Today in Rock History – March 18th

Traffic

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 No.1 single with ‘Penny Lane.’

1972, Neil Young started a three week run at No.1 on the singles chart with ‘Heart Of Gold’. His only Top 20 hit as a solo artist.

1972, Paul Simon scored his first solo No.1 album when his self-titled debut went to the top of the charts. The album featured the singles ‘Mother And Child Reunion’ and ‘Me And Julio Down By The School Yard.’

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.

1972, Danny Whitten, a guitarist and songwriter with the rock band Crazy Horse, dies of a heroin overdose. Neil Young, who occasionally uses Crazy Horse as a backing band, records his 1975 masterpiece “Tonight’s the Night” by way of a tribute.

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

David Bowie in "The Man Who Fell to Earth"

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

1976, The Film ‘The Man Who Fell To Earth’ featuring David Bowie premiered in London.

1978, The Bee Gees had the Top 3 on the singles charts, ‘Night Fever’ at No.1, ‘(Love is) Thicker Than Water’, by brother Andy at No.2, co-written by Barry Gibb and ‘Emotion’ by Samantha Song written and produced by The Bee Gees at No.3.

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

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