Here’s what happened on this date in music history for May 18th:
The Beatles began their first headlining tour with a show in Slough, England.
Joan Baez joined Bob Dylan on stage at the Monterey Folk Festival.
Paul McCartney was a guest on the David Frost’s BBC show “A Degree of Frost.”
The Beatles took the Grammy for Best Performance by a Vocal Group. Peter Sellers presented the group with the trophy.
Bruce Springsteen participated in his first recording session with the band the Castilles.
The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, the Steve Miller Blues Band, Grateful Dead, and Big Brother and the Holding Company with Janis Joplin topped the bill at the Northern California Rock Festival in Santa Clara.
Tiny Tim released the single “Tiptow Through the Tulips.”
The Band began their first tour of Europe with a show in Rotterdam.
The Beatles reportedly came to an agreement on splitting their collective assets in order to free up 17-million-dollars that had been frozen because of lawsuits pending between the former band mates.
Ray Stevens novelty song “The Streak” hit number one on the pop singles chart.
The Jackson 5′s “Dancing Machine” peaked at number two on the pop singles chart.
Marvin Hamlisch’s “The Entertainer” peaked at number three on the pop singles chart.
Bachman-Turner Overdrive released the single “Taking Care of Business.”
The movie “The Buddy Holly Story” had its world premiere in Dallas, Texas.
Journey hosted “The Midnight Special,” which featured appearances from the Jacksons and Herbie Hancock.
Phil Collins’ “In The Air Tonight” hit number one on the UK pop singles chart.
Elton John released the album “Too Low For Zero.”
Michael Jackson was invited to visit the White House by then-President Ronald Reagan.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ “Don’t Come Around Here No More” peaked at number 13 on the pop singles chart.
Kiss released the video “Exposed.”
James Brown spent the night in jail on charges of drug possession and fleeing the police.
Former Byrds drummer Michael Clarke won a judgement in a Tampa, Florida, court allowing him to continue using the name The Byrds with another group. Clarke had been sued over the issue by one-time band mates Roger McGuinn, David Crosby, and Chris Hillman.
The Rolling Stones’ “Urban Jungle Tour” opened at Feyenoord Stadium, Rotterdam, Holland. In Holland, “Paint It Black” was number one on Dutch charts, because it was the theme song for the Dutch version of the TV series “Tour of Duty.”
Robert Plant’s album “Manic Nirvana” and Jethro Tull’s video “This Is The First 20 Years” were certified Gold.
Rod Stewart’s “Rhythm Of My Heart” peaked at number five on the pop singles chart.
Ozzy Osbourne announced he was giving up touring at the end of his current tour, the “No More Tours Tour.” Osbourne later returned to the road.
Kiss released the album “Kiss Alive 3,” and band members Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, and Bruce Kulick were inducted into Hollywood’s Rock Walk of Fame.
Ozzy Osbourne released the video “Live And Loud” video.”
Elton John’s album “The One” was certified multi-Platinum.
Elvis Presley’s daughter, Lisa Marie, married Michael Jackson in a ceremony in the Dominican Republic.
Barbra Streisand donated 25-thousand-dollars to a band program at a Detroit school.
Former Guess Who members Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman reunited for the first time in years, to perform at a flood relief concert in Winnipeg.
Elton John announced that he was severing ties John Reid management after a 28 year relationship.
Jimmy Buffett released the album “Beach House on the Moon.”
The compilation album “Tribute To Stevie Ray Vaughan” was certified Gold.
AC/DC performed at a restaurant in Singapore to prove that the country was safe despite the SARS outbreak.
The Beatles exhibit “The Mad Day Out: Summer of ’68″ closed at the Matthew Street Gallery in Liverpool, England.
Jimmy Buffett launched a tour in support of the album “License to Chill” with a show in Denver.
“George Thorogood & The Destroyers Greatest Hits: 30 Years of Rock” hit stores.
Lynyrd Skynyrd frontman Johnny Van Zant had an emergency appendectomy at Stanford University Hospital in Stanford, California. His condition forced the group to cancel several concerts and other appearances.
Tina Turner stepped out of retirement to perform at a fundraiser at London’s Natural History Museum for the UK-based charity Cauldwell Children.
A Russian businesswoman reportedly wanted to hire Elton John for an hour-long private show in Moscow, and pay him five-point-two-million-dollars — the highest fee ever for a solo performer for a private gig.
Neil Diamond’s “Home Before Dark,” debuted at number one on the UK album chart, becoming his first-ever set of new material to hit the top spot on the British chart.