1958, Buddy Holly's last recording session took place in New York.
The songs recorded included 'It Doesn't Matter Anymore' which became a No.1 hit.
1965, Wanting to improve on a previous recording session The Beatles started from scratch on a new song called 'Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)', finishing recordings in three takes. They also begin working on a new John Lennon song 'Nowhere Man.'
1967, Scottish singer Lulu started a five-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with
the theme from the film 'To Sir With Love'.
1972, Chuck Berry started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'My Ding-A- Ling', his first and only US and UK No.1, 17 years after his first chart hit.
1972, Curtis Mayfield started a four-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with soundtrack to 'Superfly'.
1976, Keith Moon played his last show with The Who at the end of a North American tour at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto. On September 7, 1978, Moon died of an overdose of a sedative Heminevrin, that had been prescribed to prevent seizures induced by alcohol withdrawal.
1978, The Clash sacked manager Bernie Rhodes, saying the band and record company 'found
him hard to deal with'. Melody Maker journalist Caroline Coon took his place.
1987, Virgin Records were advertising the new album from Sting 'Nothing Like The Sun', the album and tape was selling for £6.99 and the CD £10.99. The same week Woolworths were selling all their 12" singles for £2.79.
1989, Jive Bunny And The Mastermixes had their second UK No.1 single with 'That's What I Like.' The Theme from Hawaii Five-O was the recurring hook in the record which also included 'Lets Twist Again', 'Lets Dance', 'Great Balls of Fire' and 'The Twist'.
1989, Kylie Minogue scored her second UK No.1 album with 'Enjoy Yourself.'
1992, George Michael took Sony Records to court in a fight over his contract with the company; he lost the case in 1994. Michael worked with Sony again less than 10 years later.
1993, during their 'Get A Grip World Tour' Aerosmith kicked off a 4-date UK dates at Sheffield Arena.
1995, Green Day singer Billie Joe was arrested and fined $141 after mooning at the audience
during a gig in Milwaukee.
1997, Elton John's 'Candle In The Wind 97' was declared by the Guinness Book Of Records as
the biggest selling single record of all time, with 31.8 million sales in less than 40 days and
raising more than £20 million for charity.
2000, Boyzone singer Ronan Keating kicked off his first UK solo tour at The Liverpool Empire.
2001, Concerts at Madison Square Garden and the RFK stadium in Washington were expected to raise millions in funds for the victims of the Sept 11th attacks. Stars who appeared included Michael Jackson, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, *NSYNC, P Diddy, James Brown, Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, The Who and Elton John.
2001, Steps started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Gold The Greatest Hits'.
2004, Jessica Simpson was being sued over her cosmetic line 'Dessert.' Cosmojet, a California-based
cosmetics company, filed the suit in Los Angeles County Superior Court, claiming Simpson,
her cosmetic company Dessert Beauty Inc. and cosmetic retailing giant Sephora owe Cosmojet
nearly $200,000 for products they say they manufactured and sold to Dessert. Cosmojet
claimed it sold nearly $1 million in products to Simpson and her company, and to date had
only received close to $800,000 in payment.
2006, British broadcaster John Peel left over £1.8m and over 25,000 vinyl records in his will.
Peel died suddenly at the age of 65 from a heart attack in 2004.
2006, Evanescence were at No.1 on the US album chart with their second album 'The Open Door.' It became the 700th No.1 album in Billboard since the chart became a weekly feature in 1956.
2007, Kid Rock and five members of his entourage were arrested after an argument with a man escalated into a fight in a restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia. Kid Rock's tour bus was pulled over by police after it left the scene; Rock was released after posting $1,000 (£490) bail. Kid Rock also had the No.1 album on the US chart with 'Rock N Roll Jesus' his eleventh album release and first to debut at the top of the chart.
2007, Stereophonics went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Pull The Pin' the bands sixth studio album.
October 21st: Born on this day
1940, Born on this day, Manfred Mann, keyboard player with Manfred Mann, (1964 UK & US No.1
single 'Do Wah Diddy Diddy').
1941, Born on this day, Steve Cropper, guitarist, Booker T and the MG's, (1962 US No. 3 single 'Green Onions', 1969 UK No.4 single 'Time Is Tight').
1942, Born on this day, Elvin Bishop, guitarist, (1976 US No.3 & UK No.34 single 'Fooled Around And Fell In Love'). Member of Paul Butterfield Blues Band 65-68.
1943, Born on this day, Ron Elliott, The Beau Brummels, (1965 US No.8 single, 'Just A Little.')
1946, Born on this day, Lee Loughnane, trumpet, Chicago, (1976 UK & US No.1 single 'If You Leave Me Now').
1946, Born on this day, Lux Interior (Erick Lee Purkhiser), singer and founding member of The Cramps. Died in Glendale, California on February 4, 2009.
1947, Born on this day, Tetsu Yamauchi, bass player, Faces, (1973 UK No.8 single 'Pool Hall Richard',) Free, (1973 UK No.7 single 'Wishing Well').
1948, Born on this day, John 'Rabbit' Bundrick, Free, (1973 UK No.7 single 'Wishing Well'). Back Street Crawler.
1952, Born on this day, Brent Mydland, The Grateful Dead, (1970 UK No.69 and US No.127 album 'Workingman's Dead'). He was found dead on the floor of his home on 26th July 1990 aged 38 from a drug overdose.
1953, Born on this day, Charlotte Caffey, The Go- Go's, (1982 US No.2 single, 'We Got The Beat', 1982 UK No.47 single 'Our Lips Our Sealed').
1954, Born on this day, Eric Faulkner, singer, Bay City Rollers, (1975 UK No.1 single 'Bye Bye Baby',
plus 11 other UK top 20 singles', 1976 US No.1 single 'Saturday Night').
1957, Born on this day, Attila The Stockbroker, pop poet, worked with John Otway and TV Smith.
1957, Born on this day, Julian Cope, guitar, vocals, Teardrop Explodes, (1981 UK No.6 single 'Reward'),
solo (1986 UK No.19 single 'World Shut Your Mouth').
1957, Born on this day, Steve Lukather, guitar, Toto, (1983 US No.1 & UK No.3 single 'Africa').
1959, Born on this day, Rose McDowell, singer, Strawberry Switchblade, (1984 UK No.5 single 'Since Yesterday').
1971, Born on this day, Tony Mortimer, East 17, (1994 UK No.1 single 'Stay Another Day', plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles).
Died on this day
1965, Bill Black, Elvis Presley's bass player, (1954-57), died four months after receiving surgery
to remove a brain tumour, aged 39. With guitarist Scotty Moore, and Elvis Presley on rhythm guitar,
Black played on 'That's All Right (Mama)', 'Heartbreak Hotel', 'Baby Let's Play House', 'Mystery Train',
'Hound Dog'; 'Jailhouse Rock' in the late 1950s. Black, Scotty Moore and drummer D. J. Fontana toured extensively during Presley's early career. After leaving Presley Black formed Bill Black's Combo.
2006, American musician, singer, songwriter, and drummer Sandy West died. Founding member
(with Joan Jett) of all girl group The Runaways, hailed by fans and critics alike to be one of the
most groundbreaking drummers in rock and roll history.