August 18 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
August 18

1958 : Perez Prado's "Patricia" is certified gold.

1962 : The Beatles perform at at the 17th annual fete for the Birkenhead, England, Horticultural Society at local Hulme Hall, a gig notable only as the first time Ringo Starr will play onstage with the band. Ringo had prepared for two hours with the group beforehand.

1969 : Jimi Hendrix closes out the Woodstock festival with "Hey Joe". He was supposed to perform the previous night, but the festival ran long and he went on the morning after Woodstock was supposed to end.

1969 : While filming the violent gangster movie "Ned Kelly" in Australia, Mick Jagger is hit in the hand by a stray bullet from an old gun being used as a prop.

1973 : Jazz drumming legend Gene Krupa plays what is to be his last live show, a gig with the Benny Goodman Quartet in New York City.

1976 : Marvin Gaye narrowly averts a ten-day stint in the Los Angeles country jail for failure to pay child support and alimony.

1978 : The Temptations' Melvin Franklin is shot four times in the hand and leg during an attempted carjacking, but survives.

1982 : The Beatles hometown of Liverpool, England renames some streets in honor of the band members. There is John Lennon Drive, Paul McCartney Way, George Harrison Close, Ringo Starr Drive, and even Sutcliffe Street (in honor of original bass player Stu Sutcliffe).

1991 : Billy Preston is arrested on charges of battery after allegedly attacking a 16-year-old prostitute once Preston discovered he was a transvestite. The keyboardist and singer is eventually given five years probation.

2011 : During a severe storm, high wind and heavy rain cause a stage to collapse while Chicago band Smith Westerns are performing. Four are killed and over 70 injured. Organizers decide to cancelled the festival, where Eminem, Face to Face and Foo Fighters were scheduled to perform.

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