May 13th: On this day
1957, Guy Mitchell was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Rock-A-Billy’, the singers fourth and final UK No.1. The Song gave its name to a music style – a mix of rock and country.
1967, The Monkees second album ‘More Of The Monkees’, went to No.1 on the UK charts. In 1967 only four albums reached No.1; ‘The Sound Of Music’ which spent 17 weeks at No.1, The Beatles Sgt. Pepper, 25 weeks at No.1 and The Monkees first and second albums spent 9 weeks at No.1.
1967, The Supremes scored their 10th US No.1 single with ‘The Happening’; it made No.6 in the UK. It was the last single to be released as the Supremes, from now on they were known as Diana Ross and the Supremes.
1968, John Lennon and Paul McCartney gave a series of interviews to help launch Apple Corps in the US.
1969, Led Zeppelin became the first major British rock group to appear in Hawaii, when they appeared at The Civic Auditorium, Honolulu. A review in the Honolulu Advertiser stated: ‘The showmanship exceeded any rock performance here to date. I wondered before the concert if Led Zeppelin could sound as good as their Atlantic album – they sounded better’.
1970, The world premiere of The Beatles film ‘Let It Be’ took place in New York City. The film which was originally planned as a television documentary features an unannounced rooftop concert by the group, their last performance in public. Released just after the album, it was the final original Beatles release.
1971, On his twenty-first birthday Stevie Wonder received all his childhood earnings. Despite having earned $30 million so far, he received only $1 million.
1971, Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane crashed her Mercedes into a wall near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and was hospitalised.
1974, Forty-three people were arrested and more than fifty were injured after youths started throwing bottles outside a Jackson Five concert at RFK stadium in Washington DC.
1978, Boney M were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Rivers of Babylon’. The single which stayed at the top of the charts for five weeks was originally by the Jamaican reggae group The Melodians, whose version of the song appeared in the sound track to the 1972 movie The Harder They Come.
1978, Yvonne Elliman went to No.1 on the US singles chart with the Gibb brothers song ‘If I Can’t Have You’. The song was featured in the film ‘Saturday Night Fever’; a No.4 hit in the UK.
1985, Bruce Springsteen married Julianne Phillips at Lake Oswego, Oregon. Julianne filed for divorce on Aug 30th 1988.
1988, Scottish band Fairground Attraction were at No.1 on the UK singles with ‘Perfect’. The group featured Eddi Reader who had previously worked as a backing singer with the Eurythmics and Sandie Shaw. ‘Perfect’ won the award for Best Single at the 1989 BRIT Awards.
1989, Bon Jovi went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I’ll Be There For You’, the group’s fourth US No.1, a No.18 hit in the UK.
1989, Kylie Minogue was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with her second solo No.1 ‘Hand On Your Heart.’ The song was written and produced by Stock, Aitken & Waterman.
1989, Simple Minds went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Street Fighting Years’, their fourth No.1 album. The album featured ‘Mandela Day’, ‘Belfast Child’ and ‘Biko’.
1996, Oasis became the fastest selling group in UK history after all 330,000 tickets for their summer shows sold out in just nine hours, the tickets for shows at Knebworth and Loch Lomand were priced at £22.50.
2000, Shaun Ryder’s Volkswagen Corrado was found abandoned after being used as the getaway car. The former Happy Mondays singer’s car, was used in an armed robbery on Harry Ramsden’s fish and chip restaurant in Manchester. £7,000 cash was taken in the robbery.
2002, Dionne Warwick was arrested at Miami International Airport for possession of marijuana after authorities found 11 joints in a lipstick case in the singer’s hand luggage. The charges were dropped after she completed a drug program and made a contribution to charity.
2003, Michael Jackson launched a court case suing Motown Records. Jacko filed the lawsuit in LA, saying he hadn’t been paid royalties due for the music he did with the Jackson Five in the 60s and 70s. The singer also claimed his music has been used in TV ads without his permission.
2006, Godsmack were at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘IV’ the American heavy metal bands second No.1 album.
