This Day in History: 2022-06-13

JUNE 13th
The Beatles “Let It Be” tops the Billboard 200. Recorded before “Abbey Road” but shelved and later re-mixed by Phil Spector, the album has a four-week stay at #1.  1970
Also, “The Long And Winding Road” becomes The Beatles’ last #1 single. Spector added strings and a choir to the original version.  1970
Billy Joel’s “Glass Houses” begins a six-week run at the top of the U.S. album chart. The Phil Ramone produced set features “It’s Still Rock N’ Roll To Me” (Joel’s first #1 on the pop chart) and “Don’t Ask Me Why.” 1980
Three Days Grace release their second album, “One-X,” with the single “Animal I Have Become.” 2006
It  goes triple platinum (3 million units sold) in the U.S. and Canada.
Linkin Park deliver their sixth album, “The Hunting Party.” “It’s loud and it’s Rock, but not in the sense of what you’ve heard before,” explains vocalist Mike Shinoda.  It peaks at #3 on the Billboard chart.  2014
Frank Zappa gets his diploma from Antelope Valley High, in Lancaster, CA. 1958
The Rolling Stones make their first national U.S. TV appearance on the Hollywood Palace variety program hosted by Dean Martin. In an effort to widen the generation gap, Martin makes several weak and ill-timed jokes at the Stones’ expense. 1964
Harvard grad (English) and Weezer’s vocalist/guitarist, Rivers Cuomo, is born. 1970
Jefferson Starship release their “Red Octopus” LP. Two decades later the album is certified double platinum. 1975
The Deborah Harry (Blondie)/Meatloaf film, “Roadie,” premieres. 1980
Paul McCartney rolls out the single, “Waterfalls.” It stiffs becoming the first McCartney single ever to miss the Billboard Hot 100 chart, only reaching #106 despite being the follow-up to the #1 hit “Coming Up.” 1980
Jerry Lee Lewis gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He deserves one for just surviving. 1989
Isn’t ironic? Alanis Morissette releases “Jagged Little Pill.” The album, which sells over 33 million copies, wins four Grammys, including “Album of the Year,” and is ranked #1 on the Billboard 200 list of the best-selling albums of the ’90s. 1995
Metallica’s “St. Anger” debuts at #1. The album’s release date is moved up to thwart bootleggers. 2003
“Wake Me Up When September Ends,” the fourth single from Green Day’s “American Idiot” rolls out. The ballad goes to #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on the Alternative Songs chart. 2005
Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland and drummer Eric Kretz are sued by Atlantic Records for allegedly threatening to prematurely end their recording contract with the label. “The band never threatened anything more than remaining away from the studio until equitable terms could be arranged,” says STP in a statement. So they weren’t trying to end the deal just holding out. 2008
Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan wins a Tony Award for his score and orchestration for the musical “Memphis,” which examines the relationship between race and music in the South during the ’50s. Bon Jovi is playing the O2 Arena in London which also means that Bryan misses his first concert in 30 years to attend the awards. 2010
IDW Publishing present “Dressed To Kill, Part 1.” Written by Chris Ryall (“Zombies vs Robots”) with art by Jamal Igle (“The Ray”), it’s the first in a series of KISS comic books. 2012
Vampire Weekend debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart with “Modern Vampires Of The City.” Selling 134,000 copies, the album is Vampire Weekend’s second #1, following ’10’s “Contra.” 2013
The Songwriters Hall of Fame inducts Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry at their 44th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner in New York. Mick Jones and Lou Gramm of Foreigner are also inducted. It’s the first time Jones and Gramm share a stage in over a decade. 2013
Adam Levine (Maroon 5) offers to pay for the funeral of Christina Grimmie, a singer on The Voice, who was shot and killed following a concert in Orlando. Grimmie was a member of Levine’s Season Six team on The Voice. 2016
“Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie,” the sixth full-length album from Volbeat, debuts at #4 on The Billboard 200, moving 51,000 equivalent album units in its debut week. At #6 is Rob Zombie’s “The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser.” 2016
Iron Maiden’s mascot Eddie is censored in Lithuania because he might scare children. A poster with Eddie’s image advertising Maiden’s show in Kaunas is removed after authorities intervene. 2016
Iron Maiden’s “The Book Of Souls” wins Album Of The Year while Ghost take home the trophy for Best International Band at the Metal Hammer Golden God Awards. 2016
Foo Fighters file a lawsuit in L.A. against Lloyd’s of London and several insurance companies and brokers for failing to pay insurance claims for several shows canceled during the Foo’s ‘15 world tour due to the Paris terrorist attacks and frontman Dave Grohl onstage accident where he broke his leg.  The suit is later dismissed.   2016
Julien’s “Music Icons” auction concludes with some big-ticket sales: a Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) self-portrait caricature is purchased for $281,000.  The drawing done in black felt pen depicts him playing guitar and is signed “Kurdt Kobain Rock Star;” an Alex Van Halen-owned drum kit, which he used during Van Halen’s ‘80 “Invasion” tour, sells for $230,400; and a collection of five Charvel Art Series guitars that had been stage-played and signed by the late guitar icon Eddie Van Halen go for a total of $210,225.
Sammy Hagar plays “I Can’t Drive 55” as part of the pre-race festivities for the 37th annual NASCAR All-Star Race at Texas Motor Speedway.  2021
Joan Jett, on behalf of PETA the animal rights organization, questions SeaWorld’s ongoing practice of breeding marine mammals in the parks.  She terms the practice “sexual abuse” at the company’s annual general meeting.  2022
Metallica’s Lars Ulrich receives the Ærespris (Honorary Award) from the Danish Music Publishers’ Association.  He is honored in part for his role in Metallica’s copyright infringement lawsuit against the streaming platform Napster and for his compositional work on classic Metallica tracks (“Enter Sandman”, “Nothing Else Matters” and “Master Of Puppets”).  2022
Metallica close their Copenhagen, Denmark concert with “Master Of Puppets” for the first time in 25 years.  The last time they closed with “Master Of Puppets” was also in Copenhagen.  2022