October 18, 1974 – Al Green’s ex-girlfriend bursts into his bathroom and pours a pot of boiling grits in the tub, burning him badly, before going to the next room and killing herself with his gun. It leaves Green with severe burns that require months of hospitalization, and also spurs him to focus his career on Gospel music and preaching and denounce his pop career.
October 18, 1974 – The Rolling Stones release It’s Only Rock N’ Roll, their 14th studio album. The album goes platinum, and features guest stars Kenney Jones, David Bowie, Billy Preston and Ian Stewart.
October 18, 1988 – The Traveling Wilburys release their debut album Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1., which goes on to sell over 3 million copies. The supergroup includes Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison and Tom Petty.
Classic Rock Birthdays
October 18, 1926 – Chuck Berry, vocals, guitar (d. 2017)
October 18, 1949 – Gary Richrath, guitar, vocals (REO Speedwagon) (d. 2015)
October 18, 1946 – Joe Egan, vocals, keyboards, guitar (Stealers Wheel)
October 18, 1947 – Laura Nyro, vocals, piano, guitar (d. 1997)
Backstage Access: Hail, Hail to Chuck Berry – The King of Rock and Roll