Tuesday, October 13, 2009

This Date In Music History-October 13


Paul Simon (1942)

Robert Lamm - Chicago (1944)

Sammy Hagar - Montrose/Van Halen (1947)

John Ford Coley - England Dan & John Ford Coley (1948)

Simon Nicol - Fairport Convention (1950)

Marie Osmond (1959) .

Zak Starkey (1965)

Carlos MarĂ­n - Il Divo (1968)

Ashanti Douglas (1980)

They Are Missed:

Shirley Brickley, a founding member of the Orlons, died of gunshot wounds in 1977. She was 32. The Philadelphia-based R&B group had a number of top 40 hits in the early 1960s.

TV host Ed Sullivan died in 1974. 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.

B-52’s guitarist Ricky Wilson died in 1985 at age 32 of complications resulting from AIDS.

In 2001, Australian singer songwriter Peter Doyle died of throat cancer aged 52. Solo artist and a member of The New Seekers. Scored the hits, ‘What Have They Done To My Song Ma’, ‘Never Ending Song of Love’ and ‘I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing’ with The New Seekers.


The Four Preps, Rosemary Clooney, Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby all appeared on a CBS television special in 1957 to introduce the brand new Edsel automobile.

Frank Sinatra started a five-week run at #1 on the US album chart in 1958 with 'Frank Sinatra Sings For Only The Lonely'.

In 1958, a Billboard featurette on the Teddy Bears notes "18 year old Phil Spector, who wrote and arranged their hit 'To Know Him is to Love Him,' is studying to be a court reporter."

In 1963, the Beatles appeared on BBC's "Sunday Night at the Palladium." Thousand of fans jammed the streets adjacent to the theater. It's the first demonstration of Beatlemania as many of the fans battle with police to get into the theater. The group's television appearance was witnesses by 15 million British viewers.

The Who recorded "My Generation," at Pye studios, London in 1965.

In 1965, recording at Abbey Road studios for the album Rubber Soul, The Beatles begin and complete "Drive My Car" in four takes plus overdubs.

Janis Joplin's ashes were scattered off the coast of California in 1970.

Don McLean's "American Pie" album was released in 1971.

The Rolling Stones started a four week run at #1 on the US album chart with "Goats Head Soup," the group's fourth US #1.

In 1975, Neil Young undergoes surgery in Los Angeles. An "object" is scraped from his vocal chords, which had been bothering him. Although he's back in the studio rather quickly, Young is hampered by the setback and bows out midway during his 1976 tour with Stephen Stills because of the strain on his voice. I guess they never fixed it.

In 1979, The Guinness Book of Records claimed Paul McCartney (with and without John Lennon) was the most successful composer of all time.

AC/DC position themselves as the heirs to Led Zeppelin with Back in Black, which turns platinum on this date in 1980. The albums makes it up to #4.

Stevie Wonder started a three week run at #1 in 1984 with 'I Just Called To Say I Love You', his 7th US #1, also #1 in the UK.

In 1992, the San Francisco board of supervisors votes to rename the San Francisco Civic Auditorium after rock promoter Bill Graham, who'd been killed a year earlier in a helicopter crash.

Also in 1992, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the families of two teenage suicide victims could not sue Ozzy Osbourne for allegedly inspiring their sons to kill themselves through the song "Suicide Solution."

The Crossroads Center in Antigua, a $6.5 million addiction recovery center underwritten by Eric Clapton, opened in 1998. The center offers an intensive 29-day recovery program for $9,000. Those who can't pay are expected to work off the debt after treatment. Clapton says he'll offer his experience and will work directly with patients from time to time.

In 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.

The Flaming Lips issue “Embryonic,” their 12th album - 8th on the Warner Bros. imprint in 2009.

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