Today In Oldies Music History: May 13--
Births1911: Maxine Sullivan
1912: Nervous Norvus
1912: Gil Evans
1914: Johnnie Wright (Johnnie and Jack)
1933: Mike Stoller
1941: Ritchie Valens
1941: Joe Brown
1943: Mary Wells
1945: Magic Dick (J. Geils Band)
1949: Overend Watts (Mott The Hoople)
1950: Danny Kirwan (Fleetwood Mac)
1950: Stevie Wonder
1951: Paul Thompson (Roxy Music)
Deaths1975: Bob Wills
1981: Joan Weber
1988: Chet Baker
1993: Neville Marcano
2006: Johnnie Wilder Jr. (Heatwave)
Events1955: At tonight's show in Jacksonville, FL, Elvis Presley tells the girls who make up the majority of the 14,000-plus crowd that he'll "see (them) backstage." The crowd proceeds to do just that, ripping the King's clothes, causing Elvis' first-ever riot and, reportedly, convincing Tom Parker about Elvis' popularity once and for all.
1957: Elvis begins filming his third movie, Jailhouse Rock, in Hollywood.
1958: Six months after marrying his third wife, 13-year-old second cousin Myra Gale Brown, Jerry Lee Lewis is finally granted a divorce from his second wife, Jane Mitcham.
1960: The juvenile delinquent movie Platinum High School, starring Conway Twitty, opens in New York.
1965: Elvis Presley's sixteenth movie, Tickle Me, premieres in Hollywood.
1969: The Beatles meet at EMI House in London to replicate the cover of their first LP, Please Please Me, now with beards and long hair, for the cover of their next project, Get Back. When that project morphs into Let It Be, the photo is eventually used for the cover of their "blue album," The Beatles 1967-1970.
1970: The Beatles' last film, the misbegotten documentary Let It Be, premieres in New York.
1971: Jefferson Airplane's Grace Slick accidentally wrecks her Mercedes on a wall near the Golden Gate Bridge, forcing the band to put off recording its new album until the singer recovers from her injuries.
1971: Motown child prodigy Stevie Wonder turns 21, and is by law released from his recording contract and given $1 million of the $30 million he has earned while at the label. Nevertheless, after gaining complete artistic control, Wonder resigns to Tamla.
1974: An unlikely riot occurs at tonight's Jackson 5 concert at RFK Stadium in Washington DC when impatient fans begin smashing bottles in the parking lot. Fifty fans are injured; forty-three are brought to jail.
1977: Linda Ronstadt indirectly declines an offer placed in Hustler magazine, promising a million dollars to any of ten female celebrities (including Ronstadt) willing to pose for a nude photo shoot.
1978: With Yvonne Elliman's version of "If I Can't Have You" reaching the top of Billboard's pop chart, the Bee Gees' Barry Gibb becomes the first songwriter in history to have written four consecutive Number One US singles.
1985: Bruce Springsteen marries his first wife, model and actress Julianne Phillips, in Lake Oswego, OR, with Little Richard officiating and Percy Sledge singing "When A Man Loves A Woman." The couple would divorce in 1989.
2002: Dionne Warwick is arrested for possession of marijuana at Miami International Airport after authorities discover eleven "joints" in her lipstick case. Warwick's charges are later dropped after she films an anti-drug PSA directed at youth and gives $250 to a charity for children born with HIV.
2003: Michael Jackson sues Motown records for alleged nonpayment of Jackson 5 royalties and unauthorized usage of the group's music in TV commercials.
2004: In an Australian radio interview, Gene Simmons of KISS states of Islam: "This is a vile culture, and if you think for a second that it's willing to just live in the sands of God's armpit you've got another thing coming... they want to come and live right where you live and they think that you're evil." After a flood of angry calls from Muslims, Simmons claims he was speaking only of extremists.
2007: Queen's Brian May is put on a round-the-clock watch after a schizophrenic leaves a letter at the guitarist's home blaming him for his mental illness, claiming himself as the real Brian May, and marking the guitarist for death.
2007: After complaining of not feeling well during a gig in Council Bluffs, Iowa, the day before, and after becoming notably disoriented at the airport the next day, Bo Diddley is found to have suffered a mild stroke and is hospitalized at Crieghton University Medical Center in nearby Omaha, NE.
2008: The Turtles' Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman, better known as "Flo and Eddie," sue Capitol Records for allowing the Ice Cube to sample the group's 1972 song "Buzzsaw" for Cube's 1992 hit "Jackin' For Beats."
Releases1966: The Rolling Stones, "Paint It Black"
Recording1938: Louis Armstrong, "When The Saints Go Marching In"
1965: Elvis Presley: "Come Along," "Beginner's Luck," "Down By The Riverside," "When The Saints Go Marchin' In," "Please Don't Stop Loving Me," "Shout It Out"
1966: The Kinks, "Sunny Afternoon"
1970: Badfinger, "No Matter What"
1971: James Brown, "Hot Pants"
Charts1967: Nancy and Frank Sinatra's "Somethin' Stupid" hits #1
1978: Yvonne Elliman's "If I Can't Have You" hits #1