Saturday, February 17, 2018

Today in Music History...February 17, 2018 (Now with more info)

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Music History: February 17th:


2014 Bob Casale (rhythm guitarist and keyboardist for Devo) dies of heart failure at age 61.

2013 Country singer Mindy McCready dies of a self-inflicted gunshot at age 37.

2010 Mumford & Sons make their US TV debut on The Late Show with David Letterman.

2006 Ray Barretto, whose 1968 album Acid became a Latin jazz classic, dies at age 76.

2005 With Tommy Lee back in the band for the first time in five years, Mötley Crüe begin their Red, White & Crüe tour in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It's a circus theme, with clowns, fire-eaters and acrobats. For his drum solo, Tommy Lee and his rig go up on a trapeze and he performs from 30 feet in the air.

2004 The Darkness win Brit Awards for Best British group, Best British Rock Act and Best British Album (Permission to Land). Busted wins for the British Breakthrough Award and takes Best Pop Act.

2001 Brad Paisley joins the cast of the Grand Ole Opry.

1998 Songwriter Bob Merrill commits suicide aged 76. His compositions include the #1 UK hits "(How Much Is) That Doggie In The Window?" and "She Wears Red Feathers (And A Huly-Huly Skirt)."

1997 ABC airs Hey, Hey, It's the Monkees, a one-hour comedy special written and directed by original Monkee Mike Nesmith. From their '60s pad, the group recalls their old shenanigans and sings a medley of their classic hits: "Last Train To Clarksville," "Daydream Believer," "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone," "I'm A Believer" and "Pleasant Valley Sunday."

1996 Eazy-E's posthumous album Str8 off tha Streetz of Muthaphukkin Compton debuts at #3 on the Billboard 200 chart and #1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

1995 25 years after agreeing to sing at Marcia Brady's prom, Davy Jones reunites with the Bradys... sort of. Jones and fellow Monkees Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz appear in the spoof The Brady Bunch Movie. Jones performs at the prom again, singing a grungy rendition of "Girl," the same song he sang on the TV show.

1990 Emma Anderson admits in an interview that her band Lush is the "Most hated band in London."

1982 Jazz great Thelonious Monk dies at age 64.

1979 The Clash open their first US tour at the Palladium in New York City.

1974 Country singer Bryan White is born in Oklahoma.

1973 Free play their final live gig in Hollywood, Florida, as Simon Kirke and Paul Rodgers leave to form Bad Company.

1971 Johnny Cash is the subject of the TV show This Is Your Life.

1971 James Taylor makes his TV debut on ABC's Johnny Cash Show.

1970 Bee Gee Maurice Gibb opens in the London stage musical Sing A Rude Song.

1969 Country singer Jon Randall is born in Dallas, Texas. He debuts in 1995 with the album What You Don't Know and co-writes the Brad Paisley/Alison Krauss duet "Whiskey Lullaby" in 2003.

1969 Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash record some duets in Nashville, with "Girl From The North Country" eventually ending up on Dylan's Nashville Skyline album, which Cash writes liner notes for.

1966 Brian Wilson begins recording The Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations."

1965 "Tennessee Waltz" is declared the eponymous state's official song.

1965 Samuel Bayer, who directs the videos for Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and Blind Melon's "No Rain," is born in Syracuse, New York.

1964 The first Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass concert is held in Los Angeles.

1960 After a string of hits on Cadence Records, The Everly Brothers sign a 10-year contract with Warner Bros. Records which is reported at $1 million, a number likely inflated for publicity purposes.

1950 Rickey Medlocke, Lynyrd Skynyrd member and frontman of the band Blackfoot, is born in Jacksonville, Florida. He is inducted into the Native American Music Hall of Fame in 2008.

1946 Dodie Stevens is born Geraldine Ann Pasquale in Chicago, Illinois. By the time she's 13, she has her first hit with "Pink Shoe Laces."

1940 Gene Pitney is born in Hartford, Connecticut. He has a string of hits in the '60s, including "(The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance" and "Only Love Can Break A Heart."

1935 Country singer Johnny Bush is born in Houston, Texas. He writes "Whiskey River," which becomes a signature tune for Willie Nelson.

1933 Rock 'n Roll singer Bobby Lewis, known for his hit "Tossin' And Turnin'," is born in Indianapolis, Indiana.

1922 Tommy Edwards ("It's All In The Game") is born in Richmond, Virginia.

Eagles Release The Greatest Of Greatest Hits Albums

The Eagles release Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975), a collection of 10 songs from their first four albums. For a while, it is certified as the top-selling album in US history.

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2015 "Because I Got High" singer Afroman is arrested for assault after punching a female fan who attempts to dance with him on stage at a show in Biloxi, Mississippi. Afroman, who doesn't see the woman until he turns around to clock her, blames his anxiety and says that he hadn't had time to take his meds when he went on stage.

1998 Ani DiFranco fascination peaks as the singer ships 250,000 copies of her latest album on her own label, Righteous Babe Records. DiFranco's DIY business model has earned her a great deal of media coverage, as it proves that an artist doesn't need a major label to succeed.

1991 Ed Sheeran is born in West Yorkshire, England.

1990 Aerosmith appear on Saturday Night Live, performing "Monkey on My Back" and "Janie's Got A Gun," and also appearing in a Wayne's World skit where Tom Hanks plays their roadie.

1972 Billie Joe Armstrong (frontman for Green Day) is born in Oakland, California. He is raised in nearby Rodeo, where he records his first song at age 5.

1972 Pink Floyd perform "Eclipse" at the Rainbow Theatre in London. A year later, this music becomes the Dark Side Of The Moon album.

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