On this day, March 13 In Music History

On this day, March 13 In Music History


On this day, March 13 in 1948 – Jazz and pop singer-songwriter Peggy Lee topped the US singles chart with ‘Manana’.

1959 – Band members of The Kingston Trio nearly died because their plane had to do an emergency landing in Indiana. Coincidentally…or not, it was also Friday the 13th.

1961 – Rock and roll star Ricky Nelson topped the US singles chart with ‘Travelin’ Man’ while it reached #2 in the UK. Also his second and last chart topper in the US.

1965 – With ‘Eight Days A Week’The Beatles topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the seventh time. Apparently, Paul McCartney‘s chauffeur was the inspiration for the song. Because when Paul asked him “how have you been”, the chauffeur said that he felt like he had been working ‘eight days a week’.

1965 – Eric Clapton left The Yardbirds because he preferred the band to continue playing in their own bluesy way. But the rest of the band members wanted to do something more commercial after their first big hit ‘For Your Love’.

1966 – Pink Floyd made their first appearance at the Marquee Club in London.

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1968 – For their ‘Greatest Hits’ album, The Byrds received a Gold record.

1969 – Elvis Presley‘s 29th movie Charro! made its premiere. Also the first and only movie in which he wore a beard.

1975 – With their Greatest His (1971-1975) album, the Eagles topped the US album chart.

1976 The Jackson 5 made a transfer to Epic Records from Motown. And they even changed their band name to simply the Jackson’s.

1976 – With ‘December 1963 (Oh, What a Night)’The Four Seasons topped the US singles chart for their fifth but sadly last time. Also their only No.1 in the UK.

1977 Iggy Pop started a North American tour with Blondie being the opening act on the tour and David Bowie as part of his band. Quite a group, eh?

The Four Seasons – December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)

1980 – Pink Floyd‘s eleventh studio album ‘The Wall’ became a certified Platinum record in the US.

1987 – American singer-songwriter, guitarist and pianist Robert Clark Seger also known as Bob Seger received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1987 – Bryan Adams released his first cassette single in the US which had his song ‘Heat of the Night’.

1992 – Bad Religion released their sixth studio album ‘Generator’ on this day, March 13 even though the album was completed in the spring of 1991.

1995 – Parlophone records released Radiohead‘s second studio album ‘The Bends’.

1999 – After more than a decade of hiatus on the top, Cher went on No.1 in the US and the UK with her single ‘Believe’. Also making her the oldest woman (aged 53) to top the Billboard Hot 100.

2004 – Luciano Pavarotti made his last performance at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

2006 – Inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Blondie, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Miles Davis, The Sex Pistols and Black Sabbath.

Metal bands in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

2007 – Amy Winehouse released her second studio album ‘Back To Black’ in the US. The album managed to reach No.2 on the album chart.

2015 – Australian poet, guitarist, singer, composer and performance artist Daevid Allen died at the age of 77 from cancer.

2018 – American musician and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nokie Edwards died at the age of 82 because of complications from hip surgery.


1933 – Songwriter and record Mike Stoller was born on this day, March 13 in Long Island, New York. Best known for the record producing work he did with his working partner Jerry Leiber. They wrote and produced many songs for artists such as Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Cliff Richard, The Monkees and so on.

1937 – British musician and drummer Terry Cox was born on this day in music history. In the past he has worked with artists such as the Bee Gees, David Bowie and Elton John.

1939 – American pop singer, pianist, composer and record producer Neil Sedaka was born on this day, March 13 in New York.

1942 – American musician John Paul Larkin also known as Scatman John was born on this day El Monte, California.

1953 – American musician Rustee Allen was born on this day in Monroe, Louisiana. Best known as the bass guitar player for the influential funkband Sly and the Family Stone from 1972 to 1975.

1959 – Country music singer and songwriter Randall ‘Ronnie’ Rogers was born on this day, March 13 in music history.

1960 – British musician Adam Clayton was born on this day in Chinnor, England. Best known as the founding member and bass guitarist of U2 with whom he has won dozens of Grammy Awards and is part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He has also worked on several solo projects throughout his decades long career.

1973 – American metal singer David Draiman was born on this day, March 13 in Brooklyn, New York. Best known as the lead vocalist of Disturbed and Device.

1973 – Crossfade‘s co-founder, lead vocalist and guitarist Ed Sloan was born on this day in music history.

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