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Music History: November 13th:
2016 Leon Russell, 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, dies in his sleep at age 74.
2015 A Tribe Called Quest re-issue their debut album, People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, and perform "Can I Kick It?" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, making their first TV appearance in 15 years. It is their last-ever performance, as Phife Dawg dies four months later.
2012 RCA Records releases a greatest hits album to commemorate the late Whitney Houston, who died in February 2012. The album, titled I Will Always Love You - The Best of Whitney Houston, includes all 11 of her #1 Billboard charting hits.
2005 At his concert in Anaheim, California, Paul McCartney plays "Good Day Sunshine," which is beamed into space to wake up astronauts on board the US space station.
2004 Ol' Dirty Bastard (of Wu-Tang Clan), real name Russell Tyrone Jones, dies of a drug overdose at age 35.
2004 After several years of feuding, the rap group A Tribe Called Quest gets back together for a reunion show at the Rock the Bells festival. It's also the night when their friend and fellow rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard from the Wu-Tang Clan dies. A Tribe Called Quest opens their show with a tribute to ODB and performs some of Wu Tang's songs to start the set.
2002 William "Bill" Berry, trumpeter for Duke Ellington and The Merv Griffin Show band, dies after a yearlong battle with lung cancer at age 72.
2002 Michael Stewart (guitarist for We Five) commits suicide at age 57, though it was first reported that he died of a long illness.
2000 Trisha Yearwood donates a Starlight Fun Center to Vanderbilt University Children's Hospital. The mobile entertainment center includes a TV monitor, VCR and Nintendo 64 game unit, and can be rolled up next to a child's bed.
2000 Alejandro Sanz caps a triumphant week when he wins awards for Spanish male artist and Spanish album at the Premios Amigo. The week before Sanz won identical awards at the 47th Premios Ondas.
2000 The Beatles sanction their first official website.
2000 In the UK, The Beatles release 1, a compilation of 27 British and US #1 tracks.
1999 Donald Mills (of The Mills Brothers) dies due to complications from pneumonia at age 84.
1999 R.J. Vealey (drummer for Atlanta Rhythm Section) dies of a heart attack at age 37.
1998 Pianist/keyboardist Kenny Kirkland, age 43, dies of congestive heart failure in Queens, New York City, New York.
1997 Ray Charles conducts his first-ever online chat at www.rhino.com. The pop music legend fields questions about his recently released five-CD boxed set, Genius & Soul: The 50th Anniversary Collection.
1997 Celine Dion releases "Be The Man," her first single in Japanese. It is released in Japan only and is the theme to the Japanese TV drama Eve.
1997 Things get ugly for The Spice Girls in Barcelona at the 44th Premios Ondas Awards. The industry crowd boos throughout the cheeky quintet's lip-synched performance of "Spice Up Your Life," after it is announced that the Girls would not perform while photographers are present.
1996 Jazz/R&B pianist Bill Doggett dies of a heart attack at age 80 in New York.
1995 MC Hammer plays a benefit concert in Moscow supporting the "Our Home Is Russia" party, who are facing opposition in upcoming elections from the Communist party. The communists claim that Hammer symbolizes the wealth disparity and vapid consumerism that Russia should avoid.
1995 The Rolling Stones release Stripped.
1992 Ronnie Bond (drummer for The Troggs) dies after a lengthy illness in Winchester, Hampshire, England, at age 52.
1992 90,000 people attend Elton John's Mexico City concert, his first in the country.
1990 At the Off Ramp in Seattle, Temple of the Dog play their only show. Comprised of members of Soundgarden and what would become Pearl Jam, the group was formed as a tribute to Mother Love Bone singer Andrew Wood, who died of a heroin overdose.
1984 Pop singer Don Addrisi (of The Addrisi Brothers) dies of pancreatic cancer at age 45.
1982 Men at Work's debut album Business as Usual hits #1 in America, where it stays for 15 weeks until it is dethroned by Michael Jackson's Thriller.
1975 Morris Albert's tearjerker "Feelings" is certified Gold. The song never rises higher than #6 on the Hot 100, but stays on the chart for an amazing eight months, driving some to madness with repeated listens.
1973 Jerry Lee Lewis's 19-year-old son, Jerry Lee Jr., is killed in a highway accident near Hernando, Mississippi. The elder Lewis had already lost his only other son, Steven Allen, in a 1962 drowning.
1971 Three Dog Night releases "An Old Fashioned Love Song."
1971 Santana's Santana 3 album hits #1.
1969 John Lennon purchases the island Dorinch off the Ireland coast and invites any hippie who wishes to live there.
1968 The Beatles' Yellow Submarine film premieres in New York.
1965 The Lovin' Spoonful release "You Didn't Have to Be So Nice."
1965 The McCoys release "Fever."
1965 James Brown's "I Got You (I Feel Good)" enters the charts.
1964 "Dirty" Walter Kibby (trumpeter, vocalist for Fishbone) is born in South Central Los Angeles.
1964 The official Rolling Stones biography, Our Own Story, is published.
1961 The Tokens release "The Lion Sleeps Tonight."
1961 Solomon Burke's "Just Out of My Reach" enters the charts.
1960 Sammy Davis, Jr. weds Swedish actress May Britt, one of the first public celebrity interracial marriages.
1956 The duo Buchanan and Goodman go to court over their song "Flying Saucer," which incorporates bits of other hit songs. The first use of sampling in the Rock era, the song made #3 on the Hot 100.
1951 Bill Gibson (drummer for Huey Lewis and the News) is born in Sacramento, California.
1949 Rocker Terry Reid is born in Huntingdon, England. Known for '60s songs like "Better By Far" and The Hollies' "A Man With No Expression," which he wrote with Graham Nash (later recorded by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young as "Horses Through a Rainstorm").
1949 Roger Steen (guitarist for The Tubes) is born in Pipestone, Minnesota.
1947 Toy Caldwell (lead guitarist for The Marshall Tucker Band) is born in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
1946 Country singer-songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard is born in Soper, Oklahoma. Wrote the Jerry Jeff Walker song "Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother" (1973).
1944 R&B singer Timmy Thomas, known for the 1972 hit "Why Can't We Live Together," is born in Evansville, Indiana.
1942 Blues singer and guitarist John Hammond Jr. is born in New York City, New York.
1940 Justine "Baby" Washington is born in Bamberg, South Carolina, but would be raised in Harlem, New York. Known for her biggest hit, "That's How Heartaches Are Made," in 1963.
1935 Bing Crosby records "Silent Night."
1921 Composer Joonas Kokkonen, known for his opera The Last Temptations, is born in Iisalmi, Finland.
1868 Italian composer Gioachino Rossini dies of pneumonia in Passy, Paris, France, at age 76.
Mass Killing At A Concert In Paris
2015The blues-rock band Eagles of Death Metal are in the midst of performing their song "Kiss the Devil" at a sold-out show at Le Bataclan in Paris, France, when the venue is attacked by terrorists armed with automatic rifles, grenades and explosive suicide vests - one of many attacks throughout the city.
2010 Taylor Swift sets a record by becoming the first female artist to place 11 songs on the Hot 100 at the same time.More
1976 Rod Stewart's "Tonight's The Night," with some French cooing by his girlfriend Britt Ekland, hits #1 in America for the first of eight weeks.More
1965 Simple as Do-Re-Mi: The Sound of Music soundtrack, featuring Julie Andrews, hits #1 in America.