June 13 – Today In Rock Music History

Happy Birthday Bobby Freeman!

Musician’s Born On June 13

1940 Bobby Freeman (Do You Want to Dance)
1942 James Carr (You Can’t Pour Water on a Drowning Man)
1949 Dennis Locorriere (Dr. Hook)
1954 Robert ‘Bo’ Donaldson (Billy Don’t Be a Hero)
1968 Deneice Pearson (5 Star)

Deaths On June 13

1972 Clyde McPhatter (Drifters)

Number 1 In The Charts On June 13

1970 Mungo Jerry: In the Summertime UK 45
1970 Beatles: The Long and Winding Road US 45
1970 Beatles: Let it Be US LP
1981 Smokey Robinson: Being with You UK 45
1987 Whitney Houston: Whitney UK LP
1987 Atlantic Starr: Always US 45
1992 Erasure : Abbaesque : UK single
1998 Simply Red : Blue : UK LP

Various Music Events On June 13

1958 Frank Zappa graduates from Antelope Valley High School. One of his school chums was Don Van Vliet Captain Beefheart)

1958 Four Preps debut on UK chart with Big Man. Group features bassist Ed Cobb, later with Piltdown Men and writer of Tainted Love

1969 Soul Bowl ’69 takes place at Houston Astrodome, with Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and Staple Singers

1969 Mick Taylor officially joins Rolling Stones

1970 Joni Mitchell’s Big Yellow Taxi hits UK chart

1970 Bread debut on US chart with Make it with You

1980 Film Roadie, featuring Meatloaf, Blondie and Roy Orbison, opens in US

1987 Motley Crew debut at No. 5 on US LP chart with Girls Girls Girls

1987 Lean On Me by Club Nouveaux becomes first US gold single of the year

1989 Jerry Lee Lewis gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1992 Law enforcement officials in Texas call for a ban on Ice-T’s “Cop Killer” LP. Sales double on the West Coast and in Texas.

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