Almanac: November 17, 2016

Birthdays
  • 1938 - Gordon Lightfoot (78)
  • 1940 - Luke Kelly (Dubliners) (d. 1984)
  • 1942 - Bob Gaudio (Four Seasons) (74)
  • 1943 - Samantha Jones (born Jean Owen) (73)
  • 1943 - Martin Barre (Jethro Tull) (73)
  • 1944 - Gene Clark (Byrds, McGuinn, Clark & Hillman) (d. 1991)
  • 1947 - Robert “Stewkey” Antoni (Nazz) (69)
  • 1947 - Rod Clements (Lindisfarne) (69)
  • 1948 - Iain Sutherland (Sutherland Brothers) (68)
  • 1951 - Dean Paul Martin (Dino, Desi and Billy) (d. 1987)
  • 1955 - Peter Cox (Go West) (61)
  • 1957 - Jim Babjak (Smithereens) (59)
  • 1960 - RuPaul (born RuPaul Charles) (56)
  • 1965 - Amanda Brown (Go-Betweens) (51)
  • 1966 - Jeff Buckley (d. 1997)
  • 1967 - Ronnie DeVoe (New Edition, Bel Biv Devoe) (49)
  • 1967 - Ben Wilson (Blues Traveler) (49)
  • 1972 - Kimya Dawson (Moldy Peaches) (44)
  • 1980 - Isaac Hanson (Hanson) (36)
  • 1981 - Sarah Harding (Girls Aloud) (35)
  • 1987 - Kat DeLuna (29)
  • 1988 - Reid Perry (Band Perry) (28)
Deaths
  • 1951 - Judy Martin (singer, wife of Red Foley, grandmother of Debby Boone) - Overdose of Sleeping Pills (34)
  • 1979 - John Glascock (Carmen, Jethro Tull) - Congenital heart defect (28)
  • 1995 - Alan Hull (Lindisfarne) - Heart thrombosis (50)
  • 2003 - Arthur Conley - Intestinal cancer (57)
  • 2003 - Don Gibson - Natural causes (75)
  • 2006 - Ruth Brown - Complications from heart attack and stroke (78)
  • On This Day
  • 1939 - Hank Williams appeared on stage for the first time at Weoka High School in Alabama.
  • 1945 - Opry House Matinee premiered on the Mutual Radio Network with hosts Eddy Arnold and Ernest Tubb.
  • 1967 - The Who opened their second North American tour, in support of the Buckinghams, in Kansas City, MO.
  • 1967 - Davy Jones of the Monkees opened a boutique, Zilch, in New York.
  • 1974 - ABBA opened their first European tour in Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • 1990 - David Crosby crashed his motorcycle, sustaining a broken ankle, leg and shoulder.
  • 1990 - Hoyt Axton was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.
  • 1992 - Over thirty years after the song Why Do Fools Fall in Love? was a hit, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers members Jimmy Merchant and Herman Santiago received a combined $4 million in royalties for the song.
  • 1994 - Bob Dylan entered New York's Sony Studios for two days of shooting for his MTV Unplugged show.
  • 1999 - Mariah Carey was forced to halt a concert at Rome's Spanish Steps after tourists swamped her.
  • 2003 - Britney Spears received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the youngest singer to ever receive the honor.
  • 2003 - George Michael resigned with Sony who he had previously taken to court to negate an earlier contract.
  • 2003 - Meat Loaf collapsed during a London concert and was hospitalized for exhaustion caused by a lengthy viral infection.
  • 2003 - The Black Keys canceled a European tour after Dan Auerbach broke his foot.
  • 2004 - Lynyrd Skynyrd and Montgomery Gentry tape an episode of CMT Crossroads in Franklin, TN. 
  • 2006 - The Sugarcubes played live for the first time in 14 years in Reykjavik, Iceland in celebration of the 20th anniversary of their first single, Birthdays.
  • 2010 - Patti Smith was given the National Book Award for Just Kids. 
Marriages
  • 2003 - Blake Shelton and Kaynette Williams
Divorces
  • 2006 - Britney Spears and Kevin Federline (filed)
Recorded
  • 1970 - 11-17-70 - Elton John
  • 1978 - All My Love - Led Zeppelin
Released
  • 1967 - Apples and Oranges - Pink Floyd (third single)
  • 1971 - A Nod is as Good as a Wink to a Blind Horse - Faces
  • 1980 - Double Fantasy - John Lennon & Yoko Ono
  • 1997 - ReLoad - Metallica
  • 1998 - Double Live - Garth Brooks
  • 1998 - My Love is Your Love - Whitney Houston
  • 1998 - #1's - Mariah Carey
  • 1998 - Spirit - Jewel
  • 2009 - My World (EP) - Justin Bieber
Broadcasting
  • 2007 - CMT Giants (CMT) - Honoring Hank Williams, Jr. with Brad Paisley, Gretchen Wilson, Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kid Rock, Steven Tyler, Toby Keith, Buddy Guy
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
  • 1945 - It's Been a Long, Long Time - Harry James (7 weeks)
  • 1958 - Tom Dooley - Kingston Trio (1 week)
  • 1962 - Big Girls Don't Cry - Four Seasons (5 weeks)
  • 1979 - Still - Commodores (1 week)
  • 1984 - Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go - Wham! (3 weeks)

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