Music History: September 21st:
2017 To thwart low payouts on YouTube, Post Malonereleases a version of his latest single, "Rockstar," that is just the chorus looped five times. Comments are disabled, and users are offered a link to hear the full version on more profitable platforms.More
2016 The day before dropping his single "Starboy," The Weekndreleases a photo showing his new haircut.More
2016 The songwriter John D. Loudermilk, who wrote the #1 hit "Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)," dies at age 82.
2013 Douglas Grassel (rhythm guitarist for Ohio Express) dies from fibrosis of the lungs at age 64.
2012 No Doubt release the album Push and Shove, their first release in 11 years. Lead singer Gwen Stefani explains that they "made the record of their lives," so why rush it?
2011 John Du Cann (of Atomic Rooster) dies of a heart attack at age 65.
2009 Sam Carr, blues drummer of the Jelly Roll Kings, dies of congestive heart failure at age 83.
2004 Chris Tomlin releases his breakthrough album, Arriving. It will go on to peak at #3 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart.
2000 Canadian rock group the Matthew Good Band is the big winner at the MuchMusic Video Awards, Canada's annual music video competition. The Vancouver, British Columbia-based group collects prizes for Best Rock Video and Best Video for its "Load Me Up" single.
2000 Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, and Tony Banks re-form as Genesis for a one-off performance at the London Hilton during the British Music Roll of Honour gala, organized by the Music Managers Forum. The act's manager, Tony Smith receives the Peter Grant Award for outstanding achievement at the event.
1999 Trent Reznor's Nine Inch Nails earns the first #1 in its career, as The Fragiledebuts at the top of The Billboard 200, easily outpacing all other competitors in a market crowded with new releases.
1999 An HBO live music show called Reverbmakes its debut with performances from Alanis Morissette and Everlast.
1999 While being searched at London's Heathrow Airport, Diana Ross allegedly assaults the security guard in question and is detained for five hours.
1998 The Fireman, Paul McCartney's trance music duo with producer Martin Glover, release their second album, Rushes. Says Glover: "Linda [Paul's wife] was very ill, and by the time we'd finished it she was dying, and for me it became very much a requiem for her."
1998 Oz Bach (of Spanky and Our Gang) dies of cancer at age 59.
1998 Madonna enrolls her daughter, Lourdes Ciccone, at the prestigious Cheltenham Ladies College in England. Tuition at the boarding school is $22,650 a year.
1997 The life and career of Jimmie Rodgers is celebrated with a concert capping the "Waiting for a Train: Jimmie Rodgers' America" conference in Cleveland. A collaboration between the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame, John Prine, Steve Earle, Levon Helm, Iris DeMent, and Jimmie Dale Gilmore all perform songs by Rodgers.
1997 Radiohead's video for "Karma Police" debuts on the MTV show 120 Minutes.
1996 Hank Williams III, 23, makes his debut at the Grand Ole Opry, following the legacy of his father, Hank Williams Jr., and grandfather,Hank Williams, in performing there. His set includes "Lovesick Blues," which Hank Sr. played at his Opry debut in 1949.
1993 Nirvana release In Utero.
1993 Bad Religion release their seventh full-length studio album, Recipe for Hate. This album was originally released on Epitaph Records, but was quickly reissued by their now-former label Atlantic.
1992 ABBA, which split up in 1982, release Gold: Greatest Hits, which in America becomes by far their best-selling album, moving over 6 million copies.
1991 Status Quo set a world record when they play four separate British arenas in one 11-hour period.
1989 Rush move away from their keyboard-heavy sound with Presto, their 13th studio album and first under the Atlantic Records label. The album's four singles (including "Show Don't Tell," "Presto," "The Pass," and "Superconductor") all crack the Top 40.
1987 Jaco Pastorius of Weather Report, age 35, dies of a massive brain hemorrhage ten days after a violent altercation with a club bouncer left him a coma.
1986 The US Department of Health and Human Services honors Dionne Warwickfor "exceptional service as a leading health ambassador" in fighting the spread of AIDS.
1981 Nicole Richie is born Nicole Escovedo in Berkeley, California. Born to percussion player Peter Escovedo, she is taken in by Lionel Richie and his wife Brenda at age 3, and adopted by the couple at 9. She becomes a popular socialite, starring with Paris Hilton on the reality show The Simple Life.
