Music History: June 17
2016 Tom DeLonge reveals his true reason for leaving blink-182 last year: to investigate UFOs. In an interview with Mic, the "Aliens Exist" singer claims the truth is out there: "There's been hundreds and hundreds of thousands of eyewitness accounts. Trace evidence that's been analyzed by scientists across the world. Events have happened on the ground. It's all around us. I know of stuff I can't talk about right now."
2016 Red Hot Chili Peppers release The Getaway, their first album since 2011 and their first since 1991 without Rick Rubin producing - Brian "Danger Mouse" Burton is the producer.
2016 Prince Be of P.M. Dawn dies of kidney disease at age 46.
2008 The Offspring release their eighth studio album Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace - their first album in nearly five years.
2006 Rolf Harris is honored with a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II.
2006 Ron Wood of The Rolling Stones enters rehab to kick his drinking habit, but recovers in time to join the band on their latest world tour a month later.
1999 Suffering from depression, Screaming Lord Sutch commits suicide at age 58. The singer, who also founded the UK political party Official Monster Raving Loony Party, worked with several artists, including Keith Moon, Jimmy Page, and Jeff Beck.
1997 Switchfoot's debut album, The Legend of Chin, is released under independent label Re:think Records.
1997 Sugar Ray releases Floored, including their breakthrough hit "Fly."
1995 Rod Stewart sets an attendance record at Wembley Stadium in London when 83,000 fans attend his concert. The record holds until 2009, when U2 draws 88,000 on their 360 tour.
1989 Pop singer Simone Battle (of G.R.L.) is born in Los Angeles, California.
1989 Ringo Starr announces the second annual line-up of his All-Starr Band, featuring Billy Preston, Joe Walsh, Dr. John, Nils Lofgren and Clarence Clemons of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, and The Band's Levon Helm and Rick Danko.
1987 Rod Stewart becomes the proud parent of his fourth child, daughter Ruby, from his girlfriend, model Kelly Emberg.
1986 Longtime radio personality Kate Smith dies of respiratory arrest at age 79 after years of struggling with diabetic complications.
1985 The famously reclusive Bob Dylan opens up on the syndicated radio show Rockline, taking calls from fans.
1980 Led Zeppelin begin what would be their last tour with a concert in Dortmund, Germany.
1978 Andy Gibb's "Shadow Dancing" hits #1.
1977 Steve Winwood releases his debut solo album, Steve Winwood.
1973 Dolly Parton records "I Will Always Love You," a song written about her mentor, Porter Wagoner.
1972 The Rolling Stones' LP Exile On Main Street hits #1.
1969 Elvis Presley releases "Clean Up Your Own Back Yard."
1969 Kevin "KT" Thornton (of Color Me Badd) is born.
1968 Ohio Express' "Yummy Yummy Yummy" is certified gold.
1967 The Hollies release "Carrie Anne."
1967 Moby Grape releases all five singles from their debut album: "Changes," "Sitting By The Window," "8:05," "Omaha," and "Hey Grandma."
1967 Barbra Streisand sings for an estimated 135,000 fans at a concert in New York's Central Park. The show later airs on CBS as a TV special with the soundtrack album A Happening In Central Park.
1966 Peter Green joins John Mayall's Bluesbreakers.
1966 Paul McCartney buys the farm in Kintyre, Scotland, that would later inspire his 1977 megahit ballad "Mull Of Kintyre."
1965 The Beatles record "Act Naturally," "Wait," and "Yesterday."
1964 Elvis Presley's 15th movie, Viva Las Vegas, co-starring Ann-Margret, opens nationally.
1964 Jay & the Americans record "Come A Little Bit Closer."
1959 Liberace wins his libel case against the Daily Mirror at the High Court in London, and says afterwards "I cried all the way to the bank." The paper published an article claiming the pianist was homosexual.
1954 The UK music newspaper Record Mirror goes to press for the first time.
1947 Paul Young, singer with Sad Café and Mike + the Mechanics, is born in Manchester, England. Not to be confused with the Paul Young who sang "Everytime You Go Away."
1947 Gregg Rolie (keyboardist for Santana, Journey) is born in Seattle, Washington.
1945 Eric McCredie (bassist for Middle of the Road) is born in Partick, Glasgow, Scotland.
1944 Chris Spedding is born Peter Robinson in Staveley, Derbyshire, England. A renowned session guitarist, he's recorded with the likes of Elton John, Paul McCartney, Brian Eno, and Art Garfunkel.
1943 Barry Manilow is born Barry Alan Pincus in Brooklyn, New York.
1943 After planning to return to his hometown and resume his career as a barber, Perry Como is signed to RCA Records.
1942 Norman Kuhlke (drummer for The Swinging Blue Jeans) is born in Liverpool, England.
1939 Dave Alldred (drummer for The Rhythm Orchids, Dickie Doo & the Don'ts) is born.
1933 Elvis' parents, Vernon and Gladys Presley, are married.
1930 Electric guitarist Cliff Gallup (of Gene Vincent and his Blue Caps) is born in Norfolk, Virginia.
1910 Country singer Red Foley, known for the 1951 gospel hit "Peace in the Valley," is born Clyde Julian Foley in Blue Lick, Kentucky.
1902 Composer Sammy Fain is born Samuel E. Feinberg in New York City. Known for classic songs like "Let A Smile Be Your Umbrella," "I'll Be Seeing You," and "That Old Feeling."
1882 Composer Igor Stravinsky is born in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
1994With the United States hosting the World Cup, the opening ceremonies are held at Soldier Field in Chicago. In one of the production numbers, Diana Ross sings "I'm Coming Out" while she takes a penalty kick. She misses, but the goal splits open anyway and she runs through to complete the bit.
2014 Sam Smith releases his debut album, In the Lonely Hour, in the US.
2008 With Tha Carter III, Lil Wayne becomes the first artist since 50 Cent in 2005 to sell more than 1 million copies of an album in a single week.
2008 Katy Perry's major-label debut album, One of the Boys, is released, featuring the hit single "I Kissed a Girl." It's not her first album: In 2001 she released a gospel album under her real name, Katy Hudson.
2000 Eighteen months after Billboard starts factoring airplay into their Hot 100 chart, "Try Again" by Aaliyah becomes the first song to hit the top spot based on airplay alone, since the song is not available for purchase as a single.
1997 When Ozzy's voice gives out before the Ozzfest date in Columbus, Ohio, he doesn't appear but the show goes on without him. Fans, who aren't told until later that he won't be there, don't take the news well and trash the venue.More
1994 Megadeth is kicked off their tour with Aerosmith after Dave Mustaine is heard in an interview saying that his band should be the headliners. Jackyl and 4 Non Blondes open the remaining dates on the US tour.
1972 Grateful Dead keyboard player and founding member Ron "Pigpen" McKernan plays his last show with the band at a Hollywood Bowl concert. Health problems force him to stop touring, and he dies in March, 1973 at age 27.