13 October

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2018 Paul Simon, having completed his farewell tour, appears as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live for the ninth time on his 77th birthday.

2017 Dolly Parton donates $1 million to the Vanderbilt University Children's Hospital in Nashville, which helped her niece battle leukemia. She announces the donation on a visit to the facility, where she performs songs from her children's album I Believe in You.

2016 Jon Sudano posts a video on YouTube where he sings the lyrics to Smash Mouth's "All Star" over the music to John Lennon's "Imagine." It takes off, and he racks up millions of views with similar videos where he sings "All Star" over other famous songs, including "Y.M.C.A.," "Under the Bridge" and "Wonderwall."More

2016 Bob Dylan is awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, "For having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition." Previous winners in this category include William Golding, John Steinbeck, and William Faulkner. He's the first American to win since Toni Morrison in 1993.

2009 Jazz crooner Al Martino, also known for his role as Johnny Fontane in The Godfather, dies in Springfield, Pennsylvania, at age 82.

2008 Five months after marrying Jay-Z, Beyoncé releases the sassy "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)." It goes to #1 in America for four weeks and win the Grammy for Song of the Year.

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 three guns for him. Police take him into custody on weapons charges and place him in federal custody over the weekend.

2002 The Spanish sisterly act Las Ketchup scores a UK #1 hit with the strangely infectious "The Ketchup Song." In the US, the song stalls at #54.

1997 Matchbox 20 (which in early 2000 changes its name to Matchbox Twenty) embarks on its first headlining tour in Las Vegas with opening act Lila Haydn & Her Band.

1997 Billy Joel plays his new classical compositions on National Public Radio's Performance Today show.

1992 Linda McCartney releases Linda McCartney's Sixties: Portrait of an Era, a collection of her most memorable works as a rock photographer. The book includes photos of The Rolling Stones, The Beatles (including husband Paul McCartney), The Who, the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison (The Doors), Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, Ray Charles, and Otis Redding.

1987 Sting releases his second solo album, ...Nothing Like the Sun.

1986 Joni Mitchell's Ladies Of The Canyon is certified Platinum by the RIAA.

1980 Ashanti is born Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas in Glen Cove, New York.

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.

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Queen Release "Fat Bottomed Girls"/"Bicycle Race" Single

1978

Queen release their "Fat Bottomed Girls"/"Bicycle Race" single, featuring a cover photo that combines imagery from both songs.

One of the first booty songs, Queen guitarist Brian May wrote "Fat Bottomed Girls" with lead singer Freddie Mercury in mind, as he could appreciate girls (or boys) with substantial fundaments. Mercury wrote "Bicycle Race" after watching the Tour de France. For the video, they had 65 models ride bicycles in the nued around Wimbledon stadium in England, which also provided the cover photo for the single along with a poster that was included with the Jazz album. Most retailers carry the cover with a bikini bottom added to the photo.

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