Today In Oldies Music History: October 21--
Births1917: Dizzy Gillespie
1937: Norman Wright (Dell-Vikings)
1940: Jimmy Beaumont (Skyliners)
1940: Manfred Mann
1941: Steve Cropper (Booker T. and the MGs)
1942: Elvin Bishop
1943: Ron Elliott (Beau Brummels)
1945: Kathy Young (Kathy Young and the Innocents)
1946: Lee Loughnane
1952: Brent Mydland (Grateful Dead)
1954: Eric Faulkner (Bay City Rollers)
1957: Steve Lukather (Toto)
Deaths1965: Bill Black
2006: Sandy West (Runaways)
Events1908: 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.
1956: Elvis Presley visits his favorite local movie theater, the Memphian, and is beset by a 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.
1971: In Paris, Mick Jagger and girlfriend Bianca become the proud parents of Mick's first child, Jade.
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.
1976: Keith Moon plays what is to be his final show with the Who, a concert at the Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
1985: The Cinemax cable TV special Carl Perkins and Friends, taped to honor the 30th anniversary of his hit "Blue Suede Shoes," is taped with special guests George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Dave Edmunds, and Ringo Starr.
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.
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.
1994: Neil Diamond publicly announces his divorce from his second wife, Marcia Murphey, whom he has been with since 1969.
2003: Elton John signs the deal for the first of his famous "Red Piano" concerts at Las Vegas' Ceasar's Palace.
2003: David Gest, recent ex-husband of Liza Minelli, sues the singer for $10 million, alleging physical and emotional cruelty.
2004: Bo Diddley postpones a concert in California to have a toe amputated due to complications from diabetes.
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."
2005: Bob Seger sings the US national anthem before today's World Series game between the Detroit Tigers and the visiting St. Louis Cardinals.
Releases1970: Bob Dylan, New Morning
Recording1938: Jan Savitt, "Quaker City Jazz"
1958: Buddy Holly: "True Love Ways," "It Doesn't Matter Anymore," "Moondreams," "Raining In My Heart"
1965: The Spencer Davis Group, "Keep On Running"
1965: The Beatles: "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)," "Nowhere Man"
Charts1957: Elvis Presley's "Jailhouse Rock" hits #1
1967: Lulu's "To Sir With Love" hits #1
1972: Chuck Berry's "My Ding-A-Ling" hits #1
1972: Curtis Mayfield's soundtrack LP Superfly hits #1