Rock 'n' Roll History for
April 13






1957 - ClassicBands.com

April 13
Elvis Presley's "All Shook Up" went to #1 on the Cash Box best seller list and The Billboard Pop chart, where it would stay for the next eight weeks.

April 13
After taking "Rock Island Line" to #6 during an eight month run on the UK charts in 1956, Lonnie Donegan pushes Skiffle to new heights when "Cumberland Gap" reaches #1.

1959 - ClassicBands.com

April 13
The Fleetwoods, a trio from Olympia, Washington, had the top tune on the Billboard chart with "Come Softly To Me". First written by the group as "Come Softly", producer Bob Reisdorff extended the title because he thought the original was too suggestive, even though the words "To Me" don't appear anywhere in the song.

April 13
Five weeks after it entered the Billboard Hot 100, "Pink Shoelaces" by 13 year old Dodie Stevens tops out at #3. She would go on to sing with Sergio Mendes and Brazil '77 as well as Mac Davis, but never had another Top 40 hit.

1962 - ClassicBands.com

April 13
The Beatles kicked off a 48 night booking at The Star Club in Hamburg, Germany. During their stay they will record two tracks with Tony Sheridan, "Sweet Georgia Brown" and "Swanee River", but whether these were the versions of Sheridan's songs that were eventually released is uncertain.

1963 - ClassicBands.com

April 13
"Surfin' USA" by the Beach Boys was released in the US, where it will become the group's second Billboard chart-maker, reaching #3. The song was a note-for-note copy of Chuck Berry's "Sweet Little Sixteen" with new lyrics. After Berry sued, he was granted royalties and all further issues of the song gave him writing credit.

1965 - ClassicBands.com

April 13
Roger Miller wins in five categories at the seventh annual Grammy Awards. His trophies included Best New Country & Western Artist, Best Country & Western Song ("Dang Me"), Best Country & Western Single ("Dang Me"), Best Country And Western Vocal Performance ("Dang Me") and Best Country And Western Album ("Dang Me" / "Chug-a-lug").

1967 - ClassicBands.com

April 13
Police in Poland use tear gas and batons to control several thousand teenagers who turned out to see The Rolling Stones' first show behind the Iron Curtain.

1974 - ClassicBands.com

April 13
Elton John reached the top spot on the Billboard singles chart for the second time with "Bennie and the Jets". It made #37 in the UK.

April 13
Paul McCartney's LP "Band On The Run" topped the Billboard album chart. It went on to sell over 6 million copies world-wide.

1980 - ClassicBands.com

April 13
The 1950s musical Grease finally closes its Broadway show after 3,883 performances and earning over $8 million. The show ranked twelfth on Broadway's all-time appearance list.

1983 - ClassicBands.com

April 13
Pete Farndon, bassist for The Pretenders on their US Top 20 hits "Brass In Pocket" (1980) and "Back On The Chain Gang" (1983), died of a drug overdose. He was 30 years old.

1985 - ClassicBands.com

April 13
"We Are The World", the Quincy Jones produced effort that raised millions to help feed starving people in Africa, topped the Billboard singles chart. The 45 artists that recorded the effort on January 28th were asked to "check their egos at the door."

1994 - ClassicBands.com

April 13
Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley announced they had separated after nine years of marriage.

2002 - ClassicBands.com

April 13
Ravi Shankar's daughter, 23 year old Norah Jones, makes her TV debut on CNN International's The Music Room. She would go on to win nine Grammy Awards and sell over 50 million albums worldwide. Billboard named her the top Jazz artist of the 2000 - 2009 decade.

2003 - ClassicBands.com

April 13
Madonna struck back at online peer-to-peer pirates of her new album, "American Life" by flooding file-sharing networks with decoy files. Those who download tracks from such services as KaZaA were greeted by the voice of Madonna asking, "What the fuck do you think you're doing?"

April 13
For the first time since Jimmy Carter was in the White House, Lynyrd Skynyrd had a hit single on the radio. Rock stations across the country played the band's "Red White and Blue", an anti-protest song that includes the line "If they don't like it, they can just get the hell out." The song's success prompted the band to rush out its new album "Vicious Cycle" in May.

2005 - ClassicBands.com

April 13
Johnnie Johnson, a Rock 'n' Roll pioneer who teamed with Chuck Berry on "Roll Over Beethoven" and "No Particular Place to Go", died of natural causes at the age of 80.

2008 - ClassicBands.com

April 13
Clifford Davies, drummer for Ted Nugent, who played on his trademark recording "Cat Scratch Fever", was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in his suburban Atlanta home. He was 59.

2009 - ClassicBands.com

April 13
Phil Spector was convicted of second-degree murder in the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson at his mansion six years before. The verdict would send the 69 year old music producer to prison for at least 18 years. His former wife Ronnie wrote in her book Be My Baby, "When I was locked up in his mansion, there were many, many nights when I was sure I'd never get out of that house alive."

April 13
According to a chart compiled for the UK's BBC Radio 2, Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade Of Pale" was the most played song in public places in the past 75 years. Rounding out the top ten were: #2 - "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen, #3 - "All I Have To Do Is Dream" by The Everly Brothers, #4 - "Love Is All Around" by Wet Wet Wet, #5 - ("Everything I Do) I Do It For You" by Bryan Adams, #6 - "Angels" by Robbie Williams, #7 - "All Shook Up" by Elvis Presley, #8 - "Dancing Queen" by ABBA, #9 - "Magic Moments" by Perry Como and #10 - "White Christmas" by Bing Crosby.

2011 - ClassicBands.com

April 13
After learning from the press that America's Internal Revenue Service had placed a lien on one of their Los Angeles-area residences, Ozzy and Sharron Osbourne moved quickly to pay off their $1.7 million U.S. tax debt. Sharon pointed the finger directly at their financial advisors for not doing their job properly.

2012 - ClassicBands.com

April 13
A New York judge ordered Prince to pay $3.95 million to Revelations Perfume and Cosmetics for failing to promote the 3121 line of scents after indicating that he would do so.

April 13
TMZ.com reported that Lionel Richie owed $1.13 million in unpaid income tax from 2010. The debt was insignificant to Richie's bank balance, worth an estimated $200 million.






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