Tuesday, March 13, 2012

ROCK HISTORY - IT HAPPENED ON MARCH 13

Adam Clayton
Born on this day:
1939 Neil Sedaka, singer-songwriter
1959 Ronnie Rogers, guitar (T’Pau)
1960 Adam Clayton, bass (U2)

Rock Pills:
1964, Billboard reported that sales of Beatles records currently accounted for 60% of the U.S. singles market and the album Meet The Beatles had reached a record 3.5 million copies sold.

1965, Eric Clapton quit The Yardbirds over musical differences with the other band members. Clapton wants to continue in a blues vein, while the rest of the group prefer the more commercial style of their latest single (and first hit), “For Your Love.”

1971, Brewer & Shipley enter the U.S singles chart with “One Toke Over The Line.” The song, featuring The Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia on steel guitar, peaked at # 10 despite being banned by radio stations for its drug references. Brewer & Shipley maintained that the word toke meant token as in ticket, hence the line “waitin’ downtown at the railway station, one toke over the line.”

1976, The Four Seasons started a three-week run atop the Billboard singles chart with “December 1963 (Oh What A Night),” the group’s fifth U.S. #1 and also their only U.K. #1.

1977, Iggy Pop (with David Bowie in a low key role as keyboard player) and band kicked off a North American tour at Le Plateau Theatre, Montreal, Canada with Blondie as the opening act.

1985, Bob Geldof and Midge Ure received the Best Selling A-side award for “Do They Know It’s Christmas” at the 30th Ivor Novello Awards.

Bob Seger
1987, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1993, this week’s edition of Radio One’s U.K. Top 40 Chart Show was in chaos after Gallup who compiled the chart got 20 of the 40 entries wrong.

1999, Cher started a four-week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Believe,” making her the oldest woman to top the Billboard Hot 100 at the age of 53.

2006, The Sex Pistols refuse to attend their own induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in New York.

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