March 18 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
March 18

1911 : "Alexander's Ragtime Band" is published by Ted Snyder of New York; it becomes a massive hit.

1965 : On Moosic Street in Scranton, Pennsylvania, a tractor-trailer carrying 15 tons of bananas lost control and crashed into cars, telephone poles, and houses on it's way down the hill, injuring many people and killing the driver. Singer-songwriter Harry Chapin tells the story of the tragic event in his song, "30,000 Pounds Of Bananas".

1967 : Pink Floyd sign their first recording contract, with EMI.

1967 : Steve Winwood announces plans to form Traffic.

1978 : Cal Jam II takes place at Ontario Motor Speedway outside of Los Angeles. The largest festival of the late '70s, performers include Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Foreigner, Santana and Heart. An estimated 350,000 fans attend; the Los Angeles Times reports that 700 of them were treated for overdoses of Angel Dust.

1982 : Soul singer Teddy Pendergrass of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes is partially paralyzed following a car accident in Philadelphia, where his Rolls Royce skids off a road and crashes.

1992 : Donna Summer gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1994 : Kenner, Louisiana names a street "Lloyd Price Avenue" in honor of their native son.

1994 : Courntey Love calls the police fearing that her husband, Kurt Cobain, is suicidal. Police confiscate four guns and 25 boxes of ammo from his home.

1994 : Bassist Darryl Jones replaces Bill Wyman in The Rolling Stones.

1996 : The Sex Pistols announce that they are reuniting for a 20th anniversary tour, which they call the Filthy Lucre Tour. They would get tour again in 2002 and 2007.

1997 : It's announced that Joni Mitchell has been reunited with the daughter she gave up for adoption many years earlier.

1997 : Yanni becomes the first Westerner to play at India’s Taj Mahal. Yanni plays three shows to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of India’s independence.

2001 : Four teenage girls are crushed to death in a shopping mall in Indonesia, when hundreds of fans panic while trying to catch a glimpse of British boy band a1. The four band members cancel the rest of their tour in Asia.

2002 : Brenda Lee, Gene Pitney, Isaac Hayes, The Ramones, Talking Heads and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers are inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

2008 : Among other artists, Lou Reed, Damien Rice, and Moby take part in the Speak Up! concert (which benefits Iraq war veterans) held at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York.

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