February 13th

  • 1919. Tennessee Ernie Ford born in Bristol, Tennessee.

  • 1925. Gene Ames (The Ames Brothers) born Gene Ulrick in Malden, Massachusetts.

  • 1940. Clive Thacker (Brian Auger Trinity) born in Enfield, Middlesex.

  • 1944. Peter Tork (The Monkees) born Peter Halsten Thorkelson in Washington, D.C.

  • 1950. Roger Christian (The Christians) born in Merseyside, England.

    1950. Peter Gabriel born in London, England.

  • 1952. Edward John Cagliardi (Foreigner) born in New York City.

  • 1953. Thanks to the bizarre range of memorabilia that has been offered for auction over the years, we know that Buddy Holly had a test in his English class at Lubbock High School today, titled "Simple, Compound, and Complex Sentences." He would have received higher marks had he not drawn doodles at the bottom of his test paper. One stated "I Go Pogo," another was the words "I Like Me" drawn within a circle.

  • 1956. Fair Park Coliseum, Lubbock, Texas (matinee): Elvis Presley.
    and later that evening at The Cotton Club, Lubbock, Texas: Elvis Presley.
    Buddy Holly, along with Bob Montgomery, opened for Elvis at the Fair Park Coliseum. Presley received $75.00. The show's ad stated "The Be-Bop Western Star of the Louisiana Hayride returns to Lubbock."

  • 1956. Peter Hook (New Order) born in Manchester, England.

    1956. Paramount Theater, Newport, Virginia: Elvis Presley.

  • 1957. Doris King (Girls Next Door) born in Nashville, Tennessee.

    1957. John Wilsteed (The Go-Betweens) born in Australia.

  • 1958. Mark Fox (Haircut 100) born.

  • 1959. New release: Buddy Holly's new single, "It Doesn't Matter Any More" is released in the UK. Highest U.K. chart position: 1.

  • 1961. Henry Rollins born Henry Garfield in Washington, D.C.

    1961. Les Warner (The Cult) born.

  • 1962. The Beatles, Brian Epstein and George Martin meet for the first time, to discuss the possibilities of Parlophone offering The Beatles a recording contract. Brian Epstein plays some 78 rpm records, made from The Beatles' Decca audition tapes, for Martin, who expresses some interest. Despite that, it will be nearly three months before Martin re-establishes contact with Epstein.

    1962. Rob Ellis (PJ Harvey) born in Bristol, Somerset.

    1962. The Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime): The Beatles.

  • 1963. Majestic Ballroom, Hull: The Beatles.

  • 1964. The Beatles fly from New York to Miami Beach, Florida, for their second live appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show", to be broadcast from the Deauville Hotel.

    1964. Marquee Club, Oxford Street, London: The Yardbirds.

  • 1965. New release: The Rolling Stones album, "The Rolling Stones, Now" is released in the US. Highest chart position: 5.

  • 1966. On Television: (U.S.A.) Ed Sullivan Show. Show No. 863. Musical guests: Rolling Stones; Wayne Newton.

  • 1967. The Beatles are recording in Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London. They're working on "Only A Northern Song", but the song will not be completed until April 20 and would not be released until its appearance on the "Yellow Submarine" LP in 1969. George Harrison, not having a name for the song (again), uses "Not Known" as the working title. The Beatles record nine takes of the basic rhythm track. The session begins at 7:00 pm and runs until 3:30 am.

    1967. Davy Jones, of The Monkees, flies into London's Heathrow Airport to be met by thousands of "over-excited" fans. As a result, the airport authorities decide to review the facilities for fans greeting in-coming pop stars. In future, they will only be allowed to observe from a distance.

    1967. New release: The Beatles' single "Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane" (Capitol) is released in the U.S.A. Highest U.S. chart position: 1.

    1967. On Television: (U.S.A.) The Monkees in an episode entitled, "Monkees At The Circus" in which the group use their unique talents to save an old-fashioned big top! Contains the Music Videos "Sometime In The Morning" and "She".

