This Day in Music History: February 18th

2003: Styx released Cyclorama, their first album without founding member Dennis DeYoung. It contained guest appearances from Brian Wilson, Billy Bob Thornton, John Waite & Tenacious D & peaked at 127 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart.

2001: James Taylor married longtime girlfriend Caroline “Kim” Smedvig in a Boston church. It was Taylor’s second marriage.

1980: Bill Wyman announced that he intended to leave The Rolling Stones on their 20th anniversary in 1982. Wyman didn’t leave until 1992.

1974: Kiss released their self-titled debut album on Casablanca Records. The album would later peak at number 87 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart & five songs from the album remain permanent staples in Kiss’ live set to this day.

1973: Long running radio concert series The King Biscuit Flower Hour premiered with guests Blood, Sweat and Tears & Bruce Springsteen.

1972: Neil Young received his third Gold record for Harvest, which went on to sell four million copies in the U.S.

1968: David Gilmour replaced Syd Barrett as guitarist & singer for Pink Floyd due to Barrett’s increasingly erratic behavior. 

1966: The instrumental of the first version of “Good Vibrations” by the Beach Boys was recorded by Brian Wilson.

1959: Ray Charles recorded “What’d I Say” which is widely credited as being the song that broke Charles mainstream.

Birthdays:
Yoko Ono born in 1933
Dennis DeYoung-singer for Styx born in 1947
Robbie Bachman-drummer for Bachman-Turner Overdrive born in 1953

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