Music History: September 17th:
2014Country singer George Hamilton IV dies at age 77. A fixture on the country chart throughout the '60s and '70s, he hit #1 with "Abilene" in 1963.
2013Country/rockabilly singer Marvin Rainwater dies of heart failure in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Known for late-'50s hits "Gonna Find Me a Bluebird" and "Whole Lotta Woman."
2012With nine days left in The Beach Boys50th anniversary reunion tour, lead singer Mike Love announces that he and band member Bruce Johnston will continue touring under the group name without the other three current members: Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and David Marks. Squabbles ensue, and after tour, Wilson and Love, who are cousins, have no further contact.
2011Huey Lewis and the News play at the 54th Monterey Jazz Festival in California.
2009Avril Lavigne and Sum 41's Deryck Whibley go their separate ways after being married since 2006.
2007Barry Manilow pulls out of an appearance on The View when he refuses to be interviewed by conservative co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
2006Rock guitarist Al Casey dies at age 69 in Phoenix, Arizona. Often worked with Lee Hazlewood ("The Fool," "Surfin' Hootenanny") and Duane Eddy (for whom he wrote the early hit "Ramrod").
2003Smashing Pumpkins frontman and Zwanleader Billy Corgan presents a multimedia poetry performance in his Chicago hometown, opening the Poetry Center of Chicago's 31st Annual Reading Series at the Art Institute of Chicago's Rubloff Auditorium.
2000The governor of Georgia inducts Trisha Yearwood into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.
1999Traditional pop singer Frankie Vaughandies of heart failure in Oxford, England, at age 71.
1999It is announced that rap entrepreneur Percy Miller (Master P) has signed an NBA contract with the Toronto Raptors. During the NBA summer league, Miller averaged 24 points, six rebounds and eight assists.
1997Fleetwood Mac begin their first tour in 20 years at the Meadows Music Theatre in Hartford, Connecticut. The tour produces a live album called The Dance.
1996Bluesman Jessie Hill, known for "Ooh Poo Pah Doo" (1960), dies of heart and renal failure in New Orleans, Louisiana, at age 63.
1994Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilotsmarries his first wife, Janina Castaneda. The STP song "Sour Girl" is about her.
1991Instead of releasing a double album, which they decide would be too expensive for fans, Guns N' Roses issue both Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II on the same day.
1991MC5 lead singer Rob Tyner has a heart attack in the driveway of his home in Berkley, Michigan and dies at age 46.
1989Singer Natalie Cole marries music producer and arranger Andre Fischer. Cole files for divorce less than three years later citing "irreconcilable differences."
1984"Missing You" by John Waite hits #1 in America.
1983Howard Jones' debut single, "New Song," is released in the UK, where it will go on to chart at #3.
1983Vanessa Williams, who would become a popular actress and score a #1 hit with "Save The Best For Last," becomes the first black Miss America. She gives up the title the next year after naked photos of her appear in Penthouse.
1983Star Search debuts on CBS. Hosted by Ed McMahon, the TV talent competition introduces scores of future superstars, many from the music realm, including Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Alanis Morissette, Jessica Simpson, Christina Aguilera, Tiffany, LeAnn Rimes, Usher, Aaliyah, and Destiny's Child.
1980Bette Midler's Divine Madness movie, based on one of her concerts the previous year, premieres in Los Angeles.
1979Chuck Comeau (drummer for Simple Plan) is born Charles-André Comeau in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
1978Queen stage a bicycle race with 65 naked models at Wimbledon stadium in England to provide the video and cover art for their "Bicycle Race" single.
1976Pop singer Maile Misajon (of Eden's Crush) is born in Long Beach, California.
1975Mayor Stephen Juba of Winnipeg, Canada, declares today "Guess Who Day" in honor of its native sons.
1974Bob Dylan records "Shelter From the Storm" and "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go."
1973Billy Joel records "Piano Man."
1970Vin Rock (of Naughty by Nature) is born Vincent Brown in East Orange, New Jersey.
1969Tiny Tim announces his forthcoming marriage to "Miss Vicki" Budinger, which would break records for TV viewership when the ceremony is broadcast on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show. The two are separated three years later and divorce in 1977.
