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Today in Rock: April 18

Mike Vickers
Mike Vickers
Courtesy of TOO

Today in music history:

There were several significant events on this day between the years 1940 and 2013.

On this day in 1940 Mike Vickers, future musician for Manfred Mann, is born in Hampshire in the UK.

On this day in 1963 Backstage at a Royal Albert Hall performance in London for the radio show Swingin' Sound '63, The Beatles' Paul McCartney meets an actress and TV personality named Jane Asher.

On this day in 1964 American Bandstand airs a taped telephone interview with The Beatles.

On this day in 1966 Ana Voog, future musician and performance artist for The Blue Up, is born in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

On this day in 1969 The Beatles are in the studio working on the songs “Old Brown Shoe” and “I Want You (She's So Heavy).”

On this day in 1971 the Diana Ross television musical special Diana, featuring guest stars Jackson 5, Bill Cosby, and Danny Thomas, airs on ABC.

Thelma Houston, Yes and Led Zeppelin
Thelma Houston, Yes and Led Zeppelin Courtesy of TOO

Thelma Houston, Yes and Led Zeppelin

On this day in 1977 Thelma Houston's “Don’t Leave Me This Way” hits number one in the US.

On this day in 1981 Chris Squire and Alan White of Yes begin rehearsals with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin. It doesn't lead anywhere,and Yes gets back together to release their 1983 album 90125.

Dexys Midnight Runners, Aretha Franklin and George Michael
Dexys Midnight Runners, Aretha Franklin and George Michael Courtesy of TOO

Dexys Midnight Runners, Aretha Franklin and George Michael

On this day in 1983 Dexys Midnight Runners's “Come On Eileen” hits number one in the US.

On this day in  1987 Aretha Franklin scores a number one hit in the US with "I Knew You Were Waiting For Me," a duet with George Michael of Wham! Her first Number One in 19 years and ten months, it breaks the record for the longest span between number one hits.

Etta James, Storm Thorgerson and Boogie Mosson
Etta James, Storm Thorgerson and Boogie Mosson Courtesy of TOO

Etta James, Storm Thorgerson and Boogie Mosson

On this day in 2003 Etta James gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

On this day in 2013 Storm Thorgerson, the designer for album covers for Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd)  and Boogie Mosson bassist for Parliament-Funkadelic both die at the ages of  69 and 60 respectively.