Events that happened on this day, January 13
1962 – On this day, January 13 – Chubby Checker topped the US singles chart with ‘The Twist’. However, he also topped the singles chart with the same song in the autumn of 1960. So, he became the first artist to top the charts on two separate occasions with the same record.
1963 – Bob Dylan appeared on a British television play where he appeared as itinerant musician. Even though there are no existing recordings of the play, he allegedly played ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’.
1967 – Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr went in London to see the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
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1968 – Despite warnings from Columbia Records executives. Johnny Cash recorded his famous live album at the Folsom Prison in front of 2,000 inmates. Which also turned out to be one of the best moves in his career.
1969 – Elvis Presley began a ten day recording session for ‘Suspicious Minds’. Which also was his last US number one record.
1973 – With ‘No Secrets’, Carly Simon topped the US album chart on this day, January 13.
1973 – After 18 months of hiatus due to drug and alcohol abuse, Eric Clapton made a stage comeback. He was also accompanied by Ronnie Wood, Stevie Winwood, Rebop, Jim Capaldi and Pete Townsend.
1978 – Five months after Elvis’s death, his version of Paul Anka’s ‘My Way’ went Gold.
Elvis Presley – My Way
1978 – On this day, January 13 – The Police started recording their debut album ‘Outlandos d’Amour’. Their budget however, was only $1,500. Money that drummer Stewart Copeland borrowed from his brother.
1979 – Donny Hathaway committed suicide at the age of 33 after jumping from the balcony of his hotel room in New York City.
1984 – The BBC banned Frankie Goes to Hollywood song ‘Relax’ because of the sexual content. However, that backfired and only made the song even more popular, which eventually reached #1 in the UK.
1986 – Because of the suicide of a depressed teenager who took his own life while listening to ‘Suicide Solution’. Ozzy Osbourne was taken to court by the victim’s parents. But the court threw the case out.
1990 – American boyband New Kids On The Block had their second No.1 in the UK with ‘Hangin’ Tough’.
2003 – The Who’s Pete Townshend was arrested due to possession of child abuse images. But according to Pete, he was doing research for an upcoming book about his own experience with sexual abuse as a child. Nonetheless, he still was put on the sex offenders list for five years.
2008 – With ‘This Is The Life’, Amy McDonald topped the UK albums chart.
2010 – Teddy Pendergrass died at the age of 59 due to colon cancer on this day, January 13 in music history.
2011 – Atlantic Records signed Ed Sheeran.
2016 – Ed Sheeran became the first artist to hold the first two places on the UK singles chart at the same time.
Born on this day, January 13 in music history
1927 – Country singer and songwriter Liz Anderson was born on this day, January 13 in Roseau, Minnesota.
1947 – English rock musician John Lees was born on this day, January 13 in Oldham, Lancashire, England. Also known as the founder of the British rock band “Barclay James Harvest”.
1950 – Coven’s frontman Jinx Dawson was born on this day in music history.
1954 – Trevor Rabin, famous South African American musician and film composer was born in Johannesburg. Also known as the guitarist for “Yes“.
1955 – Fred White was born on this day, January 13 in Chicago, Illinois. Best known as the drummer for Earth, Wind & Fire with whom he was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
1961 – Graham McPherson also known as Suggs was born on this day, January 13.
1963 – American guitarist Tim Kelly was born on this day, January 13 in music history.
1975 – Black metal guitarist Rune Eriksen was born on this day, January 13 in Norway.