No.1 on the USA singles chart with "I'm Sorry" it made No.12 in the UK.

On the 18th July 1964 The Rolling Stones appeared on the USA chart for the first time when their cover of Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away" peaked at No.48.

On the 18th July 1964 The Four Seasons started a two week run at No.1 on the USA singles chart with "Rag Doll", the group's fourth No.1 and a No.2 hit on the UK chart.

On the 18th July 1966 Bobby Fuller leader of The Bobby Fuller Four was found dead in his car in Los Angeles aged 23. Fuller died mysteriously from gasoline asphyxiation, while parked outside his apartment. Police labelled it a suicide, but the possibility of foul play has always been mentioned.

On the 18th Juyl 1968 Working at Abbey Road studios The Beatles recorded "Cry Baby Cry" and "Helter Skelter". One take of "Helter Skelter" lasted 27 minutes 11 seconds, the longest Beatle recording ever.

On the 18th July 1969 During sessions at Abbey Road studios, London, Ringo Starr recorded his vocal to "Octopus's Garden", for the Abbey Road album. Starr had written the song when he "quit" The Beatles the previous year and was staying on actor Peter Seller’s yacht in the Mediterranean.

On the 18th July 1970 Pink Floyd, Roy Harper, Kevin Ayers, and the Edgar Broughton Band, all appeared at a free concert held in Hyde Park, London.

On the 18th July 1970 UK Radio DJ Kenny Everett was sacked after he joked on air that the wife of the conservative transport minister Mary Peyton had "crammed a fiver into the examiner's hand", when taking her driving test.

On the 18th July 1972 Members from Sly and the Family Stone were arrested after police found two pounds of marijuana in the group's motor home.

On the 18th July 1973 Bruce Springsteen played the first of four nights in New York, supported by Bob Marley and The Wailers who were on their first ever North American tour.

On the 18th July 1974 The USA Justice Department ordered John Lennon out of the country by September 10th. The Immigration and Naturalization Service denied him an extension of his non-immigrant visa because of his guilty plea in the UK to a 1968 marijuana possession charge. The USA Court of Appeal would overturn the deportation order in 1975 and Lennon was granted permanent resident status the following year.

On the 18th July 1978 Def Leppard made their live debut at Westfield School, Sheffield in front of 150 students.

On the 18th July 1980 Billy Joel held the top position of both the USA albums and singles charts. His album "Glass Houses" contained his first and biggest No.1 hit, "It's Still Rock 'n' Roll to Me".

On the 18th July 1982 Willie Nelson was at No.1 on the country album chart with "Always on My Mind", which became the Billboard No.1 country album of the year. The album spent 22 weeks at the top of the charts and stayed for a total of 253 weeks on the Billboard Country charts.

On the 18th July 1988 Ike Turner was sentenced in Santa Monica, California to one year in jail for possessing and transporting cocaine. Police had stopped Turner, former husband of Tina Turner, in August 1987 for driving erratically and found about six grams of rock cocaine in his car.

On the 18th July 1988 Nico died after suffering a minor heart attack while riding a bicycle on holiday with her son in Ibiza Spain. The German born singer-songwriter and keyboard player with Velvet Underground, had also worked as a fashion model and actress. 

On the 18th July 1991 The first night of the 'Lollapalooza' tour at The Compton Terrace in Phoenix, Arizona, USA featuring, Living Colour, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Jane's Addiction, Nine Inch Nails, Henry Rollins Band and The Butthole Surfers.

On the 18th July 1992 Bobby Brown married Whitney Houston at her New Jersey estate who was dressed in a $40,000 Marc Bouwer wedding gown. Those in attendance included Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan, Natalie Cole, Patti LaBelle and Freddie Jackson. After years of making tabloid headlines, she would file for divorce in September, 2006.

On the 18th July 1998 The Beastie Boys went to No.1 on the UK album chart with "Hello Nasty", only the second rap album to make No.1 in the UK, the first being Wu-Tang Clan.

On the 18th July 2001 Kiss added another product to their ever-growing merchandising universe: the "Kiss Kasket". The coffin featured the faces of the four founding members of the band, the Kiss logo and the words "Kiss Forever". Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell was buried in one after he was shot and killed onstage in December 2004.

On the 18th July 2002 The Rolling Stones crew chief, 54 year old Royden Magee, who had worked with the band for 30 years, died during a rehearsal in Toronto, Canada. A spokesman for the band said Magee had said that he wasn't feeling well and went to another room to take a nap. The Stones had just finished dinner and resumed rehearsing when they got word that Magee had collapsed and stopped breathing. He was taken by ambulance to nearby Sunnybrook Hospital. He was pronounced dead on arrival. The members of the band said they were devastated by his death.

