Almanac: October 17, 2015
- 1909 - Cozy Cole (d. 1981)
- 1933 - Jeanine Deckers (Singing Nun) (d. 1985)
- 1934 - Rico Rodriguez (Specials) (d. 2015)
- 1941 - Alan Howard (Tremeloes) (74)
- 1941 - Earl Thomas Conley (74)
- 1941 - Jim Seals (Seals & Crofts) (74)
- 1942 - Gary Puckett (Union Gap) (73)
- 1946 - Jim Tucker (Turtles) (69)
- 1946 - Michael Hossack (Doobie Brothers) (d. 2012)
- 1947 - Michael McKean (Spinal Tap) (68)
- 1949 - Bill Hudson (Hudson Brothers) (66)
- 1958 - Alan Jackson (57)
- 1967 - Rene Dif (Aqua) (48)
- 1967 - Allen West (Obituary, Six Feet Under) (48)
- 1968 - Ziggy Marley (47)
- 1969 - Wyclef Jean (Fugees) (46)
- 1971 - Chris Kirkpatrick ('N Sync) (44)
- 1972 - Eminem (born Marshall Mathers III) (43)
- 1978 - Sergio Andrade (Lifehouse) (37)
- 1972 - Billy Williams (61)
- 1984 - Alberta Hunter (89)
- 1991 - Tennessee Ernie Ford - Liver failure (72)
- 1996 - Chris Acland (Lush) - Suicide (30)
- 1999 - Thomas Durden (co-writer Heartbreak Hotel) (79)
- 2001 - Jay Livingston (songwriter, Mona Lisa, Que Sera Sera, Silver Bells) (86)
- 2002 - Derek Bell (Chieftains) - Cardiac arrest (66)
- 2002 - Bashful Brother Oswald (Roy Acuff's Smokey Mountain Boys) (90)
- 2007 - Teresa Brewer - Progressive supranuclear palsey (76)
- 2008 - Levi Stubbs (72)
- 1960 - Dion & the Belmonts announced they were splitting up.
- 1967 - The musical Hair opened at New York's Public Theater where it would run for 1,758 performances.
- 1967 - A memorial service for Brian Epstein in London was attended by the Beatles.
- 1969 - Paul Kantner of the Jefferson Airplane was arrested for marijuana possession and fined $350.
- 1969 - Led Zeppelin started their fourth North American tour at Carnegie Hall.
- 1969 - The Kinks played their first U.S. show in four years after being banned by the American Federation of Musicians after a 1965 tour where they fought almost nightly on stage.
- 1986 - The movie Sid and Nancy about Sex Pistol Sid Vicious opened.
- 1990 - Naiomi Judd announced that she was suffering from hepatitis and would stop performing.
- 1991 - Sandie Shaw was arrested for refusing a breathalizer test outside her apartment in London.
- 1991 - John Mellencamp was hospitalized after suffering dizzy spells.
- 1995 - Keith Moore, the accountant for Sting, was sentenced to six years in prison after embezzling £6 million from the singer.
- 1995 - The entire Monkees TV series was released on video cassette by Rhino in a 21-tape set, the largest ever.
- 1998 - The Wilkonsons made their Grand Ole Opry debut.
- 1999 - Johnny Cash was admitted to a Nashville hospital for treatment of severe pneumonia.
- 1999 - The new Staples Center in Los Angeles hosts its first music concert with Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band.
- 2000 - The piano on which John Lennon wrote Imagine was auctioned off with George Michael paying the highest bid.
- 2001 - Jay-Z plead guilty to stabbing producer Lance “Un” Rivera in 1999.
- 2004 - Marc Almond of Soft Cell was injured in a motorcycle accident, requiring emergency surgery.
- 2006 - Tim McGraw received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- 1968 - Quincy Jones and Ulla Andersson
- 1975 - Maurice Gibb (Bee Gees) and Yvonne Spencely
- 1982 - Robert Goulet and Vera Novak
- 1997 - Kelsi Osborn (SHeDAISY) and Steve Simpson
- 2009 - Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) and Mariqueen Maandig
- 2008 - Madonna and Guy Ritchie (announced)
- 1967 - John Wesley Harding - Bob Dylan (first day of recording)
- 1964 - She's Not There - Zombies (single)
- 1968 - The Star Spangled Banner - Jose Feliciano (single of his World Series performance that was booed by fans)
- 1970 - After Midnight - Eric Clapton (single)
- 1977 - Street Survivors - Lynyrd Skynyrd
- 1979 - Tusk - Fleetwood Mac
- 2000 - American III: Solitary Man - Johnny Cash
- 2006 - These Days - Vince Gill
- 1962 - People and Places (Grenada TV) - Beatles (TV debut)