On this day, April 13 In Music History

On this day, April 13 In Music History


On this day, April 13 in 1957 – With ‘All Shook Up’Elvis Presley started an eight week run at number one on the Billboard Pop chart. 

1959 – With ‘Come Softly To Me’The Fleetwoods topped the US singles chart. Also a hit in the UK where it peaked at #5.

1962 – The Beatles kicked off their remarkable stint in Hamburg, Germany where they played every night and day for the next 48 days. They only had one day off.

1965 – With ‘A Hard Day’s Night’The Beatles won their first ever Grammy Award for Best Performance by a Vocal Group. They also recorded ‘Help!‘ earlier that day.

1967 – Frank and Nancy Sinatra became the first and (so far) the only father and daughter duo to top the UK singles chart. They achieved this feat with the song ‘Something Stupid’.

1967 – The Rolling Stones played their first ever gig behind the “Iron Curtain” in Warsaw, Poland. Even though Poland wasn’t a member of the Soviet Union, it still was under a heavy influence nonetheless.

1969 – Diana Ross appeared on the NBC special Like Help. It was her first television appearance as a solo artist since she left The Supremes.

1972 – The reggae band The Wailers, led by Bob Marley released their fifth studio album called ‘Catch a Fire’.

1973 – The Who‘s lead singer Roger Daltrey released his debut solo studio album called ‘Daltrey’. However, he wasn’t the first to do so, two other band-mates of his already had released solo albums.

1973 – Through RCA Records, David Bowie released his sixth studio album called ‘Aladdin Sane’. Read more about the album and Bowie’s personas.

1974 – While Elton John went on No.1 at the Billboard singles chart with ‘Bennie and the Jets’Paul McCartney & Wings topped the US album chart with ‘Band on the Run’.

Elton John – Bennie and the Jets

1979 – Hard/blues rock band Thin Lizzy released their ninth studio album ‘Black Rose: A Rock Legend’. The album peaked at No.2 on the UK album charts.

1979 – Due to exhaustion, Van Halen‘s frontman David Lee Roth collapsed while on stage in Spokane, Washington.

1980 – After 3,883 appearances and earnings exceeding $8 million, the musical Grease finally closed on Broadway.

1982 – Founding member of Crosby, Stills & NashDavid Crosby was arrested backstage while preparing cocaine before a show in Dallas.

1994 – After nine years of marriage, Billy Joel divorced his second wife Christie Brinkley who he met during the filming of ‘Uptown Girl’.

1999 – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers released their tenth studio album called ‘Echo’. The album peaked at No.10 on the Billboard 200 chart.

2004 – American songwriter, singer and record producer Ritchie Cordell died at the age of 61 from pancreatic cancer.

2005 – Jazz, blues and rock and roll musician Johnnie Johnson died on this day, April 13 at the age of 80.

2009 – British drummer, songwriter and record producer Clifford ‘Cliff’ Davies committed suicide in his home at the age of 60.

2015 – With ‘See You Again’Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth broke the Spotify record for most-streamed song in a single day in America (4.2 million streams).


1906 – American jazz musician, bandleader, and composer Lawrence ‘Bud’ Freeman was born on this day in Chicago, Illinois.

1913 –  Western Swing fiddler and vocalist Wade Ray was born on this day, April 13 in Atlanta, Georgia.

1940 – Lead singer of the 1960s soul rock group The Chambers Brothers, Lester Chambers was born in Mississippi.

1942 – Music composer and conductor William ‘Bill’ Conti was born on this day, April 13 in Providence, Rhode Island. Best known for his film scores including Karate KidRocky and all of their sequels. He is also a winner of an Academy Award for Best Original Score.

1944 – American bass guitarist John William Casady was born on this day, April 13 in music history. Best known as member of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna. Also an inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 1996.

1945 – Songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer Lowell George was born on this day in Hollywood, California. Also known as the primary guitarist and vocalist of rock band Little Feat.

1946 – Singer-songwriter and record producer Albert ‘Al’ Green was born on this day, April 13 in Forrest City, Arkansas. He is also known as The Reverend Al Green.

1951 – Drummer and TV personality Max Weinberg was born on this day in Newark, New Jersey. Best known as longtime drummer for Bruce Springsteen and as the bandleader for Conan O’Brien’s Late Night Show. He is also the father of Slipknot‘s drummer Jay Weinberg.

1954 – American musician Jimmy Destri was born on this day, April 13 in music history. Best known as keyboardist and songwriter for Blondie.


Left to right: Gary Valentine, Clem Burke, Debbie Harry, Chris Stein and Jimmy Destri.

1955 – Bass guitarist Louis Johnson was born on this day in Los Angeles, California. Best known for his group The Brothers Johnson and as a session musician. He also played on Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Off The Wall albums.

1961 – Founding member and bassist of grunge band SoundgardenHiro Yamamoto was born on this day in Park Forest, Illinois.

1962 – Founding member and guitarist for Red Hot Chili PeppersHillel Slovak was born on this day in Haifa, Israel.

1966 – American blues-rock guitarist Marc Ford was born on this day, April 13 in music history. Also known as the former lead guitarist of The Black Crowes.

1972 – Original lead vocalist and guitarist of alternative metal band StaindAaron Lewis was born in Rutland City, Vermont.

1975 – German singer, songwriter David Lubega also known as Lou Bega was born on this day, April 13 in Munich.

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