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This Day in Music History: May 13th

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2007: Queen’s guitarist Brian May was placed on a 24-hour security watch after a schizophrenic man announced his intentions to murder him.


2004: Kiss’ Gene Simmons caused controversy with the Australian Muslim community after saying that the Islamic culture is “vile” in a radio interview in Melbourne. Simmons would later state that his comment was taken out of context.


1989: Bon Jovi reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the fourth and final time with “I’ll Be There for You” which spent one week on top of the chart.



1985: Dire Straits released their fifth studio album Brothers in Arms which went on to become their most successful album reaching number one on the Billboard 200 Album Chart & selling nine million copies in the U.S.


1978: Jefferson Starship peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 Single Chart with “Count on Me” which was their second top ten single as Jefferson Starship in the U.S.


1971: Grace Slick crashed her Mercedes in San Francisco, canceling scheduled recording sessions for Jefferson Airplane’s next album.


1967: Ray Davies announced in British magazine New Musical Express that he was leaving The Kinks to focus on writing & producing. Three days later Davies changed his mind about leaving.


1966: The Kinks recorded “Sunny Afternoon” at Pye Studios in London. The song went on to reach number one in the U.K. & number fourteen in the U.S.


1966: The Rolling Stones released “Paint It, Black” which went on to reach number one in the U.S. & the U.K. It was one of the first rock records to use a sitar.


Birthdays:
Magic Dick-keyboardist & harmonica player for The J. Geils Band born in 1945
Danny Kirwan-guitarist & vocalist for Fleetwood Mac born in 1950
Paul Thompson-drummer for Roxy Music born in 1951

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