This Day in Music History: March 21

This Day in Music History: March 21March 21, 2017

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


Today: March 21.


1961: The Beatles played their first ever evening show at The Cavern Club in Liverpool. They supported The Swinging Bluegenes, who later became The Swinging Blue Jeans.

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1980: Hugh Cornwell of The Stranglers was sent to Pentonville Prison, after he lost his appeal against a drugs conviction.

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1981: REO Speedwagon topped the US singles chart with 'Keep On Loving You', the band's first top 40 hit and also their first No.1. It also reached the No.7 spot in the UK.

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1987: U2 scored their third UK No.1 album with The Joshua Tree. The album features the songs: 'Where The Streets Have No Name', & 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For'. It became the fastest selling album in UK history and the first album that sold over a million CDs. It spent a total of 156 weeks on the UK chart, and was also a US chart topper.

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1991: Leo Fender, the inventor of The Telecaster and Stratocaster guitars, died from Parkinson's disease. He started mass producing solid body electric guitars in the late 1940s and when he sold his guitar company in 1965, sales were in excess of $40 million a year.


1994: Bruce Springsteen won an Oscar for the song 'Streets of Philadelphia.'

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1998: Run-D.M.C. VS Jason Nevins started a six week run at the top of the UK singles chart with 'It's Like That.' The Run-D.M.C. track was from 1983, but was remixed by Jason Nevins, who is a US DJ and producer.

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1999: Blur topped the UK album chart with '13', their fourth consecutive No.1. It made them only the third act that had four No.1's in the 90's, with Simply Red and REM being the other two.

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