This Day in Music History: March 16

This Day in Music History: March 16March 16, 2017

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


Today: March 16.


1964: The Beatles set a new record for advance sales in the USA with 2,100,000 copies of their single, 'Can't Buy Me Love.' When asked by American journalists in 1966 to reveal the true meaning of the song, Paul McCartney said that he thought anyone can say whatever he wants about the song as he likes, but when someone suggests that 'Can't Buy Me Love' is about a prostitute, this is where he draws the line.

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1965: The Rolling Stones topped the UK singles chart with 'The Last Time', their third UK No.1 and also first No.1 for Mick Jagger and Keith Richards as songwriters.

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1977: Paper Lace topped the UK singles chart with the anti-war pop song 'Billy Don't Be A Hero.' It was the band's only No.1. hit. Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods also scored a US No.1 with their own version of the song.


1992: During a Metallica concert at Orlando Arena, fans dangled an usher by his ankles from the balcony as trouble broke out at the show. Metallica were fined with $38,000 (£22,353) for repairs and for cleanup after the fans trashed the building.

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1996: Ramones played what they claimed would be their last ever concert in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


2010: ABBA were inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with Genesis and The Hollies. Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad from ABBA accepted the trophies, in New York.

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2015: Andy Fraser, songwriter and bassist of Free, died in California at the age of 62. He became a founding member of the British group when he was just 15 years old and wrote most of the material with Paul Rodgers, the lead singer of the band, including the band's 1970 hit 'All Right Now'.


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