Monday, August 21, 2017

More Music History for August 21, 2017 (with links)


1954 - ClassicBands.com

August 21
Elvis Presley appears at his first gig outside Tennessee at The Mint Club in Gladewater, Texas. The show was promoted by Tom Perryman, a local DJ, who will continue to book Elvis in the northeast Texas area well into the following year.

1956 - ClassicBands.com

August 21
Comics Bill Buchanan and Dickie Goodman have the number three song in America with a novelty tune called "Flying Saucer". The premise of the record was two radio news reporters who ask questions which are then humorously answered with snippets from mid-'50s hits. Buchanan and Goodman were sued by 17 different record companies for copyright infringement, but all were dismissed by a ruling that said the parodies did not infringe on the sales of the original hits.

1965 - ClassicBands.com

August 21
The Rolling Stones album, "Out of Our Heads" is number one on the US album chart on the strength of "Satisfaction", "Play With Fire" and "The Last Time".

August 21
Barry McGuire's "Eve Of Destruction" and The Lovin' Spoonful's "Do You Believe In Magic" are released.

1972 - ClassicBands.com

August 21
Jefferson Airplane ran into some trouble with Akron, Ohio police after their equipment manager calls some officers "pigs". Paul Kanter is roughed up, Grace Slick was maced and Jack Casady was arrested and dragged off stage.

1976 - ClassicBands.com

August 21
The Rolling Stones appear in front of 200,000 fans with Todd Rundgren, Lynyrd Skynyrd, 10cc and others at England's annual Knebworth Festival. The concert was falsely advertised as "the last Stones show ever to be held in Britain."

August 21
RCA Victor announced that sales of Elvis Presley records had passed the 400 million mark.

1980 - ClassicBands.com

August 21
Linda Ronstadt debuted on Broadway in the production of Gilbert and Sullivan's, The Pirates of Penzance.

1983 - ClassicBands.com

August 21
The Ramones' lead guitarist Johnny Ramone, (real name: John Cummings) undergoes emergency surgery to remove blood clots from his brain following a fight with Seth Micklaw of the Punk band Sub Zero Construction. Ramone picked a fight after seeing his girlfriend, Cynthia Whitney, with Micklaw. The brief scrap ended with Ramone receiving kicks to the head with steel capped boots.

1984 - ClassicBands.com

August 21
Tina Turner's comeback album, "Private Dancer" is certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, and the single from it, "What's Love Got To Do With It" is certified Gold. The album peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 200 chart and the single reached #1 on the US singles chart as well as reaching #5 in the UK and the Top Ten in several other European countries.

1994 - ClassicBands.com

August 21
John Denver is charged with drunk driving after crashing his Porsche into a tree.

August 21
Interrupting her concert at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California, Whitney Houston asks that the spotlight be turned on Justin and Sydney Simpson, whose father O.J. Simpson is currently on trial for murdering their mother, Nicole.

2005 - ClassicBands.com

August 21
Robert A. Moog, whose self-named synthesizers opened the door for the musical evolution of electronics, died of cancer at the age of 71.

2012 - ClassicBands.com

August 21
Lisa Marie Presley made her Grand Ole Opry debut where she wowed the sold-out audience by performing three songs from her current album, "Storm & Grace".

2013 - ClassicBands.com

August 21
Legendary concert promoter Sid Bernstein, best known for booking The Beatles at Carnegie Hall and later Shea Stadium, died at the age of 95. He also worked with other British groups, including The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and The Animals.

2014 - ClassicBands.com

August 21
Sir Paul McCartney topped a list of the richest bassists in the world with estimated wealth of $1.2 billion according to the website www.therichest.com. Coming in at number two were Sting and Gene Simmons, both with a net worth of $300 million, followed by Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, U2's Adam Clayton and Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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