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Today in Rock: May 18

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Today in Rock: May 18
Today in Rock: May 18
All Images Courtesy of TOO unless otherwise indicated
Andy Capps, drummer of Built To Spill
Andy Capps, drummer of Built To Spill
Courtesy of TOO

There were several significant events on this day between the years 1969 and 2006.

On this day in 1969 future singer-songwriter Martika is born in Whittier, California. Also on this day The Beatles“Get Back” hits number one in the US.

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

On this day in 1978 The Buddy Holly Story movie premieres in Dallas, Texas.

On this day in 1980 drummer Peter Criss leaves Kiss. (He would be replaced by Eric Carr, but return to the band (along with Ace Frehley) in 1996). Also on this day despondent over an impending divorce, Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis hangs himself at his home in England.

On this day in 1981 after nearly two decades 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.)

On this day in 1991 R.E.M.'s album Out of Time hits number one in the US.

On this day in 1992 Sister Souljah, a rapper associated with the act 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.

On this day in 2006 Andy Capps, drummer of Built To Spill, dies at the age of 37.