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This day in rock history: Oct 21st


Here’s what happened on October 21st in rock history, from the home of music and games, Rock My World.


  • 1958, Buddy Holly’s  last recording session took place at Pythian Temple Studios, New York City. The songs recorded included ‘Raining In My Heart’, ‘Moondreams’ and ‘It Doesn’t Matter Anymore’ which became a No.1 hit.
  • 1965, Wanting to improve on a previous recording session The Beatles started from scratch on a new song called ‘Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)’, finishing recordings in three takes. They also begin working on another new John Lennon song ‘Nowhere Man.’
  • 1965, The Spencer Davis Group recorded ‘Keep On Running’ at Pye Studios in London, England. The track went on to top the UK chart next January.
  • 1971, The Rolling Stone Mick Jagger became a father when his wife Bianca gave birth to daughter Jade in a Paris hospital.
  • 1972, Chuck Berry started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘My Ding-A-Ling’, his first and only US and UK No.1, 17 years after his first chart hit.
  • 1972, Curtis Mayfield started a four-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with soundtrack to ‘Superfly’.
  • 1976, Keith Moon  played his last show with The Who at the end of a North American tour at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto. On September 7, 1978, Moon died of an overdose of a sedative Heminevrin, that had been prescribed to prevent seizures induced by alcohol withdrawal.
  • 1992, George Michael took Sony Records to court in a fight over his contract with the company; he lost the case in 1994. Michael worked with Sony again less than 10 years later.
  • 1995, Green Day singer Billie Joe was arrested and fined $141 after mooning at the audience during a gig in Milwaukee.
  • 1997, Elton John’s ‘Candle In The Wind 97’ was declared by the Guinness Book Of Records as the biggest selling single record of all time, with 31.8 million sales in less than 40 days and raising more than £20 million for charity.
  • 2001, Concerts at Madison Square Garden and the RFK stadium in Washington were expected to raise millions in funds for the victims of the Sept 11th attacks. Stars who appeared included Michael Jackson, Tom Petty, Paul McCartney, David Bowie,Eric Clapton, and The Who
  • 2006, American musician, singer, songwriter, and drummer Sandy West died. Founding member (with Joan Jett) of all girl group The Runaways, hailed by fans and critics alike to be one of the most groundbreaking drummers in rock and roll history.
  • 2006, British broadcaster John Peel left over £1.8m and over 25,000 vinyl records in his will. Peel died suddenly at the age of 65 from a heart attack in 2004.
  • 2006, Evanescence were at No.1 on the US album chart with their second album ‘The Open Door.’ It became the 700th No.1 album in Billboard since the chart became a weekly feature in 1956.
  • 2007, Kid Rock and five members of his entourage were arrested after an argument with a man escalated into a fight in a restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia. Kid Rock’s tour bus was pulled over by police after it left the scene; Rock was released after posting $1,000 (£490) bail. Kid Rock also had the No.1 album on the US chart with ‘Rock N Roll Jesus’ his eleventh album release and first to debut at the top of the chart.
  • 2007, Stereophonics went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Pull The Pin’ the bands sixth studio album.
  • 2013, Sid Bernstein, the concert promoter who staged early US shows by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, died aged 95. Bernstein booked The Beatles for their legendary show at Shea Stadium in New York in 1965, which was the first concert to be staged in a stadium. Bernstein also promoted the Fab Four’s gigs at Carnegie Hall in New York on their first US tour in 1964. He also arranged the Rolling Stones’ first five US gigs and shows for Judy Garland, Ray Charles and Tony Bennett.
  • 2014, Former Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson said he has been “cured” of the terminal pancreatic cancer with which he was diagnosed in 2012. The 67-year-old was initially given 10 months to live after rejecting chemotherapy, but had radical surgery to remove the tumour earlier this year.

Born on this day:

  • 1940, Born on this day, Manfred Mann, keyboard player with Manfred Mann, (1964 UK & US No.1 single ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy’).
  • 1941, Born on this day, Steve Cropper, guitarist, Booker T and the MG’s, (1962 US No. 3 single ‘Green Onions’, 1969 UK No.4 single ‘Time Is Tight’).
  • 1943, Born on this day, Ron Elliott, The Beau Brummels, (1965 US No.8 single, ‘Just A Little.’)
  • 1946, Born on this day, Lee Loughnane, trumpet, Chicago, (1976 UK & US No.1 single ‘If You Leave Me Now’).
  • 1946, Born on this day, Lux Interior (Erick Lee Purkhiser), singer and founding member of The Cramps. Died in Glendale, California on February 4, 2009.
  • 1947, Born on this day, Tetsu Yamauchi, bass player, Faces, (1973 UK No.8 single ‘Pool Hall Richard’,) Free, (1973 UK No.7 single ‘Wishing Well’).
  • 1948, Born on this day, John ‘Rabbit’ Bundrick, Free, (1973 UK No.7 single ‘Wishing Well’). Back Street Crawler.
  • 1952, Born on this day, Brent Mydland, The Grateful Dead, (1970 UK No.69 and US No.127 album ‘Workingman’s Dead’). He was found dead on the floor of his home on 26th July 1990 aged 38 from a drug overdose.
  • 1953, Born on this day, Charlotte Caffey, The Go- Go’s, (1982 US No.2 single, ‘We Got The Beat’, 1982 UK No.47 single ‘Our Lips Our Sealed’).
  • 1954, Born on this day, Eric Faulkner, singer, Bay City Rollers, (1975 UK No.1 single ‘Bye Bye Baby’, plus 11 other UK top 20 singles’, 1976 US No.1 single ‘Saturday Night’).
  • 1957, Born on this day, Julian Cope, guitar, vocals, Teardrop Explodes, (1981 UK No.6 single ‘Reward’), solo (1986 UK No.19 single ‘World Shut Your Mouth’).
  • 1957, Born on this day, Steve Lukather, guitar, Toto, (1983 US No.1 & UK No.3 single ‘Africa’).
  • 1959, Born on this day, Rose McDowell, singer, Strawberry Switchblade, (1984 UK No.5 single ‘Since Yesterday’).
  • 1971, Born on this day, Nick Oliveri, American bassist, guitarist, vocalist who has been a member of Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, Mondo Generator and Dwarves.

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