It all happened on this day April 18.
1935, Born on this day, Paul A. Rothchild, American record producer, worked with The Doors, (‘Break on Through (To the Other Side)’, ‘Light My Fire’, ‘People Are Strange’), Janis Joplin, (No.1 album Pearl and her only No.1 single, ‘Me and Bobby McGee’). Crosby, Stills, & Nash, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Love. Rothchild died March 30, 1995.
1960, Barrett Strong hits #23 with “Money (That’s What I Want)”.
1962, ‘Lawrence of Arabia’, directed by David Lean and starring Peter O’Toole and Omar Sharif, is released.
1964, The Beatles hold the UK and US No.1 position on this day with ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’.
1968, The first major rock musical, ‘Hair’, opens in New York, bringing hippies (and nudity) to Broadway.
1970, Norman Greenbaum hits #3 with “Spirit In the Sky”.
1970, “Get Up I Feel Like Being Like a Sex…” by James Brown hit #15.
1968, During a European tour, Pink Floyd played 2 shows at the Piper Club, in Rome, Italy
1970, Steel Mill, (featuring Bruce Springsteen) played in the Main Gym at Ocean County College in New Jersey. Tickets cost $2.00.
1975, Four Bay City Rollers fans were taken to hospital and 35 others required on site treatment after they attempted to swim across a lake to meet their heroes.
1984, Michael Jackson underwent surgery in a Los Angeles hospital to repair damage done after his hair caught fire during the filming of a Pepsi commercial.
1985, Wham! Became the first-ever Western pop act to have an album released in China.
1987, On the first leg of their Joshua Tree tour, U2 played the second of five nights at the Los Angeles Sports Arena in California.
1987, MTV premieres the weekly series devoted to heavy metal music and news, “Headbanger’s Ball.”
1992, Annie Lennox went to No.1 on the UK album chart with her debut solo release ‘Diva.’
1995, Oasis drummer Tony McCarrol was told by phone that he was being sacked from the group. McCarrol sued the Manchester group for millions in unpaid royalties and in 1996 Oasis agreed to pay him a one-off sum of £550,000 ($935,000).
1998, A four CD box set documenting the first quarter century of Eric Clapton’s career, Crossroads, is released. The 73-track retrospective, which includes rare and previously unreleased material, reaches #34 and goes on to sell more than two million copies.
2000, Four Monkee look-alikes were signed to play the 60’s pop legends in a TV movie about the group’s meteoric rise. The film called ‘Daydream Believers’ was set to start filming in Toronto.
2000, ‘The Wall Live: 1980-81,’ culled from Pink Floyd’s London performances of their all-time favorite work, is released.
2006, A sale of clothes belonging to Sir Elton John raised more than $700,000 (£395,000) for the singer’s Aids charity. Over 10,000 pieces were sold during a five-day sale in New York City at the specially-created shop, Elton’s Closet, at New York’s Rockefeller Centre.
2012, An original and extremely rare 1963 mono copy of the Beatles‘ ‘Please Please Me’ album, signed by the Fab Four, sold on an eBay auction for nearly $25,000. Paul McCartney and John Lennon both signed their names with “love” in royal blue ink whereas George Harrison and Ringo Starr signed their names in midnight blue ink. The autographs were signed in May of 1963.
2013, Storm Thorgerson, whose album cover artwork includes Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, died aged 69. A childhood friend of the founding members of the band, he became their designer-in-chief. His credits also include albums by Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel and Muse. In 2003, Thorgerson suffered a stroke, from which he recovered. He was later diagnosed with an undisclosed form of cancer, which he battled for several years.