Here’s what happened on October 13th in rock history, from the home of music and games, Rock My World.
- 1962, Don Everly collapsed during rehearsals on stage at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London on the eve of a 22 date Everly Brothers UK tour. He was flown back to the US for treatment and the tour continued with Phil Everly performing solo.
- 1963, The Beatles made their debut on ITV’s ‘Sunday Night at The London Palladium’, topping the bill and transmitted live to an audience of 15 million viewers. They played, ‘From Me To You’, ‘She Loves You’, ‘Twist and Shout’ and ‘I’ll Get You.’
- 1965, The Who recorded ‘My Generation’, at Pye studios, London. When released as a single it reached No.2 on the UK chart, held off the No.1 position by The Seekers ‘The Carnival Is Over’. Roger Daltrey would later say that he stuttered the lyrics to try to fit them to the music. The BBC initially refused to play the song because it did not want to offend people who stutter.
- 1970, Janis Joplin‘s ashes were scattered at Stinson Beach in Marin County, California. The singer had been found dead on the floor beside her bed at the Landmark Hotel in Hollywood California on 4th Oct. The official cause of death was an overdose of heroin, possibly combined with the effects of alcohol.
- 1973, The Rolling Stones started a four week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Goats Head Soup’ the group’s fourth US No.1.
- 1974, TV host Ed Sullivan died. Leader of the Ed Sullivan Singers and Orchestra. Introduced The Beatles and other UK acts to America via his Ed Sullivan TV show, from New York City, which ran from June 20, 1948 to June 6, 1971, on CBS every Sunday night at 8pm. The Beatles appearance on February 9th 1964 is considered a milestone in American pop culture and the beginning of the British Invasion in music. The broadcast drew an estimated 73 million viewers.
- 1979, Michael Jackson went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough’, his second US solo No.1, a No.3 hit in the UK.
- 1979, ‘Reggatta De Blanc‘ the second album from The Police started a four-week run at No.1 in the UK. The album which features the band’s first two No.1 hits, ‘Message in a Bottle’ and ‘Walking on the Moon’, cost only £6,000 to record.
- 1984, U2 scored their second UK No.1 album with ‘The Unforgettable Fire.’ The album was produced by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois and featured the single ‘Pride (In The Name Of Love’).
- 2002, UK rock band Muse took legal action against Celine Dion after she announced her forthcoming Las Vegas show would be called ‘Muse’. Singer Matt Bellamy from the band said ‘We don’t want anyone to think we’re Celine Dion’s backing band.’
- 2004, The US Internal Revenue Service charged 63-year-old Ronald Isley, lead singer of the Isley Brothers, with tax evasion for failing to report income from royalties and performances by the band between 1997 and 2002. He was later found guilty and sentenced to three years in prison.
- 2011, American band Maroon 5 were on the top 10 of the UK singles chart with Moves Like Jagger, featuring Christina Aguilera. Its lyrics referred to a male’s ability to impress a female with his dance moves, which he compared to those of Mick Jagger. The video featured old video footage of Jagger and his iconic dance moves. Moves Like Jagger was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 54th Grammy Awards.
Born on this day:
- 1940, Born on this day, Chris Farlowe, singer, (1966 UK No.1 single ‘Out Of Time’, which was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards).
- 1941, Born on this day, Paul Simon, singer, songwriter, (1970 UK & US No.1 single with Simon and Garfunkel, ‘Bridge Over Trouble Water.’ The duo’s 1970 album ‘Bridge Over Trouble Water’ spent 307 weeks on the UK chart). Solo, (1986 UK No.4 single ‘You Can Call Me Al’, 1986 UK No.1 album ‘Graceland’ spent 115 weeks on the UK chart).
- 1944, Born on this day, Robert Lamm, vocals, keyboards, Chicago, (1976 UK & US No.1 single ‘If You Leave Me Now’).
- 1947, Born on this day, Sammy Hagar, Montrose, Van Halen, solo 1984 hit with ‘I Can’t Drive 55’. He founded the Cabo Wabo Tequila brand and restaurant chain, as well as Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum.
- 1948, Born on this day, Peter David Spencer, Smokie, (1975 UK No.3 single ‘If You Think You Know How To Love Me’).
- 1950, Born on this day, Simon Nicol, guitar, Fairport Convention, (1969 UK No.21 single ‘Si Tu Dois Partir’).
- 1962, Born on this day, Rob Marche, guitar, Jo Boxers, (1983 UK No.3 single ‘Boxer Beat’).
- 1968, Born on this day, Carlos Mar’n, Il Divo, (2004 UK No.1 self-titled album, also number one in 13 countries around the world).