Almanac: March 17, 2016

Birthdays
  • 1919 - Nat King Cole (d. 1965)
  • 1932 - Dick Curless (d. 1995)
  • 1935 - Adam Wade (81)
  • 1941 - Paul Kantner (Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship) (d. 2016)
  • 1941 - Clarence Collins (Little Anthony & the Imperials) (75)
  • 1943 - Jim Weatherly (73)
  • 1944 - John Sebastian (Lovin' Spoonful) (72)
  • 1944 - Pat McAuley (Them) (d. 1984)
  • 1946 - Harold Ray Brown (War) (70)
  • 1948 - Fran Byrne (Ace) (68)
  • 1948 - Pat Lloyd (Equals) (68)
  • 1951 - Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy) (65)
  • 1952 - Susie Allanson (64)
  • 1955 - Paul Overstreet (61)
  • 1956 - Will Rigby (dB's) (60)
  • 1959 - Mike Lindup (Level 42) (57)
  • 1959 - Paul Black (L.A. Guns) (57)
  • 1962 - Clare Grogan (Altered Images) (54)
  • 1962 - Roxy Petrucci (Vixen) (54)
  • 1963 - Michael Ivins (Flaming Lips) (53)
  • 1963 - Janet Gardner (Vixen) (53)
  • 1967 - Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins) (49)
  • 1967 - Van Conner (Screaming Trees) (49)
  • 1972 - Melissa Auf der Maur (Hole, Smashing Pumpkins) (44)
  • 1973 - Caroline Corr (Corrs) (43)
  • 1973 - Keifer Thompson (Thompson Square) (43)
  • 1975 - Justin Hawkins (Darkness) (41)
  • 1976 - Stephen Gately (Boyzone) (d. 2009)
  • 1990 - Hozier (born Andrew Hozier-Byrne) (26)

Deaths
  • 1982 - Samuel George Jr. (Capitols) - Stabbed during family argument (39)
  • 1990 - Rick Grech (Family, Blind Faith) - Kidney & liver failure (43)
  • 1996 - Terry Stafford - Liver failure (54)
  • 1997 - Jermaine Stewart - Liver cancer (39)
  • 2003 - Bill Carlisle (94)
  • 2006 - Professor X the Overseer (born Lumumba Carson) - Spinal meningitis (49)
  • 2010 - Alex Chilton (Box Tops, Big Star) - Heart attack (59)
  • 2010 - Charlie Gillett (DJ, musicologist) (68)
  • 2011 - Ferlin Husky - Congestive heart failure (85)

On This Day
  • 1962 - Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated started a residency at London's Ealing Jazz Club. 
  • 1978 - U2 won $850 in a Dublin talent contest. The winner also was able to audition for CBS Ireland. 
  • 1978 - American Hot Wax, about Alan Freed, debuted.
  • 1981 - The Blues Project, with Al Kooper, Steve Katz and Roy Blumenfield reunite for a single show in New York.
  • 2000 - Paul McCartney made it publicly known that he was dating Heather Mills. 
  • 2002 - Lou Reed performed the album Metal Machine Music for the first time in Berlin.
  • 2003 - Marie Fredriksson of Roxette sued a Swedish newspaper who had falsely reported she was suffering from another brain tumor. 
  • 2003 - Mark Knopfler broke his collarbone and six ribs in a motorcycle accident.
  • 2004 - Ray Davies received his CBE from the Queen. 
  • 2006 - The Smiths turned down $5 million to reform for the Coachella Festival. 

Marriages
  • 1966 - Keith Moon (Who) and Kim Kerrigan
  • 1971 - Peter Gabriel and Jill Moore
  • 1995 - Suzanne Vega and Mitchell Froom

Divorces
  • 2008 - Paul McCartney and Heather Mills

Recorded
  • 1958 - Yakety Yak - Coasters
  • 1967 - Come Back When You Grow Up - Bobby Vee

Released 
  • 1962 - Soldier Boy - Shirelles (single)
  • 1969 - Galveston - Glen Campbell
  • 1998 - Van Halen III - Van Halen

Broadcasting
  • 1956 - Ozark Jubilee - Carl Perkins (television debut)
  • 1956 - Stage Show (CBS) - Elvis Presley
  • 1968 - Ed Sullivan Show (CBS) - Bee Gees (U.S. television debut)
  • 2007 - CMT Crossroads (CMT) - John Anderson and Big & Rich

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