October 21 – My Bonnie, Pentagon levitates, Ommadawn, Camper van Beethoven

1961

Polydor Records releases a single with singer/guitarist Tony Sheridan singing My Bonnie. On the flip side is When the Saints Go Marching In.

Tony Sheridan and The Beat Brothers made the recording in Hamburg, Germany. The single, Polydor NH24673 with McCartney on bass, marks The Beatles‘ first appearance on commercial vinyl.

In the US, Decca Records releases the very limited 31382 single (one of the scarcest) on Apr. 4, 1962. (*)

1967

The ‘Exorcism of the Pentagon’, including a levitation and a performance by band The Fugs, is part of a demonstration by 100,000 in Washington DC. CIA Man 

It’s organized by the National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam. 682 are arrested and dozens injured. There are parallel demonstrations in Japan and Europe; in London 3,000 demonstrators attempt to storm the US Embassy. Newsreel 

A famous photo shows a flower (one of 10,000 originally intended to be dropped on the Pentagon) placed in the barrel of a rifle by George Harris.(*)

Leaders like Morris Udall, Daniel Ellsberg and Robert McNamara later stated that the demonstration changed their minds about the war. (*) March film 

1975

Mike Oldfield releases third album Ommadawn.

It rises to UK#4. More relaxed and listenable than his flashier debut Tubular Bells. Nothing to prove any more. The lyrics are a translation into Gaelic of ‘Daddy’s in bed, The cats drinking milk, I’m an idiot, And I’m laughing.’

Side two ends with a delightful third track, ‘On Horseback’; drums by William Murray. Horseback 

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1977

US hard rock vocalist Meat Loaf (Michael Aday) releases his second album, Bat Out of Hell.

By 2010 it becomes the world’s fifth-best-selling album … 43 million copies. Track Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad reaches US#11, Meatloaf’s best. Track Paradise By The Dashboard Light only reaches US#39 but is enduringly popular. Both songs are written by US producer Jim Steinman ▷Bio▹ ▷MeFi▹.

Meatloaf also appears as a biker in cult favorite film The Rocky Horror Picture Show – which ain’t bad either.
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1989

Redmonds, CA alt-rock band Camper Van Beethoven(*) makes USMRT#1 with a single from their 5th album Key Lime Pie. The dandy Status Quo cover is called Pictures of Matchstick Men.
 
It opens with a catchy riff played on a violin no less, lifted from 1967 Vanilla Fudge US#6 hit You Keep Me Hangin’ On (itself a Supremes cover). Alas it’s been four years since Camper’s 1985 debut album Telephone Free Landslide Victory, and in 1990 the band packs it in.
 
But ‘Pictures’ and a debut album track called Take the Skinheads Bowling   MP3  keep the band on the radio for years. After 14 years, the band reforms in 2004 to release a new album called New Roman Times on Oct. 12. And 8th studio album La Costa Perdida appears on Jan. 22, 2013.
 
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