2007, Brian May was under 24-hour security watch after a deranged man announced he was setting off to murder him – then disappeared. Police were hunting for a schizophrenic who left a letter behind at his home blaming the Queen guitarist for his illness. In it the man – said May was an “impostor” and that HE was the real rock star. He signed the letter “Brian May.”
2007, Ne-Yo was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Because of You’ the US R&B singers second No.1. The album featured the title track, a US No.2 and UK No.4 hit single.
2008, Babyshambles appeared at The Forum in London, the bands first gig since singer Pete Doherty was released from Wormwood Scrubs jail.
2008, The US Postal Service issued a 42-cent postage stamp in honour of Frank Sinatra. The design showed a 1950s-vintage image of Sinatra, wearing a hat.
2011, Like A Rolling Stone was voted as Bob Dylan’s best-ever song by Rolling Stone Magazine, who had asked the opinions of a panel of writers, academics and musicians to compile a poll to mark Dylan’s 70th birthday on 24th May. Like A Rolling Stone, was described by U2’s Bono as ‘a black eye of a pop song’, while Mick Jagger praised the simplicity of Desolation Row. Keith Richards argued that the original 1963 solo version of Girl From The North Country, ranked 30th, was superior to Dylan’s 1969 duet of the same song with Johnny Cash.
2012, Donald Dunn, bassist with Booker T and the MG’s died in his sleep after playing a show at the Blue Note night club in Tokyo the night before. He had been in the country as part of an ongoing tour with Steve Cropper and Eddie Floyd. Booker T and the MG’s scored the 1962 US No.3 single ‘Green Onions’, and the 1969 UK No.4 single ‘Time Is Tight’.
May 13th: Born on this day
1941, Born on this day, Joe Brown, UK singer, actor, (1962 UK No.2 single ‘A Picture Of You’).
1941, Born on this day, Ritchie Valens, US singer, (1958 US No.2 and 1959 UK No.29 single ‘Donna’). Valens died on 3rd February 1959.
1943, Born on this day, Mary Wells, US singer, (1964 US No.1 & UK No.5 single ‘My Guy’, written by Smokey Robinson). Wells died of cancer on 26th July 1992.
1945, Born on this day, Magic Dick, harmonica, The J Geils Band, (1982 US No.1 & UK No.3 single ‘Centerfold’).
1946, Born on this day, Daniel Klein, bass, J Geils Band, (1982 US No.1 & UK No.3 single ‘Centrefold’).
1947, Born on this day, Overend Watts, bass, Mott The Hoople, (1972 UK No.3 and US No. 37 single ‘All The Young Dudes’).
1950, Born on this day, Danny Kirwan, Fleetwood Mac, (1969 UK No.1 single ‘Albatross’, left the band in 1972).
1950, Born on this day, Johnny Logan, Irish singer, (1980 UK No.1 single ‘What’s Another Year’).
1950, Born on this day, Stevie Wonder singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. A child prodigy who developed into one of the most creative musical figures of the late 20th century. Wonder who has been blind from shortly after birth, signed with Motown’s Tamla label at the age of eleven and continues to perform and record for Motown to this day. Wonder has scored over 40 other US & UK Top 40 singles.
1951, Born on this day, Paul Thompson, drums, Roxy Music, (1972 UK No.4 single ‘Virginia Plain’ plus 15 other UK Top 40 singles).
1963, Born on this day, Julian Brookhouse, Curiosity Killed The Cat, (1989 UK No.14 single ‘Name And Number’).
1964, Born on this day, Lorraine McIntosh, vocals, Deacon Blue, (1988 UK No.8 single ‘Real Gone Kid’ plus over 15 other UK Top singles).
1966, Born on this day, Darius Rucker, Hootie & The Blowfish, (1995 US No.1 album ‘Cracked Rear View’ sold over 15m copies. 1995 UK No.50 single ‘Hold My Hand’).
1966, Born on this day, Alison Goldfrapp, English singer-songwriter, (2008 UK No.2 album ‘Seventh Tree’).
1979, Born on this day, Michael Madden, bass, Maroon 5, who had the 2004 UK No.1 album ‘Songs About Jane’, the 2004 US No.1 & UK No.4 single ‘She Will Be Loved’ and the 2014 US No.1 album V.