September 13 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
September 13

1814 : Francis Scott Key is inspired to write "The Star Spangled Banner" during the British attack of Fort McHenry on September 13, 1814 and the courageous defense made by American force.

1959 : Elvis Presley meets his future wife Priscilla Beaulieu at a party at his house in Germany, where he is serving in the U.S. Army. They hit it off that night, with Elvis playing her some songs on guitar.

1963 : The Hollies' Graham Nash (later of CSNY) falls out of his touring van after a Scottish gig, leaning on an unlocked door and tumbling out at 40 mph. 36 years later to the day, the singer breaks both legs in a boat accident off the coast of Hawaii.

1964 : Murray The K's latest rock and roll show at the Brooklyn Paramount Theatre ends after ten days, featuring Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Martha and the Vandellas, The Shangri-Las, and Jay and the Americans.

1964 : To prevent the spate of stage-rushing going on at recent frenzied Rolling Stones concerts, Liverpool's Empire Club hires two dozen rugby players to act as a human shield; the crowd of 5,000 washes right over them.

1965 : The Beatles win their first Grammys, for Best New Artist and Best Album for "A Hard Day's Night", at the awards ceremony in New York.

1968 : Clarence Carter's "Slip Away" is certified gold.

1979 : ABBA starts their first and only tour of North America with a show at the Edmonton Sports Arena.

1993 : Max Weinberg, drummer with Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, begins his new job as bandleader for NBC-TV's new show Late Night With Conan O'Brien.

2000 : Elton John storms out of the Estoril Casino in Portgual just before his planned gig there and flies back to England, fuming that the supposedly sell-out crowd had only half arrived. Turns out they were merely lingering at a VIP dinner given just before the show.

2005 : Jimi Hendrix's boyhood home in Seattle is saved from destruction after his estate and the city agree to renovate the building and turn it into a community center.

2008 : "Come Dancing", a musical devoted to the music of The Kinks, opens in London.

2009 : Green Day capture three trophies at MTV Video Music Awards, including Best Rock Video for "21 Guns".

2009 : Katy Perry and Russell Brand meet at the MTV Video Music Awards, which Brand is hosting. The pair begin dating soon after.

2009 : When Taylor Swift wins for Best Female Video at the MTV Video Music Awards, Kanye West comes on stage and commandeers the microphone, explaining that Beyoncé deserved the award for her "Single Ladies" video, which would win for Video of the Year later that night. Beyoncé brings Taylor on stage to finish her speech when she wins.

2012 : An unlucky day for Mickey Hart, former drummer for the Grateful Dead, as police in Hollywood issue a warrant for his arrest in connection with a charge of assault at an alleged incident at a nightclub. Hart firmly denies the incident.

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