Today in Music

April, 13

  • 2000 Metallica, along with E/M Ventures and Creeping Death Music _ all copyright owners of sound recordings and musical compositions created by the veteran hard rock outfit _ jointly file suit against Napster, Inc., the University of Southern California, Yale University, and Indiana University to halt alleged pirating of Metallica music.
  • 2000 Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale collapses without warning after leaving the stage in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. Bush had just finished its set when Rossdale blacks out. He is helped backstage by security and given oxygen, but refuses to be taken to a hospital for further treatment.
  • 1999 Sir Elton John and Faith Hill appear as guest performers on “VH1 Divas Live.” They join Whitney Houston, Tina Turner, Cher, Brandy, LeAnn Rimes, and Mary J. Blige.
  • 1999 Frederic Seaman, a former assistant to John Lennon, is sued by Yoko Ono and Capitol Records over personal effects of the late artist. The suit claims that Seaman launched “an elaborate scheme” to “exploit Lennon’s death by stealing priceless personal and sentimental items.”
  • 1999 VH1 debuts an Internet radio station, VH1 atWork, with the exclusive live webcast of the “Divas Live” concert. The 24-hour service at and America Online (keyword: VH1) is the first major branded audio service from MTV Networks.
  • 1986 No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Kiss,” Prince & the Revolution.
  • 1967 The Rolling Stones give their first performance behind the Iron Curtain. Warsaw, Poland’s Palace of Culture.
  • 1965 Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto’s “Girl from Ipanema” wins a Grammy for Record of the Year, Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto’s “Getz/Gilberto” wins a Grammy for Album of the Year. The Beatles win a Grammy for Best New Artist of the Year.
  • 1951 Peabo Bryson is born in Greenville, S.C. He scores several top 10 hits on Billboard’s R&B and Soul charts, the biggest of which is the No. 2 song “I’m So into You,” a 1978 release by Michael Zager’s Moon Band featuring Peabo Bryson. Bryson’s biggest pop hit is the top 10 song “If Ever You’re in My Arms Again” in 1984.
  • 1946 Soul star Al Green is born in Forest City, Ark. His biggest hit is the 1972 No. 1 song “Let’s Stay Together.”
  • 1945 Guitarist Lowell George of Little Feat is born.
  • 1940 No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “In the Mood,” Glenn Miller Orchestra. The recording receives a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1938.
  • 1895 Violinist Olga Rudge is born.