1958, US country music singer Marvin Rainwater was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Whole Lotta Woman'. Rainwater was a full-blooded Cherokee Indian, known for wearing Native American-themed outfits on stage. 1962, Elvis Presley started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Good Luck Charm', his fifth US No.1 of the 60's. Also an UK No.1 hit. 1963, The Rolling Stones appeared at The Crawdaddy Club, Station Hotel, London. The band was paid £50 for the gig.
1967, Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles completed the sessions for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The final recordings were a short section of gibberish and noise which would follow 'A Day in the Life', in the run-out groove. They recorded assorted noises and voices, which engineer Geoff Emerick then cut-up and randomly re-assembles and edits backwards. At John Lennon's suggestion, they also added a high-pitch 15 kilocycle whistle audible only by dogs. These were omitted from the American version of the album. 1969, Janis Joplin appeared at The Royal Albert Hall, London, (her first London appearance). The opening act was Yes. 1970, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Spooky Tooth, Jackie Lomax, Elton John (making his solo concert debut) and Heavy Jelly all appeared at The Roundhouse, London, tickets cost 25 shillings. 1973, Alice Cooper went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Billion Dollar Babies.' Also a No.1 album in the UK.
1973, Tony Orlando & Dawn started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree', (it became the biggest seller of 1973, selling over 6 million copies). The song was based on a true story of a prisoner who wrote to his wife asking her to tie a yellow ribbon around an oak tree in the town square in White Oak, Georgia, if she still loved him. 1978, UK folk singer Sandy Denny died aged 31. While on holiday with her parents in Cornwall, England, Denny was injured in a fall down a staircase. A month after the fall she collapsed at a friend's home; four days later she died in Hospital, her death was ruled to be the result of a traumatic mid-brain hemorrhage. She was a member of Fairport Convention and a solo artist. Her 1967 song 'Who Knows Where the Time Goes', was covered by Judy Collins. Denny sang on the Led Zeppelin track 'Battle Of Evermore' on the bands fourth album, (the only guest vocalist on a Led Zeppelin album).
1979, Amii Stewart went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Knock On Wood', it made No.6 in the UK the same year and No.7 when re- issued in 1985. 1982, Clash frontman Joe Strummer disappeared for three weeks, which resulted in the group cancelling a tour. The singer was found living rough in Paris, France. 1984, Phil Collins started a three week run at No.1 in the US singles chart with the theme from 'Against All Odds'. It was Phil's first US No.1, a No. 2 in the UK. 1984, The film soundtrack to 'Footloose' went to No.1 on the US album chart. 1990, Singer Amy Grant sued Marvel Comics for including her likeness in a Dr Strange Comic. 1990, Fleetwood Mac scored their fourth UK No.1 album with 'Behind The Mask.' 1990, Paul McCartney played in front of 184,000 fans at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Jnaeiro, creating a new world record for the largest crowd attending a rock concert.
1990, Sinead O'Connor started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with her version of the Prince song 'Nothing Compares To You'. The track was also a No.1 hit in 18 other countries. The video was shot in Paris, and consists almost solely of a closeup on O'Connor's face as she sings the lyrics. Towards the end of the video, two tears roll down her face. The clip won Best Video at the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards - the first video by a female artist to win in this category. 1993, Former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman married for the third time when he tied the knot with 33-year-old fashion designer Suzanne Accosta in the medieval French village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence. 2000, Neal Matthews of The Jordanaires died of a heart attack. Sang on Presley's 'Don't Be Cruel' and 'Hound Dog.' Also worked with Ricky Nelson, Patsy Cline, Red Foley, Johnny Horton, Jim Reeves, George Jones, Marie Osmond, Tom Jones and Merle Haggard. 2001, R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck was charged by police at Heathrow airport with being drunk on an aircraft and assaulting British Airways crew. Buck was taken into custody after landing on a flight from Seattle and questioned by police for 12 hours.
2002, Oasis went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Hindu Times', the bands sixth UK No.1 and the first single to be released from their fifth album Heathen Chemistry.
2004, Former Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan was attacked in a London pub. The singer was assaulted at the Joiner's Arms pub in central London and suffered a fractured cheekbone after being kicked, punched and hit with a metal bar. Two men, aged 20 and 21, were arrested and later released on bail. 2006, The Soul2Soul II Tour 2006 a co-headlining tour between country music singers, and husband and wife, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill kicked off at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus ending after 73 shows on September 3, 2006 in Las Vegas. The tour became the highest grossing country music tour ever with a gross of $90 million. 2007, Doris Richards died of cancer. The 91-year-old mother of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards bought her son his first guitar for his 15th birthday. He learned some chords from her father, Gus Dupree, a musician who instilled him with an early passion for music.
2008, American soul singer and songwriter Al Wilson died of kidney failure at the age of 68. Wilson had a number of US hits, including The 'Snake' in 1968 and 'Show and Tell' in 1974. April 21st: Born on this day 1947, Born on this day, Alan Wagner, The Foundations, (1967 UK No.1 single 'Baby Now That I've Found You'. 1969 US No.3 single 'Build Me Up A Buttercup'.) 1947, Born on this day, James Osterberg, (Iggy Pop), The Stooges, solo, 1986 UK No.10 single 'Real Wild Child'). 1947, Born on this day, John Weider, guitar, Family, (1971 UK No.4 single 'In My Own Time'), also member of The New Animals. 1948, Born on this day, Paul Davis, singer, (1982 US No.6 single '65 Love Affair'). 1951, Born on this day, Nicole Barclay, Fanny, (1975 US No.29 single 'Butter Boy'). 1959, Born on this day, Michael Timmins, guitar, Cowboy Junkies, (1989 album 'The Trinity Session'). 1959, Born on this day, Robert Smith, guitar, vocals, The Cure, (1989 US No.2 single 'Love Song', 1992 UK No.6 single 'Friday I'm In Love', plus over 20 other UK Top 40 singles).
1963, Born on this day, Johnny McElhone, Altered Images, (1981 UK No.2 single 'Happy Birthday') then joined Texas, (1997 UK No.3 single 'Say What You Want', 1997 UK No.1 album 'White On Blonde').