Today in history: March 18th

Music 15/03/2016
1941: Wilson Pickett was born in Prattville, Alabama; died of a heart attack in Reston, Virginia on January 19, 2006.
 
1947: Barry J. Wilson, drummer of Procol Harum ("Whiter Shade Of Pale" from 1967), was born in Southend, Essex, England; died at age 43 after spending several months in a coma following a car accident on October 8, 1990.
 
1950: John Hartman, co-founder and drummer of the Doobie Brothers, was born in Falls Church, Virginia.
 
1960: The Everly Brothers recorded "Cathy's Clown" at RCA Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.
 
1960: Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson joined John Wayne and Walter Brennan in the movie Rio Bravo, which opened in theaters.
 
1967: The Beatles rose to #1 with "Penny Lane". The Turtles belied their name and quickly moved from 8 to 2 with "Happy Together".
 
1968: The Beatles released the single "Lady Madonna".
 
1977: The Commodores released the single "Easy".
 
1978: The Bee Gees were responsible for each of the Top 3 songs and 4 of the Top 5. The only other time an artist has been that dominant in the Rock Era was in March of 1964 when the Beatles had each of the Top 5 songs. "Night Fever" led the way, followed by "Stayin' Alive", which was moving back up, and Emotion", which the group wrote and sang backing vocals for Samantha Sang.
 
1992: Donna Summer earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
 
2014: Joe Lala, drummer and singer with Blues Image, who also worked with the Bee Gees, the Eagles, Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, Kenny Rogers, Rod Stewart, John Mellencamp, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Ringo Starr, the Byrds, Eric Clapton, Poco and the Allman Brothers, died of lung cancer in Tampa, Florida, at the age of 66.