18th AUGUST

1958: No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu),” Domenico Modugno. It is the only chart-topping record to originate in Italy.

1962: Peter, Paul & Mary release “If I Had a Hammer,” which becomes the folk trio’s first top 10 hit.

1962: Ringo Starr joins the Beatles as drummer after Pete Best is fired.

1962: Ringo Starr made his debut with The Beatles at the horticultural society Dance, Birkenhead, England.

1964: No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Where Did Our Love Go,” The Supremes. It is the group’s first hit.

1964: Over 9,000 frenzied fans met The Beatles as they arrived in San Francisco, to begin an American tour.

1966: Beatles: ‘Yellow Submarine/Eleanor Rigby’ UK 45 no. 1 chart topper.

1966: Paul Jones left Manfred Mann just as ‘Pretty Flamingo’ was climbing the US charts.

1969: Hendrix debuts a new band, Gypsy Sun and Rainbows, at the Woodstock music festival in New York State. The group includes old friend Billy Cox on bass, Mitch Mitchell on drums, Larry Lee on rhythm guitar and Juma Sultan and Jerry Velez on percussion.

1970: No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Make It with You,” Bread.

1973: Diana Ross scored her second US No.1 single with ‘Touch Me In The Morning’.

1977: The Police made their live debut as a three-piece band when they played at Rebecca’s Birmingham, England.

1979: AC/DC, Nils Lofgren, The Stranglers and The Who all appeared at Wembley Stadium, London, England.

1979: Chic went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Good Times’, the group’s second US No.1.

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.

1983: The Police plus Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and R.E.M. all appeared at Shea Stadium, New York City.

1984: George Michael was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his first solo single ‘Careless Whisper.’

1986: Bon Jovi released their third studio album, Slippery When Wet, which peaked at No.1 on the US charts, going on to sell over 28 million copies worldwide.

1991: Sweet Jesus appeared at the Boardwalk, Manchester. Support act was The Rain, later to become Oasis.

2003: The Rolling Stones make over 300 of their post-1971 songs available as purchasable downloads on Listen.com.

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 reward for anybody who found Elvis Presley alive.

2010: French beauty brand Etat Libre D’Orange announced that they have teamed up with The Sex Pistols to bottle the scent of the Punk era by launching the band’s first fragrance.

2014: Ed Sheeran’s album X notched up eight weeks at No.1 on the UK chart, becoming the joint longest chart-topper by a male solo artist.

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