Music History: April 17
2010 When Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros frontman Alex Ebert takes the stage at Coachella, he clumsily knocks a microphone stand into the crowd. A guy in the audience catches it with his forehead, and blood spills all over the place. Ebert, horrified, gives the guy his sportcoat and his shirt to staunch the bleeding, and performs the set topless. It proves a breakout performance for the band, whose song "Home" starts showing up everywhere.
2009 Davy Jones of The Monkees visits Bikini Bottom when he plays himself on the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "SpongeBob SquarePants vs. The Big One."
2009 Brad Paisley and his wife Kimberly Williams, welcome their second child, Jasper. His song "Today" is about this event.
2008 Danny Federici (organist, accordionist for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band) dies at age 58 after three years of suffering with melanoma.
2007 Arcturus officially announces they are splitting up.
2003 Blues musician Earl King, composer of the standards "I Hear You Knocking" and "One Night," dies at age 69 of diabetes-related complications.
2000 "I Will Survive" singer Gloria Gaynor makes an appearance on Ally McBeal.
1997 Country singer Toby Keith and his wife Tricia welcome new arrival Stelen Keith Covel to the family.
1995 Judy Collins gets married 18 years to the day after meeting her husband-to-be.
1993 Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles marries screenwriter Jay Roach in Los Angeles.
1991 Jack Yellen, lyricist and screenwriter who wrote "Happy Days Are Here Again" (1929), dies in Concord, New York, at age 98.
1982 "The seventh Commodore," long-time manager and dear friend Benny Ashburn, dies from a heart attack. Only a short time later Lionel Richie officially announces his departure from the group to pursue his solo career.
1980 Bob Marley performs at the Independence Day celebration in Salisbury, Zimbabwe.
1979 #1 Billboard Pop Hit: Amii Stewart's "Knock On Wood"
1974 Victoria "Posh Spice" Beckham (Spice Girls) is born Victoria Adams in Harlow, Essex, England.
1974 Vinnie Taylor (lead guitarist for Sha Na Na) dies of an accidental heroin overdose at age 24.
1971 Three Dog Night's "Joy To The World" reaches #1, where it will stay for six weeks.
1970 Rapper Redman is born Reginald Noble in Newark, New Jersey.
1970 Johnny Cash plays for President Richard Nixon at the White House, performing his song "What Is Truth." Nixon requested a song called "Welfare Cadillac," which Cash politely declined to play.
1970 Paul McCartney releases his first solo album, McCartney, in the UK.
1969 The first solo concert by The Band is held, in San Francisco, Calfornia.
1967 Alt-rock singer Liz Phair is born in New Haven, Connecticut, but will be raised by adoptive parents in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Winnetka, Illinois.
1964 Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan is born James Herbert Keenan in Ravenna, Ohio.
1964 Them (with Van Morrison) make their first concert appearance, at Belfast's Maritime Hotel.
1961 The Cleftones release their R&B version of "Heart and Soul."
1960 Gene Vincent is seriously injured in a Wiltshire, England, car crash in which Eddie Cochran dies.
1955 Pete Shelley (Buzzcocks singer/guitarist) is born in Leigh, Lancashire, England.
1954 Songwriter and musician Michael Sembello is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1953 Harry Belafonte makes his film debut in Bright Road, also starring Dorothy Dandridge. He soon becomes a star of stage and screen.
1948 "Miami Vice" composer Jan Hammer is born in Prague.
1943 Bass guitarist Roy Estrada (Captain Beefheart, Mothers of Invention, Little Feat) is born in Santa Ana, California.
1943 Teen idol Bobby Curtola (1962's "Fortune Teller") is born in Port Arthur, Ontario, Canada.
1940 Singer-songwriter Billy Fury is born Ronald William Wycherley in Liverpool, England. A fixture on the UK chart throughout the '60s, his hit singles include "Halfway to Paradise" and "Jealousy," among others.
1936 "Robbin' the Cradle" (1959) singer Tony Bellus is born Anthony J. Bellusci in Chicago, Illinois.
1934 Record producer and songwriter Don Kirshner (The Monkees, The Archies, Kansas) is born in The Bronx, New York City.
1882 Austrian composer Artur Schnabel is born in Lipnik, in the Austro-Hungarian Empire (now part of Bielsko-Biala, Poland).
1998Linda McCartney, Paul McCartney's wife and Wings bandmate, dies at age 56 after a three-year battle with breast cancer.
2008 With Spirit, Leona Lewis becomes the first British woman to go straight to the top of the Billboard 200 album chart with a debut album.
2006 A big-budget Coke commercial with a new song by Jack White called "Love Is The Truth" hits YouTube, then quickly goes away.More
1983 Felix Pappalardi (bassist, vocalist for Mountain), age 43, is shot and killed by his wife, Gail, in their East Side Manhattan apartment. Gail claims it was an accident and the charge of second-degree murder is lessened to criminally negligent homicide, which will land her a brief stint in prison.
1982 Denison University freshman Laura Carter is killed when a bullet from a gunfight a block away strikes her in the chest while she is riding in a car with her parents. Christopher Cross, who is dating her best friend, writes "Think Of Laura" in her honor.
1971 Each of the four ex-The Beatles has a solo single on the UK chart:
John Lennon - "Power to the People"
Paul McCartney - "Another Day"
Ringo Starr - "It Don't Come Easy"
George Harrison - "My Sweet Lord"
1960 "Summertime Blues" singer Eddie Cochran dies in England when the taxi he is riding in crashes. He is just 21.