Almanac: February 13, 2016

Birthdays
  • 1919 - Tennessee Ernie Ford (d. 1991)
  • 1920 - Boudleaux Bryant (songwriter, Bye Bye Love, All I Have to Do is Dream) (d. 1987)
  • 1923 - Gene Ames (Ames Brothers) (d. 1997)
  • 1927 - Jim McReynolds (Jim & Jesse) (d. 2002)
  • 1928 - Dorothy McGuire (McGuire Sisters) (d. 2012)
  • 1943 - Bill Szymczyk (Producer of Eagles, Who, B.B. King) (73)
  • 1942 - Peter Tork (Monkees) (72)
  • 1944 - Nathanial Mayer (d. 2008)
  • 1945 - King Floyd (d. 2006)
  • 1945 - Roy Dyke (Ashton, Gardner & Dyke) (71)
  • 1948 - Rod Deas (Showaddywaddy) (68)
  • 1950 - Peter Gabriel (66)
  • 1950 - Roger Christian (Christians) (d. 1998)
  • 1952 - Ed Gagliardi (Foreigner) (64)
  • 1955 - Scott Smith (Loverboy) (61)
  • 1956 - Peter Hook (Joy Division, New Order) (60)
  • 1957 - Tony Butler (Big Country) (59)
  • 1957 - Doris King (Girls Next Door) (59)
  • 1958 - Marc Fox (Haircut 100) (58)
  • 1961 - Henry Rollins (55)
  • 1961 - Les Warner (Cult) (55)
  • 1961 - cEvin Kev (born Kevin Crompton) (Skinny Puppy) (55)
  • 1966 - Freedom Williams (C+C Music Factory) (50)
  • 1971 - Sonia (45)
  • 1974 - Robbie Williams (42)
  • 1976 - Feist (born Leslie Feist) (40)
  • 1976 - Jeremy Plato (Cross Canadian Ragweed) (40)
  • 1978 - Hamish Glencross (My Dying Bride) (38)
Deaths
  • 2002 - Waylon Jennings - Complications of diabetes (64)
On This Day
  • 1914 - The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) was formed.
  • 1961 - Frank Sinatra launched Reprise Records.
  • 1967 - The Monkees announced that they would play all of their own instruments on their albums from now on.
  • 1969 - A launch party for Mary Hopkin in London includes guests Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney, Linda Eastman and Donovan.
  • 1972 - Led Zeppelin canceled a Singapore appearance after officials wouldn't let them off their plane, objecting to their long hair.
  • 1974 - David Bowie turned down an offer to write the "Gay National Anthem" from the Gay Liberation group.
  • 1978 - In Los Angeles, it was Al Green Day.
  • 1980 - The home of John Lydon was raided by police but the only illegal item found was a canister of tear gas.
  • 1981 - Island Records introduced the "one-plus-one" cassette with an album on one side and the other side blank for recording.
  • 1981 - Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon becomes the longest running album in Billboard chart history (402 weeks).
  • 1982 - The stone was stolen from Ronnie Van Zandt's grave. It was found two weeks later.
  • 1983 - Marvin Gaye performed the National Anthem at the NBA All-Star Game.
  • 1988 - Michael Jackson finalizes the deal to buy what would become Neverland Ranch.
  • 1989 - Michael Jackson fired his manager after he tried to extort $60 million from the singer to not reveal his lifestyle tot he press.
  • 1992 - Motley Crue said that Vince Neil was leaving the group.
  • 1997 - Michael Jackson and Debbie Rowe had Prince Michael Jackson, Jr.
  • 2001 - Peter Frampton picked up the Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award, one of the most important prizes in the guitar world.
  • 2002 - Julian and Stephen Marley, sons of Bob Marley, were arrested in Florida for marijuana possession.
  • 2003 - Australian police find stolen material from the Beatles White Album and Abbey Road sessions that were taken in 1969.
  • 2003 - Earl Scruggs received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 2004 - Black Cycle Motorcycle Club canceled the balance of their British Isles tour after guitarist Peter Hayes broke his thumb.
  • 2007 - Rod Stewart was paid $1 million to play at billionaire Steve Schwarzman's birthday party in New York.
  • 2012 - Mel Tillis received the National Medal of the Arts.
  • 2013 - Lady Gaga postponed her world tour after coming down with severe swelling of the joints. 
Recorded
  • 1946 - Back in the Saddle Again - Gene Autrey
  • 1965 - Count Me In - Gary Lewis
  • 1969 - Lay Lady Lay - Bob Dylan
