Music History: March 13th:
2015 Daevid Allen, Australian jazz-rock guitarist (of Gong, Soft Machine), dies of cancer at age 77.
2013 Ken Casey of Dropkick Murphys takes out a skinhead fan after seeing him raise a Nazi salute. A crowd had gathered onstage for the encore and, seeing the fan across the stage, Casey hits him to the floor and lays into him. Calmly returning to his bass, Casey proclaims: "Nazis are not welcome at a Dropkick Murphys show."
2008 South By Southwest features a rare performance from R.E.M. and scorching set from My Morning Jacket.
2004 Luciano Pavarotti makes his 379th and last performance at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, playing the painter Mario Cavaradossi in Giacomo Puccini's Tosca. He receives a 12-minute standing ovation.
2002 Danny Bonaduce of The Partridge Family wins his bout against Barry Williams (Greg from The Brady Bunch) on the Fox TV special Celebrity Boxing. In another bout, Todd Bridges from Diff'rent Strokes whoops up on Vanilla Ice.
1998 Reggae and ska musician Judge Dread (real name: Alexander Minto Hughes) dies of a heart attack at age 52 shortly after giving a performance in Canterbury, England.
1992 Bad Religion release their sixth full-length studio album, Generator. This is the band's debut album with drummer Bobby Schayer, who remains in the band until 2000's The New America.
1988 Bob Seger receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1977 David Bowie, Iggy Pop, and Blondie begin a North American tour.
1976 #1 Billboard Album: Eagles' Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)
1973 Ed Sloan (frontman for Crossfade) is born in South Carolina.
1972 Rapper Common is born Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr. in Chicago, Illinois.
1969 Elvis Presley's Charro! movie opens.
1968 The Byrds' Greatest Hits is certified gold.
1965 #1 Billboard Pop Hit: The Beatles' "Eight Days A Week"
1962 James Darren guests on ABC-TV's Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea in the episode "The Mechanical Man."
1961 Ricky Nelson records "Travelin' Man."
1960 U2 bass player Adam Clayton is born in Oxfordshire, England.
1959 An emergency plane landing in a South Bend, Indiana, field nearly kills The Kingston Trio's band members.
1949 Donald York (original vocalist for Sha Na Na) is born in Boise, Idaho.
1948 Peggy Lee goes to #1 in America with "Mañana (Is Soon Enough for Me)."
1940 Daniel Bennie (of the Detroit doo-wop group The Reflections) is born in Johnstone, Scotland.
1939 Neil Sedaka is born in Brooklyn, New York.
1933 Prolific rock and roll songwriter Mike Stoller is born in Long Island, New York.
Isaac Hayes quits the TV series South Park after an episode airs mocking his religion, Scientology.
2007 Amy Winehouse's second album, Back to Black, is released in the US. It enters the Billboard chart the following week at #7, and surges to its chart peak of #2 after Winehouse wins five Grammy awards for the album the following year, including Record of the year and Song of the Year for "Rehab."
2006 Black Sabbath, Blondie, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Miles Davis and The Sex Pistols are inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The Sex Pistols refuse to attend the ceremony and turn down the induction.More
1976 The Four Seasons hit #1 in America with "December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)," making them the only act to chart #1 hits before, during and after The Beatles.
1965 Eric Clapton, complaining that the band is becoming too commercial, leaves The Yardbirds.