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This Day In Rock History: Dec 13th

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Ted Nugent
Ted Nugent

  • 1955, Dickie Valentine was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Christmas Alphabet’, the first Christmas song to reach the No.1 position. It was the first Christmas No.1 that was actually about Christmas, a trend that would continue off and on over the next several decades.
  • 1962, Elvis Presley  was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Return To Sender’, his 13th UK No.1. Elvis performed ‘Return To Sender’ in the film Girls! Girls! Girls!. The opening bars and backing on baritone saxophone was performed by Bobby Keys who later went on to work with The Rolling Stones, The Who, Harry Nilsson, George Harrison and Eric Clapton.
  • 1966, Jimi Hendrix made his TV debut on ITV’s ‘Ready Steady Go!’ (Marc Bolan was also on the show). The Jimi Hendrix Experience also recorded ‘Foxy Lady’ on this day. The United States version of Are You Experienced listed the song with a spelling mistake as ‘Foxey Lady’ and this is how it is still known among many North American fans.
  • 1970, Dave Edmunds was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of the 1955 Smiley Lewis hit ‘I Hear You Knocking.’ The Welsh singer, songwriter and producers only No.1 hit.
  • 1986, Bruce Hornsby & The Range went to No.1 on the US singles chart, with ‘The Way It Is’, a No.15 hit in the UK. Written by Bruce Hornsby and his brother John Hornsby, it made explicit reference to the American Civil Rights Movement. The song was heavily sampled by Tupac Shakur in his song, ‘Changes’ from 1998.
  • 1999, Happy Mondays singer Shaun Ryder was ordered to pay £160,000 to his ex management team over a dispute in his contract. Ryder said he was so high after a ‘joint’ he didn’t bother to read the small print; the court was told the contract had ‘done his nut in’.
  • 2000, It was announced that after 74 years the UK rock weekly Melody Maker was to close down. The Christmas edition would be the last one then it would merge with the NME creating a more sizeable broad-based magazine.
  • 2002, Canadian guitarist and singer Zal Yanovsky of The Lovin Spoonful died of a heart attack. Was a member of The Mugwumps with Denny Doherty and Cass Elliot. Formed Lovin Spoonful with John Sebastian in 1964, they scored the 1966 US No.1 & UK No.8 single ‘Summer In The City’.
  • 2005, A cheque signed by John Lennon made out to the Inland Revenue sold for £2,000 at a UK auction. It was sold by former madam Lindi St Clair, (formerly known as Miss Whiplash), after she decided she had no use for it. Clair who now runs a duck farm in Herefordshire had bought the cheque for £4,000 in 1988. It was signed by Lennon on 23rd January 1968 on a District Bank Limited form and made out for £6,946.
  • 2008, Kanye West went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘808s & Heartbreak’, his fourth studio album.
  • 2012, A collection of love letters written by Mick Jagger to American singer Marsha Hunt sold at auction for £187,250. The letters were penned in the summer of 1969 while The Rolling Stones frontman was in Australia. They are believed to be the inspiration for the band’s hit single ‘Brown Sugar’.

Born on this day:

  • 1940, Born on this day, Tony Gomez, The Foundations, (1967 UK No.1 single ‘Baby Now That I’ve Found You’. 1969 US No.3 single ‘Build Me Up A Buttercup’.)
  • 1948, Born on this day, Jeff ‘Skunk’ Baxter, guitar, Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan, (1973 US No.11 single ‘Reeling In The Years’).
  • 1948, Born on this day, Ted Nugent, guitarist, The Amboy Dukes, (1968 single, ‘Journey To The Centre Of The Mind’). Solo, (1977 single ‘Cat Scratch Fever’). Damn Yankees, (1990 album ‘Damn Yankies’).
  • 1949, Born on this day, Tom Verlaine, guitar, vocals, Television, (1977 single and album ‘Marquee Moon’).
  • 1950, Born on this day, Davy O’List, guitar, The Nice, (1968 UK No.21 single ‘America’), Roxy Music, (1972 UK No.4 single ‘Virginia Plain’ plus 15 other UK Top 40 singles).
  • 1952, Born on this day, Berton Averre, The Knack, (1979 US No.1 & UK No.6 single ‘My Sharona’).
  • 1970, Born on this day, Daniel Patrick, bass guitar, guitar and keyboards. Worked Nine Inch Nails, Tapeworm, Killing Joke, Methods of Mayhem.
  • 1974, Born on this day, Nick McCarthy, guitar, Franz Ferdinand, (winners of the 2004 Mercury Music Prize for their self-titled debut album).
  • 1975, Born on this day, Tom Delonge, Blink 182, (2000 UK No.2 single ‘All The Small Things’ 2001 US No.1 album ‘Take Off Your…’).
  • 1981, Born on this day, Amy Lynn Lee, vocals, Evanescence, (2003 UK No.1 & US No.5 single ‘Bring Me To Life’, 2003 UK No.1 & US No.3 album ‘Fallen’).
  • 1989, Born on this day, American singer-songwriter, Taylor Swift. Her third single, ‘Our Song’, made her the youngest person to single-handedly write and perform a No.1 song on the US country chart. She has sold over 26 million albums and 75 million digital single downloads worldwide.

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