THIS DAY IN ROCK

March 13th: Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, Brewer and Shipley, Nazareth and more ...


On This Day in Rock

1958: The Recording Industry Association of America introduced its awards for record sales, (RIAA). The Beatles hold the record for being awarded the most with 76 platinum certifications.

1964: Billboard reported that sales of Beatles singles currently accounted for 60 percent of the US singles market and The Beatles album Meet the Beatles had reached a record 3.5 million copies sold.

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.

1966: Rod Stewart left Steampacket to work as a solo artist.

1966: Pink Floyd appeared for the first time at The Marquee in Wardour Street, London, England.

1967: Working at Abbey Road studios in London, six members of Sounds, Inc. recorded the horn parts for The Beatles song 'Good Morning Good Morning' (three saxophones, two trombones, and one french horn).

1967: 'Penny Lane' by the Beatles hits Number One on the pop chart.

1971: The Rolling Stones appeared live at Leeds University, England.

1971: The Allman Brothers Band plays the second night of their two-night stand at the Fillmore East in New York City. The shows are recorded and released as the At Fillmore East album.

1971: 'Have You Ever Seen The Rain' by Creedence Clearwater Revival peaks at Number Eight on the pop chart.

1971: Brewer and Shipley entered the US singles chart with 'One Toke Over The Line'. The song, which featured The Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia on steel guitar, peaked at No.10 despite being banned by radio stations for its drug references. Brewer and 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: 'Take It To The Limit' by the Eagles peaks at Number Four on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks. That same day, Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 hits Number One on the album chart, where it spends five non-consecutive weeks.

1976: 'Love Hurts' by Nazareth peaks at Number Eight on the pop chart.

1977: Iggy Pop and David Bowie kicked off a North American tour at Le Plateau Theatre, Montreal, Canada with Blondie as the opening act.

1982: 'Spirits In The Material World' by the Police peaks at Number 11 on the pop chart.

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.'

1987: Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1993: Eric Clapton started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Unplugged.'

1993: Lenny Kravitz started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Are You Gonna Go My Way.'

2006: The Kinks came out the top earners for music used in TV spots in the US, earning them over $9m a year. The sixties group were enjoying a resurgence with their music being used to sell washing powder, computers and medicines. Led Zeppelin came in second place with over $6m and The Rolling Stones third with $3.5m.


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