This Day in History: 2023-02-13

FEBRUARY 13th
Costing less than $2,000 to produce, “Black Sabbath,” the group’s self-titled debut album is unleashed on an unsuspecting U.K. public. It’s widely regarded as the first Heavy Metal album. 1970
Dire Straits begin work on their debut album in London. The record, produced by Muff Winwood (Steve’s older brother), contains “Sultans Of Swing.” 1978
“Shake Your Money Maker” is released. The Black Crowes debut album peaks at #4 on the Billboard 200 selling more than 5-million copies on the strength of the singles, “She Talks To Angels” (#1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart), “Hard To Handle” and Jealous Again.  1990
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The Monkees’ Peter Tork is born. 1942
Eclectic musician, performer and singer, Peter Gabriel is born in Chobham, Surrey, England. Before embarking on a solo career (“Sledgehammer” and “Shock The Monkey”), he is the frontman for Genesis. 1950
Buddy & Bob open for Elvis Presley in Lubbock, TX. The Buddy is none other than Buddy Holly. 1955
Vocalist Henry Rollins (Black Flag/Henry Rollins Band) is born in Washington, D.C. 1961
Annihilator guitarist Jeff Waters is born in Ottawa, Ontario.  1966
“Let me take you down.” The Beatles issue “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Penny Lane” as a two-sided single in the U.S. Both songs later appeared on the “Magical Mystery Tour” LP. 1967
Jimi Hendrix returns to Garfield High School in Seattle. Hendrix dropped out of Garfield when he was 17 for social (holding a white girl’s hand), legal (riding in a stolen car) and academic (low grades and poor attendance) reasons. Now, he gets the key to the city. 1968
Matthew Berninger (The National) is born in Cincinnati.  1971
Led Zeppelin is forced to cancel their Singapore concert because government officials won’t let them off the plane. Drugs? Immoral behavior? Foul mouths? Actually, it’s because their hair is too long. 1972
3 Doors Down bassist Todd Harrell has a birthday. 1972
“Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite,” the soundtrack to an Elvis Presley TV special, goes gold. Not surprising, since the program, broadcast two weeks earlier, was seen by one billion viewers. 1973
John Lydon’s London house is raided by police. The Sex Pistols frontman confronts (and confounds) authorities by waving a ceremonial sword at them. The only illegal item found is a tear gas canister (kept to ward off intruders). 1980
Lynyrd Skynyrd singer Ronnie Van Zant’s gravestone is stolen. Police later find it in a dry riverbed. 1982
Loverboy’s “Working For The Weekend” only makes it to #29 on the pop chart. Tough week. 1982
The Gin Blossoms issue “Congratulations, I’m Sorry.” The album contains hits “Til I Hear It From You” and “Follow You Down.” 1996
Hola! Hello! Hello! U2 win Best Rock Song (“Vertigo”) while Green Day takes home the award for Best Rock Album (“American Idiot”) at the 47th annual Grammy Awards in L.A. Velvet Revolver nab the Best Hard Rock Performance (“Slither”) honor while Led Zeppelin are awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.  2005
The Rolling Stones’ classic “Let It Bleed” makes it into the Grammy Hall Of Fame. The album contains the title track, “Gimme Shelter,” and “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” Also getting the nod is Bob Marley’s “No Woman No Cry.” 2005
Thievery at the Grammy Awards is nothing new but this one is over the top (hat). The headgear that Slash has worn for the past 15 years is stolen from the limousine that carried the Guns N’ Roses guitarist to the awards ceremony.  Slash’s wife also has some personal items stolen. 2005
It’s reported that Fuel vocalist Brett Scallions has left the band and the remaining members are holding auditions for a new singer. Scallions tenure with Fuel lasted over a decade and later returned. 2006
Wealth has its rewards. Rod Stewart performs “Tonight’s The Night (Gonna Be Alright)” at Stephen Schwazman’s 60th birthday bash. He’s the CEO of the Blackstone Group, a billion-dollar equity company. 2007
Tumbleweed connection. The mayor of Sudbury, Canada, issues an apology to angry citizens for allowing city council members special access to tickets for an Elton John concert. “My decision to offer so many advance purchase tickets to (the) council was rushed and not given sufficient consideration,” says Mayor John Rodriguez. 2008
“Bob Dylan on Canvas” opens at the Halcyon Gallery in London. The dozen acrylic paintings are based on drawings from Dylan’s “Drawn Blank Series,” which he made from ’89-’92. 2010
Rockabilly legend Dale Hawkins passes away from colon cancer in Little Rock, AK, at age 73. Best known for “Susie Q,” which was covered by Creedence Clearwater Revival in ’68. Hawkins was a member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. 2010
Alice In Chains become the act with the most Grammy nominations (8) to never win an award when The Crooked Vultures beat them for the Best Hard Rock Performance honor at the 53rd Grammys. On the plus side, Arcade Fire win Album of the Year for “The Suburbs” and Muse’s “The Resistance” takes home the trophy for Best Rock Album. The Black Keys score the award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. 2011
The South African Roadies Association pickets U2’s show in Johannesburg, at the FNB stadium near Soweto, claiming racist hiring policies by white-run production companies. Later, Bono faces criticism for publicly supporting an African liberation song that calls for shooting white farmers (Boers) in South Africa. White South African groups want the song banned as hate speech. In an interview with South Africa’s Sunday Times, Bono compares the song to Irish rebel songs. 2011
Hellyeah announce that guitarist Greg Tribbett and bassist Bob Zilla have left the band, and that Zilla’s replacement is Kyle Sanders. 2014
The documentary Eagles Of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends) premieres on HBO.  In ‘15 the group was performing at the Bataclan Theater in Paris when the venue was attacked by terrorists, 89 people were killed. The film follows the Eagles Of Death Metal as they return to the Bataclan for an emotional performance.  2017
Passion Pit’s Michael Angelakos announces the launch of “Artist Research and Protection Service,” a company offering legal, educational and healthcare support to musicians. 2017
The 30th annual Pollstar Awards in L.A. honor the top achievers in the live entertainment industry.  And the winners are: Best Rock Tour: Foo Fighters’ Concrete and Gold trek; Best Residency: Bruce Springsteen -Walter Kerr Theatre in NYC; Best New Headliner: Greta Van Fleet; and Linkin Park’s Brad Delson accepts the Music Unites Award for his band’s charitable work through the organization Music For Relief.  2019