This Day in History: 2023-12-13

DECEMBER 13th

Badfinger release their third studio album “Straight Up” in the U.S The set includes the hit singles “Day After Day” and “Baby Blue.”  1971

Aerosmith’s “Draw The Line” earns a platinum award (sales in excess of 1-million). 1977

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Guitar wildman Ted Nugent (the ‘Motor City Madman’ or just ‘Nuge’) is born in Detroit. 1948

Doobie Brothers guitarist, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, enters the world. 1948

While on tour, George Harrison stops by the White House to meet President Gerald Ford. 1974

Blink 182’s vocalist/guitarist, Tom DeLonge, makes his debut in Poway, CA. 1975

“Chicago IX: Chicago’s Greatest Hits” tops the Billboard 200.  The compilation includes the songs “25 Or 6 To 4,” “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” and “Saturday In The Park.” 1975

Evanescence’s leader and vocalist, Amy Lee, is born. 1981

The serious “The Way It Is” from Bruce Hornsby And The Range is #1 on the Billboard chart. But #2 is held by The Bangles’ goofy “Walk Like An Egyptian” and Huey Lewis & The News land at #3 with the comic “Hip To be Square.” 1986

A protest in front of a Guess? store over alleged use of sweatshop labor and union busting gets Rage Against The Machine’s guitarist Tom Morello arrested. He, and 32 others, block the entrance to a Santa Monica shopping mall and are issued citations. 1997

Zal Yanovsky, Lovin’ Spoonful guitarist, succumbs to cancer. 2002

White Stripes’ Jack White and Von Bondies lead singer Jason Stollsteimer get into a dust up shortly before midnight at Detroit’s Majestic Theatre Center. White is later charged with aggravated assault. 2003

According to Billboard The Police’s reunion tour, which earned more than $210 million, is the highest-grossing tour of the year.  2007

Students singing Guns N’ Roses’ “Welcome To The Jungle” after hours over the school’s P.A. system are handcuffed and questioned by Roxbury, CT police. A teacher mistakes the lines “You’re in the jungle baby / You’re gonna die” for a threat and barricades herself in her classroom before calling the cops. 2007

AC/DC score their 9th Top 10 album when “Rock Or Bust” debuts at #3 on the Billboard 200. The album sells 174,000 copies during its opening week.  2014

Evanescence postpones the remaining five shows on its U.S. tour with Halestorm due to multiple COVID-19 cases within the touring party. “We’ve done everything we could to try and make it work, but… it just wouldn’t be right to continue the show schedule as is,” says Evanescence frontwoman Amy Lee.  2021

Kim Simmonds, guitarist and co-founder of Savoy Brown, passes away peacefully at the age of 75.  2022