21 May

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21 MAY

In Music History

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1983 "Little Red Corvette" goes to #6 in the US, giving Prince his first Top 10 hit on the Hot 100. The video is one of the first by a black artist to go in hot rotation on MTV.

1983 David Bowie's "Let's Dance" hits #1 on the US chart.

1981 Reggae star Bob Marley is buried with state honors in St. Ann's, Jamaica.

1979 Elton John becomes the first western act to tour the U.S.S.R. when he plays the first of eight concerts at a show in Leningrad.

1979 Time magazine runs a story on Rickie Lee Jones titled "The Duchess of Coolsville," a reference to the song "Coolsville" on her debut album. The moniker sticks.

1977 Stevie Wonder hits #1 in America with "Sir Duke," a tribute to Duke Ellington, who died in 1974.

1972 The Notorious B.I.G. is born Christopher George Latore Wallace in Brooklyn, New York.

1970 At the Record Plant in Los Angeles, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young record "Ohio," a song Neil Young wrote about the Kent State Shootings from two weeks earlier.

1964 The Drifters record "Under The Boardwalk" the day after their lead singer, Rudy Lewis, is found dead. He is replaced by former member Johnny Moore.

1962 Dee Dee Sharp records "Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes)."

1957 Paul Anka records "Diana."

1955 Stan Lynch (original drummer for Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers) is born in Cincinnati, Ohio.

1955 Chuck Berry records his first single, "Maybellene," at Chess Records in Chicago.

1948 Leo Sayer is born Gerard Hugh Sayer in Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex, England.

1947 Bill Champlin (keyboardist, guitarist for Chicago) is born in Oakland, California.

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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."

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