Music History: May 13
2016 Tower of Power play a California prison with former lead singer Rick Stevens, who served 36 years for a 1976 drug-related triple homicide.
2012 Donald "Duck" Dunn (bass guitarist for Booker T. and the MGs) dies in his sleep at age 70 while on tour in Tokyo.
2011 Jack Richardson (producer of Guess Who, Bob Seger) dies at age 81.
2008 Frank Sinatra gets his own stamp 10 years after his death. Featuring a young Sinatra in a snappy suit and fedora, it's a 42 cent stamp.
2008 The Turtles' Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman, better known as "Flo and Eddie," sue Capitol Records for allowing Ice Cube to sample the group's 1972 song "Buzzsaw" for Cube's 1992 hit "Jackin' For Beats."
2008 Rapper Remy Ma is sentenced to eight years in prison for assault, weapon possession and attempted coercion in conjunction with the shooting of a woman outside a Manhattan nightclub.
2007 Queen's Brian May is put on a round-the-clock watch after a schizophrenic leaves a letter at the guitarist's home blaming him for his mental illness, claiming himself as the real Brian May, and marking the guitarist for death.
2006 Johnnie Wilder Jr. (lead vocalist of Heatwave) dies at age 56 of complications from paralysis (due to a 1979 car accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down).
2006 Ryan Vandeberghe announces that the Suicide Machines have broken up after 15 years.
2003 Tommy Chong of Cheech & Chong pleads guilty to selling drug paraphernalia over the Internet.
2003 Michael Jackson sues Motown records for alleged nonpayment of Jackson 5 royalties and unauthorized usage of the group's music in TV commercials.
2002 Eddie Money appears on the CBS sitcom The King of Queens in the aptly titled episode "Eddie Money."
2002 Dionne Warwick is arrested at Miami International Airport for possession of marijuana when screeners find 11 marijuana cigarettes inside a lipstick container. Charges are dropped after she does an anti-drug public service announcement.
2000 Britney Spears is the musical guest and the host on Saturday Night Live, appearing in four sketches.
1988 Jazz trumpeter and vocalist Chet Baker dies at age 58 after falling from a second floor window at a hotel in Amsterdam, Netherlands. An autopsy reveals traces of heroin and cocaine in his body, and the death is ruled an accident.
1985 Bruce Springsteen gets married for the first time as he and the model/actress Julianne Phillips tie the knot at a ceremony presided over by Little Richard. The couple divorces in 1989.
1981 Pop singer Joan Weber, known for the 1955 hit "Let Me Go, Lover!," dies of heart failure in a New Jersey mental institution at age 45.
1979 Donny & Marie Osmond's A Little Bit Of Country, A Little Bit Of Rock 'n' Roll special on ABC-TV includes guests Chuck Berry and Chubby Checker.
1978 Yvonne Elliman's disco banger "If I Can't Have You" hits #1 in America. The song was written by the Bee Gees and used on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.
1977 Linda Ronstadt indirectly declines an offer placed in Hustler magazine, promising a million dollars to any of ten female celebrities (including Ronstadt) willing to pose for a nude photo shoot.
1975 Country singer-songwriter Bob Wills, known for the hit "Faded Love" (popularly covered by Patsy Cline in 1963), dies of pneumonia in Fort Worth, Texas, at age 70.
1973 The movie That'll Be The Day, starring David Essex, Ringo Starr, Keith Moon, Billy Fury and John Hawken of The Nashville Teens opens in the UK.More
1971 Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane crashes her Mercedes into a wall near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, which forces the cancellation of some recording sessions.
1971 James Brown records "Hot Pants."
1971 Motown child prodigy Stevie Wonder turns 21, and is by law released from his recording contract and given $1 million of the $30 million he has earned while at the label. Nevertheless, after gaining complete artistic control, Wonder resigns to Tamla.
