Thursday, October 13, 2011

October 13

1941: Paul Simon (Vocals & Guitar in Simon & Garfunkel & Solo)
1947: Sammy Hagar (Singer for Montrose, Van Halen & Solo)
1948: John Ford Coley (Singer, Piano & Guitar in England Dan and John Ford Coley)
1959: Marie Osmond (Pop Singer in The Osmonds)
1960: Joey Belladonna (Lead Singer for Anthrax)
1971: Sacha Baron Cohen (Comedian)
1980: Ashanti Douglas (R&B Singer)

1962: At London's Prince of Wales Theatre, The Everly Brothers' Don Everly collapses from exhaustion during rehearsal for the duo's upcoming tour of the UK. Brother Phil continues the tour alone.

1963: Beatlemania begins as the Beatles appear on the popular BBC television show Sunday Night At The Palladium, performing "She Loves You," "From Me To You," "I'll Get You," and "Twist And Shout." 15 million people in the UK alone watch the live performance on television, while thousands of fans pack nearby Argyll Street to catch a glimpse of the group.

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.

1968: Florence Ballard, of The Supremes', gives birth to premature twin daughters, Michelle and Nicole.

1970: The ashes of Janis Joplin are scattered into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Stinson Beach in California.

1975: Neil Young undergoes throat surgery in Los Angeles to remove a growth from his vocal cords.

1990: In a move that stuns his longtime fans, Bob Dylan is invited to perform at the West Point US Military Academy. Oddly, he performs his anti-war attack "Masters Of War"; even more strangely, several cadets turn his protest song "Blowin' In The Wind" into a singalong.

1998: Eric Clapton opens his Crossroads detox center in Antigua, charging $9,000 US for a month of rehab.

2000: The Eagles' Don Henley is sued by a fan who claims the singer bashed her on the head with maracas after she tried to take his picture at an Arkansas concert.

2001: Country legend Merle Haggard, who has a history of heart disease, cancels the remainder of his tour after complaining of tightness in his chest.

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 charges Ronald Isley of the Isley Brothers with five counts of tax evasion for failing to report income from 1997-2002. Exactly one year later to the day, he goes on trial in Los Angeles for the charges and is sentenced to three years in prison.

2008: In a video message on his website, Ringo Starr announced that he no longer has time to sign autographs and asked fans not to send him any mail at all. "No more fan mail and no objects to be signed. Nothing."

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