Music History for

February 18


1735 - The first opera performed in America. The work was "Flora" (or "Hob in the Well") and was presented in Charleston, SC.

1939 - Composer Marlos Nobre was born.

1959 - Elvis Presley appeared after hours at the Lido Club in Paris while on leave from the U.S. Army.

1959 - Ray Charles recorded "What'd I Say."

1969 - Lulu and Maurice Gibb (Bee Gees) were married in England.

1974 - KISS released their first album "KISS."

1974 - Yes played their first show at Madison Square Garden.

1987 - The song "Sign O' The Times" was released by Prince.

1990 - At the 11th Brit Awards, Freddie Mercury made his final public appearance with Queen. They received the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.

1992 - Vince Neil quit as lead singer of Motley Crue. After 11 years with the group he says he wants to spend more time on his career as a race car driver. The band reunited on the "American Music Awards" 5 years later.

1998 - Rob Smith (Cure) did battle with the forces of musical evil (Barbra Streisand) on the TV show South Park.

2006 - In Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, the Rolling Stones gave a free concert before a crowd of over 1 million people at Copacabana Beach.