1970 Badfinger records "No Matter What."
1969 The Beatles pose for the photo that becomes the cover of their The Beatles 1967-1970 compilation, recreating the cover of their first album, Please Please Me, now with far more hair on their heads and faces.
1967 The Supremes land their 10th #1 hit with "The Happening."
1967 Pop singer Melanie Thornton (La Bouche) is born in Charleston, South Carolina.
1966 Darius Rucker (frontman for Hootie & the Blowfish) is born in Charleston, South Carolina.
1966 The Rolling Stones release "Paint It Black."
1965 Elvis Presley's sixteenth movie, Tickle Me, premieres in Hollywood. It opens nationally two weeks later.
1965 Elvis Presley records "Come Along," "Beginner's Luck," "Down By The Riverside," "When The Saints Go Marchin' In," "Please Don't Stop Loving Me," and "Shout It Out."
1960 The juvenile delinquent movie Platinum High School, starring Conway Twitty, opens in New York.
1958 Six months after marrying his third wife, 13-year-old second cousin Myra Gale Brown, Jerry Lee Lewis is finally granted a divorce from his second wife, Jane Mitcham.
1957 Elvis Presley begins filming his third movie, Jailhouse Rock, in Hollywood.
1955 Johnny Tillotson is the opening act and sees fans rip the shirt off Elvis Presley's back after their Jacksonville, Florida concert.
1951 Paul Thompson (drummer for Roxy Music) is born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
1950 Blues rocker Danny Kirwan (of Fleetwood Mac) is born in Brixton, London, England.
1947 Pete "Overend" Watts (bass guitarist for Mott the Hoople) is born in Yardley, Birmingham, England.
1945 Richard "Magic Dick" Salwitz (harmonica player for The J. Geils Band) is born in New London, Connecticut.
1943 Motown singer Mary Wells is born in Detroit, Michigan.
1941 Rock and roll pioneer Ritchie Valens is born Richard Steven Valenzuela in Pacoima, California.
1941 Rock and roll singer and guitarist Joe Brown is born in Swarby, Lincolnshire, England.
1938 Louis Armstrong records "When The Saints Go Marching In."
1935 Pop songwriter Teddy Randazzo is born in Brooklyn, New York. Known for '60s hits "Pretty Blue Eyes," "Goin' Out Of My Head," and "Hurt So Bad," among others.
1934 Hymn composer William Golden dies in a traffic accident near Eupora, Mississippi.
1914 Country singer-songwriter Johnnie Wright (Johnnie and Jack), known for the 1965 hit "Hello Vietnam," is born in Mount Juliet, Tennessee.
1912 Jazz musician Gil Evans is born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
1911 Jazz singer Maxine Sullivan, known for her 1937 swing version of the Scottish folk song "Loch Lomond," is born Marietta Williams in Homestead, Pennsylvania.
1985The Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) holds a meeting in a Washington church where they foment support for their agenda: a ratings system for albums and concerts like those used for movies, and also to keep offensive album covers out of view in record stores. Their efforts lead to warning stickers on albums with offensive lyrics.
2004 In an Australian radio interview, Gene Simmons of Kiss states of Islam: "This is a vile culture, and if you think for a second that it's willing to just live in the sands of God's armpit you've got another thing coming... they want to come and live right where you live and they think that you're evil." After a flood of angry calls from Muslims, Simmons claims he was speaking only of extremists.
1974 An unlikely riot occurs at tonight's Jackson 5 concert at RFK Stadium in Washington DC when impatient fans begin smashing bottles in the parking lot. 50 fans are injured; 43 are brought to jail.
1970 The Beatles documentary Let It Be makes its theatrical debut. It would be the last Beatles movie.
1955 Elvis Presley's performance in Jacksonville, Florida, is the first Presley show at which a riot ensues. After Elvis tells the audience, "Girls, I'll see you backstage," he has some of his clothes ripped off, but escapes unharmed.
1950 Stevie Wonder is born Stevland Morris in Saginaw, Michigan.