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Today In Rock: October 21

1935

Mahalia Jackson begins a 10-year stint as Thomas Dorsey's vocalist and chief collaborator.

1941

Steve Cropper was born.

1944

Juke Box record label is formed in Los Angeles by Art Rupe.

1952

Brent Mydland, keyboardist with the Grateful Dead from 1979 to 1990, is born in Munich, West Germany.

1967

The Kingpins hit #28 with "Ode to Billie Joe".

1967

Lulu reaches #1 with "To Sir With Love".

1972

10cc hits #2 in the UK with "Donna".

1972

Leon Russell hits #11 with "Tight Rope".

1972

Hot Butter hits #9 with "Popcorn".

1972

Chuck Berry's only #1 hit, the novelty song "My Ding-a-Ling," reaches the top of the charts. He'd originally recorded it as "My Tambourine" back in 1958.

1972

'Superfly' tops the Billboard's album chart for the first of four weeks. This soundtrack to a film about a Harlem drug dealer's attempt at a final "big score" delivers two major hits: "Freddie's Dead" (#2 R&B, #4 pop) and "Superfly" (#5 R&B, #8 pop).

1973

Midnight Train To Georgia (Gladys Knight and the Pips) was a hit.

1978

Frank Zappa hosts 'Saturday Night Live.'

1978

Brian Eno releases 'Music For Films'.

1978

Al Stewart hits #10 in the US with 'Time Passages'.

1989

Can releases 'Rite Time'.

1989

Living Colour hits #31 with "Glamour Girls".

1992

Tennessee Senator and Vice President candidate Al Gore appears on an MTV "Choose or Lose" individual forum. The Senator takes questions from a group of 150 18-24 year olds in New York City who are the Senator about his positions on the issues which concern them the most.

1995

MTV "Bootleg" premieres as a new music series which takes viewers behind-the-scenes and into the crowds of their favorite artists. "Bootleg: Boyz II Men" is the first in the series to air and includes interviews with the bands, the fans ticket collectors and others.