May the Thirteenth be with you! It doesn't have the ring to it that May the Fourth has, does it? We’re going to keep our play list nice and simple this week. Here are twelve songs for May 13th, chosen for events that happened on this day in history or for people who were born or died on this day. Beware the ides of May!
1. Mexican–American War – K-Bach, Jah Child, Lyrically Twisted
1846 - The United States declared war on Mexico.
2. The Liberator – The Dimes
1862 – A southern slave named Robert Smalls steals the Confererate gunship USS Planter and delivers it to Union forces. He later is officially appointed as captain, becoming the first black man to command a United States ship.
3. Joe Louis – Joe Nisbet Jr.
1914 – Joe Louis is born.
4. Ballad of Jim Jones – The Brian Jonestown Massacre
1931 – Cult leader Jim Jones, founder of the Peoples Temple is born.
5. FM – Steely Dan
1939 – WDRC-FM, the first commercial FM radio station in the United States is launched in Bloomfield, Connecticut.
6. Little Green Bag – George Baker Selection
1939 – Actor Harvey Keitel is born
7. La Bamba – Richie Valens
1941 – Musician Ritchie Valens is born.
8. Flip, Flop, Fly – The Blue Brothers
1945 – Musician Lou Marini is born.
2012 – Musician Donald "Duck" Dunn dies.
9. Landslide – Fleetwood Mac
1950 – Musician Danny Kirwan is born.
10. Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder
1950 – Musician Stevie Wonder is born.
11. Stephen Colbert – Inu
1964 – Comedian Stephen Colbert is born.
12. Drop The Bomb – Trouble Funk
1985 – To end a lengthy stand-off, Philadelphia police drop a bomb on MOVE headquarters, killing 11 MOVE members and destroying the homes of 250 city residents.