21 September

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1963 Bobby Vinton's "Blue Velvet" hits #1 for the first of three weeks.

1962 A year and a half before The Beatles break in America, The Springfields' "Silver Threads and Golden Needles" becomes the first British song to reach the Top 20 in the US. Later, member Dusty Springfield would have several more solo hits of her own.

1959 Santo and Johnny's "Sleep Walk" hits #1 for the first of two weeks.

1959 Corinne Drewery (lead singer of Swing Out Sister) is born in Nottingham, England.

1957 Elvis Presley's longtime guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black leave the King's band, dissatisfied over being denied pay raises by manager Colonel Tom Parker. Drummer D.J. Fontana stays on.

1947 Don Felder (Eagles lead guitarist) is born in Gainesville, Florida.

1947 Producer Rupert Hine is born in London. His clients include Rush, Tina Turner and Stevie Nicks.

1944 Native American guitarist Jesse Ed Davis is born in Norman, Oklahoma.

1936 Dickey Lee is born Royden Dickey Lipscomb in Memphis, Tennessee.

1934 Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen is born in Westmount, Quebec, Canada.

1932 Don Preston (of Mothers of Invention) is born in Flint, Michigan.

1921 Jimmy Young is born in Cinderford, Gloucestershire, England. Before becoming a successful BBC Radio 1 broadcaster, he records a string of pop hits, including "Too Young" in 1951.

1874 Gustav Holst, the English composer known for the orchestral suite The Planets, is born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England.

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R.E.M. Disbands

2011

R.E.M. announce that they're calling it quits after more than 30 years. In a post on their website, the band members write, "To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening."

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