October 13 – Today in Music History (Bob Dylan awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize)

1939 Harry James and his band recorded “On a Little Street in Singapore.”

1947 Sammy Hagar is born in Salinas, California

1956 The Bill Haley film Don’t Knock The Rock starts filming.

1962 Don Everly collapsed during rehearsals on stage at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London on the eve of a 22-date Everly Brothers U.K. tour.

1963 The largest audience in British television history watch The Beatles perform on “Val Parnell’s Sunday Night at the London Palladium.”

1970 Janis Joplin’s ashes were scattered off the coast of California.

1975 Neil Young underwent surgery on his vocal chords in Los Angeles CA.

1977 R&B singer Shirley Brickley (of The Orlons) is shot to death by an intruder in her home, at age 32.

1978 Queen released their “Fat Bottomed Girls”/”Bicycle Race” single, featuring a cover photo that combines imagery from both songs.

1979 “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” by Michael Jackson tops the Hot 100.

1980 AC/DC’s “Back in Black” went platinum.

1980 Ashanti is born Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas in Glen Cove, New York.

1982 KISS released the album “Creatures of the Night.”

1986 Joni Mitchell’s Ladies Of The Canyon is certified Platinum by the RIAA.

1987 David Bowie played the first of two nights at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California

1987 Sting releases his second solo album,  Nothing Like the Sun.

1990 George Michael went to No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Praying For Time,” his sixth U.S. solo No. 1.

1992 Linda McCartney releases Linda McCartney’s Sixties: Portrait of an Era, a collection of her most memorable works as a rock photographer.


1997 Billy Joel plays his new classical compositions on National Public Radio’s Performance Today show.

2000 Eddie Vedder, Ani DiFranco, Ben Harper and Patti Smith all take part in a Madison Square Garden rally for U.S. presidential candidate Ralph Nader.

2009 Bob Dylan released the album “Christmas in the Heart”.

2016 – Bob Dylan was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature, becoming the first songwriter to win the prestigious award. The 75-year-old rock legend received the prize “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”.

2016 - Bob Dylan was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature

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