Saturday, September 17, 2016

Today in Music History...September 17, 2016

Music History: September 17



1923: Hank Williams
1926: Bill Black
1926: Brother Jack McDuff
1929: Sil Austin
1939: Lamonte McLemore (5th Dimension)
1947: Lol Creme (10cc)
1950: Mike Hossack (The Doobie Brothers)


1991: Rob Tyner (MC5)
1996: Jessie Hill
1999: Frankie Vaughan
2006: Al Casey


1931: RCA Victor unveils its new invention, the 33 1/3 rpm long-playing or "LP" record, at the Savoy Plaza Hotel in New York. However, the company badly overprices the record players themselves, leading the new format to lie dormant for years until Columbia revives it in 1948.
1952: Frank Sinatra records his final session for Columbia; he will be dropped from the label due to poor sales, but rebound the next year after signing to Capitol and singing more "mature" fare.
1955: The Perry Como Show moves to NBC-TV, expanding from three 15-minute programs per week to one hour-long variety show on Saturday night.
1955: After DJs keep complaining that Les Paul's "Magic Melody" single ends abruptly, Capitol Records releases the shortest single of all time, Les Paul's "Magic Melody Part 2," which is merely the final two notes of the old "shave and a haircut" tag. 
 Released only as a promo, it lasts exactly one second.
1956: The BBC bans Bill Haley's new single "Rockin' Through The Rye," based on the 17th-century Scottish tune "Comin' Through The Rye," to avoid offending its Scots listeners.
1964: The Beatles break with established practice and agree to add an extra date to their current US tour after the group is offered a then-record $150,000 by the owner of the Kansas City (Missouri) Athletics to perform a gig in KC's Municipal Stadium. The Beatles cannily add their medley of "Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!" to the setlist, the only time they would play this song in America. Afterward, their hotel manager sells their unwashed bedsheets to two businessmen from Chicago, who promptly cut them up and sell the pieces for $10 a pop.
1967: Appearing on CBS-TV's Ed Sullivan Show, the Doors are asked to change the line "Girl, we couldn't get much higher" in their hit "Light My Fire." Lead singer Jim Morrison agrees, then sings the offending words anyway, leading to a lifetime ban from the show.
1967: In an ill-advised move, Keith Moon of the Who rigs his bass drum to explode at the end of "My Generation" during the group's appearance on CBS-TV's Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. A stagehand, unfortunately, packs far too much explosive into the drum, and the resulting explosion damage's Keith's leg, and causes permanent hearing damage to guitarist Pete Townshend.
1969: Tiny Tim announces his forthcoming marriage to "Miss Vicki" Budinger, which would break records for TV viewership when the ceremony is broadcast on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show. The two are separated three years later, and divorce in 1977.
1975: Mayor Stephen Juba of Winnipeg, Canada, declares today "Guess Who Day" in honor of its native sons.
1997: Fleetwood Mac begin their first tour in 20 years at the Meadows Music Theatre in Hartford, CT.
2007: Barry Manilow cancels his upcoming appearance on ABC-TV's The View after learning he would not be allowed to ignore conservative co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck.


1962: Arthur Alexander, "Anna (Go To Him)"


1955: Tennessee Ernie Ford, "Sixteen Tons"
1960: The Everly Brothers, "Walk Right Back"
1968: The Supremes, "Love Child"
1973: Billy Joel, "Piano Man"
1974: Bob Dylan: "Shelter From The Storm," "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go"




1968: 5th Dimension's "Stoned Soul Picnic" is certified gold

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