This Day in Music History — October 13

1974 : Renowned television host Ed Sullivan dies of esophageal cancer in New York City, at age 73. One of the biggest events in music history unfolded on his program, The Ed Sullivan Show, when a new group from Liverpool called The Beatles made their live US debut.

1980 : George Jones wins Single of the Year at the Country Music Association awards for “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” starting a career resurgence for the Country legend.

2000 : Eddie Vedder, Ani DiFranco, Ben Harper and Patti Smith all take part in a Madison Square Garden rally for US presidential candidate Ralph Nader. George Bush would eventually win the election, with Nader taking key votes from Al Gore.

2001 : Complaining of tightness in his chest, and under the advice of his doctor, Merle Haggard cancels the balance of his US touring plans through Nov. 3. Haggard has a history of coronary artery disease.

2007 : T.I. is arrested just hours before he is scheduled to perform at the BET Hip Hop Awards. According to police, the rapper paid $12,000 to a bodyguard to buy 3 guns for him. Police take him into custody on weapons charges and place him in federal custody over the weekend.

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