Today In Music History – April 21st

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1967, The Beatles completed sessions for Sgt Peppers. At John’s suggestion, they  added a high-pitch 15 kilocycle whistle audible only by dogs and pure gibberish to the needle groove at the very end of side 2.

1969, Janis Joplin appeared at The Royal Albert Hall, London, (her first London appearance). The opening act was Yes.

1978, UK folk singer Sandy Denny died aged 31. While on holiday with her parents in Cornwall. Denny sang on the Led Zeppelin track ‘Battle Of Evermore’ on the bands fourth album, (the only guest vocalist on a Led Zeppelin album).

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.

2001, REM guitarist Peter Buck was charged by police at Heathrow airport with being drunk on an aircraft and assaulting British Airways crew.

2015, Phil Rudd, drummer of AC/DC changed his plea to guilty on a charge of a threat to kill. The court heard Rudd was unhappy about his album’s launch party and asked for a former employee to be “taken out”. He had previously denied the charge.

2016, Prince was found dead at his home in Minnesota at the age of 57, after Police were summoned to his Paisley Park estate and found his body in a lift.

2021,  Joe Long died from complications of COVID-19 age 88. He is best known as the bass guitarist for the Four Seasons, whose record sales have topped 100 Million worldwide.

Happy birthday to The Cure’s Robert Smith. Born today in 1959.

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