Two of the Sixties greatest 45's share this date, plus a '70's single that has classic punks laughing all the way to the bank...

Betcha wish you still had yours: bobbleheads from July, 1964. (Photo: Ethan Miller/ Getty Images)

3/16/1964 (54 years ago today) - The Beatles set a new record for advance sales in the U.S.: "Can't Buy Me Love" hasn't even been pressed yet, and there are already orders of over 2,100,000 for this next single release! Well, that makes it official -- by now, they were like an unstoppable runaway train, only it was the kind that made everybody feel good, something we sorely miss these days...

3/16/1968 (50 years ago today) - The posthumously released Otis Redding single "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay" starts five weeks at No. 1 -- It was the very first 45 to go to the top spot following an artists passing away, selling over four million copies worldwide in the process. Hard to believe Otis was only 26 years old when the plane went down...

3/16/1954 (41 years ago today) - It took just six days for their record company to negate the deal: The Sex Pistols were dropped like a stone by A&M due to pressure from other label artists, the Los Angeles head office, and (in general) just a good old fashioned ton of bad, bad press, of which (as the cliche goes) there's no such bad thing as -- It turns out there were 25,000 copies of "God Save the Queen" all ready for the record shops and the band ended up making $127,500 out of the deal! 

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