While World Music Day was officially recognised in 1982, June 21 has had a significant history associated with it. Let us take a look at some of the most notable events in the day's history.
Joey Kramer of Aerosmith is born (1950)
Joey Kramer is a name that will always be remembered in the history of rock music because of his versatile sense of percussion. The drummer of legendary rock band "Aerosmith" has been a solid foundation to the band's sound for the past quarter of a century.
Jimmy Page makes his debut with The Yardbirds (1966)
Guitarist Jimmy Page will perhaps be remembered as the founding member of Led Zeppelin. But it was with The Yardbirds that he established himself as a force to reckon with. The band's then line-up, consisting of Page, Jeff Beck, Keith Relf, Chris Dreja and Jim McCarty, has achieved legendary status now.
The Beatles record "She Said She Said," the final song of "Revolver" (1966)
Written by John Lennon, this song was the final written during the "Revolver" sessions. The track, inspired by actor Pete Fond's comments on an LSD trip, was one of the most significant tracks in the album, which went on to be one of the band's most successful records. "Revolver" ranks third among Rolling Stone Magazine's list of 500 greatest albums of all time.
Ritchie Blackmore quits Deep Purple to form Rainbow (1975)
Blackmore is one of the founding members of Deep Purple. So, when he quit the band in 1975, the band suffered a huge setback that led to their eventual break-up. Although the members reformed a few years later, this split led to the formation of other well-known band of the age such as Rainbow and Whitesnake.
Steely Dan announces their break-up (1981)
One of the foremost jazz rock bands in history, Steely Dan's best records came before their disbanding in 1981. The group reformed again in 1993, but couldn't live up to their glorious past.
First "Fête de la Musique," commonly known as World Music Day, is launched in France (1982)
"Fête de la Musique" was an event organised to encourage amateur and professional musicians to perform on the streets and also to make all genres of music available to the general public via free concerts. This was a significant development in music history as it gathered the art form, the popularity and mass appreciation. Many new artistes emerged after the event.
"Before This World" becomes James Taylor's first top album in Billiboard Hot 200 chart (2015)
James Taylor has been one of the most notable artistes to ever perform folk music. He is the only one of the bestselling folk artistes of all time. But he never had an album that grabbed the top spot at the Billboard Hot 200 chart. "Before The World" helped him achieve just that on this day last year.