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Music History: October 13th:
2016 Jon Sudano posts a video on YouTube where he sings the lyrics to Smash Mouth's "All Star" over the music to John Lennon's "Imagine." It takes off, and he racks up millions of views with similar videos where he sings "All Star" over other famous songs, including "Y.M.C.A.," "Under the Bridge" and "Wonderwall."More
2016 Bob Dylan is awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, "For having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition." Previous winners in this category include William Golding, John Steinbeck, and William Faulkner. He's the first American to win since Toni Morrison in 1993.
2009 Jazz crooner Al Martino, also known for his role as Johnny Fontane in The Godfather, dies in Springfield, Pennsylvania, at age 82.
2007 T.I. is arrested just hours before he is scheduled to perform at the BET Hip Hop Awards. According to police, the rapper paid $12,000 to a bodyguard to buy three guns for him. Police take him into custody on weapons charges and place him in federal custody over the weekend.
2002 The Spanish sisterly act Las Ketchup scores a UK #1 hit with the strangely infectious "The Ketchup Song." In the US, the song stalls at #54.
1997 Matchbox 20 (which in early 2000 changes its name to Matchbox Twenty) embarks on its first headlining tour in Las Vegas with opening act Lila Haydn & Her Band.
1997 Billy Joel plays his new classical compositions on National Public Radio's Performance Today show.
1992 Linda McCartney releases Linda McCartney's Sixties: Portrait of an Era, a collection of her most memorable works as a rock photographer. The book includes photos of The Rolling Stones, The Beatles (including husband Paul McCartney), The Who, the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison (The Doors), Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, Ray Charles, and Otis Redding.
1987 Sting releases his second solo album, ...Nothing Like the Sun.
1986 Joni Mitchell's Ladies Of The Canyon is certified Platinum by the RIAA.
1980 George Jones wins Single of the Year at the Country Music Association awards for "He Stopped Loving Her Today," starting a career resurgence for the Country legend.
1979 "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" by Michael Jackson tops the Hot 100.
1977 R&B singer Shirley Brickley (of The Orlons) is shot to death by an intruder in her home, at age 32.
1971 The Velvet Vampire is released in the US; the soundtrack includes "Evil Hearted Woman Blues" performed live by its composer Johnny Shines.
1968 Florence Ballard (of The Supremes) gives birth to twin daughters, born two months premature.
1960 Marie Osmond is born Olive Marie Osmond in Ogden, Utah. Known for her 1973 country cover of "Paper Roses" and her collaboration with brother Donny for a TV variety show.
1957 The Four Preps, Rosemary Clooney, Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby all appear on a CBS television special to introduce the brand new Edsel automobile.
1956 The Bill Haley film Don't Knock The Rock starts filming.
1948 John Ford Coley, folk rock/country singer and instrumentalist, is born in Dallas, Texas.
1947 Sammy Hagar is born in Salinas, California. He replaces David Lee Roth as lead singer of Van Halen from 1985-1996, before returning in 2004.
1944 Robert Lamm (keyboardist and songwriter for Chicago) is born in Brooklyn, New York.
1927 Country singer Anita Kerr, leader of The Anita Kerr Singers, is born Anita Jean Grilli in Memphis, Tennessee. Her group will perform backing vocals for Red Foley, Ernest Tubb, Roy Orbison, and Willie Nelson, among others.
2000 Eddie Vedder, Ani DiFranco, Ben Harper and Patti Smith all take part in a Madison Square Garden rally for US presidential candidate Ralph Nader. George Bush eventually wins the election, with Nader taking key votes from his Democratic challenger Al Gore.
1998 The Frasier Fair, a male version of the Lilith Fair, begins in San Diego. The tour is organized by Rugburns member Steve Poltz, and features John Doe and Pete Droge. The festival is named after the character Frasier Crane from the shows Cheers and Frasier. The character spent a lot of time on the shows involved with a frigid woman named Lilith.
1984 Stevie Wonder's "I Just Called To Say I Love You" tops the Hot 100, Adult Contemporary, R&B and UK Singles charts.More
1978 Queen release their "Fat Bottomed Girls"/"Bicycle Race" single, featuring a cover photo that combines imagery from both songs.More
1974 Renowned television host Ed Sullivan dies of esophageal cancer in New York City, at age 73. One of the biggest events in music history unfolded on his program, The Ed Sullivan Show, when a new group from Liverpool called The Beatles made their live US debut.
1941 Paul Simon is born in Newark, New Jersey. He meets his longtime music partner, Art Garfunkel, when they both perform in a school production of Alice in Wonderland for their sixth grade graduation. They would become Simon & Garfunkel.