Events in Music on August 13

Music History

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

Music Single

1956 Elvis Presley releases music single "Don't Be Cruel"

Music Single

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

Farm Aid Concert

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]

Album Release

2013 "Crash My Party" 4th studio album by Luke Bryan is released (Billboard Album of the Year 2014)

  • 2018 Ugandan politician and pop singer Bobi Wine arrested by the Ugandan army at a campaign rally in Arua and later allegedly tortured