Saturday, August 21, 2010

August 21 - Today In Rock Music History

Happy Birthday Joe Strummer! Your Spirit Lives On...

Joe Strummer, The Clash

Musicians Born On August 21

1904 Count Basie (bandleader)
1938 Kenny Rogers (Ruby don't Take Your Love to Town)
1944 Jackie De Shannon (When You Walk in the Room)
1952 Joe Strummer (Clash)
1957 Budgie (Siouxsie and the Banshees)
1958 Kim Sledge (Sister Sledge)

Number 1 In The Charts On August 21

1968 Tommy James: 'Mony Mony' UK 45
1971 Diana Ross: 'I'm Still Waiting' UK 45
1993 Various : Sleepless in Seattle (OST) : US LP

Various Music Events On August 21

1965 Waylon Jennings hits US country chart for first time with 'That's the Chance I'll Have to Take'

1965 Joe Simon makes US chart debut with 'Let's do it Over'

1965 Lovin' Spoonful debut on US chart with 'Do You Believe in Magic'

1965 Barry Mcguire hits US chart with his only top 40 single, 'Eve of Destruction', on his way to No. 1

1967 Columbia Records re-sign Bob Dylan, despite opposition from MGM, for whom he appeared to have already signed. MGM never countersigned the contract and subsequently went out of business

1970 Supertramp release first LP

1971 The Who hit US chart with 'Who's Next' LP

1973 Doobie Brothers 'Toulouse Street' and 'Brothers and Sisters' by Allman Brothers win gold discs

1976 Rolling Stones headline at Knebworth with 10CC

1980 'Breaking Glass', starring Hazel O'Connor, opens in London

1980 Linda Ronstadt opens on Broadway in 'Pirates of Penzance'

1996 Former Talking Heads lead singer David Byrne sued to prevent the rest of the group from touring as "The Heads." The suit was settled out of court.

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