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October 21 : This Day in Music History
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1992 : Madonna'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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Awards and Honors (3)

1968 : Johnny Cash wins best album at the Country Music Awards for his live release Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison.
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.
2002 : For the second year running, Radiohead is honored as "best act in the world today" at the Annual Q Awards, held in London.

Births (21)

1917 : Dizzy Gillespie
1937 : Norman Wright (Dell-Vikings)
1940 : Jimmy Beaumont (The Skyliners)
1940 : Manfred Mann
1941 : Steve Cropper (Booker T & The MGs)
1942 : Elvin Bishop
1943 : Ron Elliott (Beau Brummels)
1945 : Kathy Young (Kathy Young and the Innocents)
1946 : Lee Loughnane (Chicago)
1947 : Tetsu Yamauchi (The Faces, Free)
1947 : "Rabbit" Bundrick (Free)
1952 : Brent Mydland (Grateful Dead)
1953 : Charlotte Caffey (The Go-Go's)
1953 : Charlotte Caffey (Go-Go's)
1955 : Eric Faulkner (The Bay City Rollers)
1957 : Steve Lukather (Toto)
1957 : Julian Cope
1969 : R&B singer Garfield Bright (of Shai) is born in Nashville, Tennessee. Known for the 1992 hit "If I Ever Fall In Love."
1971 : Mick Jagger and his girlfriend Bianca have a daughter they name Jade. It's Mick's first child.
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.

Charts (4)

1957 : Elvis Presley's Jailhouse Rock hits #1
1967 : Lulu's To Sir With Love hits #1 in the US. Lulu performs the song in the movie of the same name, where she portrays a high school student taught by Sidney Poitier.
1972 : The #1 Billboard Pop Hit 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.
1972 : Curtis Mayfield's soundtrack LP Superfly hits #1

Concerts and Festivals (2)

1976 : Keith Moon plays what is to be his final show with The Who, a concert at the Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
2005 : Bob Seger sings the US national anthem before today's World Series game between the Detroit Tigers and the visiting St. Louis Cardinals.

Deaths (4)

1965 : Bill Black
1995 : Shannon Hoon of Blind Melon died of a drug overdose at age 28.
2003 : The singer/songwriter Elliott Smith dies of self-inflicted stab wounds.
2006 : Sandy West (The Runaways)

Health Issues (1)

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

Incidents (1)

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.

Innovations (2)

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.
1996 : A former executive of EMI Records, Jay Barbieri, announces the official launch of the first Internet record label, J-Bird Records at www.j-birdrecords.com. The record label is the first of its kind, a label that operates almost exclusively on the World Wide Web.

Legal Issues (3)

1992 : Elton John sues the syndicated US television show Hard Copy for alleging that the singer moved to the Atlanta suburbs to be near an AIDS treatment facility.
1998 : Kiss members Paul Stanley and Bruce Kulick are sued for copyright infringement over the song "Dreamin'," which the suit alleges sounds too similar to the Alice Cooper hit I'm Eighteen.
2003 : David Gest, recent ex-husband of Liza Minelli, sues the singer for $10 million, alleging physical and emotional cruelty.

Marriages and Breakups (1)

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

Miscellaneous (2)

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 Garageband.com.
2003 : Elton John signs the deal for the first of his famous "Red Piano" concerts at Las Vegas' Ceasar's Palace.

Movies (1)

1957 : The Elvis Presley film Jailhouse Rock' premieres.

Recordings (6)

1938 : Jan Savitt, "Quaker City Jazz"
1958 : Buddy Holly's last studio recording session: True Love Ways, It Doesn't Matter Any More, "Moondreams," "Raining In My Heart"
1961 : Bob Dylan records his first album, Bob Dylan, at age 20.
1965 : The Spencer Davis Group, Keep On Running
1965 : The Beatles: Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown), Nowhere Man
2004 : Bobby "Boris" Pickett rerecords his perennial novelty song Monster Mash as "Monster Slash" to protest President George W. Bush's environmental policies. A typical line: "The guests included big timber, big oil / Mining magnates and their sons."

Releases (2)

1970 : Bob Dylan, New Morning
1992 : Madonna'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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