Today in Music History: The Sex Pistols stood up the Rock Hall

Sex Pistols live on stage
The Sex Pistols (Michael Ochs)

History Highlight:

Today in 2006, The Sex Pistols refused to attend their own induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Blondie, Herb Alpert and Black Sabbath were all inducted, but the Pistols posted a handwritten note on their website, calling the institution "urine in wine," adding, "We're not your monkeys, we're not coming. You're not paying attention."

Also, Today In:

1958 - The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) introduced its precious-metal-themed awards for record sales. The Beatles hold the record for the most awards, with 76 platinum certifications.

1965 - The Beatles started a two-week run at No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with "Eight Days A Week", the group's seventh No. 1 hit in America.

1975 - Tammy Wynette and George Jones divorced after six years of marriage. Although the song "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" wasn't written about her and Jones, many of Wynette's songs dealt with classic themes of loneliness, divorce and the difficulties of man-woman relationships. "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" is one of Tammy Wynette's signature tunes.

1976 - The Four Seasons started a three-week run at No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with "December 1963 (Oh What A Night)", the group's fifth U.S. No. 1.

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

1993 - Eric Clapton started a three-week run at No. 1 on the U.S. album chart with Unplugged.

2007 - Coffeehouse Starbucks and the Concord Music Group announced the launch of the Hear Music record label. Artists signed to this label include Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Sia, Elvis Costello, The Cars and James Taylor.

2014 - Four people were killed and 23 injured after a drunk driver crashed through barricades set up for the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas.

Birthdays:

Greg Norton of Hüsker Dü is 59.

U2 bassist Adam Clayton is 58.

Highlights for Today in Music History are gathered from This Day in Music, Paul Shaffer's Day in Rock, Song Facts and Wikipedia.


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