Rock 'n' Roll History for
February 13






1914 - ClassicBands.com

February 13
ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers is founded in New York City. The organization collects licensing fees from users of music created by ASCAP members, then distributes them back to its members as royalties.

1955 - ClassicBands.com

February 13
The Country And Western duo of Buddy Holly and Bob Montgomery open for Elvis Presley at a show in Lubbock, Texas.

1957 - ClassicBands.com

February 13
Cuban officials announce a ban on all Rock and Roll programs on television, calling the music "offensive to public morals and good customs." They would soften their stance a couple of days later, but strict guide lines were put in place.

1959 - ClassicBands.com

February 13
The Skyliners appear on American Bandstand, performing their new release, "Since I Don't Have You". The song would climb to #12 on the Billboard Pop chart and #5 on the R&B chart.

1961 - ClassicBands.com

February 13
Frank Sinatra launched his own record label, Reprise Records. Although he vowed that he would never sign any Rock artists, the label later became the home of Neil Young, Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman and The Beach Boys.

February 13
Lawrence Welk gave hope to Rock and Roll hating parents when his instrumental "Calcutta" went to the top of the Billboard chart for the first of a two week stay. Welk, who was then 57, became the oldest artist to have a number one Pop single in the US. That record would be broken three years later by Louis Armstrong who, at 62, topped the singles charts with "Hello, Dolly!" in early 1964.

1965 - ClassicBands.com

February 13
Gary Lewis records "Count Me In", which will climb to #2 on the Billboard chart by next May.

February 13
Jr. Walker and The All Stars enter the US charts for the first time with "Shotgun", which will make it to #1 on the R&B chart and #4 on the Pop chart.

1969 - ClassicBands.com

February 13
The Doors' "Touch Me" and Sly And The Family Stone's "Everyday People" are awarded Gold records.

1971 - ClassicBands.com

February 13
Six weeks after its chart debut, "One Bad Apple" by The Osmonds reaches number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was the first of ten Top 40 hits for the group.

1972 - ClassicBands.com

February 13
Led Zeppelin is forced to cancel a concert in Singapore when officials won't let them off the plane because of their long hair.

1973 - ClassicBands.com

February 13
During a concert in Las Vegas, Elvis Presley is suddenly taken ill. He is quickly attended to by Dr. Sidney Bowers, who was later presented with a white Lincoln Continental in appreciation for his services.

1978 - ClassicBands.com

February 13
Al Green is honored when Al Green Day is declared in Los Angeles.

1981 - ClassicBands.com

February 13
Steve Winwood's "Arc Of A Diver" becomes the first album to be released in Britain in the new "1+1" format, which contains the artist's music on one side, while the other is left blank for the consumer to record on.

1982 - ClassicBands.com

February 13
A 300 pound stone that marks the grave of Lynyrd Skynyrd singer Ronnie Van Zant was stolen from an Orange Park, Florida cemetery. Police found it two weeks later in a dry river bed.

1983 - ClassicBands.com

February 13
Marvin Gaye performs a unique, sensual version of the American National Anthem at the NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles.

1988 - ClassicBands.com

February 13
Michael Jackson buys a ranch in Santa Ynez, California that he names Neverland.

1989 - ClassicBands.com

February 13
Michael Jackson fired his manager, Frank Dileo. No official reason was ever given, but it is alleged that Michael was unhappy with Dileo's growing media profile.

1997 - ClassicBands.com

February 13
Michael Jackson and wife Deborah Rowe become parents for the first time when their son, Prince Michael Jackson is born.

1999 - ClassicBands.com

February 13
Blondie tops the UK chart with "Maria", giving them a British number one single in the '70s, '80s and '90s.

2000 - ClassicBands.com

February 13
Oliver, who is best remembered for a pair of 1969 hits, "Good Mornin' Starshine" (#3) and "Jean" (#2) died of cancer at the age of 54. His real name was William Oliver Swofford.

2002 - ClassicBands.com

February 13
64 year old Waylon Jennings died of complications from diabetes. At 21, he was a member of Buddy Holly's band who gave up his plane seat to the Big Bopper just before the doomed flight took off on February 3rd, 1959.

2005 - ClassicBands.com

February 13
At the 47th Grammy awards, Ray Charles's duets album "Genius Loves Company" won eight trophies, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year. Former Beach Boy's leader Brian Wilson won his first ever Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental for "Mrs. O'Leary's Cow" from his CD "Smile", the album he was forced to delay for nearly 40 years because of emotional problems. Led Zeppelin received a Lifetime Achievement Award. Guitarist Jimmy Page was on hand along with bassist John Paul Jones and the children of late drummer John Bonham. Other classic rockers who took home statues were Rod Stewart - Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for "Stardust...The Great American Songbook Volume III" and Bruce Springsteen - Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance for "Code Of Silence" from his album "The Essential Bruce Springsteen".

2011 - ClassicBands.com

February 13
With appearances by Mick Jagger, Barbra Streisand, Justin Bieber and Katy Perry, the CBS broadcast of The Grammy Awards played to their largest audience in 10 years. 26.55 million viewers tuned in to see Country trio Lady Antebellum win Song Of The Year and Record Of The Year with "Need You Now".

2015 - ClassicBands.com

February 13
Bob Dylan's 36th studio album, "Shadows in the Night", debuted at #1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart and #7 on the Billboard 200 with 50,000 units sold.

2016 - ClassicBands.com

February 13
Lionel Richie was honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year at a gala bash held in Los Angeles. Rihanna, Usher, Stevie Wonder and John Legend paid tribute to the 66-year-old singer in a musical tribute touching on his roots in R&B and his string of romantic, easy-listening ballads that ruled the airwaves in the 1980s.






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