Today in Music History - Aug. 13


In 1976, the political punk rock band "The Clash" played its first concert at a rehearsal hall in a London suburb. In 1980, four intruders robbed rock musician Todd Rundgren, his girlfriend and three guests at his home in Woodstock, N.Y. One thief was reported to have hummed Rundgren's 1972 hit "I Saw the Light" throughout the robbery.


Today in Music History - Aug. 13


Today in Music History for Aug. 13:

In 1820, engineer and musicologist Sir George Grove, compiler of "Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians," was born in London.

In 1924, Vernon Dalhart recorded what was to become country music's first million-seller, "The Prisoner's Song." Dalhart became one of the most successful artists of the first half of the 20th century. He made more than 5,000 records for 30 labels under more than 100 different names.

In 1951, singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg was born in Peoria, Ill. Among his best-selling albums are 1978's "Twin Sons of Different Mothers," recorded with flutist Tim Weisberg, and 1979's "Phoenix." His hit songs include "Longer" and "Same Auld Lang Syne." Noticeably hesitant about live appearances, Fogelberg once backed out of opening for Elton John at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. After battling prostate cancer for three years, he died on Dec. 16, 2007.

In 1952, the career of songwriters and producers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller was launched when Big Mama Thornton recorded their "Hound Dog." It topped the R&B chart for seven weeks the following year. Elvis Presley's version was a No. 1 pop hit in 1956. Some of Leiber and Stoller's other hits include "Kansas City" for Wilbert Harrison, "Yakety Yak" and "Charlie Brown" for "The Coasters" and "Love Me Tender" for Elvis.

In 1965, "The Jefferson Airplane" made their first appearance at the opening of the Matrix Club, which was to introduce many of the new San Francisco bands over the next few years. The club was owned by Marty Balin, a founding member of "The Jefferson Airplane."

In 1966, "Summer in the City" by "The Lovin' Spoonful" was the No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was the group's only No. 1 record.

In 1967, the Daughters of the American Revolution refused to allow Joan Baez to perform at Constitution Hall in Washington because of her opposition to the Vietnam War. She instead performed at an outdoor theater near the Washington Monument.

In 1968, soul singer Joe Hinton died at 39. His death came four years after his version of Willie Nelson's "Funny (How Time Slips Away)" made the top-20 of the Billboard pop chart.

In 1971, saxophonist King Curtis was stabbed to death in a fight outside his home in New York City. He was 37. Curtis appeared on countless rock 'n' roll records in the 1950s and '60s, particularly after his much-praised solo on "The Coasters'" 1957 hit "Yakety-Yak." Curtis also recorded with his own...

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