THIS DAY IN ROCK

March 18th: Traffic, Neil Young, T Rex, The Who, Mahogany Rush and more ...


On This Day in Rock

1965: The Rolling Stones were each fined £5 ($8.50) for urinating in a public place. The incident took place at a petrol station after a gig in Romford, Essex, England.

1965: John Lennon gave his friend and ex-Quarry Man Pete Shotton £20,000 to open Hayling Supermarkets. Lennon, George Harrison and Shotton became joint directors of Hayling Supermarkets Ltd.

1967: The UK music magazine New Musical Express announced that former Spencer Davis Group member Steve Winwood was planning to form a new group with Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and Dave Mason. The ensemble would choose the name Traffic.

1967: Pink Floyd signed to EMI Records in the UK.

1967: The Beatles scored their 13th US No.1 single with 'Penny Lane.'

1972: Neil Young started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Heart Of Gold'. His only Top 20 hit as a solo artist reached No.10 on the UK chart.

1972: T Rex played the first of two sold out nights at Wembley's Empire Pool; Ringo Starr filmed the shows for the 'Born To Boogie' Apple documentary.

1973: Paul McCartney and Wings played a benefit gig for the drug charity, Release at The Hard Rock Cafe in England.

1974: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played the first of eight shows over four nights at Gertie's in Dallas, Texas.

1975: The movie Tommy, starring the Who, Oliver Reed, Ann-Margret, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Jack Nicholson and Tina Turner, has its U.S. premiere in New York City.

1976: The Film 'The Man Who Fell To Earth' featuring David Bowie premiered in London.

1977: The Clash released their debut single 'White Riot.' It peaked at No.38 on the UK charts.

1978: Aerosmith, Santana, Heart, Dave Mason, Ted Nugent and Mahogany Rush all appeared at the California Jam II festival, Ontario, California.

1991: After attending an in-store promo appearance, U2 were fined £500 ($850) after being found guilty of selling condoms illegally at the Virgin Megastore, Dublin.

2008: Heather Mills' evidence in her divorce case with Paul McCartney was "inconsistent, inaccurate" and "less than candid", according to judge Mr Justice Bennett's. His High Court ruling was revealed in full after Ms Mills was told she could not appeal against its publication. The full ruling was published a day after she was awarded £24.3m at the High Court in London. Mills was awarded £3.2m per year for herself and the couple's daughter Beatrice, £8m for a home in London and £3m to purchase a home in New York. The judge found the total value of Paul's assets was about £400m. Ms. Mills had sought £125m and been offered £15.8m.

2011: Organizers of an attempt to reunite 19 people who watched The Beatles play in a town hall in 1963 had claims from 24 people who said they were there. Billy Shanks was helping to lead the search for the audience members of the gig in Dingwall, Ross-shire, Scotland in 1963. He said some who turned up thought the music was rubbish and left to join an audience of 1,200 watching a local band in nearby Strathpeffer.


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