June 13, 2003 – David Gilmour of Pink Floyd and Sting receive a CBE award (Commander of the British Empire) at the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Sting states, “I’m surprised and flattered to receive this honour…If my mum and dad were still here they would be made up.” Gilmour was cited for his charity work. He had recently donated nearly $6 million to the homeless organization Crisis.
June 13, 1983 – Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble release their debut album Texas Flood which was recorded in only three days at Jackson Browne’s personal studio. The album is later certified double platinum.
June 13, 1980 – The movie, Roadie, starring Meatloaf, opens in theaters across the U.S. Other stars in the movie include Alice Cooper, members of Blondie, Roy Orbison, Art Carney and Hank Williams, Jr. The film was marketed with the tagline “Bands make it rock…Roadies make it roll.”
June 13, 1979 – The Cars release their second album, Candy-O, which goes on to sell over four million copies in the U.S.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO:
June 13, 1951 – Howard Leese, guitar, vocals (Heart)
June 13, 1949 – Dennis Locorriere, vocals, guitar (Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show)
June 13, 1952 – Russell Javors, guitar (Billy Joel)
June 13, 1972 – Clyde McPhatter, original lead vocalist with The Drifters, dies from complications of heart, liver, and kidney disease, brought on by alcohol abuse. He was 39. In 1987, McPhatter was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was the first artist in music history to become a double inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, first as a member of the Drifters, and later as a solo artist, and as a result, all subsequent double and triple inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are said to be members of “The Clyde McPhatter Club.” The United States Postal Service also issued a stamp in his honor in 1993.