On the 18th July 2002 Rapper Mystikal and two other men were arrested on suspicion of raping a 40-year-old woman in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. Mystikal, real name Michael Tyler, was charged with the offence as well as one of extortion after giving himself up to police, he was subsequently released on $250,000 (£161,000) bail.

On the 18th July 2007 Paul Simon filed a law suit against Rhythm USA Inc. a Georgia-based subsidiary of a Japanese firm, claiming the company never had his permission to sell wall clocks that played "Bridge Over Troubled Water". The suit claimed that as one of the best known songs throughout the world, a proper licensing agreement would earn at least a $1 million licensing fee.

On the 18th July 2007 Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler were ordered to pay their former chef compensation after losing a sexual discrimination case. Jane Martin, 41, was awarded £24,944 at an employment tribunal in Southampton after she was sacked by Miss Styler from the couple's estate in Wiltshire because she became pregnant.

On the 18th July 2008 Rolling Stone guitarist Ronnie Wood was "seeking help" with his battle with alcohol in a rehabilitation centre. The move followed tabloid speculation over the state of his 23-year marriage to former model Jo Wood. "Following Ronnie's continued battle with alcohol he has entered a period of rehab", his spokeswoman said.

On the 18th July 2017 R&B singer R Kelly denied allegations that he was holding several young women in an "abusive cult". The singer's lawyer said he would work "diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name". A report accused the singer of brainwashing women, who got closer to him in an effort to boost their musical careers. He had faced previous accusations of sexual misconduct, but was never found guilty.

Born On This Day

18th July 1924 American singer Earl T. Beal from The Silhouettes. The doo wop/R&B groups single "Get A Job" was a No.1 hit on the Billboard R&B singles chart and pop singles chart in 1958. Beal died on 22nd March 2001.

18th July 1929 American singer, songwriter and musician Screamin' Jay Hawkins.
He died on 12th February 2000 aged 70 after emergency surgery for an aneurysm.

18th July 1935 Johnny Funches, American singer with The Dells. He died on 23rd January 1998 aged 62.

18th July 1938 Ian Stewart, keyboard player with The Rolling Stones. Stewart died of a heart attack in his doctor's Harley Street waiting room on 12th December 1985.

18th July 1939 Brian Auger, keyboard player with with Julie Driscoll, And The Trinity, who had a 1968 UK No.5 single with "This Wheel's On Fire".

18th July 1939 Dion Dimucci, USA singer who in 1961 had a USA No.1 & UK No.11 single with "Runaround Sue".

18th July 1941 Martha Reeves, American R&B and pop singer and former politician.

18th July 1941 Lonnie Mack, American rock, blues and country singer-guitarist. In the early 1960s, he was a "pioneer" in virtuoso rock guitar soloing whose recordings were pivotal to the emergence of the electric guitar as a lead voice in rock music. For this, it has been said that he launched the era of "modern rock guitar". He scored the hit single instrumentals, "Memphis" and "Wham!" Mack died of natural causes on April 21st 2016, in hospital near his log-cabin home, seventy miles east of Nashville, Tennessee USA.

18th July 1943 Robin McDonald, guitarist from Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas.

18th July 1945 Danny McCullock, guitarist in The Animals.

18th July 1946 Tim Lynch, from American rock band The Flamin Groovies.

18th July 1948 Phil Harris of Ace who had a 1974 UK No.20 single with "How Long".

18th July 1949 Wally Bryson, The Raspberries.

18th July 1950 Cesar Zuiderwyk, Golden Earring.

18th July 1950 Glenn Hughes from American disco group The Village People. Hughes died on 4th March 2001.

18th July 1950 Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Records and the Virgin Empire.

18th July 1954 Ricky Scaggs, country singer, 1982 Country Music Association singer of the year.

18th July 1955 Terry Chambers, drummer with XTC.

18th July 1957 Keith Levene, guitarist with Public Image Ltd.

18th July 1958 Nigel Twist, drummer with The Alarm.

18th July 1962 Jack Irons, drummer who has worked with Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Redd Kross and Joe Strummer.

18th July 1962 Daniel de los Reyes American musician with the Grammy Award winning country music group, Zac Brown Band.

18th July 1975 Daron Malakian, guitarist with Armenian-American heavy metal band System of a Down.