This Day in Music History — July 13

1968 – Black Sabbath play their first live gig.

1973 – Tensions between The Everly Brothers spill over at a show in Hollywood, where Phil Everly smashes his guitar in frustration. Don Everly continues the show on his own, announcing, “The Everly Brothers died ten years ago.” (The duo would reunite in 1983.)

1974 – Eric Clapton’s “I Shot The Sheriff” was released.

1985 – The Live Aid concerts take place in Philadelphia and London to raise money for the hungry in Africa. The Beach Boys, The Four Tops, Paul McCartney, Tina Turner,Elton John,David Bowie, The Who, Queen, Eric Clapton, and Bob Dylan all take part.

2009 – Hundreds of Michael Jackson fans from around the world gathered at London’s O2 Arena, on what was supposed to be the first night of the pop superstar’s 50-concert engagement at the venue. Jackson died suddenly three weeks earlier. The crowd brought candles and flowers, and sang Jackson’s songs while impersonators milled about. They also held a minute of silence at the time the venue’s doors would have been opened to let the fans in.

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