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Today's Birthdays, Aug. 18 
Edwin Hawkins is 71.
LaBelle's Sarah Dash is 69.
Foreigner drummer Dennis Elliott is 64.

Today in History, Aug. 18
In 1956
Elvis Presley's double-A-side single "Don't Be Cruel/Hound Dog" hit number one on the pop singles chart.  It remained at the top for eleven weeks.

In 1958
Little Anthony and the Imperials' "Tears On My Pillow" broke into the Top 40.

In 1960
The Beatles played their first concert in Hamburg, Germany.

A sneak preview of Elvis Presley's film "G.I. Blues" was shown in Dallas, Texas.  The film had its official premiere three months later.

Bobby Darin was in the studio, working on the songs "Lazy River" and "Artificial Flowers."

In 1962
Ringo Starr played his first gig as a member of The Beatles, at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

Peter, Paul, and Mary released the single "If I Had A Hammer."

In 1964
The Beatles arrived in San Francisco to begin a North American tour.

In 1965
Elvis Presley and Herman's Hermits' frontman Peter Noone met in Hawaii.

The Kinks appeared on the TV show "Where The Action Is."

In 1966
Manfred Mann lead singer Paul Jones left the group.  He was replaced by Mike D'Abo.

In 1967
The Rolling Stones released the single "We Love You" backed with "Dandelion," described as a thank you to fans who were loyal during their various court appearances.

In 1969
Mick Jagger was accidentally shot while filming the movie "Ned Kelly" in Australia.

The Who's album "Tommy" and Neil Diamond's single "Sweet Caroline" were certified Gold.

In 1971
Jethro Tull's album "A Passion Play" was the best selling album in the U.S.

John Denver's single "Take Me Home, Country Road" was certified Gold.

In 1972
Paul and Linda McCartney were fined just over 12-hundred-dollars for cannabis possession in Sweden.

In 1973
Diana Ross' "Touch Me In The Morning" hit number one on the pop singles chart.

Gilbert O'Sullivan's "Get Down" peaked at number seven on the pop singles chart.

Chicago's "Feelin' Stronger Every Day" peaked at number ten on the pop singles chart.

Paul Simon's "Loves Me Like A Rock," The Isley Brothers' "That Lady (Part 1)," and Grand Funk Railroad's "We're An American Band" broke into the Top 40.

The Doobie Brothers released the single "China Grove."

In 1977
Elvis Presley's funeral took place at Graceland in Memphis.

In 1978
The Who released the album "Who Are You."

In 1981
The Moody Blues began recording sessions for the album "Long Distance Voyager."

The Rolling Stones released the album "Tattoo You."

In 1984
Bruce Springsteen's "Cover Me" broke into the Top 40.

In 1989
Aerosmith released the single "Love in a Elevator."

In 1991
Billy Preston was arrested in Los Angeles after a 16-year-old boy said he'd been sexually attacked.

In 1992
Kiss released the video "X-Treme Close Up."

In 1994
One of Jimi Hendrix's guitars sold for just over 12-hundred-dollars.

In 1997
The Rolling Stones announced plans for the band's "Bridges To Babylon" tour by driving a 1955 Cadillac to a press conference at the Brooklyn Bridge.

In 1998
The Temptations released the album "The Temptations: Phoenix Rising."  It was the legendary group's 56th album.

In 1999
Santana's album "Supernatural" was certified Platinum.

In 2000
Badfinger's Joey Molland fractured his leg when he fell off the stage at the Classic Rock Festival in Darrington, Washington.  He still finished the group's set before getting medical attention.

In 2003
The Searchers frontman and founding member Tony Jackson died in a hospital in Nottingham, England, following a lengthy battle with liver disease.  He was 63.

The Rolling Stones made an agreement with the online music swapper Rhapsody to distribute the band's music on the Internet.  It was the first time the veteran rockers had allowed for their songs to be legally downloaded or streamed online.

In 2005
Neil Young played the first of two concerts at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, which were filmed for what became the movie "Neil Young: Heart of Gold."  The performances marked his return to the stage following surgery for a brain aneurysm five months earlier.

In 2008
Phil Collins was order to pay his ex-wife Orianne Cevey 25-million-pounds, or nearly 46-point-six-million-dollars, in what is thought to be the largest UK celebrity divorce settlement ever.  It was roughly one-point-three-million-dollars more than Paul McCartney had to give his ex Heather Mills in their divorce four months earlier, and a much larger settlement in terms of percentages of the rocker's fortunes.

A memorial service for the late Isaac Hayes was held in Cordova, Tennessee.  Thousands of friends and admirers turned out to pay their respects.

The Spinners' bass vocalist Pervis Jackson passed away at Detroit's Sinai-Grace Hospital, just days after being diagnosed with liver and brain cancer.  He was 70.

In 2012
Singer-songwriter Scott McKenzie, who's best remembered for the 1967 hippie anthem "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)," died at his home in Los Angeles.  He'd had a heart attack earlier in the month, and had been hospitalized in the weeks prior to his death.  He'd also been battling Guillain-Barre Syndrome since 2010.  McKenzie was 73.

The Go-Go's bassist Kathy Valentine broke her wrist, which forced her to skip the band's tour.

In 2013
John Sebastian and Jose Feliciano were among the performers at a memorial service for the late Richie Havens, which took place at the site of the original 1969 Woodstock festival in upstate New York.

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