This Day In Rock History: March 13th

 

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  • 1960, Johnny Preston was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Running Bear’, also No.1 in the US.
  • 1965, Eric Clapton quit The Yardbirds due to musical differences with the other band members. Clapton wanted to continue in a blues type vein, while the rest of the band preferred the more commercial style of their first hit, ‘For Your Love’.
  • 1965, The Beatles started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Eight Days A Week’, the group’s 7th US No.1. Paul McCartney would later say the name of the song came from a chauffeur who drove him one day. “I said, ‘How’ve you been?’. ‘Oh working hard,’ he said, ‘Working eight days a week.'”
  • 1966, Pink Floyd appeared for the first time at The The Marquee Club in Wardour Street, London, England. The Marquee became the most important venue for the emerging British scene and witnessed the rise of some of the most important artists in the 1960s and 1970s, such as Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Manfred Mann, The Who, Yes, Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, King Crimson and Genesis.
  • 1976, The Four Seasons started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘December 1963, (Oh What A Night)’, the group’s 5th US No.1, also their only UK No.1.
  • 1977, Manhattan Transfer were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Chanson D’amour’, the group’s only UK No.1. The retro Jazz vocal harmony group had been working in New York gay bars, singing 40s and 50s swing classics.
  • 1985, Bob Geldof and Midge Ure received the Best Selling A Side award at the 30th Ivor Novello Awards for Do They Know It’s Christmas?
  • 1993, Canadian rapper Snow, (Darrin O’Brien), started a 7-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Informer’, a No.2 hit in the UK.
  • 1993, Lenny Kravitz started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Are You Gonna Go My Way.’
  • 1998, English reggae and ska artist Judge Dread (Alex Hughes) died after collapsing as he walked off stage in Canterbury, England. He achieved 10 UK hit singles during the 70’s and was the first white recording artist to have a reggae hit in Jamaica. Dread has the most banned songs at radio of all time.
  • 1999, Cher started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Believe’, making Cher the oldest woman to top the Hot 100 at the age of 53.
  • 2005, 50 Cent went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘The Massacre’, the US rappers first UK No.1. The album was also a US No.1 spending six weeks at the top of the chart.
  • 2006, The Sex Pistols refused to attend their own induction into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. Blondie, Herb Alpert and Black Sabbath were all inducted but the Pistols posted a handwritten note on their website, calling the institution “urine in wine”, adding “We’re not your monkeys, we’re not coming. You’re not paying attention”.
  • 2007, Coffee house Starbucks announced the launch of its own music label, saying it would sign both established and new artists. The chain, which had 13,000 stores worldwide, had already released albums under its Hear Music brand, licensing songs from other companies. Starbucks bosses said the label would now become more independent and that music fitted with the firm’s identity.
  • 2008, Michael Jackson refinanced his Neverland ranch to save it from being auctioned off, after being told that if he failed to pay $25m (£12.5m) he owed on the California property, it would be auctioned within a week. Jackson bought Neverland in 1987 intending to create a fantasy land for children naming it after an island in the story Peter Pan, where children never grow up.
  • 2013, Jimi Hendrix scored his highest chart debut since 1969 when his new studio album, People, Hell & Angels, consisting of unreleased tracks recorded with a variety of musicians between 1968 and 1970, sold 72,000 copies in the US on the week of release and made its debut at No.2 on the charts.

Born on this day:

  • 1933, Born on this day, Mike Stoller, (Leiber &), songwriter, and producer for Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, The Monkees and Cliff Richard. Their hit songs include ‘Hound Dog’ and ‘Kansas City’. Later in the 1950s, particularly through their work with The Coasters, they created a string of ground-breaking hits that are some of the most entertaining in rock and roll.
  • 1939, Born on this day, Neil Sedaka, singer, songwriter, (1959 UK No.3 single ‘Oh Carol’ plus over 30 US & 14 UK other Top 40 singles, 1962 US No.1 & UK No.7 single ‘Breaking Up Is Hard To Do’).
  • 1959, Born on this day, Greg Norton, Husker Du, (1987 album ‘Warehouse Songs And Stories’).
  • 1959, Born on this day, Ronnie Rogers, guitar, T’Pau, (1987 UK No. 1 with ‘China In Your Hand, 1987 US No.4 single ‘Heart And Soul’).
  • 1960, Born on this day, Adam Clayton, bass, U2, (1984 UK No.3 single ‘Pride, In The Name Of Love’ plus over 25 other UK Top singles, 1987 UK and world wide No.1 album The Joshua Tree spent 156 weeks on the UK chart. Scored five consecutive US No.1 albums from 1987.)
  • 1973, Born on this day, David Draiman, vocals, Disturbed, (2005 US No.1 album ‘Ten Thousand Fists’).

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