This Day in Music History — August 13

1963 : The Four Seasons sue their struggling first label, Vee Jay, for non payment of royalties and move to Mercury/Philips Records. This would be the first of a long line of incidents that would doom the label.

1967 : A planned Joan Baez concert at Washington DC’s Constitution Hall is canceled after the Daughters of the American Revolution protest her recent anti-war remarks concerning Vietnam.

1975 : Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band play the first of five sold-out shows at The Bottom Line in New York City. The shows help establish Springsteen as a great live performer and draw national attention.

1993 : Steely Dan, who broke up in 1981, re-form and begin a US tour at The Palace in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Walter Becker explains: “We spent all the money from the last tour. We made $800 each and it’s all gone now.”

2011 : At the Indiana State Fair, music fans are assembling for a performance by country band Sugarland. Although police had issued a warning to the attendees that they may have to take cover due to severe weather, the concert is going on as planned. During a gust of high wind, the rigging from the top of the stage is blown off, causing the stage to collapse on the crowd, killing five attendees and injuring dozens more. A sixth person would die several days later from injuries. Janet Jackson and Lady Antebellum, both of whom were scheduled to perform, choose to cancel their appearances.

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