September 21 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
September 21

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.

1965 : The Moody Blues take part in the "Pop From Britain" concert at Royal Albert Hall in London, making their first major performance. They had recently signed with The Beatles manager Brian Epstein, who got them the gig.

1966 : Jimmy Hendrix changes his name to Jimi at the urging of his manager Chas Chandler.

1968 : Janis Joplin announces her upcoming departure from her band Big Brother & the Holding Company, which observant listeners had decried as too amateurish for her talents.

1971 : 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.

1978 : Do you remember the 21st night of September? The first line of Earth, Wind & Fire's song wasn't written for any particular reason - it just sounded good.

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 : Elton John leaves longtime label MCA and signs with David Geffen's new label for a six-year contract.

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 he performs the next date on his North American tour, the Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh, but it sadly proves to be his last.

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.

1997 : Ricky Skaggs, Junior Brown, Guy Clark, Iris DeMent, Steve Earle, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and John Prine perform a concert as part of "Waiting for a Train: Jimmie Rodgers' America", a week-long centennial celebration of the "Singing Brakeman".

1998 : Madonna enrolls her daughter, Lourdes Ciccone, at the prestigious Cheltenham Ladies College in England. Tuition at the boarding school is $22,650 a year.

1999 : While being searched at London's Heathrow Airport, Diana Ross allegedly assaults the security guard in question and is detained for five hours.

2000 : Canadian rock group the Matthew Good Band is the big winner at the MuchMusic Video Awards, Canada's annual music video competition. The Vancouver, British Columbia-based group collects prizes for best rock video and best video for its "Load Me Up" single.

2000 : Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, and Tony Banks reform as Genesis for a one-off performance at the London Hilton during the British Music Roll of Honour gala, organized by the Music Managers Forum. The act's manager, Tony Smith receives the Peter Grant Award for outstanding achievement at the event.

2001 : The benefit concert America: A Tribute To Heroes, airs on most major TV networks, raising over $128 million for victims of the September 11 attacks. Performers 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.

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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