21 May

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21 MAY

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2021 Olivia Rodrigo releases her debut album, Sour, which includes her debut single, "Drivers License," and also the hits "Deja Vu," "Good 4 U," and "Brutal."

2021 J. Cole suits up to play for the Patriots Basketball Club of the Rwandan African league. He scores three points in his debut.

2018 The Hootie & the Blowfish album Cracked Rear View is certified for selling 21 million copies in America, overtaking Guns N' Roses' Appetite For Destruction as the top-selling debut album of all-time in that country.

2015 Louis Johnson of The Brothers Johnson dies at 60. In addition to his work with the group, he also played bass on many sessions for other artists; that's him on Michael Jackson's "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" and "Billie Jean."

2010 The Go-Go's guitarist Jane Wiedlin falls off a 20-foot cliff while hiking near San Francisco, mangling her knees and forcing the band to cancel their upcoming reunion tour.

2008 David Cook seems shocked to become the Season 7 winner of American Idol, beating 17-year-old David Archuleta. Cook got 56% of the record 97.5 million votes.

2008 Lou Pearlman, manager of Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync, is sentenced to 25 years in prison on four federal charges: two counts of conspiracy, money laundering and using false statements in a bankruptcy proceeding.

2003 Ruben Studdard wins Season 2 of American Idol, beating out Clay Aiken.

2003 Ike Turner is refused entry into Japan because of a past drug conviction.

2002 Little Big Town release their disastrous self-titled debut through Sony's Monument Records. Although the album produces a couple minor hits on the Country chart, the group is denigrated by critics as a fake country band, devoid of substance. LBT proves them wrong with their acclaimed 2005 album, The Road to Here.

2001 Josh Groban's career takes off after he appears on the Season 4 finale of Ally McBeal as a jilted teenager. More

2000 Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots marries the model Mary Forsberg. It's his second marriage, and this one is low-key, taking place at a restaurant in Los Angeles. Celebrity guests include Weiland's bandmates and Anthony Kiedis of Red Hot Chili Peppers.

1996 Soundgarden's fifth album, Down On The Upside, is released. It debuts at #2 in America, behind Fugees' The Score.

1993 Sliver, starring Sharon Stone and William Baldwin, is released in the US. The movie is panned by critics, but its prominent use of UB40's cover of the Elvis Presley original "Can't Help Falling in Love" helps give the band their second #1 hit in the States. The song was originally released as the first single from their 1993 album, Promises and Lies.

1988 "Eighteen Wheels And A Dozen Roses" by Kathy Mattea hits #1 on the Country chart. It's the second chart-topper from her fourth album, Untasted Honey, following "Goin' Gone."

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Rock And Roll Is Here To Stay


Ten years into the Rock Era, it looks like it's here to stay. Time magazine reports on the rock revival with the cover story, "Rock 'n' Roll: The Sound of the Sixties."

Rock got off to a strong start, with the likes of Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly and Little Richard leading the way in the mid-'50s, but late in the decade it floundered as artists like Paul Anka, Pat Boone and Perry Como took up chart positions previously occupied by the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis and Fats Domino. Naysayers who declared it a fad looked like their predictions were coming true, but then Detroit became Hitsville, USA at the same time British acts like The Who, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles invaded America. A big difference with this wave of rock is that it appeals to adults. "A surprisingly large segment of 20-to-40-year-olds are now facing up to the music and, what is more, liking it," the magazine reports. And the music is also influencing this generation's culture, with dance clubs - known as "discotheques" - popping up all over the country where they can groove to the big beat. All this bumping and grinding is suddenly acceptable. Harvard psychiatrist Philip Solomon says, "These dances are outlets for restlessness, for unexpressed and sublimated sex desires. This is quite healthy." It's a huge shift in attitudes, as rock is now seen as sophisticated, and its critics hopelessly behind the times. "In chic circles, anyone damning rock 'n' roll is labeled not only square but uncultured," Time reports. Appearing on the cover are The Beach Boys, Petula Clark, Herman's Hermits, The Righteous Brothers, and notably, The Supremes, marking a rare appearance of black faces on the cover of a mainstream magazine. "The best brown sound is, of course, that sung by Negroes," Time notes, offering praise for the "Motown Sound" that is taking hold. Rock and roll really is here to stay. By the end of the decade, there is no questioning its influence or staying power.



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