This Day in Music History: October 18th

1997: Glen Buxton, guitarist for the original Alice Cooper band died of complications from pneumonia in Mason City, IA. He was 49 years old.

1989: During a Guns N’ Roses set supporting The Rolling Stones at the Los Angeles Coliseum, Axl Rose announced he was quitting the band. The following night, Rose apologized for saying that he would quit & delivered a five minute anti-drug oration.

1988: The Traveling Wilburys, a supergroup which included Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison & Tom Petty released their debut album Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1. The album went on to peak at number three on the Billboard 200 album chart & sell three million copies in the U.S. 

1986: Fleetwood Mac singer and keyboardist Christine McVie got married for the second time, marrying Portuguese composer Eduardo Quintela in London. The couple would later divorce in the mid 1990’s.

1975: For the second episode of Saturday Night Live Simon and Garfunkel temporarily reunited to sing “Scarborough Fair”, “The Boxer” and “My Little Town”.

1975: Sweet peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Ballroom Blitz” which was their second top ten single in the U.S.

1969: Jefferson Airplane guitarist Paul Kantner was arrested in Hawaii for marijuana possession.

1969: Rod Stewart and Rod Wood joined The Faces, formerly The Small Faces after leaving the Jeff Beck Group.

1965: The Beatles recorded “In My Life” at Abbey Road Studios in London. The song went on to become one of their most acclaimed songs ever & be covered by artists such as James Taylor, Keith Moon, Johnny Cash & Ozzy Osbourne.

Birthdays:
Chuck Berry born in 1926
Gary Richrath-guitarist for REO Speedwagon born in 1949

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