Almanac: October 17, 2016

Birthdays 
  • 1909 - Cozy Cole (d. 1981)
  • 1933 - Jeanine Deckers (Singing Nun) (d. 1985)
  • 1934 - Rico Rodriguez (Specials) (d. 2015)
  • 1941 - Alan Howard (Tremeloes) (75)
  • 1941 - Earl Thomas Conley (75)
  • 1941 - Jim Seals (Seals & Crofts) (75)
  • 1942 - Gary Puckett (Union Gap) (74)
  • 1946 - Jim Tucker (Turtles) (70)
  • 1946 - Michael Hossack (Doobie Brothers) (d. 2012)
  • 1947 - Michael McKean (Spinal Tap) (69)
  • 1949 - Bill Hudson (Hudson Brothers) (67)
  • 1958 - Alan Jackson (58)
  • 1967 - Rene Dif (Aqua) (49)
  • 1967 - Allen West (Obituary, Six Feet Under) (49)
  • 1968 - Ziggy Marley (48)
  • 1969 - Wyclef Jean (Fugees) (47)
  • 1971 - Chris Kirkpatrick ('N Sync) (45)
  • 1972 - Eminem (born Marshall Mathers III) (44)
  • 1978 - Sergio Andrade (Lifehouse) (38)
Deaths
  • 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)
On This Day
  • 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. 
Marriages
  • 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
Divorces
  • 2008 - Madonna and Guy Ritchie (announced)
Recorded
  • 1967 - John Wesley Harding - Bob Dylan (first day of recording)
Released
  • 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
Broadcasts
  • 1962 - People and Places (Grenada TV) - Beatles (TV debut)
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
  • 1960 - Save the Last Dance For Me - Drifters (1 week)
  • 1964 - Do Wah Diddy Diddy - Manfred Mann (2 weeks)
  • 1970 - I'll Be There - Jackson 5 (5 weeks)
  • 1981 - Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) - Christopher Cross (3 weeks)
  • 1987 - Lost in Emotion - Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam (1 week)
  • 1998 - One Week - Barenaked Ladies (1 week)
  • 2009 - Down - Jay Sean Featuring Lil Wayne (1 week)

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