Almanac: February 17, 2016

Birthdays
  • 1902 - Orville "Hoppy" Jones (Ink Spots) (d. 1944)
  • 1922 - Tommy Edwards (d. 1969)
  • 1925 or 1933 - Bobby Lewis (83 or 91)
  • 1935 - Johnny Bush (91)
  • 1937 - Mickey McGill (Dells) (80)
  • 1938 - Buck Trent (inventor electric banjo) (78)
  • 1939 - John Leyton (77)
  • 1941 - Gene Pitney (d. 2006)
  • 1949 - Fred Firth (Henry Cow) (67)
  • 1950 - Rick Medlocke (Blackfoot, Lynyrd Skynyrd) (66)
  • 1952 - Bruce Ruffin (64)
  • 1954 - Lou Ann Barton (62)
  • 1957 - Loreena McKennitt (59)
  • 1965 - Samuel Bayer (video director (Smells Like Teen Spirit, No Rain, American Idiot) (51)
  • 1966 - Melissa Brooke Bellard (Voice of the Beehive) (50)
  • 1967 - Chanté Moore (49)
  • 1970 - Tim Mahoney (311) (46)
  • 1972 - Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day) (44)
  • 1972 - Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters) (44)
  • 1974 - Bryan White (42)
  • 1981 - John Hassall (Libertines) (35)
  • 1988 - Arin Ilejay (Avenged Sevenfold) (28)
  • 1991 - Ed Sheeran (25)
Deaths
  • 1982 - Jazz great Thelonious Monk - Stroke (64)
  • 1998 - Songwriter Bob Merrill (How Much is That Doggie in the Window, People) committed suicide.
  • 2006 - Ray Barretto - Heart failure (76)
  • 2013 - Mindy McCready - Suicide (37)
On This Day
  • 1955 - Little Richard submitted an audition tape to Specialty Records.
  • 1960 - Elvis Presley received his first gold album for Elvis.
  • 1960 - The Everly Brothers signed with Warner Brothers Records for $1 million
  • 1964 - Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass put on their first concert in Los Angeles.
  • 1965 - The Tennessee Waltz was named the Tennessee state song.
  • 1970 - Joni Mitchell announced that she was retiring from live performing. She was back to it by the end of the year.
  • 1970 - Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees opened in London's West End in Sing a Rude Song.
  • 1972 - Radio stations KDAY in Los Angeles played two stolen Rolling Stone songs over-and-over for a day.
  • 1976 - Bette Midler is named Woman of the Year by the Harvard Hasty Pudding Theatrical Society.
  • 1979 - The Clash opened the U.S. leg of their Pearl Harbor '79 Tour in New York.
  • 2001 - Brad Paisley joined the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 2003 - Lou Pearlman, the man behind the Backstreet Boys and, later, *NSYNC, was accused in Florida of getting actors and singers to pay up front for appearing on his company's website while promising to help them find work.
  • 2005 - Franz Ferdinand became the first artist to win the British Mercury Music Prize, Brit Awards and NME Awards in the same year.
Marriages
  • 1989 - David Coverdale of Whitesnake and Twany Kitaen
  • 2006 - Lisa Marie Presley and Michael Lockwood
Divorces
  • 2007 - Hank Williams, Jr. and Mary Jane (filed)
Recorded
  • 1966 - Good Vibrations - Beach Boys (Brian Wilson started working on the recording)
  • 1969 - Girl From the North Country - Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash
Released
  • 1975 - High Voltage - AC/DC (debut album)
  • 1976 - Greatest Hits (1971-1975) - Eagles
  • 1998 - Destiny's Child - Destiny's Child (debut album)
Awards
  • 2004 - Brit Awards
    • British Male - Daniel Bedingfield
    • British Female - Dido
    • British Group, British Rock Act - Darkness
    • British Breakthrough Act - Busted
    • British Pop Act - Busted
    • British Urban Act - Lemar
    • British Dance Act - Basement Jaxx
    • British Single - White Flag - Dido
    • British Album - Permission to Land - Darkness
    • International Male - Justin Timberlake
    • International Female - Beyonce
    • International Group - White Stripes
    • International Breakthrough Act - 50 Cent
    • International Album - Justified - Justin Timberlake
    • Outstanding Contribution - Duran Duran
Broadcasts

  • 1971 -  Johnny Cash Show - James Taylor (TV debut)
  • 1979 - Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion had its first broadcast as part of NPR's Folk Festival America.
  • 1990 -  Saturday Night Live - Aerosmith (Wayne's World sketch)
  • 1993 - The Tonight Show (NBC) - Lyle Lovett & Tammy Wynette
  • 1998 - The George Jones Show (CMT) (Debut of series of interview specials)
  • 2002 - CMT Crossroads (CMT) - Hank Williams, Jr., Kid Rock

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