THIS DAY IN ROCK

February 18th: Buffalo Springfield, Kiss, Bill Wyman, Bon Jovi and more ...


On This Day in Rock

1948: Doobie Brothers drummer Keith Knudsen is born. He dies in 2005.

1965: 'All Day And All Of The Night' by the Kinks peaks at Number Seven on the U.S. pop chart, the same day that "Tired Of Waiting For You" hits Number One on the U.K. pop chart.

1965: Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles recorded two new songs: John Lennon's 'You've Got to Hide Your Love Away' and a new Paul McCartney song 'Tell Me What You See'.

1966: The Rolling Stones kicked off an 11-date tour of Australia and New Zealand at the Commemorative Auditorium, Sydney, supported by The Searchers.

1967: 'For What It's Worth' by Buffalo Springfield is released.

1969: The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

1971: The Grateful Dead kicks off a six-show run at The Capitol Theater in Port Chester, New York. During the shows, the audience is asked to participate in an experiment on Extra-Sensory Perception (ESP). Drummer Mickey Hart takes a leave of absence from the band after the first show, to deal with personal issues related to his father's theft of over $150,000 from the group while he managed them. Hart doesn't return to full-time duty until June 1976.

1974: Kiss's self-titled debut album is released.

1978: 'News Of The World' by Queen peaks at Number Three on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1978: 'Breakdown' by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers peaks at Number 40 on the pop chart.

1978: 'Just The Way You Are' by Billy Joel peaks at Number Three on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks. That same day, The Stranger peaks at Number Two on the album chart, where it stays for six weeks.

1980: During an interview, Rolling Stone bassist Bill Wyman said that he intended to leave the band in 1982 on the group's 20th anniversary. Wyman quit the band in 1993.

1987: Bon Jovi were at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Livin' On A Prayer', it made No.4 in the UK.

2000: An American court ordered the release of FBI files relating to John Lennon's interests and activities including his support for the Irish Republican cause and the Workers Revolutionary Party. The British Government told the US that it wanted the files to remain secret. MI5 also had files on Lennon, which they had passed on the FBI during the 70's.


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