This Day in Music: August 18th
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Born on this day:
1930, Johnny Preston, U.S. singer
1944, Carl Wayne, singer, The Move
1949, Nigel Griggs bass, Split Enz
1950, Dennis Elliott, drums, Foreigner
1967, Tracy Tracy, The Primitives
1962, Ringo Starr made his debut with The Beatles at the horticultural society Dance, Birkenhead, England, having had a two-hour rehearsal in preparation. This was the first appearance of The Beatles as the world would come to know them: John, Paul, George, and Ringo.
1966, Paul Jones left Manfred Mann just as “Pretty Flamingo” was climbing the U.S. charts. For more on this see This Day in Music Spotlight.
1969, Mick Jagger was accidentally shot in the hand during filming of Ned Kelly in Australia.
1977, The Police made their live debut as a three-piece band when they played at Rebecca's Birmingham, England.
1982, the City of Liverpool named four Streets after the fab four: John Lennon Drive, Paul McCartney Way, George Harrison Close and Ringo Starr Drive.
1984, George Michael was at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with his first solo single “Careless Whisper.” It made George the first person to reach #1 as a solo artist and a member of a band in the same year. It gave Epic records U.K. their first U.K. million seller and the song was #1 in over 20 countries, selling over six million copies worldwide.
1991, Rick Griffith, died after being forced off the road by a van he was attempting to pass on his Harley Heritage Softail motorbike. He designed album sleeves for Jimi Hendrix and Jefferson Airplane and designed countless Rock posters.
2006, US film-maker Adam Muskiewicz set up elviswanted.com as part of a documentary exploring the myth that the singer was still alive and offered a $3m (£1.59m) reward for anybody who found Elvis Presley alive. The film was due for release in August 2007, to coincide with the 30th anniversary of Presley's death.