1980 Elton John leaves longtime label MCA and signs with David Geffen's new label for a six-year contract.
1980 Bob Marley, who had refused treatment for a spreading melanoma due to his religious beliefs, collapses while jogging in New York's Central Park and is hospitalized. Two nights later he performs the next date on his North American tour, the Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh, but it sadly proves to be his last.
1979 During a break in their only North American tour, members of ABBA bring their kids to Disneyland.
1979 Kurt Waldheim, the UN Secretary General who was later found to have ties to Nazi-era Germany, makes an official appeal for The Beatles to reunite for a charity concert that would benefit the hordes of "boat people" fleeing postwar Vietnam.
1974 Walter Brennan, an Academy Award-winning actor and occasional country singer ("Old Rivers"), dies of emphysema at age 80.
1974 Bachman-Turner Overdrive release "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet."
1974 Barry White hits #1 in America with "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe."
1972 David Silveria (Korn drummer) is born in San Leandro, California.
1972 Liam Gallagher is born William John Paul Gallagher in Burnage, Manchester, England. He forms Oasis with his older brother, Noel.
1971 The musical variety show The Old Grey Whistle Test premieres on BBC-TV, featuring America as well as clips of Jimi Hendrixand Bob Dylan.
1968 David Jolicoeur aka Trugoy the Dove (of De La Soul) is born in Brooklyn, New York.
1968 Jeannie C. Riley's "Harper Valley P.T.A." hits #1.
1968 Jimi Hendrix releases "All Along The Watchtower.
1967 Faith Hill is born Audrey Faith Perry in Ridgeland, Mississippi.
1967 Tyler Stewart (drummer for Barenaked Ladies) is born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
1966 Jimmy Hendrix changes his name to Jimiat the urging of his manager Chas Chandler.
1965 The Moody Blues take part in the "Pop From Britain" concert at Royal Albert Hall in London, making their first major performance. They had recently signed with The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein, who got them the gig.
1963 Bobby Vinton's "Blue Velvet" hits #1 for the first of three weeks.
1962 A year and a half before The Beatlesbreak in America, The Springfields' "Silver Threads and Golden Needles" becomes the first British song to reach the Top 20 in the US. Later, member Dusty Springfield would have several more solo hits of her own.
1959 Corinne Drewery (lead singer of Swing Out Sister) is born in Nottingham, England.
1959 Santo and Johnny's "Sleep Walk" hits #1 for the first of two weeks.
1957 Elvis Presley's longtime guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black leave the King's band, dissatisfied over being denied pay raises by manager Colonel Tom Parker. Drummer D.J. Fontana stays on.
1955 The Platters' "Only You" enters the charts.
1947 Don Felder (Eagles lead guitarist) is born in Gainesville, Florida.
1944 Native American guitarist Jesse Ed Davis is born in Norman, Oklahoma.
1936 Dickey Lee is born Royden Dickey Lipscomb in Memphis, Tennessee.
1934 Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen is born in Westmount, Quebec, Canada.
1932 Don Preston (of Mothers of Invention) is born in Flint, Michigan.
1921 Jimmy Young is born in Cinderford, Gloucestershire, England. Before becoming a successful BBC Radio 1 broadcaster, he records a string of pop hits, including "Too Young" in 1951.
1874 Gustav Holst, the English composer known for the orchestral suite The Planets, is born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England.
R.E.M. announce that they're calling it quits after more than 30 years. In a post on their website, the band members write, "To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening."
2012 When Green Day's set is cut short at the iHeartRadio festival in Las Vegas, lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong flies off the handle, stopping the show and going into a rant where he says, "I'm not f--king Justin Bieber, you motherf--kers. You've got to be f--king joking."
2004 Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens), is denied entry into the United States when he shows up on a terrorist watch list, accused of funding terror groups.
2001 The benefit concert America: A Tribute To Heroes, airs on most major TV networks, raising over $128 million for victims of the September 11 attacks. Performers include Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Tom Petty, and Willie Nelson.
1993 "All Apologies," backed with "Rape Me," is released. It's the last Nirvana single released while Kurt Cobain is still alive.
1979 Bruce Springsteen debuts his song "The River" at a show in Madison Square Garden. He is performing as part of Musicians United For Safe Energy (MUSE) in a protest against nuclear power.
Other artists that go on before him have to contend with the constant droning of "Broooooooooooooce," as he's the main attraction. Bonnie Raitt doesn't figure out until after her set that the crowd was not booing her, just anticipating Springsteen's performance.
1978 Do you remember the 21st night of September? The first line of Earth, Wind & Fire's song isn't written for any particular reason - it just sounds good.