Today In Pop Music: April 18 – Michael Jackson’s Hair Aflame Filming Pepsi Commercial


1935 – Paul Rothchild (producer – The Doors, Janis Joplin, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young…)

1939 – Glen D. Hardin (Crickets – Elvis Presley Band)

1942 – Mike Vickers (Manfred Mann/guitar)

1944 – Skip Spence (Moby Grape)


1975 – Four Bay City Rollers fans were taken to the hospital and 35 others were treated on site after the attampted to swim across a lake to meet their heroes, who were making an on air appearance in England.

1985 – Wham! became the first-ever western pop act to have an album released in China.

1987 – Aretha Franklin and George Michael began a two week run atop the Billboard Hot 100 with their duet ‘I Knew You Were Waiting’.  With it, Aretha set a record for the artist with the longest gap between #1 singles.  It had been 19 years and 10 months since her previous #1 hit, Respect in June 1967.

2012 – An original , and extremely rare 1963 mono copy of The Beatles ‘Please Please Me’ album autographed by all four members of the group, sold on ebay for nearly $25,000.  All signatures were signed in May of 1963.  A lotta money for paper and plastic.

1984 – Michael Jackson underwent surgery in a Los angeles hospital to repair damage done after his hair caught fire while filming a Pepsi commercial with his brothers.

Here’s a video of the accident,……

And here’s the final commercial that aired.


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