Here’s what happened on October 21s in rock history, from the home of music and games, Rock My World.
- 1964, The Who then known as The High Numbers, receive a letter from EMI Records, asking them for original material after their recent audition for the company.
- 1966, The Beach Boys ‘Good Vibrations’ made its debut on the US singles chart. Written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love, the track was recorded over 6 weeks in four different Los Angeles studios, at a cost of over $16,000. The recording engineer would later say that the last take sounded exactly like the first, six months earlier. The record would reach No.1 on the US charts in December 1966.
- 1969, Paul McCartney publicly denied rumors that he was dead. The most recent of many “clues” of this Death Hoax was the fact that he was the only barefoot Beatle on the newly released Abbey Road LP cover. The story was actually started as a prank by Fred La Bour, a sports and arts writer for the student paper, The Michigan Daily at the University of Michigan.
- 1969, Led Zeppelin II was released on Atlantic Records in the UK. The Jimmy Page-produced album which was recorded over six months between four European and three American tours, peaked at No.1 in both the UK and US, going on to sell over 12 million copies in the US alone, (and spending 138 weeks on the UK chart). The album is now recognised by writers and music critics as one of the greatest and most influential rock albums ever recorded.
- 1988, U2 scored their fourth UK No.1 album with the double set and film soundtrack ‘Rattle And Hum’, featuring their first UK No.1 single ‘Desire’.
- 1989, English folk singer, songwriter, poet, and record producer Ewan MacColl died aged 74. He wrote ‘Dirty Old Town’ and ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’, (became a No.1 hit for Roberta Flack in 1972). Acts including Planxty, The Dubliners, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash recorded his songs. He was the father of singer, songwriter Kirsty MacColl.
- 1990, Pearl Jam played their first ever concert when they appeared at the Off Ramp in Seattle.
- 1993, Oasis signed a six-album deal with Creation Records for a £40,000 advance.
- 1996, It was announced that, “The Beatles were now bigger than The Beatles”. The statement was based on sales so far this year, having sold 6,000,000 albums from their back catalog and a combined total of 13,000,000 copies of ‘The Beatles Anthology 1’ and ‘The Beatles Anthology 2’. With the release of ‘The Beatles Anthology 3’ a week away, it was anticipated that total Beatles album sales for 1996 would exceed 20 million. A poll showed 41 percent of sales were to teenagers who were not born when The Beatles officially called it quits in 1970.
- 2005, Waterloo by Abba was voted the best song in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest. Viewers in 31 countries across Europe voted during a special show in Copenhagen to celebrate the annual event’s 50th birthday.
- 2014, Kasabian won best live act and best act in the world at the Q Awards held in London, England. Former Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson was named a Q Icon, Elbow’s The Take Off and Landing of Everything, was named best album, Paolo Nutini’s Iron Sky received the best track award, while 22-year-old soul singer Sam Smith was named best new act.
Born on this day:
- 1942, Born on this day, Bobby Fuller singer, The Bobby Fuller Four. (1966 US No.9 single ‘I Fought The Law’ written by Sonny Curtis of Buddy Holly’s Crickets). Fuller died on 18th July 1966 mysteriously from gasoline asphyxiation, while parked in a car outside his apartment.
- 1945, Born on this day, Leslie West, guitar, Mountain, (1970 US No.21 single ‘Mississippi Queen’), West Bruce & Laing.
- 1946, Born on this day, Eddie Brigati, vocals, The Young Rascals, (1967 US No.1 & UK No.8 single ‘Groovin’).
- 1968, Born on this day, Shaggy, (Orville Richard Burrell), 1993 UK No.1 single ‘Oh Carolina’, 2001 UK & US No.1 single ‘It Wasn’t Me’, 2001 UK & US No.1 album ‘Hotshot’).
- 1968, Born on this day, US singer, songwriter, Shelby Lynne, (1999 album ‘I Am Shelby Lynne’), 2001 Grammy Award winner for Best Newcomer.
- 1976, Born on this day, Jon Foreman, lead singer, guitarist, songwriter and co-founder of Switchfoot. Their 2014 album Fading West reached No.6 on the US album chart.
- 1983, Born on this day, English rapper, singer-songwriter, actor and film director, Plan B, (born Benjamin Paul Ballance-Drew). Plan B first emerged as a hip hop artist releasing his critically acclaimed debut album ‘Who Needs Actions When You Got Words’ in 2006.
- 1985, Born on this day, Zachary Walker Hanson, guitar, keyboards, singer, Hanson, (1997 UK & US No.1 single ‘MMMbop’).