Music History: May 17
2016 Moby releases his memoir Porcelain, named because he threw up into a lot of porcelain toilets.
2016 Alanis Morissette sues her former business manager, Jonathan Schwartz, claiming he stole $4.7 million from her from 2009-2016. The following year, Schwartz admits to that theft and also to stealing another $2 million from other clients. Morissette is compensated in a settlement.
2015 Twenty One Pilots release their fourth studio album, Blurryface, their first record to land at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
2013 Singer-songwriter Alan O'Day dies of brain cancer at age 72.
2011 Rapper Wiz Khalifa and his girlfriend Amber Rose narrowly escape danger at a London nightclub. Khalifa is performing in the packed club when a bystander breaks a bottle over another patron's head. A fight ensues and Khalifa and Rose dodge bottles as they promptly exit the club with their entourage. Club promoters are upset that Khalifa ended his show early, as they reportedly paid the rapper 14,000 euros to do the show.
2008 Madonna's Hard Candy album hits #1 in America, her seventh to hit the top spot.
2008 The Brothers Four's Bob Flick marries his third wife, actress Loni Anderson.
2003 June Carter Cash's funeral is held in her hometown of Hendersonville, Tennessee. Among the 2000 mourners are Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris, The Oak Ridge Boys, Sheryl Crow - and her husband, Johnny Cash.
2002 Blues singer Little Johnny Taylor, known for '60s hits like "Part Time Love," dies in Conway, Arkansas, at age 59.
1996 Blues musician Johnny "Guitar" Watson dies of a myocardial infarction at age 61 after collapsing onstage during a tour in Yokohama, Japan.
1995 Chuck Berry, Fats Domino and Little Richard share the stage for the first time ever at a concert in Sheffield, England.
1993 Barry Manilow guest stars on the "One" episode of the TV show Murphy Brown.
1992 Bandleader and TV host Lawrence Welk dies of bronchial pneumonia at age 89.
1989 Rolling Stones ex-bassist Bill Wyman opens the first of his Stones-themed restaurants, Sticky Fingers, in London.
1983 David Bowie's "Let's Dance" hits #1 on the US chart.
1980 Weeks after being detained in Tokyo on drug charges, Paul and Linda McCartney appear as musical guests on Saturday Night Live.
1978 The TV special The Carpenters: Space Encounters airs on ABC.
1978 The disco film Thank God It's Friday, starring Donna Summer and Village People, premieres in Los Angeles.
1976 R&B singer-songwriter Kandi Burruss (Xscape) is born in College Park, Georgia.
1975 Earth, Wind & Fire's LP That's The Way Of The World hits #1.
1975 Elton John's album Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy is certified Platinum.
1974 The Elton John TV special Say Goodbye To Norma Jean And Other Things airs on ABC.
1974 NBC-TV's The Midnight Special offers another salute to '50s and '60s Rock-and-Roll, with Frankie Avalon as host and performances by Sam & Dave, Lou Christie, Frankie Ford, The Fleetwoods, Shirley and Lee, and Fabian.
1973 Alt rocker Joshua Homme (Kyuss, Queens Of The Stone Age) is born in Joshua Tree, California.
1973 Yes's The Yes Album and Yessongs are both certified Gold.
1971 The Christian musical Godspell opens at the New York's Cherry Lane Theatre. It would become the third-longest-running off-Broadway production of its day.
1970 R&B singer Darnell Van Rensalier (of Shai) is born in New Jersey.
1970 Pop singer Jordan Knight (of New Kids on the Block) is born in Worcester, Massachusetts.
1970 Jean Knight records "Mr. Big Stuff."
1970 King Floyd records "Groove Me."
1969 Chicago releases Chicago Transit Authority.
1968 Dave Abbruzzese, drummer for Pearl Jam on their albums Vs. and Vitalogy, is born in Stamford, Connecticut, raised in Mesquite, Texas.
1967 Bob Dylan's legendary documentary Don't Look Back debuts at the Presidio Theatre in San Francisco.
1965 Homer O'Dell (guitarist for Mint Condition) is born.
1965 Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) is born Michael Trent Reznor in New Castle, Pennsylvania.
1961 New age singer Enya is born Eithne Pádraigín Ní Bhraonáin in Dore, Gweedore, County Donegal, Ireland. "Eithne" is pronounced "Eyna," so she goes with that spelling to avoid confusion.
1959 Iron Maiden's original lead singer Paul Di'Anno is born in London.
1953 During a recording session at Atlantic Records studios in New York, Ray Charles learns that his mother has died. He continues on with the session, recording the song "Sinner's Prayer."
1953 George "Lightnin' Licks" Johnson (of The Brothers Johnson) is born in Los Angeles, California.
1952 Roy Adams (drummer for The Climax Blues Band) is born in Birmingham, England.
1952 Georgia Gibbs' "Kiss Of Fire" hits #1.
1949 Andrew Latimer (frontman for the prog rock band Camel) is born in Guildford, Surrey, England.
1949 Pop singer Keith is born James Barry Keefer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1949 Bill Bruford (drummer for Yes, King Crimson) is born in Sevenoaks, Kent, England.
1944 Country musician and singer Jesse Winchester is born near Bossier City, Louisiana.
1942 Blues musician Taj Mahal is born Henry Saint Clair Fredericks in Harlem, New York.
1941 Malcolm Hale (lead guitarist for Spanky & Our Gang) is born in Butte, Montana.
1933 Weak from fighting tuberculosis, Jimmie Rodgers arrives in New York and starts recording his last songs. He would die nine days later.
1925 Bluegrass musician Red Smiley (of Reno and Smiley) is born Arthur Lee Smiley in Asheville, North Carolina.
1921 Bob Merrill, a prolific songwriter whose hits include "(How Much Is) That Doggie In The Window?" and "Mambo Italiano," is born in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
1866 Composer and pianist Erik Satie in born in Honfleur, France.
1987Tom Petty's home in Encino, California, burns to the ground. Petty and his family escape unharmed, but are traumatized by the blaze, which is determined to be arson. The perpetrator is never caught.
2013 Eight years in the making, Daft Punk's fourth album Random Access Memories features guest appearances from a range of artists including Giorgio Moroder, Nile Rodgers and Pharrell Williams. It becomes their first US chart topper, propelled by the massive worldwide hit single (and Nile Rodgers collaboration) "Get Lucky."
2012 Donna Summer dies of lung cancer at her home in Naples, Florida, at age 73.
2008 A pregnant Ashlee Simpson marries Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy. The union lasts three years.
1966 Bob Dylan, who had recently "gone electric" and added rock and roll instruments to his folk music, appears at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England. Just before he begins a version of his latest hit, "Like A Rolling Stone," a member of the audience, a folk purist angry at the move to rock, shouts out, "Judas!" Dylan responds with, "I don't believe you," adding, "You're a liar!" He then proceeds to tell the band to play the song "f--king loud."
1963 It's the very first Monterey Folk Festival, featuring Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Peter, Paul and Mary and Joan Baez.