On This Day in Rock History – October 18

Here’s what happened on this day in Rock History: 

1947

On his twenty-first birthday, Chuck Berry leaves jail after serving three years for armed robbery. He would go on to hang bumpers on cars in an automotive factory, a janitor in an apartment building, and then as a beautician before recording “Maybellene” for Chess Records in 1955.

1959

The evils of Rock ‘n’ Roll were front-page news again when 75 teenagers were arrested at a concert in Kansas City after a drunken brawl broke out at the Municipal Auditorium.

1969

The Temptations continued their long string of hit singles when the second of their four Billboard number one hits, “I Can’t Get Next To You”, tops the Hot 100. It made #13 in the UK

2016

On his 90th birthday, Chuck Berry announced his first new album in 38 years. He dedicated the LP, simply called “Chuck”, to his wife of 68 years, Thelmetta. “This record is dedicated to my beloved Toddy. My darlin’ I’m growing old! I’ve worked on this record for a long time. Now I can hang up my shoes!”

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