This Day in Music

August 13th

August 13

2009: Guitarist and inventor Les Paul dies.  He pioneered the electric guitar.

2007Fats Domino is honored as an “American Music Legend” by the Recording Industry Association of America.  Hi biggest hits are Blueberry HillI Want To Walk You HomeI’m Walkin’ and Ain’t It A Shame.

1969: The Guess Who record American Woman.

1966They’re Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa! is a hit novelty song by Jerry Samuels, recording under the name  Napoleon XIV, peaks at #3. It is ranked as the top novelty song of all time on some lists.

1966: The Supremes release You Can’t Hurry Love.

1966: The Lovin’ Spoonful’s Summer In The City hits #1.

1965: The Beatles release Help!.  Here’s the official trailer from the film: Video.

1965: The Jefferson Airplane make their stage debut at a San Francisco club called The Matrix, co-owned by lead singer Marty Balin.

1964: The Supremes record Baby Love.

1938:  Bluesman Robert Johnson, famous for his song Crossroads, in which he sings about making a deal with the Devil to attain his musical talent, is poisoned during a gig in Greenwood, Mississippi.  He dies 3 days later.

Songs of The Day:

Blueberry Hill (Fats Domino); Ain’t It A Shame (Fats Domino); American Woman (The Guess Who); They’re Coming To Take Me Away Ha-Haaa! (Napoleon XIV); You Can’t Hurry Love (The Supremes); Summer In The City (The Lovin’ Spoonful); Help! (Beatles); Baby Love (The Supremes); Crossroads (Robert Johnson)