June 16, 2024

This Day in History: 2024-11-13


“Santana” (aka “Santana III”) is the #1 album in the U.S. and holds the spot for five-weeks. 1971

Containing the track “No One To Depend On,” “Santana” is the third and last album by the Woodstock-era lineup, until their reunion in ‘16.

Rob Zombie’s “The Sinister Urge” drops.  Produced by Scott Humphrey at the Chop Shop in Hollywood and featuring former White Zombie drummer John Tempesta, the album sells 150,000 copies in its first week.  2001

After reuniting in ’10, Soundgarden release “King Animal,” the band’s sixth studio album but their first since ‘96’s “Down On The Upside.” “It re-establishes that we still Rock, we’re still heavy, and we’re still a little weird,” says guitarist Kim Thayil. 2012


The Beatles’ animated film “Yellow Submarine” opens in the U.S. The flesh and blood Beatles appear at the end. 1968

Feeling he can’t sing in L.A. because of the smog, Rod Stewart moves to Caribou Studios in Colorado. The change (real or imagined) does the trick. The ballad “Tonight’s The Night (Gonna Be Alright)” begins an eight-week reign at the top of the U.S. singles chart. 1976

Nikolai Fraiture, bassist for The Strokes, is born in New York City.  1978

The Linda Ronstadt compilation “A Retrospective” goes gold. 1978

“Who Can It Be Now.”  Men At Work, hailing from the land down under, have the #1 album on the Billboard 200 with “Business As Usual.”  1982

Peter Gabriel scores a #1 hit on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart with “Shock The Monkey.” 1982

Patricia Boughton files a lawsuit against Rod Stewart claiming that a soccer ball he kicked into the crowd (Stewart was once an aspiring soccer player) during a concert at Pine Knob Music Theatre (in Clarkston, MI) ruptured a tendon in her middle finger.  She claims the injury made sex between her and her husband difficult.  She later receives a $17,000 settlement.  1990

U2’s Bono speaks out in support of Madonna’s adoption of a child from the African country of Malawi. The pop maven’s maternal instincts had been called into question. “(She) should be applauded for helping to take a child out of the worst poverty imaginable and giving him a better chance in life,” says Bono. 2006

Bono meets with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden to discuss global development, AIDS and efforts to fight poverty. It’s part of the U2 frontman’s three-day lobbying effort in the nation’s capital. 2012

Legal proceedings begin in London over songwriting credits for the classic ‘67 Procol Harum song “A Whiter Shade Of Pale.” Organist Matthew Fisher sues Procol Harum frontman Gary Brooker, one of the tune’s two acknowledged co-authors, as well as a music-publishing company, claiming he deserves a share of the recording’s royalties because of the significant contributions he made to the song’s melody. By the way, Fisher’s organ is the song’s dominant sound. A month later, the judge rules in his favor. 2006

Led Zeppelin continues their march to have more repackages than The Beatles with the release of “Mothership,” a 2 CD compilation with 24 remastered tracks. 2007

The Bon Jovi film “Lost Highway: The Concert” is screened in U.S. theaters. 2007

U2’s The Edge contributes to the “Give One, Get One” campaign that provides XO laptop computers to children in developing countries. The guitarist produced the sound that’s heard when the specially designed device is switched on. 2007

Elton John celebrates the opening of his Broadway musical, “Billy Elliot” by donning a tutu for the show’s curtain call. Yikes! “I never thought in a million years I’d ever be standing in Broadway and talking about something I’d written for the stage,” says John. 2008

Michigan is the new Ohio. At a concert at Michigan’s Auburn Hills Palace, Bruce Springsteen yells out “Hello, Ohio!” He continues to refer to the wrong state several times until E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt finally corrects him. “That’s every frontman’s nightmare,” says Springsteen. Not to worry, the Ohio fans in the audience loved it. 2009

Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger introduces the HBO documentary, “The Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane,” at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City. “There’s a lot of change in America since we first came here,” says Jagger. “This film… takes you back to a younger, perhaps gentler, America.” 2012

Bob Dylan receives France’s highest cultural award, the Legion of Honor, in Paris. Dylan is praised for serving as an “inspiration to young people.” 2013

“Kurt Cobain– Montage Of Heck: The Home Recordings” is released. It’s the soundtrack to the documentary on the late Nirvana frontman. 2015

An Eagles Of Death Metal’s concert in Paris is one of six terrorist targets. 120 people are killed in separate attacks (89 at the EODM’s concert). 2015

Leon Russell, a singer, songwriter and session musician who orchestrated Joe Cocker’s ’69 Mad Dogs & Englishmen tour, dies in Nashville at age 74.  2016

Asking Alexandria tops the Billboard Mainstream Rock Airplay chart with “Alone Again.” The track is on the band’s seventh full-length studio album, “See What’s On The Inside.”  2021

The Muse wins the Best Rock honor at MTV European Music Awards (EMAs) in Düsseldorf, Germany. Though Foo Fighters’ “Studio 666” and the late “Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters) Tribute concert, Wembley Stadium, London” are nominated in the Best Longform Video category the trophy goes to Taylor Swift for “All Too Well.”  2022

A ’73 Fender Mustang owned, stage-played, smashed and signed by Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain is sold for $486,400 (original estimate: $200,000) at Julien’s Auctions’ “Icons And Idols: Rock ‘N’ Roll.”  The guitar was used on the band’s first U.S. tour.  2022

Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx issues a statement publicly thanking a judge, his legal team and public officials for handling multiple stalker incidents involving his family. One stalker was arrested after defying a restraining order while a second, who made threats, is being investigated by the FBI.  2023