Thursday, August 17, 2017

Today in Music History...August 17, 2017 (Now with more info & links)

Music History: August 17th

2016 Tonight's episode of MTV's Catfish: The TV Show introduces Spencer Morrill, a Knoxville, Tennessee native who insists he's been in an online romance with Katy Perry for six years. When hosts Nev and Max lure out the catfish in England and bring her face to face with Morrill, who made a ring for the singer out of a family heirloom, he believes Perry sent the imposter as a joke.

2004 The venerable "Like A Rock" ad campaign comes to an end, as Chevy stops using the song and ends their association with Bob Seger. The 1986 song wasn't written for Chevy, but was used in the ads since 1989. Two years later, John Mellencamp's "Our Country" becomes the Silverado theme.

2004 Singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg reveals that he is battling advanced prostate cancer.

2002 Nelly becomes the fifth artist to replace himself at #1 on the Hot 100 when "Dilemma" takes the top spot from "Hot In Herre."

2002 Hours before his wife is murdered, Jacksonville resident Justin Barber downloads the Guns N' Roses song "Used To Love Her." The song is later played at the trial as evidence, with the lyrics displayed for the jury ("I used to love her, but I had to kill her..."). Barber is convicted of first degree murder and given a life sentence.

1999 Derek Longmuir of the Bay City Rollers is arraigned on charges of possession of illegal drugs and child pornography. He is sentenced to 300 hours of community service.

1998 Santana's Carlos Santana is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1997 Liverpool, Nova Scotia, dedicates The Hank Snow Country Music Centre, a museum dedicated to its native country music legend.

1995 Microsoft buys the rights to The Rolling Stones' 1981 smash "Start Me Up" to use as the theme for their Windows 95 rollout.

1995 Depeche Mode lead singer Dave Gahan slashes his wrists with razor blades in a suicide attempt. He is saved when a friend comes by and calls paramedics, who take him to Cedars Sinai Medical Center, where he wakes up the next morning in the psychiatric ward.More

1992 Exodus release their fifth studio album, Force of Habit.

1992 Wayne Newton files for bankruptcy, claiming debts of over $20 million.

1990 Actress/singer Pearl Bailey dies of arteriosclerotic coronary artery disease in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at age 72. Had a top-ten hit with "Takes Two to Tango" in 1952.

1987 Studio drummer Gary Chester dies in New York at age 62.

1984 At the outset of his latest world tour, a fatigued Elton John announces his upcoming retirement, which, like so many before and after, wouldn't take.

1980 At the Toledo Speedway Jam II in Toledo, Ohio, ZZ Top headlines the show with AC/DC, Sammy Hagar and Humble Pie on the undercard. (Also advertised on the poster: 800 kegs of beer, drinking age 18 in Ohio!) It is the last time AC/DC is a support act until 2003, when they open for The Rolling Stones.

1974 Paper Lace's "The Night Chicago Died" hits #1, where it will stay for one week.

1974 Eric Clapton's 461 Ocean Boulevard LP hits #1.

1973 Paul Williams (original lead singer for The Temptations) dies of an apparent suicide in Detroit, Michigan, at age 34.

1972 Gladys Knight is a contestant on The Dating Game.

1969 Singer/actor Donnie Wahlberg (of New Kids on the Block) is born in Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts.

1969 Rapper Kelvin Mercer (of De La Soul) is born in The Bronx, New York.

1968 The Rascals' "People Got To Be Free" hits #1 for the first of five weeks.

1968 The Doors third album, Waiting For The Sun, hits #1 in America thanks to the hit "Hello, I Love You." They recorded the song after scraping plans to put a Jim Morrison poetry piece called "Celebration of the Lizard" on the entire first side.

1967 Gary Puckett and the Union Gap records "Woman, Woman."

1966 Vocalist/bassist Jill Cunniff (of Luscious Jackson) is born in New York City.

1965 Steve Gorman (drummer for The Black Crowes) is born in Muskegon, Michigan.

1964 Alt rock/country singer Maria McKee is born in Los Angeles, California.

1962 A riot breaks out during a Gary "U.S." Bonds performance at the Boston Arena.

1960 The Beatles start their run at the Indra Club in Hamburg, Germany, honing their skills with four-hour sets where they play lots of R&B covers along with their original songs.

1958 Belinda Carlisle, lead vocalist for The Go-Go's, is born in Los Angeles, California.

1955 Colin Moulding (bassist for XTC) is born in Swindon, Wiltshire, England.

1950 The Weavers' "Goodnight Irene" hits #1.

1949 Sib Hashian (drummer for Boston) is born in Boston, Massachusetts.

1947 Rock/soul musician Gary Talley (of The Box Tops and Big Star) is born in Memphis, Tennessee.

1944 Folk rocker John Seiter (of Spanky and Our Gang) is born in St. Louis, Missouri.

1933 Pop singer Mark Dinning is born in Manchester, Oklahoma.

1932 Jazz pianist/composer Duke Pearson is born in Atlanta, Georgia.

1919 Jazz singer Georgia Gibbs is born in Worcester, Massachusetts. Known for the 1950 hit "If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked a Cake."

1917 The Original Dixieland Jass Band (shortly after changing "Jass" to "Jazz") makes the first recording of the standard "Tiger Rag."

1915 Leo Frank, the murderer of Mary Phagan, is kidnapped from his prison in Milledgeville, driven to Marietta, and lynched. This inspires the musical Parade.

1909 Trumpeter/bandleader Larry Clinton is born in Brooklyn, New York.

Nirvana Shoot "Smells Like Teen Spirit" Video

1991Nirvana shoot their video for "Smells Like Teen Spirit." It is set to look like a deranged pep rally at "Anarchy High School," and features fans recruited at a concert two days earlier. The video is a huge hit on MTV and helps propel Nirvana into the mainstream.
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2011 "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" by Katy Perry hits #1 on the Hot 100, making her just the second artist with five #1 singles from the same album (Teenage Dream). The other five-time chart topper: Michael Jackson's Bad.

1993 While in therapy, Jordan Chandler, the 13-year-old son of a Beverly Hills dentist, alleges that singer Michael Jackson molested him while he visited Jackson's Neverland Ranch. The resultant civil suit costs Jackson over $20 million, but no criminal charges are filed, with Jackson's lawyers claiming the family in question had previously attempted to extort the singer.

1977 It's the day after Elvis Presley is found dead, and throngs of fans come to Graceland to mourn. President Jimmy Carter releases a statement saying, in part, "Elvis Presley's death deprives our country of a part of itself. He was unique and irreplaceable."

1969 Woodstock moves into day three, with performances by Joe Cocker; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; Blood, Sweat & Tears; and Country Joe & the Fish, who perform their famous "Fish Cheer."

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