Music History: March 17
2015 Twenty One Pilots release "Fairly Local."
2012 After geting pelted with cans and other trash at their SXSW performance, Rocky and the rest of A$AP Mob launch into the crowd, punching fans and igniting a brawl.
2011 Ferlin Husky
2010 Big Star lead singer Alex Chilton dies of a heart attack at age 59. Three days later, the group's scheduled performance at SXSW is turned into a tribute to Chilton.
2009 Belinda Carlisle is the first person eliminated on Season 8 of Dancing With The Stars.
2009 Lester Davenport
2009 Instead of getting boozed up on the streets like most people on St. Patrick's Day, Amy Winehouse got sloppy at her court hearing in London to face charges that she attacked a fan at a charity event in 2008.
2006 Professor X
2005 Robert Plant is presented with his lifetime achievement Grammy award at SXSW in Austin, Texas.
2003 Bill Carlisle
2003 Cliff – The Musical opens at The Prince of Wales Theatre, London. The show, which is based on the life of Cliff Richard, closes three months later.
1999 Sinead O'Connor records the first ever single via the Internet in a BBC studio as part of the Tomorrow's World program. The song is a cover of Bob Marley's "Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)" recorded for the War Child charity.
1998 Mick Fleetwood joins The Corrs onstage for a St. Patrick’s Day performance at Royal Albert Hall in London. Their performance of the Fleetwood Mac song "Dreams" is released as a single and becomes the first hit for The Corrs, going to #6 in the UK.
1996 Terry Stafford
1991 Seven members of Reba McEntire's band, as well as her road manager and two pilots, are killed when their plane crashes near the Mexican border after a performance in San Diego. McEntire, along with two members of her band and some of her road crew, were on a different plane that took off before the one that crashed.
1990 Indie rocker Hozier is born Andrew Hozier-Byrne in Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland.
1990 Ric Grech, bass player in Traffic and Blind Faith, dies of a brain hemorrhage at age 43.
1989 Bobby Mitchell
1985 Richard Ramirez kills a man and attacks a woman at a house in Rosemead, California, leaving an AC/DC hat behind at the crime scene. Ramirez continues his killing spree and becomes known as the "Night Stalker." When it becomes clear that AC/DC is his favorite band, the group is accused of encouraging crime and devil worship in their music.
1984 Howard Jones' debut album Human's Lib is released in the UK, where it will go on to chart at #1.
1982 Samuel George, Jr. (The Capitols)
1979 Zenon DeFleur (Count Bishops)
1978 The Irish high school band U2, which just recently changed their name from The Hype, win the Limerick Civic Week Pop '78 talent competition, earning about $1,000 and a chance to record a demo for CBS Records.
1976 Stephen Gately (Boyzone)
1975 Justin Hawkins (The Darkness)
1975 Cher appears on the cover of Time magazine.
1973 Caroline Corr (the Corrs)
1972 Melissa Auf der Maur (Hole, The Smashing Pumpkins)
1968 The Bee Gees appear on the Ed Sullivan Show, marking their fist appearance on American TV.
1968 Mick Jagger joins a demonstration at Grosvenor Square in London to protest the Vietnam War. When the group, estimated at 25,000, marches to the American embassy, they are met with police resistance and rioting ensues. Jagger had left the protest before it reached the embassy, but used the events as inspiration for the Rolling Stones song "Street Fighting Man."
1967 Jimi Hendrix releases "Purple Haze."
1967 Billy Corgan (The Smashing Pumpkins)
1966 Keith Moon of The Who marries his pregnant girlfriend, Kim Kerrigan, in secrecy.
1962 Deke Leonard makes his debut in a talent contest at the Car Bay Club, Wales with Lucifer And The Corncrackers. According to his book Maybe I Should've Stayed In Bed... the band was introduced as Ivor And The Prawn Crackers.
1959 Mike Kindup (Level 42)
1958 The Coasters, "Yakety Yak"
1956 Carl Perkins makes his first TV appearance, on the Ozark Jamboree.
1956 Henny Youngman is the guest host as Elvis Presley makes the fifth of his six appearances on Tommy & Jimmy Dorsey's Stage Show on CBS.
1955 Sarah Vaughan, "Whatever Lola Wants"
1951 Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy, Supertramp)
1948 Fran Byrne (Ace)
1946 Harold Brown (War)
1945 Pattie Boyd is born. She would later marry George Harrison and Eric Clapton, and also inspire the song "Layla."
1944 John Sebastian (The Lovin' Spoonful)
1941 Paul Kantner, a founding member of Jefferson Airplane, is born in San Francisco.
1938 Zola Taylor (of The Platters) is born in Los Angeles, California.
1935 Adam Wade
1919 Nat King Cole is born Nathaniel Adams Cole in Montgomery, Alabama, but would be raised in Chicago, Illinois.
2008Heather Mills is awarded 23.7 million pounds (about $47 million) in her divorce from Paul McCartney, substantially more than the $32 million Paul offered. Throughout the ordeal, Mills is vilified in the British press as being opportunistic.
2016 Prince's ex-wife Mayte Garcia puts a collection of his memorabilia up for auction.
1992 After reuniting at their ex-manager's funeral, Spinal Tap issue their 17th album, Break Like The Wind.