Rock 'n' Roll History for
December 13






1956 - ClassicBands.com

December 13
In a year when he had eleven US Top 40 hits, Elvis Presley endures a rare miss when a song called "Paralyzed" peaks at #78 during a one week stay. In the UK however, the record would reach #8 in August, 1957.

December 13
Patti Page reaches #11 on the Billboard chart with a song called "Mama From The Train (A Kiss, A Kiss)", about memories of a now-deceased mother whose scrambled English leads to quaint phrasings. It was Patti's fifth of sixteen Top 40 hits.

1960 - ClassicBands.com

December 13
Elvis Presley's "It's Now Or Never" sets a new record in the UK for achieving one million sales just six weeks after its release.

1961 - ClassicBands.com

December 13
A Decca Records representative named Mike Smith attends a Beatles' performance at The Cavern Club and will set up a recording audition for the group on January 1st, 1962. Decca would later reject the band, saying "The Beatles have no future in show business."

1962 - ClassicBands.com

December 13
Elvis Presley had his 13th UK #1 single with "Return To Sender". The record included backing musicians, Scotty Moore on electric guitar, D.J. Fontana on drums, Dudley Brooks on piano, and Boots Randolph on baritone sax.

December 13
After scoring a US Top 20 hit with "She Can't Find Her Keys" earlier in the year, 17 year old Paul Peterson re-entered the charts with "My Dad", which would reach #6. The former Disney Mouseketeer and cast member of the TV's Donna Reed Show would go on to found A Minor Consideration, an organization committed to changing the working conditions for child performers.

1974 - ClassicBands.com

December 13
George Harrison has lunch with President Gerald Ford at the White House. Later that same day, Ford meets with Peter Frampton.

1975 - ClassicBands.com

December 13
The Rolling Stones' request to put on a three day show for 100,000 fans on Easter Island is denied by the government of Chile, who say "The whole future of the island" would be damaged.

1986 - ClassicBands.com

December 13
Bruce Hornsby And The Range top the Billboard chart with "The Way It Is", a song that refers to the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. The tune reached #15 in the UK.

1991 - ClassicBands.com

December 13
John Denver's special, Montana Christmas Skies aired on CBS-TV. He was joined by Clint Black, Kathy Mattea and Patty Loveless.

1996 - ClassicBands.com

December 13
The film, Jerry Maguire, co-starring The Eagles' singer / guitarist Glenn Frey, makes its debut in US theatres. The movie's other star, Cuba Gooding Jr. is the son of Cuba Gooding Sr., the lead vocalist for The Main Ingredient, who are most often remembered for their 1972, #3 hit "Everybody Plays the Fool".

2002 - ClassicBands.com

December 13
58 year old Zal Yanovsky, former lead guitarist for The Lovin' Spoonful, suffered a fatal heart attack at his farm near Kingston, Ontario, Canada. After leaving the music business, Zal had become a chef and restaurateur.

2006 - ClassicBands.com

December 13
New York police arrested Koral Karsan and charged him with first-degree attempted grand larceny for allegedly trying to extort $2 million from John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono. The 50 year old Karsan had worked for Ono as a chauffeur for over six years.

2012 - ClassicBands.com

December 13
Librarian of Congress, James H. Billington, announced that Carole King is the 2013 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

2015 - ClassicBands.com

December 13
Officials at New York's Madison Square Garden announced that Billy Joel had sold out his 30th consecutive show at the 18,666 seat venue, set for June 17, 2016.






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