  • 1968. Jimi Hendrix visits his old school, Garfield High, in Seattle. He is meant to receive his High School diploma before going on to the Town Hall to be presented with the keys to the city. Unfortunately, when the arrangements were being made no-one thought to check it was a public holiday. The Town Hall, like the rest of the city, is shut and the presentation is never made.

    1968. Pink Floyd record "It Would be So Nice" and "Julia Dream" at Abbey Road Studios in London.

    1968. Ackerman Union Grand Ballroom, UCLA, California: Jimi Hendrix. Support: Soft Machine.

  • 1969. The Doors' single, "Touch Me" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Sly & The Family Stone's single, "Everyday People" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1970. Cardiff University, Wales: Deep Purple.
    Swansea: Soft Machine (without Elton Dean).
    Ford Auditorium, Detroit, Michigan: Delaney and Bonnie.

    1970. On Television: (U.K.) "Frost On Sunday": Deep Purple.

  • 1971. Bristol: Deep Purple.
    Students Union Bar, Technical College, Farnborough, Hampshire: Pink Floyd.

  • 1972. The Empire Theater, Liverpool: Pink Floyd.
    Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Paul McCartney and Wings.

  • 1973. Elvis Presley's albums, "Aloha From Hawaii" and "Worldwide 50 Gold Award Hits, Volume 1" are certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Spinners' single, "Could It Be I'M Falling In Love" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Barbra Streisand's album, "Live In Concert At The Forum" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1974. Keith Richards is banned from entering France for two years after losing an appeal against a conviction for possessing drugs at a court in Aix-En-Provence.

  • 1975. Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York: Led Zeppelin.

  • 1976. Declan McManus plays his first solo gig after leaving Flip City. He appears at the Half Moon, Putney as D.P. Costello.

    1976. On Television: (U.S.A.) The Midnight Special. Show 150. Host: Wolfman Jack (3rd Anniversary Show, Part 1). Guests: Herb Alpert; Glen Campbell; George Carlin; Elton John (Tribute); Gladys Knight and the Pips; Gladys Knight; Randy Newman; The O'Jays; Linda Ronstadt; Frankie Valli.

  • 1976. Dayton, Ohio, USA: Deep Purple.

  • 1977. Malcolm Mclaren meets Jerry Moss of A&M Records in Los Angeles, as well as some other American labels, to dicuss signing The Sex Pistols.

    Meanwhile ... Sid Vicious does a 'phone interview with a Los Angeles radio station during which he mentions that he "auditioned" for the Pistols the week before - even although Glen Matlock is still with the band.

  • 1978. Today is declared Al Green Day in Los Angeles, California.

    1978. Joni Mitchell's album, "Don Juan's Reckless Daughter" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

    1978. Billy Connolly's "Raw Meat For The Balcony" is certified silver by the B.P.I.

  • 1979. Willie Nelson's album, "Willie & Family Live" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Pointer Sisters' album, "Energy" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Sylvester's album, "Step Ii" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1980. Stuart Adamson (The Skids) marries 20 year old Sandra Davidson.

    1980. John Lydon gets an unexpected 6.30 wake-up call from 11 policemen. After hammering on the front door, they hacked their way through it with an axe. Johnny, needless to say, wasn't best pleased and grabbed a sword with which to protect himself. On seeing the boys in blue carrying a search warrant, he let them re-arrange the furniture for a while before accompanying them to Chelsea Police Station. According to an official statement, a tear gas cannister was found during the course of their search. Lydon, who described the "cannister" as the size of a felt-tip pen will have to return to the station on March 14th, by which time the spray will have been analysed.

    This isn't the first unexpected visit from the police recently. They dropped in earlier in the month, worried that a bomb may have been planted on the premises. Unfortunately, during a careful search for said device, they had a good rake around the place.

    1980. The Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California: Pink Floyd.

    1980. The Boomtown Rats' "The Fine Art Of Surfacing" is certified gold by the B.P.I.

  • 1981. Rainbow's "Difficult To Cure" is certified silver by the B.P.I.

    1981. On Television: (U.S.A.) The Midnight Special. Show 345. Host: Bob Uecker. Guests: The Bellamy Brothers, Blondie (music video) Neil Diamond (interview); Rick Nelson.

