Music Almanac: August 21, 2016
- 1904 - Count Basie (d. 1984)
- 1930 - Christiane Legrand (Swingle Singers) (d. 2011)
- 1938 - Kenny Rogers (78)
- 1939 - James Burton (77)
- 1939 - Harold Reed (Statler Brothers) (77)
- 1944 - Jackie DeShannon (72)
- 1947 - Carl Giammarese (Buckinghams) (69)
- 1951 - Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Black Country Communion) (65)
- 1952 - Joe Strummer (Clash) (d. 2002)
- 1954 - Nick Kane (Mavericks) (62)
- 1954 - Steve Smith (Journey) (62)
- 1957 - Budgie (born Peter Edward Clarke) (Siouxsie & the Banshees) (59)
- 1958 - Kim Sledge (Sister Sledge) (58)
- 1967 - Serj Tankian (System of a Down) (49)
- 1968 - Dina Carroll (48)
- 1971 - Liam Howlett (Prodigy) (45)
- 1979 - Kelis (born Kelis Rogers) (37)
- 1984 - Melissa Schuman (Dream) (32)
- 1985 - Jake Pitts (Black Veil Brides) (31)
- 1988 - Kacey Musgraves (28)
- 1975 - Sam McGee (McGee Brothers) - Tractor accident (81)
- 2005 - Robert Moog - Brain tumor (71)
- 2008 - Buddy Harman (Session drummer) - Congestive heart failure (79)
- 2009 - Johnny Carter (Flamingos, Dells) - Lung cancer (75)
- 2013 - Sid Bernstein (Beatles promoter) (95)
- 1961 - Country singer Spade Cooley was convicted of murder for killing his wife.
- 1966 - The Beatles played two shows in the U.S., including a St. Louis show in heavy rain that convinced Paul McCartney that they should stop touring.
- 1967 - Pink Floyd ended their German tour when Syd Barrett disappeared.
- 1967 - Bob Dylan resigned with Columbia Records.
- 1972 - Jack Cassidy of the Jefferson Airplane was arrested, Grace Slick maced and other band members injured during a show in Akron, Ohio after police were called "pigs."
- 1976 - RCA Records announced that sales of Elvis Presley's records had passed the 400 million mark.
- 1980 - The show Pirates of Penzance opened on Broadway with Linda Ronstadt in the lead.
- 1983 - Johnny Ramone required four-hours of brain surgery after being in a fight in New York.
- 1994 - John Denver was charged with DUI after his car ran into a tree.
- 1996 - David Byrne sued the rest of the members of the Talking Heads to stop them from touring under the name "The Heads."
- 1998 - Steve Augeri played his first show as lead singer of Journey.
- 2000 - The group Survivor sued the makers of the TV reality show Survivor after they issued a soundtrack album, claiming they were infringing on their name.
- 2000 - Easther and Vernie Bennett of Eternal announced that they are both going solo, ending the group.
- 2005 - Joan Baez camped with protesters outside President Bush's Crawford, Texas ranch.
- 2005 - The Rolling Stones opened their Bigger Bang Tour in Boston, MA.
- 2006 - German authorities decided not to charge Madonna over a fake crucifixion in her August 20 show.
- 2006 - Rosanne Cash and Steve Earle taped an episode of CMT Crossroads.
- 2008 - Gary Glitter was in limbo after being released from a Viet Nam jail, returning to Thailand after being refused entry into Hong Kong.
- 2010 - Brad Paisley headlined a stadium show for the first time in Foxboro, MA.
- 1982 - Bono (U2) and Ali Hewson
- 1993 - Bernie Taupin and Stephanie Haymes
- 1938 - Ain't Misbehavin' - Fats Waller
- 1961 - Crazy - Patsy Cline
- 1967 - Strange Days - Doors (first day of recording in Hollywood, CA)
- 2003 - Engine One-Forty-Three - Johnny Cash (his final recording session)
- 1965 - Eve of Destruction - Barry McGuire (single)
- 1965 - Do You Believe in Magic? - Lovin' Spoonful (single)
- 1989 - If Tomorrow Never Comes - Garth Brooks (single)
- 1990 - Graffiti Bridge - Prince
Gold & Platinum
- 1973 - Toulouse Street - Doobie Brothers (gold)
- 1973 - Brothers and Sisters - Allman Brothers (gold)
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
- 1943 - In the Blue of Evening - Tommy Dorsey (3 weeks)
- 2004 - Lean Back - Terror Squad (3 weeks)
- 1954 - The Student Prince - Mario Lanza (10 weeks)
- 1965 - Out of Our Heads - Rolling Stones (3 weeks)
- 1993 - Sleepless in Seattle - Soundtrack (1 week)
- 1999 - Millennium - Backstreet Boys (3 weeks (7 previous weeks at number 1))
- 2004 - Autobiography - Ashlee Simpson (2 weeks (1 previous week at number 1))
- 2010 - The Suburbs - Arcade Fire (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. R&B Singles
- 1976 - Who'd She Coo? - Ohio Players (1 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Country Singles
- 1961 - Tender Years - George Jones (7 weeks)
- 1965 - Yes, Mr. Peters - Roy Drusky & Priscilla Mitchell (2 weeks)
- 1976 - Bring It On Home to Me - Mickey Gilley (1 week)
- 1982 - Nobody - Sylvia (1 week)
- 1993 - Why Didn't I Think of That - Doug Stone (1 week)
- 2010 - Free - Zac Brown Band (1 week)
Number Ones – U.K. Singles
- 1953 - I Believe - Frankie Laine (3 weeks (15 previous weeks at number 1))
- 1971 - I'm Still Waiting - Diana Ross (4 weeks)
- 2005 - I'll Be OK - McFly (1 week)
Number Ones – U.K. Albums
- 1971 - Top of the Pops, Volume 18 - Various Artists (3 weeks)