1968Rapper Lord Jamar (of Brand Nubian) is born Lorenzo Dechalus in New Rochelle, New York.
1968The Supremes record "Love Child."
19685th Dimension's "Stoned Soul Picnic" is certified gold.
1964Charles Finley, who owns the Kansas City Athletics baseball team, pays The Beatles$150,000 to play a show at his Municipal Stadium. The Beatles add their version of "Kansas City" to the setlist, marking their only American performance of the song.
1962R&B/gospel singer BeBe Winans is born Benjamin Winans in Detroit, Michigan.
1962Arthur Alexander releases "Anna (Go to Him)."
1960The Everly Brothers record "Walk Right Back."
1956The BBC bans Bill Haley's new single "Rockin' Through The Rye," based on the 17th-century Scottish tune "Comin' Through The Rye," to avoid offending its Scots listeners.
1955The Perry Como Show moves to NBC-TV, expanding from three 15-minute programs per week to one hour-long variety show on Saturday night.
1955After DJs keep complaining that Les Paul's "Magic Melody" single ends abruptly, Capitol Records releases the shortest single of all time, Les Paul's "Magic Melody Part 2," which is merely the final two notes of the old "shave and a haircut" tag. Released only as a promo, it lasts exactly one second.
1950Fee Waybill (lead singer/songwriter for The Tubes) is born John Waldo Waybill in Omaha, Nebraska.
1940R&B singer LaMonte McLemore (of The 5th Dimension) is born in St. Louis, Missouri.
1931RCA Victor unveils its new invention, the 33 1/3 rpm long-playing or "LP" record, at the Savoy Plaza Hotel in New York. However, the company badly overprices the record players themselves, leading the new format to lie dormant for years until Columbia revives it in 1948.
1929Jazz saxophonist Sil Austin is born in Dunnellon, Florida. Known for his signature tune, "Danny Boy."
1926Rock 'n Roller Bill Black is born in Memphis, Tennessee. He would later play slap bass in Elvis Presley's early trio, The Blue Moon Boys, before fronting his own Bill Black's Combo.
1926Jazz organist/bandleader Brother Jack McDuff is born Eugene McDuffy in Champaign, Illinois.
1923Country musician Hank Williams is born Hiram King Williams in Mount Olive, Butler County, Alabama.
Pink Floyd's Movie The Wall Opens In Theaters
Pink Floyd's seminal double album The Wall makes it to the big screen as a feature-length musical. Few expected the sprawling concept album to be turned into a feature film, but the band's celluloid collaboration with director Alan Parker and animator Gerald Scarfe becomes a surprise box office hit and a cult classic.
1999Eminem's mother, Debbie Mathers-Briggs, files a lawsuit against him, claiming that his allegations in the press and on records that she was an unfit mother have ruined her life, as she can no longer get a job or a line of credit. In his song "My Name Is," Eminem raps: "I just found out my mom does more dope than I do." The case is eventually settled for $25,000.
1967Appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Doors are asked to change the line "Girl, we couldn't get much higher" in their hit "Light My Fire" to "Girl, we couldn't get much better." Lead singer Jim Morrison agrees, then sings the offending line anyway, angering the host and earning a lifetime ban from the show.
1967Keith Moon of The Who rigs his bass drum to explode at the end of "My Generation" during the group's appearance on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, but he doesn't realize that the stage crew has already set the charge. The resulting explosion cuts Moon's leg, singes Pete Townshend's hair, and startles fellow guests Bette Davis and Mickey Rooney.
1955Pat Boone banks his first #1 on the US Pop charts when "Ain't That A Shame" hits the top spot. Some folks think it's a shame that his sterilized version is far more popular than Fats Domino's original, but Boone's cover draws lots of attention to Domino and earns the New Orleans singer substantial royalties.
1952Frank Sinatra does his last recording session for Columbia Records. His next musical move is signing to Capitol Records, where he teams up with arranger Nelson Riddle and revives his career with swinging hits like "I've Got You Under My Skin" and "Witchcraft."