Today in history: March 18th
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.