February 13, 1970 – Black Sabbath’s self-titled debut album is released in the U.K., although it doesn’t come out in the U.S. until June. The album was recorded in just 12 hours, and has since been credited as one of the most influential albums of all time in heavy metal music.
February 13, 2005 – Led Zeppelin are awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham (representing his father) accept the honor in person, and Robert Plant sends a video message.
February 13, 1972 – Led Zeppelin must cancel a scheduled concert in Singapore because the country’s officials refuse to let the band members off the plane because of their long hair. The government deemed the popularity of the “hippie subculture” was a negative influence on their citizens.
Classic Rock Birthdays
February 13, 1950 – Peter Gabriel, vocals (Genesis, solo)
February 13, 1955 – Scott Smith (born Donald Scott Smith), bass (Loverboy) (d. 2000)
February 13, 1961 – Henry Rollins (born Henry Lawrence Garfield), vocals (Black Flag, Rollins Band)
February 13, 1942 – Peter Tork (born Peter Halsten Thorkelson), bass, vocals (The Monkees)
February 13, 1952 – Ed Gagliardi, bass (Foreigner) (d. 2014)
February 13, 1957 – Tony Butler, bass (Big Country)
February 13, 1943 – Bill Szymczyk, producer (The Eagles, The Who, B.B. King, Joe Walsh, Bob Seger, The J. Geils Band, The James Gang)
February 13, 1961 – Les Warner, drums (The Cult)
February 13, 1956 – Peter Hook, bass, vocals (Joy Division, New Order)