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 the top of the singles chart with “Eight Days A Week”, the group’s seventh number one.
1965, The Kinks release “Tired of Waiting for You.”
1965, Tom Jones made his first major TV appearance on BBC TVs ‘Billy Cotton Band Show.’
1966, Rod Stewart left Steampacket to work as a solo artist.
1966, Pink Floyd, billed as Pink Floyd Sound with AMM. A Spontaneous Underground Event, perform at The Marquee, on Wardour Street in London. Although the fourth “Spontaneous Event,” it was the first to feature the Floyd, and they became a regular fixture thereafter.
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, No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Penny Lane,” The Beatles. The group had planned to include the song on the album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” but released it as a single instead.
1970, Police fear a Beatles connection when a terrorist organization calling itself Revolutionary Force 9 takes credit for three bombings in New York.
1971, The Rolling Stones appeared live at Leeds University, England.
1971, Stephen Stills hits UK chart with “Love The One You’re With.”
1971, Brewer and Shipley entered the 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.”
1973, David Cassidy appeared at Bell Vue Kings Hall in Manchester, the first of 10 sold out UK shows.
1975, Tammy Wynette and George Jones divorced after six years of marriage.
1976, The Four Seasons started a three week run at No.1 on the singles chart with ‘December 1963, (Oh What A Night)’, the group’s 5th No.1.
1976, The Eagles “Greatest Hits” begins a month-long run at number one on the album charts.
1977, Iggy Pop and David Bowie kicked off a North American tour at Le Plateau Theatre, Montreal, Canada with Blondie as the opening act.
Born on March 13: Mike Stoller, songwriter (1933); Neil Sedaka (1939); Danny Kirwan, Fleetwood Mac (1950); Greg Norton, Husker Du (1959); and Adam Clayton, U2 (1960)