This Day in Music, August 13: The Beatles, Neil Diamond, Jagger, and Amy Winehouse

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On this day in 1952, the original version of “Hound Dog” was recorded by Willie Mae (Big Mama) Thornton. It would become the first hit for the songwriting team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and went on to top the Billboard R&B chart for seven weeks, selling nearly two million copies.

In 1965, The Beatles arrived at Kennedy International Airport for a tour of North America. The set list for the tour was “Twist and Shout”, “She’s a Woman”, “I Feel Fine”, “Dizzy Miss Lizzie”, “Ticket to Ride”, “Everybody’s Trying to Be My Baby”, “Can’t Buy Me Love”, “Baby’s in Black”, “Act Naturally”, “A Hard Day’s Night”, “Help!”, “I’m Down” and “I Wanna Be Your Man.” The tour was not a happy one for The Beatles; John Lennon took to screaming off-microphone obscenities at the audiences.

In 1992, Neil Diamond played the first of six sold-out nights at Madison Square Garden in New York. Diamond would bring in over $40 million from touring that year, the second highest in the music industry.

On this day in 1999, Mick Jagger's marriage to model Jerry Hall was declared null and void at the High Court in London. Neither Jagger nor Hall were present for the 30-minute hearing before Mr Justice Connell. After hearing evidence on behalf of Hall the judge ruled their "marriage" in Bali in 1990 was not valid either in Indonesia or under English law, and a decree of nullity was granted to Hall. The annulment avoided what had been expected to be a long and costly court battle, in which Ms Hall, 43, was reportedly seeking a £30m share of Jagger's wealth.

In 2007, Amy Winehouse pulled out of two Rolling Stones gigs in Hamburg, Germany citing exhaustion. British group Starsailor replaced Winehouse for the shows.

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A former musician, Neil was in the 80's group The Cheaters who were once signed to EMI's Parlophone label, and released three albums. He was also a radio presenter and is still a regular music pundit on various BBC stations. Neil is the founder of the award winning web site This Day in Music which is…

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