Almanac: December 13, 2015

Birthdays
  • 1930 - Buck White (Whites) (85)
  • 1931 - Wayne Bennett (d. 1992)
  • 1933 - Lou Adler (82)
  • 1938 - Tony Gomez (Foundations) (77)
  • 1945 - Robert Martinez (? & the Mysterians) (70)
  • 1948 - Ted Nugent (67)
  • 1948 - Jeff “Skunk” Baxter (Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers) (67)
  • 1948 - Ron Getman (Tractors) (67)
  • 1948 - Davy O'List (Nice, Roxy Music) (67)
  • 1949 - Randy Owen (Alabama) (66)
  • 1949 - Tom Verlaine (Television) (66)
  • 1953 - Berton Averre (Knack) (62)
  • 1954 - John Anderson (61)
  • 1954 - Steve Forbert (61)
  • 1957 - Morris Day (The Time) (58)
  • 1958 - Dana Strum (Slaughter) (57)
  • 1967 - Jamie Foxx (48)
  • 1970 - Danny Lohner (Nine Inch Nails) (45)
  • 1974 - Nick McCarthy (Franz Ferdinand) (41)
  • 1975 - Tom DeLonge (Blink-182) (40)
  • 1981 - Amy Lee (Evanescence) (34)
  • 1983 - Matt Deis (CKY, All That Remains) (33)
  • 1989 - Taylor Swift (26)

Deaths
  • 2002 - Zal Yanovsky (Lovin' Spoonful) - Heart attack (57)
  • 2005 - Timothy Jordan II (All-American Rejects) - Suicide (24)

On This Day
  • 1951 - Hank Williams had "spine fusion" surgery to correct back problems. 
  • 1963 - Bob Dylan was given the Tom Paine Award by the Emergency Civil Liberties Committee.
  • 1969 - Diana Ross sued the Latin Casino in Philadelphia after her two dogs died by ingesting cyanide left at the venue by exterminators.
  • 1974 - George Harrison went to the White House at the invitation of Gerald Ford's son, Jack.
  • 1974 - George Jones left Tammy Wynette. 
  • 1981 - Johnny Paycheck was arrested for allegedly having sex with a twelve-year-old girl. 
  • 1983 - Robert Plant was joined during a solo show in London by Jimmy Page. They played a version of Roy Head's Treat Her Right.
  • 1993 - Faith Hill made her debut at the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1999 - Shaun Ryder of the Happy Mondays was ordered to pay £160,000 to an ex-manager in a contract dispute.
  • 1999 - BMI announced that You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling is the most performed song of the century (at least most performed song licensed through BMI).
  • 2000 - It was announced that the U.K. music magazine Melody Maker was to stop publication after 74 years.
  • 2000 - Paul McCartney did his first-ever book signing in London for his book of paintings.
  • 2000 - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced that Michael Jackson, Paul Simon, Aerosmith, Queen, Steely Dan, Solomon Burke, Richie Valens and the Flamingos would be inducted in 2001.
  • 2001 - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced they would induct Isaac Hayes, Brenda Lee, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Gene Pitney, the Ramones and the Talking Heads.
  • 2003 - During an appearance at the Vatican City Christmas show, Lauryn Hill went into a harsh attack on the Catholic church including the sexual abuse scandal.
  • 2003 - Jack White and Jason Stollsteimer of the Von Bondies get into a fight in Detroit.
  • 2006 - Heidi Newfield gave her last performance as a member of the group Trick Pony. 
  • 2008 - Dizzee Rascal was arrested in London for a road rage incident where he threatened another driver with a baseball bat.

Marriages
  • 1982 - David Allan Coe and Debbie Pardue

Divorces
  • 1988 - Bruce Springsteen and Julianne Phillips

Released
  • 1947 - Write Me a Letter - Ravens (first R&B record to make Pop top 25)
  • 1975 - Golden Years - David Bowie (single)
  • 1975 - Slow Ride - Foghat (single)

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