Almanac: June 17, 2016
- 1910 - Red Foley (d. 1968)
- 1930 - Cliff Gallup (Gene Vincent & the Blue Caps) (d. 1988)
- 1939 - Gerry Granahan (Dickie Do & the Don'ts) (77)
- 1940 - Chuck Rainey (Steely Dan) (76)
- 1942 - Norman Kuhlke (Swinging Blue Jeans) (74)
- 1943 - Barry Manilow (73)
- 1944 - Chris Spedding (72)
- 1944 - Peter Giles (Giles, Giles and Fripp) (72)
- 1947 - Paul Young (Sad Cafe, Mike & the Mechanics) (d. 2000)
- 1947 - Greg Rolie (Santana) (69)
- 1949 - Russell Smith (Amazing Rhythm Aces) (67)
- 1957 - Phil Chevron (Pogues) (59)
- 1958 - Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys) (58)
- 1962 - Michael Monroe (Hanoi Rocks) (57)
- 1965 - Richard Hynd (Texas) (51)
- 1967 - Eric Stefani (No Doubt) (49)
- 1969 - Kevin Thornton (Color Me Badd) (47)
- 1971 - Paula Rubio (45)
- 1972 - Rikrok (born Ricardo Ducent) (44)
- 1983 - Lee Ryan (Blue) (33)
- 1954 - Danny Cedrone (Bill Haley & the Comets) - Fall Down Stairs (33)
- 1986 - Kate Smith - Possible complications of diabetes (79)
- 2005 - Karl Mueller (Soul Asylum) - Throat cancer (41)
On This Day:
- 1954 - The British music magazine Record Mirror was published for the first time.
- 1955 - Colonel Tom Parker struck a deal with Elvis Presley's manager, Bob Neal, to hand the singers bookings and career strategy.
- 1965 - The Kinks and the Moody Blues made their U.S. concert debuts in New York
- 1966 - Peter Green joined John Mayall's Bluesbreakers.
- 1967 - Columbia Records released five Moby Grape singles on the same day.
- 1969 - Charlie Mingus came out of a two-year self-imposed retirement.
- 1976 - Ian Dury went solo from his group Kilburn and the High Roads.
- 1978 - Andy Gibb hit number 1 in the U.S. with Shadow Dancing, making him the first solo artist to start his career with three straight chart toppers.
- 1987 - A Florida woman sued Motley Crue for hearing loss after attending their concert and sitting ten feet from one of the speakers. They settled out-of-court for $30,000.
- 1988 - Garth Brooks signed with Capitol Records.
- 1995 - Rod Stewart puts 90,000 people in the seats of Wembley Stadium, a new record. For comparison, Live Aid drew 72,000.
- 1999 - A young girl was killed during a show by Hole at the Hultsfred Festival in Sweden.
- 2000 - The Grand Ole Opry goes high-tech as it begins webcasting on WSM's website.
- 2008 - George Michael started the U.S. leg of his 25 Live tour in San Diego, CA, his first in 17 years.
- 2012 - Bruce Springsteen set his record for longest show in Madrid, Spain at 3-hours and 48-minutes.
- 1983 - Glenn Frey (Eagles) and Janie Beggs
- 1995 - Martie Erwin (Dixie Chicks) and Ted Seidel
- 2000 - Kevin Richardson (Backstreet Boys) and Kristin Willits
- 2009 - Kevin Jonas (Jonas Brothers) and Danielle Deleasa
- 1988 - Bruce Springsteen and Juliette Phillips (separated)
- 2009 - Billy Joel and Katie Lee Joel (announced split)
- 1965 - Yesterday, Act Naturally, Wait - Beatles
- 1973 - I Will Always Love You - Dolly Parton
- 1967 - Carrie Anne - Hollies (single)
- 1969 - From Elvis in Memphis - Elvis Presley
- 1972 - Eagles - Eagles
- 1972 - Mary Had a Little Lamb - Paul McCartney (single)
- 1977 - CSN - Crosby Stills & Nash
- 1977 - Steve Winwood - Steve Winwood
- 1985 - Crush - Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
- 1985 - Misplaced Childhood - Marillion
- 1991 - For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge - Van Halen
- 1997 - Destination Anywhere - Jon Bon Jovi
- 1997 - Cryptic Writings - Megadeth
- 1997 - Love Among the Ruins - 10,000 Maniacs (first album post-Natalie Merchant)
- 1997 - Year of the Horse - Neil Young & Crazy Horse
- 2003 - After the Storm - Monica
- 2008 - Nostradamus - Judas Priest
- 2008 - One of the Boys - Katy Perry
- 2008 - Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends - Coldplay
- 1966 - Where the Action Is - Danny Hutton, Moody Blues
- 1977 - Midnight Special - Neil Sedaka (host), George Benson, Van Morrison, Fleetwood Mac, Renaissance, Kenny Rogers, Carole Bayer Sager, Summer Wonder
Number Ones - U.S. Singles:
- 1967 - Groovin' - Young Rascals (2 weeks)
- 1978 - Shadow Dancing - Andy Gibb (7 weeks)
- 1989 - I'll Be Loving You (Forever) - New Kids on the Block (1 week)
- 2000 - Try Again - Aaliyah (1 week)
- 2006 - Hips Don't Lie - Shakira Featuring Wyclef Jean (2 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Albums:
- 1967 - Sounds Like... - Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (1 week)
- 1972 - Exile on Main St. - Rolling Stones (4 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles:
- 1957 - C.C. Rider - Chuck Willis (2 weeks)
- 1972 - Woman's Gotta Have It - Bobby Womack (1 week)
- 1989 - Have You Had Your Love Today - O'Jays (2 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles:
- 1950 - Why Don't You Love Me - Hank Williams & the Drifting Cowboys (10 weeks)
- 1950 - I'll Sail My Ship Alone - Moon Mullican (4 weeks)
- 1967 - All the Time - Jack Greene (5 weeks)
- 1978 - Two More Bottles of Wine - Emmylou Harris (1 week)
- 1989 - Love Out Loud - Earl Thomas Conley (1 week)
- 2000 - Yes! - Chad Brock (3 weeks)
- 2006 - Summertime - Kenny Chesney (5 weeks)
Number Ones - U.K. Singles:
- 1965 - Crying in the Chapel - Elvis Presley (1 week)
- 1972 - Vincent - Don McLean (2 weeks)
- 1978 - You're the One That I Want - John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John (9 weeks)
- 1990 - Sacrifice / Human Hands - Elton John (5 weeks)
Number Ones - U.K. Albums:
- 1972 - 20 Dynamic Hits - Various Artists (8 weeks)
- 1990 - The Essential Pavarotti - Luciano Pavarotti (1 week)
- 2001 - The Invisible Band - Travis (4 week)