    1981. Marquee Club: Budgie.

    1981. Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, West Germany: Pink Floyd.

  • 1982. On Television: (Germany) Rockpalast featuring Ton Steine Scherben (Markthalle Hamburg).

    1982. Marquee Club: Spider. Support: Streetfighter.

  • 1983. Marquee Club: Silverwing Saracen.

  • 1984. Huey Lewis & The News' album, "Sports" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

    1984. Marquee Club: Diamond Head.

  • 1985. Marquee Club: Tobruk.
    Kemper Arena, Kansas City, Mississippi, USA: Deep Purple.

  • 1986. Marquee Club: The Sweet. Support: Winters Reign.

  • 1987. Mick Jagger is in court in Barbados for the opening of the case against Jerry Hall who is charged with importing 20lbs of marijuana into the island. She pleads not guilty and the trial is adjourned until the 16th.

    1987. Loose Ends' "Zagora" is certified silver by the B.P.I.

    1987. Eric Clapton's album, "Behind The Sun" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

    1987. Marquee Club: The Electric Gypsies. Support: Christians In Search Of Filth.
    Milan, Italy: Deep Purple.

  • 1988. On Television: (U.S.A.) Saturday Night Live with musical guest Terrance Trent D'Arby. (U.S.A.) Soul Train featuring Stacy Lattisaw; Salt & Pepa; Tony Terry.

    1988. Marquee Club: Kooga. Support: Charlie Mouse.
    Tennis Center, Melbourne, Australia: Pink Floyd.

  • 1989. Kiss Frehley's Comet release their first video, "Live + 4" which includes live material recorded at the Marquee in London in 1988, plus the four concept videos made up to that point...

  • 1989. Fine Young Cannibals' "The Raw And The Cooked" is certified gold by the B.P.I.

    1989. Taylor Dayne's singles, "I'Ll Always Love You" and "Tell It To My Heart" are certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Whitney Houston's single, "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.

    1989. Marquee Club: True Grit. Support: The Emperors.

  • 1990. Sinead O'Connor's "The Lion And The Cobra" is certified gold by the B.P.I.

    1990. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Tropuble's album, "In Step" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

    1990. Marquee Club: Bicycle Thieves. Support: Clamheads + Montoya Sound.

  • 1991. The Simpsons' album, "The Simpsons Sing The Blues" is certified 2 X platinum by the R.I.A.A.

    1991. Festhalle, Frankfurt, Germany: Deep Purple (available on the bootleg "Wicked Ways").

  • 1992. George Jones' album, "Super Hits" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1993. On Television: (U.S.A.) Saturday Night Live with musical guest Paul McCartney. (U.S.A.) Soul Train featuring Monie Love; R. Kelly & Public Announcement.

  • 1995. New release: The Beatles' single "Baby It's You/I'll Follow the Sun/Devil in Her Heart/Boys" (Parlophone/Apple). Highest UK chart position: 7.

    1995. Brownstone's single, "If You Love Me" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1996. Smashing Pumpkins' single, "Bullet With Butterfly Wings" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1997. David Bowie becomes the 2,083rd celebrity to have a star unveiled on Hollywood's Walk Of Fame.

    1997. Michael Jackson's wife/nurse Debbie Rowe gives birth to the couple's first child, a son at 1.17 a.m. Michael was on hand to cut the baby's umbilical cord at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles. Staff and family joked that Michael was able to provide a surgical mask from his own collection! Under the terms of a pre-nuptial agreement, Debbie will receive 1 million within 14 days in return for signing over custody of the child to Michael.

    1997. Ty Herndon's album, "What Mattered Most" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Dru Hill's album, "Dru Hill" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

    1997. On Television: (France) Taratata. No. 149. Recorded 17 decembre 1996 Solos: Carole FREDERICKS; Axelle Red. Duos: Carole Fredericks & Axelle Red; Carole Fredericks & Calvin Russel.

  • 1998. Attorneys for Greg Allman and The Allman Brothers Band file a lawsuit against Capricorn Records seeking damages for copyright infringement. The suit alleges that ten albums have been released without authorization as Capricorn failed to get mechanical licenses for the albums as is required under the Copyright Act of 1976.

