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Dec 18
1950

Randy Castillo, drummer for Motley Crue and Ozzy Osbourne is born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. (1950)

Dec 18
1950

The Walt Disney animated film Cinderella, including the songs A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes, Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo, So This is Love, Sing Sweet Nightingale, The Work Song, and Cinderella, is released to cinemas in Sweden. (1950)

Dec 18
1950

Making use of the extra time available on the new long-playing record format, Duke Ellington records a fifteen-minute version of his classic Mood Indigo, for Columbia Records in New York City, USA. (1950)

Dec 18
1950

Martha Johnson is born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She will find success as a pop/rock singer and songwriter, best known as the vocalist for the 1980s new wave band Martha And The Muffins. (1950)

Dec 18
1950

Connie Haines, with Bob Crosby, records Destination Moon and What Have You Done For Me Lately?, for Coral Records in the USA. (1950)

Dec 18
1954

Country music star Ray Price And His Band play at The Lyric Ballroom, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. (1954)/

Dec 18
1954

Mambo Italiano by Rosemary Clooney enters the Popular Singles Chart in the UK at No20. It will peak at No1 during a sixteen-week run on the chart. (1955)

Dec 18
1954

It is reported that the old 78rpm record format may disappear completely, because sales of the newer, more compact, more durable 45rpm discs have rocketed, accounting for over half of the singles market. As a result, the price of 78s may be raised because they are more expensive to produce and ship, especially in smaller quantities. (1954)


Dec 18
1956

Anita O'Day records Pick Yourself Up, I Used To Be Colour Blind, Let's Face The Music And Dance, in Capitol Studios, Los Angeles for Verve Records. (1956)

Dec 18
1956

Ronnie Aldrich And The Squadronaires, featuring Cliff Townshend And His Swinging Saxophone, appear on Pan-European radio station Radio Luxembourg. Cliff Townshend's son will find fame as Pete Townshend, leader of rock band The Who. (1956)

Dec 18
1957

Al Green, the personal manager of LaVern Baker, Johnnie Ray, Della Reese and Jackie Wilson, dies suddenly and unexpectedly. (1957)

Dec 18
1958

After a Christmas Dance, John Lennon (later of The Beatles) begins dating Cynthia Powell, a fellow-student from lettering classes at college in Liverpool. (1958)

Dec 18
1958

James Brown records I Want You So Bad and There Must Be A Reason at Master Recorders, Los Angeles, California, USA, for Federal Records. The two tracks will become the two sides of Brown's next single. (1958)

Dec 18
1958

Roy Orbison records Almost 18, Jolie and Happy Little Bluebird in RCA Studio B, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. (1958)

Dec 18
1958

Bobby Day performs Rockin' Robin on daily tv pop show American Bandstand, recorded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. (1958)

Dec 18
1959

Emile Ford, with his group The Checkmates, becomes the first black artist to reach No1 in the UK singles chart, with What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For? (1959)

Dec 18
1959

Bill Haley and His Comets release a new single, Skokkian, in the USA on Decca Records. (1959)

Dec 18
1959

Bobby Darin releases a new single, Ring Them Bells, in the USA on Decca Records. (1959)

Dec 18
1959

The Buddy Tate Septet records Moon Dog, Miss Ruby Jones and other tracks for Prestige Records at Van Gelder Studios, Hackensack, New Jersey, USA. (1959)

Dec 18
1959

Bobby Darin starts the last week of a three week engagement at Chez Paree, Chicago, Illinois, USA. (1959)

Dec 18
1959

Little Willie John, The Drifters and James Brown play the fourth night in a week of dates at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA. (1959)

Dec 18
1959

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers play in the Theatre de Champs-Elysees, Paris, France. (1959)