This Day in Music History: March 13

This Day in Music History: March 13March 13, 2017

We cover all sorts of news, facts and historical and interesting facts that happened on this day in music history.


Today: March 13.


1960: Johnny Preston topped the UK singles chart with 'Running Bear', also a No.1 hit in the US.


1964: Billboard reported that sales of The Beatles singles currently accounted for 60% of the US singles market and that The Beatles album Meet the Beatles sold 3.5 million copies, which was a new record.

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1965: Eric Clapton left The Yardbirds because musical differences he had with the rest of the band members. Clapton wanted to continue in a blues type vein, while the other band members preferred the more commercial style of their first hit, 'For Your Love'.


1966: Rod Stewart left the British blues band Steampacket in order to begin his solo career. Steampacket were the first UK supergroup, they were formed in 1965 by Long John Baldry and also featured singer Julie Driscoll, organist Brian Auger and guitarist Vic Briggs.

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1976: The Four Seasons started a three week run at the top of the US singles chart with 'December 1963, (Oh What A Night)', the band's 5th US No.1 and also their only UK No.1.

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1993: Canadian rapper Snow, (Darrin O'Brien), started a 7-week run at the top of the US singles chart with 'Informer', also a No.2 hit in the UK.


1993: Eric Clapton started a three-week run at the top of the US album chart with 'Unplugged.'

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1999: Cher started a four week run at the top of the US singles chart with 'Believe'. This made her the oldest woman that topped the Hot 100 at the age of 53.

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2006: The Sex Pistols refused to attend their own induction into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame that was held in Cleveland, Ohio. Blondie, Herb Alpert and Black Sabbath were all inducted, but Sex Pistols decided to post a handwritten note on their website, where they called the institution "urine in wine", and also adding that they were not your monkeys, they won't be coming to the event and that they're not paying attention.


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