Saturday, October 21, 2017

Today in Music History...October 21, 2017 (Now with more info & links)

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Music History: October 21th:


2016 Leonard Cohen releases his last album, You Want It Darker. Cohen was in poor health while the album was being made, and never went to the recording studio, relying on his son Adam to handle the sessions and integrate his tracks. Cohen dies a few weeks later age age 82.

2006 Sandy West (drummer for The Runaways) dies of lung and brain cancer at age 47.

2005 Bob Seger sings the US national anthem before the World Series game between the Detroit Tigers and the visiting St. Louis Cardinals.

2004 Bo Diddley postpones a concert in California to have a toe amputated due to complications from diabetes.

2003 Barenaked Ladies release their sixth studio album, Everything To Everyone.

2003 Elliott Smith, known for his song "Miss Misery" (featured in Good Will Hunting, where it earned an Oscar nomination) dies of self-inflicted stab wounds to the chest at age 34 in Los Angeles, California. Smith battled depression and addiction most of his life.

2003 David Gest, recent ex-husband of Liza Minnelli, sues the singer for $10 million, alleging physical and emotional cruelty.

2002 For the second year running, Radiohead is honored as "best act in the world today" at the Annual Q Awards, held in London.

1999 George Martin, who produced most of the Beatles albums, lends his reputation and four decades of music business experience to a start-up Internet company catering to unsigned bands. Martin announces that he will serve as chairman of the advisory board for

1995 Shannon Hoon (of Blind Melon) dies of a drug overdose at age 28.

1994 Neil Diamond publicly announces his divorce from his second wife, Marcia Murphey, whom he has been with since 1969.

1992 Hank Williams Jr. becomes the proud father of his fourth child, Katherine Diana.

1992 Elvis' first grandson, Benjamin Storm, is born to Lisa Marie Presley and Danny Keough.

1977 Meat Loaf releases Bat Out Of Hell.

1976 Keith Moon plays what is to be his final show with The Who, a concert at the Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

1975 The city of Los Angeles declares this "Elton John Week" and awards the musician his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6915 Hollywood Blvd.

1972 During a home game against the University of Alabama, the University of Tennessee's Pride of the Southland Band debuts what will become the school's unofficial fight anthem: "Rocky Top." The bluegrass homage to Tennessee was first recorded by The Osborne Brothers five years earlier.

1972 Curtis Mayfield's soundtrack LP Superfly hits #1.

1971 Mick Jagger and his girlfriend Bianca have a daughter they name Jade. It's Mick's first child.

1969 R&B singer Garfield Bright (of Shai) is born in Nashville, Tennessee. Known for the 1992 hit "If I Ever Fall In Love."

1968 Johnny Cash wins best album at the Country Music Awards for his live release Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison.

1967 Lulu's "To Sir With Love" hits #1 in the US for the first of five weeks. Lulu performs the song in the movie of the same name, where she portrays a high school student taught by Sidney Poitier.

1965 Rock 'n roller Bill Black - leader of the Bill Black's Combo and early bassist for Elvis Presley - dies of a brain tumor at age 39.

1965 The Spencer Davis Group records "Keep On Running."

1965 The Beatles record "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" and "Nowhere Man."

1965 Bill Black, a bandleader who played bass for Elvis Presley, dies of a brain tumor at age 39.

1961 Bob Dylan records his first album, Bob Dylan, at age 20.

1957 Steve Lukather (guitarist for Toto) is born in San Fernando Valley, California.

1957 Rocker Julian Cope is born in Deri, Monmouthshire, Wales.

1957 The Elvis Presley film Jailhouse Rock premieres.

1956 Elvis Presley visits his favorite local movie theater, the Memphian, and is beset by an adoring crowd who, in the ensuing melee, scratch his new Cadillac. Thus begins Elvis' new habit of renting the entire theater whenever he wants to watch a movie.

1953 Charlotte Caffey (guitarist for the Go-Go's) is born in Santa Monica, California.

1953 Eric Faulkner (guitarist for Bay City Rollers) is born in Edinburgh, Scotland.

1952 Brent Mydland (fourth keyboardist for Grateful Dead) is born in Munich, Germany. He is raised in San Francisco, and Antioch, California.

1947 Bass guitarist Tetsu Yamauchi (of The Faces and Free) is born in Fukuoka, Japan.

1946 Trumpeter Lee Loughnane (of Chicago) is born in Elmwood Park, Illinois.

1945 Kathy Young (Kathy Young and the Innocents) is born in Santa Ana, California. She would become a '60s teen pop star with her cover of "A Thousand Stars."

1943 Ron Elliott (lead guitarist for The Beau Brummels) is born in Healdsburg, California.

1942 Rock and blues guitarist Elvin Bishop is born in Glendale, California, but grows up on a farm in Elliott, Iowa.

1941 Steve Cropper (guitarist for Booker T & The MGs) is born in Dora, Missouri.

1940 Doo-wopper Jimmy Beaumont (of The Skyliners) is born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

1940 Manfred Mann is born Manfred Sepse Lubowitz in Johannesburg, Transvaal, Union of South Africa.

1938 Jan Savitt records "Quaker City Jazz."

1917 Jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie is born John Birks Gillespie in Cheraw, South Carolina.

1908 The first two-sided vinyl record (!) was offered for sale by the Columbia label in an ad running in this week's Saturday Evening Post.

Madonna Gets Naked In Her Book Sex

1992Madonna's book Sex is released. Everything about it is shocking: the $50 price, the Mylar wrapping, the metal covers, and especially the images inside. Steven Meisel's photos show the singer naked in various erotic scenes, and a few celebrities show up as well, including Isabella Rossellini, Naomi Campbell and Vanilla Ice.
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1996 Former EMI Records executive Jay Barbieri announces the official launch of the first Internet record label, J-Bird Records at The record label is the first of its kind, a label that operates almost exclusively on the World Wide Web.

1972 The #1 song is America is "My Ding-a-Ling" by Chuck Berry. The legendary rocker's only #1 is this novelty song about... you'll have to read the Songfacts.

1958 At Pythian Temple studios in New York City, Buddy Holly does what will be his last studio session, recording the tracks "True Love Ways," "It Doesn't Matter Any More," "Moondreams" and "Raining In My Heart."

1957 #1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley.

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