Today In Oldies Music History: September 21--
Births1923: Jimmy Young
1934: Leonard Cohen
1941: Dickey Lee
1944: Jesse Ed Davis
1947: Don Felder (The Eagles)
Deaths1987: Jaco Pastorius
1998: Oz Bach (Spanky and Our Gang)
Events1957: 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.
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.
1965: Having signed with Beatles manager Brian Epstein, the Moody Blues play their first major gig, as part of the manager's "Evening of Popular Music" at Royal Albert Hall in London. Other acts include Manfred Mann, the Kinks, Gerry and the Pacemakers, and Georgie Fame & the Blue Flames.
1968: Janis Joplin announces her upcoming departure from her band Big Brother and the Holding Company, which observant listeners had decried as too amateurish for her talents.
1971: The musical variety show The Old Grey Whistle Test premieres on BBC-TV, featuring America as well as clips of Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan.
1979: Kurt Waldheim, the UN Secretary General who was later found to have ties to Nazi-era Germany, makes an official appeal for the Beatles to reunite for a charity concert that would benefit the hordes of "boat people" fleeing postwar Vietnam.
1980: Bob Marley, who had refused treatment for a spreading melanoma due to his religious beliefs, collapses while jogging in New York's Central Park and is hospitalized. Two nights later her performs the next date on his North American tour, the Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh, but it sadly proves to be his last.
1980: Elton John leaves longtime label MCA and signs with David Geffen's new label for a six-year contract.
1986: The US Department of Health and Human Services honors Dionne Warwick for "exceptional service as a leading health ambassador" in fighting the spread of AIDS.
1991: Status Quo set a world record when they play four separate British arenas in one 11-hour period.
1999: While being searched at London's Heathrow Airport, Diana Ross allegedly assaults the security guard in question and is detained for five hours.
2001: All major television networks in the US simultaneously air the all-star benefit concert America: A Tribute To Heroes, the proceeds (in excess of $128 million) of which will go to victims of the infamous 9/11 attacks and their families. Performing guests include Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Tom Petty, and Willie Nelson.
2004: Cat Stevens, known as Yusuf Islam since the late Seventies, is stopped from entering the US after his name is erroneously found on a terrorism watch list.
Releases1968: Jimi Hendrix, "All Along The Watchtower"
1974: Bachman-Turner Overdrive, "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet"
Charts1955: The Platters' "Only You" enters the charts
1959: Santo and Johnny's "Sleep Walk" hits #1
1963: Bobby Vinton's "Blue Velvet" hits #1
1968: Jeannie C. Riley's "Harper Valley P.T.A." hits #1
1974: Barry White's "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe" hits #1
Certifications1971: Paul McCartney's "Another Day" and "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" are certified gold
1976: The Bee Gees' LP Children Of The World is certified gold