18th SEPTEMBER

1769: It was reported, by the Boston Gazette, that the first piano had been built in North America. The instrument was named the spinet and was made by John Harris.

1940: “You Can’t Go Home Again” by Thomas Wolfe was published by Harper and Brothers.

1968: Working at Abbey Road studios on new songs The Beatles recorded 20 takes of ‘Birthday.’ Roadie Mal Evans added handclaps, and Yoko Ono and Pattie Harrison contributed backing vocals on the track.

1970: Jimi Hendrix was pronounced dead on arrival at St. Mary Abbot’s Hospital in London at the age of 27. Rumors and conspiracy theories grew up around Hendrix’s death. Eric Burdon claimed Jimi had committed suicide, but that’s contradicted by reports that he was in a good state of mind.

1971: The Who scored their first and only UK No.1 album with Who’s Next, the band’s sixth LP release, featuring ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’.

1976: One Hit Wonders Wild Cherry started a 3 week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Play That Funky Music’. The song started life as a B-side.

1981: Gary Numan took off on a round the world trip in a Cessna plane. He was forced to land in India, where local police arrested him.

1982: The seven-minute epic by Dire Straits ‘Private Investigations’ went to No.2 on the UK singles chart, held off No.1 by survivors ‘Eye Of The Tiger’.

1983: KISS appeared without their ‘make-up’ for the first time during an interview on MTV.

1993: Garth Brooks went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘In Pieces’. The album peaked at No.2 on the UK chart.

1993: Meat Loaf went to No.1 on the UK album chart for the first of five times with ‘Bat Out Of Hell II’.

2004: Britney Spears married dancer Kevin Federline during a private ceremony in Los Angeles.

2007: Britney Spears was dropped by her management company, one month after employing their services.

2009: Leonard Cohen collapsed on stage during a concert in Valencia in Spain and was taken to hospital. Cohen was in the middle of singing his song Bird On The Wire when he fainted due to food poisoning.

2012: In a survey of more than 160,000 readers, British music magazine NME named John Lennon as Rock’s ultimate icon.

2014: American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift was at no.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Shake It Off’.

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