    1998. Ian Brown (ex-Stone Roses) runs into problems on a British Airways flight from Paris to Manchester. Returning with his band from a promotional tour of France, Brown is alleged to have verbally abused and threatened both a stewardess and the captain. He's also said to have scuffled with airport staff on landing. He'll eventually be charged in June over the incident.

    1998. Singer Rosemary Clooney is rushed to The New York Hospital after collapsing at the city's Surrey East Hotel. U.S. tabloid "The Globe" announces that doctors discovered she was suffering from viral meningitis and needed treatment in intesive care.

    1998. The Corrs' "Talk On Corners" is certified gold by the B.P.I.
    Fleetwood Mac's "The Dance" is certified silver by the B.P.I.
    Lesley Garrett's "Soprano's Greatest Hits" is certified silver by the B.P.I.
    Chris Rea's "Blue Cafe" is certified silver by the B.P.I.
    Will Smith's "Big Willie Styles" is certified silver by the B.P.I.

    1998. On Television: (U.K.) Top Of The Pops. Presented by Jayne Midlemiss. Featuring Aqua - "Doctor Jones"; Backstreet Boys - "All I Have To Give"; Cleopatra - "Cleopatra's Theme"; Headswim - "Tourniquet"; Hot Chocolate Feat Errol Brown - "It Started With A Kiss"; Jay-Z Feat Gwen Dickey - "Wishing On A Star"; Spiritualized - "I Think I'm In Love"; Wes - "Alane".

  • 1999. On Television: (U.S.A.) Saturday Night Live with musical guest Busta Rhymes. (U.S.A.) Soul Train featuring Faith; Shanice.

  • 2000. David Bowie and his wife, Iman, announce that they are expecting their first child. Although they didn't say when the baby is due, they did say they are "absolutely thrilled" at the news. The couple, who married in 1992 have been trying for a baby for some time. Both David and Iman have one child each from their previous marriages.

  • 2001. The WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organisation) Arbitration and Mediation Center rules that the domain www.celinedion.com be returned to the singer. It had been registered by Jeff Burgar, who runs the Celine Dion Club. William R. Cornish, sitting as mediator, ruled that Burgar "has no rights or legitimate interests in respect of that domain name" and that it has been registered and is being used in bad faith".

    2001. Peter Frampton receives the Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award during a ceremony at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. The award is the guitar world's equivelant of an Oscar.

    2001. Radiohead's album, "Kid A" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.

  • 2002. Country music legend Waylon Jennings dies at his home in Arizona, aged 64. He had struggled for years with health problems related to diabetes.

    2002. Two of Bob Marley's sons, Julian (26) and Stephen (29) are stopped for speeding on Interstate 10, near Tallahassee. When the Florida Highway Patrol officers approach the car, one smells marijuana. A brief search uncovers four joints in Julian' jacket and three others under the passenger seat. The brothers are taken to Gadsen County Jail in Quincy and charged with the misdemeanor offence of possessing less than 20 grammes of marijuana. After being booked, they paid $ 500 bail each and were released.

    2002. Scotland Yard announces that at 09.00 this morning Police attended the home of George Michael in Hampstead, West London. They found that the singer's Aston Martin car had been stolen after a burglary at the house. Thieves had ransacked the property causing 200,000 worth of damage as well as stealing hundrfeds of thousands of pounds worth of property.

    2002. AC/DC's longform video, "Stiff Upper Lip - Live" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

  • 2003. Benny Andersson and Ani-Frid Lyngstad, one half of the Swedish supergroup, Abba attend an invitation only premiere of the musical "Mamma Mia" at 1,760 seat theatre in the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas.

    2003. Ricardo Arjona's album, "Santo Pecado" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Sin Bandera's album, "Sin Bandera" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Marilyn Manson's longform video, "Guns, God And Government" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Phish's longform video, "Live In Vegas" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Kid Rock's album, "Cocky" is certified 3 X platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Usher's longform video, "Live Evolution 8701" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Staind's longform video, "Mtv Unplugged" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

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