April 13th: Lowell George, Manfred Mann, Procol Harum, Syd Barrett and more ...

On This Day in Rock

1945: Little Feat singer-guitarist Lowell George is born. Before starting Little Feat, George was a member of Frank Zappa's Mothers Of Invention. He dies in 1979.

1962: The Beatles made their third trip to Germany for a 48-night residency at The Star Club, Hamburg. During the seven week run The Beatles had only one day off.

1965: The Beatles record the song 'Help!' during an evening recording session at Abbey Road in London.

1966: During a four month world tour, Bob Dylan appeared at Sydney Stadium in Sydney Australia, the first of seven shows in Australia.

1967: The Rolling Stones play their first concert behind the Iron Curtain in Warsaw, Poland. Police break up a riot among fans unable to get tickets by using tear gas.

1968: 'Mighty Quinn (Quinn The Eskimo)' by Manfred Mann, which was written by Bob Dylan, peaks at Number 10 on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1970: Genesis appeared at Friars, Aylesbury, England. Peter Gabriel, Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks and band received £10 for the gig.

1971: The Rolling Stones released 'Brown Sugar' the first record on their own label, Rolling Stones Records, which introduces the infamous licking tongue and lips logo.

1974: Elton John went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Bennie And The Jets', his second US No.1, it made No.37 in the UK.

1974: Paul McCartney's 'Band On The Run', went to No.1 on the US album charts. McCartney's third US No.1, which went on to sell over 6 million copies world-wide

1979: Five days into Van Halen's latest tour, David Lee Roth collapsed from exhaustion on stage at Spokane Coliseumin, Washington.

1982: David Crosby was arrested when police found him preparing cocaine backstage in his dressing room before a show in Dallas.

1985: 'Radioactive' by the Firm peaks at Number 28 on the pop chart.

1985: 'I'm On Fire' by Bruce Springsteen peaks at Number Six on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1993: The first Aerosmith Day was observed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts after the band were given their very own holiday.

2003: The Beatles Apple Corp company was listed as Britain's fastest profit-growth firm with an annual profit growth of 194%.

2007: Julian Lennon sold a 'significant' stake of his share in the songs his father John wrote for The Beatles to US music publishing company Primary Wave. The firm would now receive payments when any Lennon compositions were sold on CD, performed live or played on the radio. The company who were about to market Julian Lennon's new music project, declined to reveal how much the deal was worth.

2009: 68-year-old US music producer Phil Spector was convicted of murdering actress Lana Clarkson, after a five-month retrial. He had pleaded not guilty to the second degree murder of 40-year-old Ms Clarkson, who was shot in the mouth at Spector's home in Los Angeles. During the five-month retrial, five female acquaintances testified that Spector had threatened them at gunpoint in incidents dating back to the 1970s. An earlier trial was abandoned in 2007 after a jury failed to reach a unanimous decision. Spector was remanded in custody until sentencing on 29 May 09.

2009: Procol Harum's 'A Whiter Shade of Pale' was the most played song in public places in the past 75 years, according to a chart compiled for BBC Radio 2. Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' was at number two followed by 'All I Have To Do Is Dream' by the Everly Brothers. Wet Wet Wet's 1994 hit, 'Love Is All Around', was at number four followed by Bryan Adams' 1991 hit '(Everything I Do), I Do It For You.'

2011: A portrait of Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett was returned to the London art gallery it had been stolen from the previous week. The late singer's former girlfriend, Libby Gausden, pleaded for its safe return and offered a reward of £2,000, and following an appeal, the image was returned undamaged and intact to the gallery by post.

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