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JD's Rock 'n' Roll Almanac

Rock 'n' Roll Almanac for Friday, August 18, 2017

72 years ago (1945)Nona Hendryx is born in Trenton, New Jersey. She grows up to be Labelle of Lady Marmelade fame. And it's also the birthday for Barbara Harris of The Toys.
68 years ago (1949)Nigel Griggs, bassist for Split Enz, is born.
67 years ago (1950)Foreigner’s drummer Dennis Elliott is born.
66 years ago (1951)John Rees of Men At Work is born.
65 years ago (1952)Actor, dancer, and singer Patrick Swayze is born in Houston, Texas. In 1988, he'll have a #3 hit with Wendy Fraser titled She's Like The Wind.
61 years ago (1956)Little Willie John's original version of Fever enters the pop charts at #24. The song will be a big hit for both the McCoys and Peggy Lee.
61 years ago (1956)Elvis Presley's Hound Dog enters the R&B chart at #11. Peacock records releases Big Mama Thornton's original version the same day. It was an R&B #1 for Thornton in 1953.
60 years ago (1957)Ron Strykert, guitarist with Men At Work, is born.
57 years ago (1960)Elvis Presley's first post-Army movie, G.I. Blues, is sneak previewed in Dallas. It officially opens three months later.
55 years ago (1962)Peter, Paul & Mary's If I Had A Hammer is released.
55 years ago (1962)Ringo Starr makes his first appearance as a Beatle at a Cavern Club gig.
51 years ago (1966)The Beatles have their eleventh U. K. #1 with the double-A-sided Yellow Submarine / Eleanor Rigby.
50 years ago (1967)The Rolling Stones release We Love You.
48 years ago (1969)Two concert-goers die at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair in Bethel, New York--one from an overdose of heroin, and the other from a burst appendix.
48 years ago (1969)Mick Jagger is accidentally shot in the hand during filming of Ned Kelly in Austrailia.
45 years ago (1972)Police fine Paul and Linda McCartney $800 in Sweden for cannabis possession.
44 years ago (1973)The Doobie Brothers' China Grove is released.
44 years ago (1973)Jethro Tull scores its second #1 album with A Passion Play. And Diana Ross gets her second #1 single with Touch Me In The Morning.
41 years ago (1976)The first issue of punk fanzine Sniffin’ Glue is published.
41 years ago (1976)Variety reports that Marvin Gaye faces two consecutive five-day prison terms in Los Angeles County Jail for contempt of court after failing to pay alimony and child support.
40 years ago (1977)Funeral services for Elvis Presley are held at Graceland. Inside are 150 mourners, outside are 75,000. Presley is entombed in a white marble mausoleum at Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis near the grave of his mother, Gladys.
40 years ago (1977)The Police perform as a trio for the first time after guitarist Henri Padovani leaves the band.
39 years ago (1978)Melvin Franklin of the Temptations is shot four times in a carjacking. He survives.
38 years ago (1979)Chic goes to #1 on the singles chart with Good Times, the group’s second #1.
38 years ago (1979)British rocker Nick Lowe and U.S. rock singer Carlene Carter are wed in Los Angeles. She is the step daughter of Johnny Cash.
36 years ago (1981)The Moody Blues come together to record their ninth L.P., Long Distance Voyager. It goes gold. The band leaves on a major tour.
35 years ago (1982)The City of Liverpool names four Streets after The Beatles: John Lennon Drive, Paul McCartney Way, George Harrison Close, and Ringo Starr Drive.
33 years ago (1984)Nick Rhodes from Duran Duran marries American model Julie Anne at Marylebone registry office London.
31 years ago (1986)Bon Jovi releases its Slippery When Wet album.
26 years ago (1991)Musician Billy Preston is arrested in Los Angeles after a 16-year-old boy reported being sexually attacked.
25 years ago (1992)Nirvana's Kurt Cobain and Hole's Courtney Love become parents to daughter Frances Bean.
20 years ago (1997)The Rolling Stones announce the plans for their upcoming Bridges To Babylon tour in grand style. The band rolls up to the Brooklyn Bridge in New York in a red '55 Cadillac with Mick at the wheel.
14 years ago (2003)Tony Jackson, bass player with The Searchers, dies from cirrhosis of the liver.
12 years ago (2005)Just days after his European tour is cancelled because of exhaustion, it’s announced that Eminem has entered a hospital for treatment of sleep medication dependency.
11 years ago (2006)Boy George wraps up his 5-day stint of court-ordered street sweeping for New York's Sanitation Department. It was punishment for falsely reporting a burglary at his Manhattan apartment, where police found cocaine instead. George has nothing but praise for his fellow street cleaners, and says he may do a benefit concert for them.
11 years ago (2006)Pete Doherty of the Babyshambles pleads guilty in London to five counts of possessing drugs, including heroin and crack cocaine.
11 years ago (2006)Geri Halliwell , a.k.a. Ginger Spice of the Spice Girls, complains to London police that her 3-month-old daughter Bluebell was abused while in the care of a temporray staff member.
8 years ago (2009)Poison, Cheap Trick, and Def Leppard resurrect the Eighties at the New Orleans Arena with a live show.
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