April 18 – Today In Rock Music History

We Miss You Skip!

Births

1924 Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown (US blues performer)
1939 Glen Hardin (Crickets)
1942 Mike Vickers (Manfred Mann)
1946 Skip Spence (Moby Grape)
1946 Lenny Baker (Sha-Na-Na)
1958 Les Pattinson (Echo and the Bunnymen)

Deaths

1996 Bernard Edwards (Chic)

No. 1

1970 Dana: All Kinds of Everything UK 45
1981 Bucks Fizz: Makin’ Your Mind Up UK 45
1987 George Michael and Aretha Franklin: I Knew You Were Waiting US 45
1992 Right Said Fred : Deeply Dippy : UK single
1992 Annie Lennox : Diva : UK LP
1998 Robbie Williams : Life Thru A Lens : UK LP

Miscellany

1953 Big Mama Thornton’s Hound Dog is US R&B No. 1

1959 Cliff Richard’s first LP, Cliff, enters UK chart

1966 Liverpool’s Cavern Club sold by Receiver after going into bankruptcy

1970 Van Morrison’s Moondance hits UK LP chart

1981 Yes announce split

1987 Alison Moyet’s Raindancing and Ted Hawkins’s Happy Hour enter UK chart

1987 Aretha Franklin becomes artist with the longest gap between No. 1 US singles from Respect (June 1967) to I Knew You Were Waiting for Me (With George Michael) – nineteen years ten months.

1988 Holland-Dozier-Holland are inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame

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