Today In Rock: April 18

1945

Louis Jordan hits #1 on the R&B chart and #6 on the pop chart with "Caldonia."

1950

Ivory Joe Hunter hits #4 on the R&B chart with "I Quit My Pretty Mama".

1957

The Moonglows hit #5 on the R&B chart with "Please Send Me Someone To Love" on Chess records.

1960

Barrett Strong hits #23 with "Money (That's What I Want)".

1962

Shelley Fabares, know for her role on 'The Donna Reed Show' goes to #1 with her debut single, "Johnny Angel."

1962

'Lawrence of Arabia', directed by David Lean and starring Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif, is released.

1965

Game Of Love (Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders) was a hit.

1968

The first major rock musical, 'Hair', opens in New York, bringing hippies (and nudity) to Broadway.

1969

U.S. troops in Vietnam peak at 550,000.

1970

Norman Greenbaum hits #3 with "Spirit In the Sky".

1970

"Get Up I Feel Like Being Like a Sex..." by James Brown hit #15.

1971

James Brown hits #15 with "Hot Pants".

1981

Echo & the Bunnymen hits #37 in the UK with "Crocodiles".

1986

MTV premieres the "Hands Across America" video, the theme song for the May 25 fundraising project to combat homeless and hunger in America.

1987

MTV premieres the weekly series devoted to heavy metal music and news, "Headbanger's Ball."

1988

A four CD box set documenting the first quarter century of Eric Clapton's career, Crossroads, is released. The 73-track retrospective, which includes rare and previously unreleased material, reaches #34 and goes on to sell more than two million copies.

1992

'Human Touch' and 'Lucky Town', two simultaneously released studio albums by Bruce Springsteen, debut at #2 and #3, respectively.

2000

'The Wall Live: 1980-81,' culled from Pink Floyd's London performances of their all-time favorite work, is released.