On This Day in Music for August 13

Events in Music

  • 1876 The Bayreuth Festspielhaus opens with the first complete performance of Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle
  • 1952 Blues singer Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton records "Hound Dog" song, written a day earlier especially for her by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, at Radio Recorders Studio in Los Angeles, California
  • 1956 Elvis Presley releases music single "Don't Be Cruel"
  • 1971 Paul & Linda McCartney release single "Back Seat of My Car"
  • 1990 American soul singer Curtis Mayfield becomes paralyzed from neck down after stage lighting equipment falls on him at an outdoor concert at Wingate Field in Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York; although unable to perform live, he continued to compose, sing, and record
  • 2011 Farm Aid (25th Anniversary) held in Kansas City, Kansas; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Jason Mraz, Jamey Johnson, Jakob Dylan, and Billy Joe Shaver [1]
  • 2013 "Crash My Party" 4th studio album by Luke Bryan is released (Billboard Album of the Year 2014)
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Musicians Born on Aug 13

  • 1655 Johann Christoph Denner, German musician and inventor (clarinet), baptized in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1707)
  • 1692 Anton Simon Ignaz Praelisauer, German organist and composer, baptized in Kötzting, Electorate of Bavaria (now Bad Kötzting, Germany) (d. 1746)
  • 1704 Lorenzo Fago, Italian composer and teacher, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1793)
  • 1717 Christoph Nichelmann, German composer and harpsichordist, born in Treuenbrietzen, Germany (d. 1762)
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Weddings in Music

  • 1988 British "The Cure" rock musician Robert Smith (29) weds Mary Poole (29) in England

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