On This Day, November 13 In Music History


On this day November 13 in 1953 – A unique situation happened in the UK when Frankie Laine replaced  David Whitfield at No.1 on the Singles chart with his rendition of ‘Answer Me’, the very same song Whitfield was at No.1.

1965 – The soundtrack album ‘The Sound of Music’ to the musical drama film of the same name topped the US Billboard 200 chart.

1968 – The theme song to the film of the same name ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ by Hugo Montenegro hit No.1 in the UK for the first of four consecutive weeks on this day November 13 in music history.

1971 – With their third studio album ‘Santana III’, rock band Santana reached No.1 in the US for the first of five weeks straight.

1971 – British rock band Slade scored their first domestic number one single with ‘Coz I Luv You’ on this day November 13. It stayed at No.1 for four weeks straight.

1976 – With ‘If You Leave Me Now’, rock band Chicago topped the UK Singles chart. The song was a hit worldwide and it also reached No.1 in six other countries, including North America.

1976 – Led Zeppelin reached number one in the UK with their live soundtrack album ‘The Song Remains the Same’ on this day November 13.

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1977 – Rod Stewart started a massive eight-week stint at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 with ‘Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)’.

1982 – Singer Eddy Grant went to number one on the UK Singles chart for the first of three consecutive weeks with ‘I Don’t Wanna Dance’ on this day November 13.

1982 – With their debut studio album ‘Business as Usual’, Australian band Men at Work started an incredible fifteen-week run at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart.

1984 – One half of the siblings pop duo Addrisi BrothersDonald “Don” Addrisi died on this day November 13 in music history, aged45.

1992 – Founding member and drummer of the rock band The TroggsRonald Bullis also known as Ronnie Bond died at the age of 52.

1995 – The Rolling Stones released their live album ‘Stripped’ through Virgin Records on this day November 13. It peaked at No.9 on both the US and UK Album charts.

1996 – American pianist and electric organ player William “Bill” Doggett died at the age of 80. Best remembered for instrumental compositions such as ‘Hippy Dippy’ and ‘Honky Tonk’.

1998 – American pianist and keyboards player Kenneth “Kenny” Kirkland died on this day November 13, aged 43.

1999 – Founding member of the family pop vocal quarter The Mills BrothersDonald Mills died at the age of 84.

1999 – British singer Geri Halliwell scored her second domestic chart-topping single with ‘Lift Me Up’ on this day November 13.

2002 – Co-founder and guitarist of the folk rock group We FiveMichael “Mike” Stewart committed suicide at the age of 57.

2004 – Rapper and founding member of the hip hop group Wu-Tang ClanRussell Tyrone Jones better known by his stage name Ol’ Dirty Bastard died on this day November 13 in music history, aged 35 of an accidental overdose.

2004 – Classical crossover vocal group group Il Divo went to number one in the United Kingdom with their eponymous debut studio album.

2004 – The number one single in the United Kingdom on this day November 13 was ‘Just Lose It’ by the American rapper Eminem.

2004 – The collaborative album between rapper Jay-Z and the controversial R&B singer R. Kelly titled ‘Unfinished Business’ was at No.1 in America.

2010 – The number one album in the UK on this day November 13 was Cheryl Cole‘s second studio LP ‘Messy Little Raindrops’.

2010 – Singer Kesha scored her second chart-topping single of the year in the United States with ‘We R Who We R’. She previously topped the Hot 100 chart for two months straight at the start of the year with ‘Tik Tok’.

2010 – With ‘Only Girl (In the World)’Rihanna started a two-week stint at number one in the UK on this day November 13.

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– After selling over 1 million copies in one week, Taylor Swift‘s third studio album ‘Speak Now’ hit number one in America.

2012 – Rock band Soundgarden released their sixth and final studio album ‘King Animal’ on this day November 13. It peaked at No.5 in America.

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2016 – American multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Leon Russell died on this day November 13 in music history at the age of 74.

2021 – With his fifth studio album ‘=’ read as ‘Equals’, Ed Sheeran reached number one on the US Billboard 200 chart. The album also reached No.1 in 22 other countries, including the UK, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and Australia.

2021 – American musician and author Philip Margo died on this day November 13 at the age of 79. Best remembered as the longtime member of The Tokens.


1942 – American blues and rock music singer, guitarist and harmonica player John Hammond was born in New York City on this day November 13 in music history. He’s the son of influential record producer John Hammond Sr.

1944 – R&B singer, songwriter, keyboardist, and producer Timothy “Timmy” Thomas was born on this day in Evansville, Indiana. Best known for the song ‘Why Can’t We Live Together’.

1946 – American singer, songwriter and guitar player Ray Wylie Hubbard was born on this day November 13 in Soper, Oklahoma.

1947 – Founding member, lead guitarist and main songwriter of the rock band The Marshall Tucker BandToy Caldwell was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

1947 – American musician and co-founder of the rock band PlayerJohn Charles “J.C.” Crowley was born on this day November 13 in Houston, Texas.

1949 – British singer, songwriter, and guitarist Terrance “Terry” Reid was born in St Neots, England. He came to prominence as a member of the band Peter Jay and the Jaywalkers.

1956 – Multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and producer Aldo Nova was born Aldo Caporuscio in Montreal, Canada on this day November 13 in music history.

1978 – Founding member and bassist of the rock band The StrokesNikolai Fraiture was born on this day in New York City.

1993 – American singer and songwriter Julia Carin Cavazos better known by her stage name Julia Michaels was born on this day November 13 in Davenport, Iowa.

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