March 13: This Day in Rock History
In 2006 – Blondie, The Sex Pistols, Black Sabbath, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Miles Davis are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Blondie’s performance is marred when several old members of the band try to rush the stage.
In 1970 – Police fear a Beatles connection when a terrorist organization calling itself Revolutionary Force 9 takes credit for three bombings in New York.
And in 1966 – Rod Stewart leaves Steampacket to go solo.
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On this day in 1980, Blondie went to #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart with “Call Me”. The movie was featured in the Richard Gere movie American Gigolo.
In the year-end charts of 1980 it was Billboard’s #1 hit, and according to Billboard magazine, was the top-selling single of the year in the United States.
The song would end up being Certified Gold by the RIAA.
On this day in 1981, Blondie started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with “Rapture”. The single was the group’s fourth US #1 and the first #1 song in the United States to feature rap. The song was notable for name-checking hip-hop pioneers Fab Five Freddy and Grandmaster Flash.
“Rapture” was Certified Gold by the RIAA and Silver in the UK by the BPI.