Released
  • 1967 - Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane - Beatles (single)
  • 1967 - Hello, I'm Dolly - Dolly Parton (Debut album)
  • 1970 - Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath (Debut album)
Awards
  • 1989 - Brit Awards
    • British Male Solo Artist - Phil Collins
    • British Female Solo Artist - Annie Lennox
    • British Group - Erasure
    • British Breakthrough Act - Bros
    • British Single - Perfect - Fairground Attractions
    • British Album - The First of a Million Kisses - Fairground Attractions
    • International Male - Michael Jackson
    • International Female, International Breakthrough Act - Tracy Chapman
    • International Group - U2
    • Music Video - Smooth Criminal - Michael Jackson
    • Outstanding Contribution - Cliff Richard
  • 2005 - Grammy Awards
    • Record of the Year - Here We Go Again - Ray Charles & Norah Jones
    • Album of the Year - Genius Loves Company - Ray Charles & Various Artists
    • Song of the Year - Daughters - John Mayer
    • New Artist - Maroon 5
    • Female Pop Vocal - Sunrise - Norah Jones
    • Male Pop Vocal - Daughters - John Mayer
    • Pop Performance Duo or Group - Heaven - Los Lonely Boys
    • Rock Solo Vocal - Code of Silence - Bruce Springsteen
    • Rock Performance Duo or Group - Vertigo - U2
    • Hard Rock Performance - Slither - Velvet Revolver
    • Metal Performance - Whiplash - Motorhead
    • Female R&B Vocal - If I Ain't Got You - Alicia Keys
    • Male R&B Vocal - Call My Name - Prince
    • R&B Performance Duo or Group - My Boo - Usher Featuring Alicia Keys
    • R&B Album - The Diary of Alicia Keys - Alecia Keys
    • Rap Solo - 99 Problems - Jay-Z
    • Rap Performance Duo or Group - Let's Get It Started - Black Eyed Peas
    • Rap Album - The College Dropout - Kanye West
    • Female Country Vocal - Redneck Woman - Gretchen Wilson
    • Male Country Vocal - Live Like You Were Dying - Tim McGraw
    • Duo or Group Country Performance - Top of the World - Dixie Chicks
    • Country Album - Van Leer Rose - Loretta Lynn
    • Alternative Album - A Ghost is Born - Wilco
    • Blues Traditional Album - Blues to the Bone - Etta James
    • Blues Contemporary Blues Album - Keep it Simple - Keb' Mo'
  • 2011 - Grammy Awards
    • Record of the Year - Need You Now - Lady Antebellum
    • Album of the Year - The Suburbs - Arcade Fire
    • Song of the Year - Need You Now - Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley, Hilary Scott
    • New Artist - Esperanza Spalding
    • Female Pop Vocal - Bad Romance - Lady Gaga
    • Male Pop Vocal - Just the Way You Are - Bruno Mars
    • Pop Performance Duo or Group - Hey, Soul Sister - Train
    • Rock Solo Vocal - Helter Skelter - Paul McCartney
    • Rock Performance Duo or Group - Tighten Up - Black Keys
    • Hard Rock Performance - New Fang - Them Crooked Vultures
    • Metal Performance - El Dorado - Iron Maiden
    • Female R&B Vocal - Bittersweet - Fantasia
    • Male R&B Vocal - There Goes My Baby - Usher
    • R&B Performance Duo or Group - Soldier of Love - Sade
    • R&B Album - Wake Up! - John Legend & the Roots
    • Rap Solo - Not Afraid - Eminem
    • Rap Performance Duo or Group - On to the Next One - Jay-Z & Swizz Beatz
    • Rap Album - Recovery - Eminem
    • Female Country Vocal - The House That Built Me - Miranda Lambert
    • Male Country Vocal - Til Summer Comes Around - Keith Urban
    • Duo or Group Country Performance -  Need You Now - Lady Antebellum
    • Country Album -  Need You Now - Lady Antebellum
    • Alternative Album - Brothers - Black Keys
    • Blues Traditional Album - Joined at the Hip - Pinetop Perkins and Willie "Big Eyes" Smith
    • Blues Contemporary Blues Album - Living Proof - Buddy Guy
Broadcasts

  • 1959 - American Bandstand - Skyliners
  • 1965 - Bill Anderson's syndicated TV show debuted.
  • 1966 - Ed Sullivan Show (CBS) - Rolling Stones

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