13th AUGUST

1952: The original version of ‘Hound Dog’ was recorded by Willie Mae (Big Mama) Thornton.”Hound Dog” is a twelve-bar blues song by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. It was recorded by Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton on August 13, 1952 in Los Angeles and released by Peacock Records in February 1953.

1960: No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “It’s Now or Never,” Elvis Presley. The song sells more than 20 million copies worldwide, making it Presley’s biggest-selling single.

1964: Manfred Mann were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy’, the bands first of three UK No.1’s.

1964: The Supremes recorded ‘Baby Love’, written and produced by Motown’s main production team Holland–Dozier–Holland, the song went on to be the group’s first UK No.1 and second US chart topper.

1965: Jefferson Airplane made their live debut at San Francisco’s Matrix Club.

1967: The Jackson 5 win an amateur-night competition at Harlem’s famed Apollo Theatre.

1965: The Beatles arrived at Kennedy International Airport for a tour of North America.

1966: “Summer in the City” tops the charts for three weeks, displacing “Wild Thing,” by the Troggs.

1966: Lovin Spoonful started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Summer In The City’, it made No.8 in the UK.

1966: ‘Revolver’ The Beatles seventh album release in three years started a seven-week run at No.1 on the UK charts.

1967: Fleetwood Mac made their live debut when they appeared at the National Jazz and Blues Festival in Windsor.

1971: John Lennon flew from Heathrow Airport to New York for the last time and he never returned.

1971: Pink Floyd played their first ever-Australian date when they appeared at the Festival Hall in Melbourne.

1975: Tubes release their self-titled debut album, featuring the band’s anthem “White Punks On Dope”.

1977: AC/DC makes US chart debut with ‘Let There Be Rock’.

1977: Yes scored their second UK No.1 album with their eighth studio album’Going For The One’.

1980: Four masked robbers broke in to Todd Rundgren’s New York house and proceeded to steal Hi-Fi equipment and paintings after tying the musician up.

1983: KC and the Sunshine Band were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Give It Up’.

1992: Neil Diamond played the first of six sold-out nights at Madison Square Garden in New York.

1994: Woodstock ’94 was held in Saugerties, New York, attended by over 350,000 fans, the festival featured Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, Aerosmith and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

2004: ‘Angels’ by Robbie Williams was voted the best single which should have been a number one but never was, in a poll for music channel VH1.

2004: Guitarist Wes Borland rejoins sports metal whiners Limp Bizkit.

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