Rock 'n' Roll History for
June 13






1958 - ClassicBands.com

June 13
Ed Sullivan phones Colonel Tom Parker and says he wants Elvis to make a fourth appearance on his show as soon as he is discharged from the Army. Unfortunately for Sullivan, Elvis would never return to his program as The Colonel chose to book his client on Frank Sinatra's variety show on May 12th, 1960 for a then unheard of fee of $125,000.

1964 - ClassicBands.com

June 13
The Rolling Stones make a television appearance on Hollywood Palace, a show hosted by Dean Martin. Dino made some jokes at the Stones' expense. After a trampolinist's act, Dean quipped, "That's the father of The Rolling Stones; he's been trying to kill himself ever since."

1967 - ClassicBands.com

June 13
The Bee Gees appear on the UK TV show As You Like It, where they perform their new single "New York Mining Disaster 1941". Originally titled "Have You Seen My Wife, Mr. Jones", the song would go on to reach #12 in the UK and #14 in the US.

1969 - ClassicBands.com

June 13
The Rolling Stones held a press conference and photo-op in Hyde Park to introduce new guitarist Mick Taylor.

1970 - ClassicBands.com

June 13
The Beatles had their last original single, "The Long and Winding Road" hit number 1 in the US. Since then, they've reached the top of the charts with re-releases of "Got to Get You Into My Life" and "Back in the USSR" (1976), "The Beatles' Movie Medley" (1982), "Twist and Shout" (1986, included in the movies Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Back to School), "Baby It's You" and "Free As a Bird" (both 1995) and "Real Love" (1996).

June 13
Mungo Jerry, a British band with an unusual name and a unique sound, had the top tune in the UK with "In The Summertime". It went on to become the best selling UK single of the year, spending seven weeks at #1 and was a hit in 26 other countries including the US, where it would rise to #3 in mid-August.

1972 - ClassicBands.com

June 13
Clyde McPhatter died of a heart attack at the age of 39. He had been the original lead singer of The Drifters before having solo hits with "A Lover's Question" and "Lover Please".

1973 - ClassicBands.com

June 13
James Brown's eldest son, 19-year-old Teddy, was killed in an accident on the New York Thruway when car that he was a passenger in hit a concrete bridge abutment after the driver fell asleep.

1988 - ClassicBands.com

June 13
The biggest charity Rock concert since Live Aid three years earlier took place at London's Wembley Stadium to denounce South African apartheid. Among the performers were Sting, Stevie Wonder, Bryan Adams, George Michael, Whitney Houston and Dire Straits. Half of the more than $3 million US in proceeds from the event went towards anti-apartheid activities in Britain. The rest was donated to children's charities in southern Africa.

1989 - ClassicBands.com

June 13
Jerry Lee Lewis gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6631 Hollywood Blvd.

1992 - ClassicBands.com

June 13
Law enforcement officials in Texas call for a ban on Ice-T's "Cop Killer" LP. Following the publicity, sales double on the West Coast and in Texas. In an ironic twist, Ice-T (real name: Tracy Morrow) would land a role on the TV police drama, Law and Order in 1999, portraying Odafin "Fin" Tutuola, a former undercover narcotics officer transferred to the Special Victims Unit.

2002 - ClassicBands.com

June 13
Michael Jackson, Barry Manilow, Sting, Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson were honored by the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York.

2006 - ClassicBands.com

June 13
Three of the original Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine, along with Bruce Johnston, who joined the touring lineup in 1965, gathered at the Capitol Records office tower for the presentation of double-platinum plaques marking US shipments of more than 2 million copies of the band's 2003 collection, "Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of the Beach Boys".

2007 - ClassicBands.com

June 13
Widely hailed by critics as one of the best albums in Paul McCartney's solo career, "Memory Almost Full" sold 160,541 copies across all retail outlets in the US in its debut week, landing the record at #3 on Billboard Hot 200 chart.

2010 - ClassicBands.com

June 13
Jimmy Dean, a Country-crossover artist most often remembered for his two US Top Ten hits, "Big Bad John" in 1960 and "P.T. 109" in 1962, died of natural causes at his home in Varina, Virginia at the age of 81. Along with placing eight songs on Billboard's Top 40 between 1958 and 1976, Dean was also elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in February, 2010.

2011 - ClassicBands.com

June 13
Stevie Wonder was inducted into the Hall of Fame at New York's Apollo Theater, the same venue where he began his professional career as a 12-year-old in 1962.

2012 - ClassicBands.com

June 13
The Beach Boys' first album of all-new material since 1992, "That's Why God Made the Radio", raced up the Billboard 200 chart to number 3. Their span of Billboard Top Ten LPs stretched to 49 years and one week since they first graced the chart with "Surfin' U.S.A." the week of June 15, 1963.

June 13
Ringo Starr's birthplace at Nine Madryn Street, in Dingle, was spared from demolition by Liverpool City Council. Housing Minister Grant Shapps said "a tide of community support" had saved the home, which he described as a "beacon of Beatlemania".

2013 - ClassicBands.com

June 13
Foreigner, Holly Knight, Tony Hatch and JD Souther were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York City.

June 13
Roger LaVern, the keyboard player for The Tornados on their 1962 instrumental hit, "Telstar", died of cancer at the age of 75. The group is noted for being the first British band to reach #1 in America. The song, named after the world's first communications satellite, sold over five million copies worldwide.






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