Music History: August 21st
2015 When the Westboro Baptist Church, famous for their anti-gay demonstrations, stage a protest before a Foo Fighters concert in Kansas City, the band responds by driving a truck in front of the demonstrators and Rickrolling them by blasting Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up."More
2013 Sid Bernstein (music promoter for The Beatles and manager for The (Young) Rascals and Tony Bennett) dies in Manhattan, New York, at age 95.
2012 With 623,000 digital copies sold, Taylor Swift's hit "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" becomes the single with the most digital sales for a female artist.
2012 Lynyrd Skynyrd releases Last of a Dyin' Breed, their fourteenth studio album. Guitarist John Lowery, better known by stage name "John 5," contributes to a couple of the tracks.
2011 Rod Stewart's becomes a grandfather for the first time when his daughter Kimberly gives birth to her own daughter, Delilah Genoveva del Toro (the result of a liaison with actor Benicio del Toro).
2009 Doo-wop/R&B singer Johnny Carter (of The Dells and The Flamingos) dies of lung cancer in Harvey, Illinois, at age 75.
2008 Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale have their second child: a son named Zuma Nesta Rock.
2005 Electronic music pioneer Robert Moog, who invented the Moog synthesizer, dies of a brain tumor in Asheville, North Carolina, at age 71.
1997 Be Here Now, the hotly anticipated third album from Oasis, is launched to mixed reviews. Critical opinion is initially overwhelmingly positive but is later revised as the public find the album bloated and derivative. Britpop is beginning to fall out of favor, and despite entering the albums chart at #2, sales are much lower than expected.
1996 Rick James gets out of jail after serving two years of a five-year sentence for holding a woman hostage during a drug binge.
1994 John Denver crashes his 1963 Porsche into a tree near his home in Aspen, Colorado, exactly one year after a previous arrest for driving while impaired.
1993 Elton John's longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin marries his third wife, Stephanie Haymes.
1993 John Denver blows a .14 when his Porsche is pulled over in Aspen, Colorado, where the legal limit is .10. He pleads guilty to driving while impaired and is sentenced to 28 hours of community service, which includes performing a benefit concert for the Tipsy Taxi service.
1986 Eric Clapton's son Conor is born. Four years later, Conor dies in a tragic accident, prompting Clapton to write "Tears In Heaven."
1984 Pop singer/actress Melissa Schuman (of Dream) is born in San Clemente, California.
1980 R&B singer Kelis is born Kelis Rogers in Harlem, New York City.
1976 Lynyrd Skynyrd, Todd Rundgren, 10cc and The Rolling Stones headline the Knebworth (England) festival.
1971 Murderer George Jackson is shot dead in a bizarre escape attempt at San Quentin prison, prompting the Bob Dylan song "George Jackson."
1971 Electronic/rock musician Liam Howlett (of The Prodigy) is born in Braintree, Essex, England.
1968 It's the last day of recording for The Beatles' "Sexy Sadie."
1966 The Beatles play under a tarp at Busch Stadium on a rainy evening in St. Louis. It's rather unpleasant, leading to their decision to stop doing concerts and focus on studio work.
1966 Jim Morrison is a no-show for The Doors set at the Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles. They play the first set without him, then get him at his apartment, where he is tripping on acid. When they play "The End," he improvises Oedipal lyrics:
Father... I want to kill you
Mother... I want to f--k you
This gets them fired, but provides the final lyric that goes into the song when they record it for their first album.
1965 Barry McGuire releases "Eve Of Destruction."
1965 The Lovin' Spoonful releases "Do You Believe In Magic?"
1965 The Rolling Stones album Out Of Our Heads hits #1 in the US, supplanting Beatles VI.
1961 Patsy Cline records "Crazy."
1961 Elvis Presley's LP Something For Everybody hits #1.
1957 Kim Sledge (of Sister Sledge) is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1954 Drummer Steve Smith (of Focus and Journey) is born in Whitman, Massachusetts.
1952 Rock bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes (of Deep Purple) is born in Cannock, Staffordshire, England. He has a brief stint as Black Sabbath's frontman in the mid-'80s.
1947 Carl Giammarese (lead vocalist/guitarist for The Buckinghams) is born in Chicago, Illinois.
1941 Keyboardist Tom Coster (of Santana) is born in Detroit, Michigan. He composed "Europa (Earth's Cry Heaven's Smile)" with Carlos Santana.
1941 Pop singer Jackie DeShannon is born Sharon Lee Myers in Hazel, Kentucky.
1939 Country singer Harold Reid (of The Statler Brothers) is born in Staunton, Virginia. He co-wrote many of the group's hits, including "Bed of Rose's" and "Do You Know You Are My Sunshine."
1938 Kenny Rogers is born in Houston, Texas. His most famous song, "The Gambler," is released when he is 40.
1938 Fats Waller records "Ain't Misbehavin'."
1928 Jazz trumpeter Art Farmer is born in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
1920 Elvis Presley makes his first public stage appearance outside of his home state when he appears at the Mint Club in Gladewater, Texas.
1904 Jazz pianist/bandleader Count Basie is born in Red Bank, New Jersey.
1993For one week, standards outsell rap as the soundtrack to the hit romantic comedy Sleepless In Seattle knocks Cypress Hill's Black Sunday off the top of the Billboard 200.
2016 The Tragically Hip play their final concert, calling it quits at a show in lead singer Gord Downie's hometown of Kingston, Ontario. Downie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in December 2015.More
1993 Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch is raided by police after a child who stayed there comes forward with allegations of molestation. Jackson lets police strip search him, which he finds very humiliating. No charges are filed, but Jackson will later deal with more allegations.
1988 Country singer Kacey Musgraves is born in Golden, Texas. She writes her first song, "Notice Me," at age 8 for her elementary school graduation.
1982 Bono of U2 marries his high school sweetheart Alison Stewart at the Guinness Church of Ireland. The couple will have four children.
1952 Punk rocker Joe Strummer (of The Clash) is born John Graham Mellor in Ankara, Turkey.