Music History: April 13
2011 New American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez is named People magazine's Most Beautiful Person of 2011.
2010 Ron Isley of The Isley Brothers is released from jail after serving 3 years for tax evasion. He came up with song ideas in prison and releases the album Mr. I on November 30.
2008 Cult '60s Detroit Soul hero Nathaniel Mayer collapses from the brain hemorrhage that will, within the year, take his life.
2007 Bring Me the Horizon vocalist Oli Sykes appears in Magistrate's Court, after being accused of urinating on a female fan at one of the band's gigs six days earlier. Due to lack of evidence, charges are later dropped.
2005 Blues pianist Johnnie Johnson, known for his work with Chuck Berry, dies in St. Louis, Missouri, at age 80.
2004 Crossfade release their self-titled debut album. The profanities on the album are censored, but the band are unable to release an explicit version due to lack of funds.
2004 Songwriter Ritchie Cordell, who wrote the '60s-turned-'80s hits "I Think We're Alone Now" and "Mony Mony," dies at age 61 of pancreatic cancer.
2004 Pixies return to the stage after 12 years with a 27-song set at the Fine Line Music Cafe in Minneapolis.
2001 Kiss wrap up their "Farewell Tour" with a show in Queensland, Australia. Just two years later, they head out on the World Domination Tour.
1994 After nine years of a very public marriage, Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley announce they have separated. They divorce later in the year.
1993 Bruce Springsteen releases his second live album, In Concert / MTV Unplugged.
1989 Love Boat crooner Jack Jones is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6104 Hollywood Blvd.
1985 The all-star charity single "We Are The World" hits #1 in America, where it stays for four weeks. The song was conceived in December 1984, recorded in January 1985 and released in March. Its rise to the top of the charts is one of the fastest in history.
1980 The musical Grease closes on Broadway after 3,883 performances, which is a record at the time.
1979 David Lee Roth collapses on stage from exhaustion during a Van Halen tour stop in Spokane, Washington.
1979 Thin Lizzy release the album Black Rose.
1975 Latin-pop singer Lou Bega is born David Lubega to a Ugandan father and a Sicilian mother in Munich, Germany.
1975 It's the last date of Hawkwind's A Dead Singer Tour in the UK at Queensway Hall in Dunstable.
1974 #1 Billboard Pop Hit: Elton John's "Bennie And The Jets"
1974 Paul McCartney & Wings' LP Band On The Run hits #1.
1973 The Who's lead singer, Roger Daltrey, releases his first solo album, Daltrey
1972 Aaron Lewis (frontman of Staind) is born in Rutland City, Vermont, but will be raised in Massachusetts.
1970 It's the first sellout of the Montreal Forum, thanks to Led Zeppelin.
1969 Diana Ross makes her first television appearance as a solo act, performing on Dinah Shore's NBC special Like Hep.
1967 The Rolling Stones play a show in Warsaw, Poland, their first concert behind the Iron Curtain of Soviet countries.
1966 Blues-rock guitarist Marc Ford (The Black Crowes) is born in Long Beach, California.
1966 The Beatles record "Love You To" and "Paperback Writer."
1965 The Beatles record "Help!"
1963 The Beach Boys release "Surfin' U.S.A."
1963 At the 36th Academy Awards, Bobby Darin is nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role as a traumatized war hero in the drama Captain Newman, M.D. He loses to Melvyn Douglas as Homer Bannon in the Western Hud.
1962 Hillel Slovak (original guitarist for Red Hot Chili Peppers) is born in Haifa, Israel, to parents who are Holocaust survivors.
1959 Ronnie Hawkins records "Forty Days."
1959 The Fleetwoods' "Come Softly To Me" hits #1.
1957 R&B keyboardist Wayne Lewis (Atlantic Starr) is born in White Plains, New York.
1957 Elvis Presley's "All Shook Up" hits #1.
1955 Louis Johnson (bass guitarist for The Brothers Johnson) is born in Los Angeles, California. Also a session musician, he'll play on Michael Jackson's Thriller and Off The Wall albums.
1954 Jimmy Destri (keyboardist for Blondie) is born James Mollica in Brooklyn, New York.
1951 Drummer Max Weinberg (Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band) is born in Newark, New Jersey.
1951 R&B singer Peabo Bryson is born Robert Peapo Bryson in South Carolina.
1946 Soul singer Al Green is born in Forrest City, Arkansas. He is born "Al Greene," but drops the trailing "e" in 1968.
1946 Rock guitarist Roy Loney (The Flamin' Groovies) is born in San Francisco, California.
1945 Rock guitarist Lowell George (Little Feat) is born in Hollywood, California.
1944 French composer and pianist Cécile Chaminade dies in Monte Carlo at age 86.
1944 Brian Pendleton (rhythm guitarist for The Pretty Things) is born in Heath Town, Wolverhampton, England.
1944 Bass guitarist Jack Casady (Jefferson Airplane/Starship, Hot Tuna) is born John William Casady in Washington, DC.
1942 Academy Award-winning film composer Bill Conti (Rocky, The Right Stuff) is born in Providence, Rhode Island.
1940 Soul singer Lester Chambers (The Chambers Brothers) is born in Mississippi.
1934 R&B vocalist Horace Key (The Tams) is born in Atlanta, Georgia.
1913 Western Swing fiddler "Pappy" Wade Ray is born in Evansville, Indiana.
1906 Jazz saxophonist Bud Freeman, who collaborates with Benny Goodman, is born in Chicago, Illinois.
1973The Wailers, led by Bob Marley, release their fifth studio album, Catch a Fire. The first album on their new label, Island Records, it makes Marley and the Wailers international recording stars and brings reggae music to the forefront.
2015 "See You Again" by Wiz Khalifa breaks the Spotify record for most-streamed track in a single day in America when it is streamed 4.2 million times.
2009 A jury finds the now 69-year-old Phil Spector guilty of second-degree murder in the 2003 shooting death of the actress Lana Clarkson.
1982 David Crosby is busted for freebasing cocaine, leading to a downward spiral that winds through the Dallas County Jail.More
1968 Bobby Goldsboro's "Honey" hits #1 in the US, where it stays for five weeks. A love-it-or-hate-it song, it tells the story of a man whose wife dies and is reminded of her every time he looks at the tree she planted.
1965 The Beatles win their first Grammy Awards, taking Best New Artist and Best Performance by a Vocal Group for "A Hard Day's Night." Record of the Year goes to "The Girl From Ipanema" by Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto.
1962 The Beatles begin their legendary stint at the new Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany. Performing three to four hours a night for 48 days (with only one day off), the group logs a total of 172 hours of performance. When they return to England, they're already stars with a recording contract.