August 13 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
August 13

1924 : Vernon Dalhart's "The Prisoner's Song" becomes the first country record to sell a million copies - a milestone for public acceptance of the genre.

1938 : Robert Johnson, famous for his song "Crossroads", where he sings about making a deal with the Devil to attain his musical prowess, is poisoned during a gig in Greenwood, Mississippi. Most accounts claim the guy who owned the club put the poison in Johnson's whiskey bottle because Johnson was having an affair with his wife. He died three days later at age 27.

1963 : Elvis Presley's LP "Girls! Girls! Girls!" is certified gold.

1966 : With some members of the media turning on The Beatles after John Lennon's comments that they are "more popular than Jesus" are published, the Texas radio station KLUE-AM holds the first "Beatles Bonfire", where people can burn their Beatles albums.

1967 : A planned Joan Baez concert at Washington DC's Constitution Hall is canceled after the Daughters of the American Revolution protest her recent anti-war remarks concerning Vietnam.

1975 : Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band play the first of five sold-out shows at The Bottom Line in New York City. The shows help establish Springsteen as a great live performer and draw national attention.

1977 : Bachman-Turner Overdrive announce that the group is splitting up (though they would reunite within six years).

1980 : At his home in Woodstock, New York, Todd Rundgren and four guests are victims of an invasion when four masked men break in and strip it of anything valuable.

1990 : While warming up for an outdoor concert at Wingate Field in Flatbush, Brooklyn, Curtis Mayfield is paralyzed by a lighting tower which falls from the stage and onto his back. He will remain a quadriplegic for the next nine years until his death in 1999.

1993 : Steely Dan, who broke up in 1981, re-form and begin a US tour at The Palace in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Walter Becker explains: "We spent all the money from the last tour. We made $800 each and it's all gone now."

2007 : Fats Domino is honored as an "American Music Legend" by the Recording Industry Association of America.

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