May 18 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
May 18

1963 : The Beatles begin their first tour as the featured act.

1975 : The Bay City Rollers appear at BBC Radio "Fun Day" at the Mallory Park racetrack in Leicestershire, England, where they are set to perform on an island in the middle of a lake. When throngs of fans try to swim to the Rollers, mayhem ensues and they never get to perform.

1978 : "The Buddy Holly Story" movie premieres in Dallas, Texas.

1980 : Drummer Peter Criss leaves Kiss. He would be replaced by Eric Carr, but return to the band (along with Ace Frehley) in 1996.

1981 : After nearly 20 years with Motown Records, Diana Ross leaves the label and signs a record $20 million contract with RCA. Her hit duet "Endless Love" is released on Motown in August even though she has left the label.

1992 : Sister Souljah, a rapper associated with the group Public Enemy, is quoted in The Washington Post saying, "If black people kill black people every day, why not have a week and kill white people?" It becomes a big moment in American politics when Bill Clinton denounces the comment, risking support from black voters. Clinton would go on to win the presidential election.

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