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Today In Rock: April 21

1947

Roy Brown hits #1 on the R&B chart with the Deluxe release of "Long About Midnight."

1958

The Platters hit #1 on the R&B chart and #1 on the pop chart with "Twilight Time" and #3 on the R&B chart and #1 (1/19/59) on the pop chart with "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes." Both singles are released on Mercury Records.

1962

Arthur Alexander hits #24 with "You Better Move On".

1963

I Will Follow Him (Little Peggy March) was a hit.

1965

Dusty Springfield hosts a British TV special entitled "The Sound of Motown." She duets with Martha Reeves (of Martha and the Vandellas) on "Wishin' and Hopin'," an American hit for Dusty Springfield the previous year.

1965

Tom Paxton's 'Ramblin' Boy' is released.

1969

Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention release 'Uncle Meat,' a sprawling and largely instrumental double-album masterwork.

1977

Peter Gabriel hits #68 with "Solsbury Hill".

1984

Echo & the Bunnymen hit #30 in the UK with "Silver".

1984

Bon Jovi hits #39 with "Runaway".

1988

Marking his return to Reprise Record, Neil Young releases 'This Note's for You,' a bluesy, swinging album featuring a full horn section.

1990

Kiss hits #8 with "Forever".

1993

MTV presents the nominations for the second annual "MTV Movie Awards" on a "MTV Movies Award Nomination Special." Chris Connelly of MTV is joined by special guest Demi Moore to host the show.

1995

MTV announces the launch of its sixth international network, MTV Mandarin. The channel is targeted to 12-34 year-old Chinese audiences in Taiwan, China, Singapore and Honk Kong. The 24-hour service will be distributed to more than 2.5 million cable television homes in Taiwan.