Thursday August 13th
1965 – Jefferson Airplane makes its performance debut at the Matrix Club in San Francisco.
1965 – The Beatles arrive in New York to start their third U.S. tour.
1968 – Buffalo Springfield’s recorded swan song, ‘Last Time Around’, is issued.
1975 – Tubes release their self-titled debut album, featuring the band’s anthem “White Punks On Dope”.
1975 – The selling of Bruce Springsteen is in full swing in the run-up to Born to Run‘s release. He begins a five-night stand at New York’s Bottom Line club that soon passes into legend. Most of those attending are influential industry people, who spread the word about the emerging artist.
1976 – The selling of the Clash is in full swing as manager Bernie Leadon unveils the punk act. The Clash play an exclusive concert at a rehearsal hall in London. Those attending are members of Britain’s influential music press, who spread the word about the emerging act.
1977 – AC/DC makes US chart debut with ‘Let There Be Rock’.
1977 – Yes hits #8 in the US with ‘Going For the One’.
1977 – Bachman-Turner Overdrive announce they are splitting up as Canada goes into mourning.
1980 – In Woodstock, N.Y., four masked men break into Todd Rundgren’s home. After tying up Todd and his girlfriend, the thieves strip the place bare. Rundgren later claims that while his house was being ransacked, one of the thieves was humming his song “I Saw the Light.”
1983 – Def Leppard hits #16 with “Rock of Ages”
1995 – Four days after Jerry Garcia’s Deaths, the largest of many memorials draws 20,000 fans to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.
1996 – Van Halen drummer Alex Van Halen files for divorce from his estranged wife, Kelly.
2009 – Guitar legend-inventor Les Paul dies at age 94
2013 – Jon Brookes, The Charlatans drummer has died age 44