Tuesday, October 17, 2017

More Music History for October 17, 2017 (with links)

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1957 - ClassicBands.com

October 17
The movie Jailhouse Rock, starring Elvis Presley, premiers at Loews State Theatre, where Elvis worked as an usher five years earlier.

1960 - ClassicBands.com

October 17
Ben E. King led The Drifters to the top of the US Pop chart with "Save The Last Dance For Me". The record will reach #2 in the UK in December.

October 17
Dion And The Belmonts split up over what is described as "musical differences". Dion DiMucci says that the Belmonts are leaning too much toward "Middle Of The Road" music, but insiders say that the sharing of money is the major factor.

1962 - ClassicBands.com

October 17
The Beatles made their first TV appearance in Britain when they appeared on Granada TV's People And Places, singing "Love Me Do".

1963 - ClassicBands.com

October 17
Bobby Goldsboro records "See The Funny Little Clown". It will reach #9 in the US and become the first of his eleven Billboard Top 40 hits.

1964 - ClassicBands.com

October 17
A British group known collectively as Manfred Mann had the number one single on the Billboard Pop chart with "Do Wah Diddy Diddy". The song was sung by vocalist Paul Pond, who used the stage name Paul Jones. Keyboard player Michael Lubowitz would retain the band's name and continued to turn out chart hits until the mid 1980s.

October 17
The Zombies' "She's Not There" is released in the US, where it would become the band's highest charting single, reaching #2. In the UK, it went to #12.

1969 - ClassicBands.com

October 17
The Kinks are finally able to launch their first US tour in over four years. The band had troubles getting permits from the American Federation of Musicians because the group appeared on Hullabaloo in 1966 without filing the proper paperwork.

1970 - ClassicBands.com

October 17
With lead vocals shared by Michael and Jermaine Jackson, The Jackson 5 scored their fourth straight US number one Pop single with "I'll Be There". Motown reported that the group had sold more than ten million records worldwide.

1975 - ClassicBands.com

October 17
After meeting at a club last year, 25-year-old Maurice Gibb of The Bee Gees' married 24-year-old Yvonne Spencely at Haywards Heath register office in Sussex, England. Gibb was divorced from Scottish singer, Lulu in 1973 after a four year marriage.

1979 - ClassicBands.com

October 17
Fleetwood Mac's two record set "Tusk", an experimental set of songs that cost the band a then record $1 million to record, is released by Warner Brothers Records. "Tusk" peaked at #4 in the US and achieved sales in excess of two million copies, spawning two Top Ten singles, "Sara" and the title track. It reached #1 in the UK and achieved Platinum status.

1981 - ClassicBands.com

October 17
Christopher Cross started a three week run at #1 on the US singles chart with "Arthur's Theme", (Best That You Can Do). It was his second US chart topper and also a #7 hit in the UK.

October 17
Thieves trying to steal Rolling Stones tickets in Maryland shot one man dead and injured another.

October 17
Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin took Lesley Gore's 1963 hit "It's My Party" to the top of the UK charts. Their updated rendition also made the Top Ten in Austria (#3), Germany (#3), New Zealand (#1), South Africa (#3) and Switzerland (#6), but it stalled at #72 in America.

1987 - ClassicBands.com

October 17
The Bee Gees returned to the Top Ten of the British record charts for the first time since 1979 when "You Win Again" went to the number one position, making them the first group to score a UK #1 hit in each of three decades: the 1960s, '70s, and '80s. American audiences seemed to be less forgiving of the band's Disco past and the new single could only reach as high as #75.

1990 - ClassicBands.com

October 17
Steppenwolf's 1968 rocker, "Born to Be Wild" re-entered the Top 10 in Holland on the strength of the amount of airplay it received in recent movies and commercials.

2000 - ClassicBands.com

October 17
George Michael became the new owner of the piano that John Lennon used to compose his classic song "Imagine". George paid 1.5m Pounds at a London auction.

2005 - ClassicBands.com

October 17
Visiting his New Orleans home for the first time since he was rescued by boat from rising floodwaters, 77 year old Fats Domino found his piano overturned among mud and debris and his house in ruins.

2007 - ClassicBands.com

October 17
Teresa Brewer, who placed 14 songs on the Billboard Top 40, including the Top 10 hits "A Tear Fell" and "Sweet, Old Fashioned Girl", both in 1956, died of neuromuscular disease at the age of 76.

2008 - ClassicBands.com

October 17
The Four Tops lead singer, Levi Stubbs, died at the age of 72 after a long series of illnesses, including cancer and a stroke. The group placed 24 songs on the Billboard Pop chart and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 1990.

2010 - ClassicBands.com

October 17
Gene Simmons threatened to "sue the pants off" a group of hackers who infiltrated SimmonsRecords.com and GeneSimmons.com. The attack was thought to have been a protest against Simmons' recent comments in support of prosecuting illegal file-sharers, but the KISS rocker was not impressed with the stunt and says he contacted U.S. federal authorities to help track down the offenders.

2013 - ClassicBands.com

October 17
Sales figures from the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) showed almost 550,000 vinyl LPs were sold so far in the UK in 2013, the highest total in the past ten years. That was still a small amount compared to downloads and CD sales, accounting for just 0.7% of all albums sold.

October 17
In a poll conducted by BBC History Magazine, David Bowie was named the best dressed man in British history.

2014 - ClassicBands.com

October 17
The British Phonograph Institute (BPI) announced that its latest figures showed that almost 800,000 vinyl albums had been sold in the U.K. for the first nine months of 2014, significantly ahead of last year's nine month total.

2015 - ClassicBands.com

October 17
Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh announced via Facebook that he had been diagnosed with bladder cancer. The 75-year-old Rocker said that he was undergoing treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona to remove tumors and was expected to make a full recovery.

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