Today in rock history Thursday 18th November
1952 – Bill Haley married his pregnant girlfriend just four days after he divorced his first wife.
1953 – John McFee, guitarist with Clover, the Doobie Brothers, and Elvis Costello, is born in Santa Cruz, Calif.
1966 – Pink Floyd play a “philadelic” music event at England’s Hornsey College of Art.
1967 – Pink Floyd release their third single, “Apples and Oranges,” in England.
1970 – Jerry Lee Lewis divorces his wife (and cousin) Myra Brown. Brown
married the Killer 13 years ago – when she was only 14. She later says
the couple spent only three nights alone during their years together.
1972 – Danny Whitten, a guitarist and songwriter with the rock band
Crazy Horse, dies of a heroin overdose. Neil Young, who occasionally
uses Crazy Horse as a backing band, records his 1975 masterpiece
Tonight’s the Night by way of a tribute.
1975 – Bruce Springsteen’s first gigs in London are promoted with
posters reading, “Finally the world is ready for Bruce Springsteen.”
1984 – Guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan wins Entertainer of the Year and
Blues Instrumentalist of the Year at the W.C. Handy National Blues
1987 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Mony Mony,” Billy Idol.
1987 – Performing a second night in Los Angeles, U2 decide to support
themselves as a fictional country group called the Dalton Brothers.
1990 – At a rock memorabilia auction, Paul McCartney’s birth certificate sells for $18,000.
1990 – Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones marries model-actress Jerry
Hall in Bali, Indonesia. The couple has two children and has been
together for 12 years. In 1999, the couple’s union is dissolved after
allegations that Jagger fathered a child by Brazilian model Luciana
1992 – Black Sabbath were honoured with a star at the Rock Walk in Hollywood.
1993 – Nirvana recorded their MTV unplugged special at Sony Studios, New York.
1995 – The Rolling Stones become the first band to Webcast one of their concerts over the Internet today.
1997 – An AC/DC five-CD boxed set, “Bonfire,” is released in the U.S.
2003 – John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics to the Beatles’ “Nowhere Man” sell for over $300,000 at a New York auction.