Almanac: January 17, 2017

Birthdays 
  • 1927 - Eartha Kitt (d. 2008)
  • 1929 - Grady Martin (Nashville A-Team) (d. 2001)
  • 1931 - Lolita (born Edith Einzinger) (d. 2010)
  • 1936 - Elsbeary Hobbs (Drifters) (d. 1996)
  • 1943 - Chris Montez (74)
  • 1944 - Françoise Hardy (73)
  • 1945 - William Hart (Delfonics) (72)
  • 1949 - Mick Taylor (Rolling Stones) (68)
  • 1953 - Sheila Hutchinson (Emotions) (64)
  • 1954 - Cheryl Bentyne (Manhattan Transfer) (63)
  • 1955 - Steve Earle (62)
  • 1956 - Paul Young (61)
  • 1958 - Jez Strode (Kajagoogoo) (59)
  • 1959 - Susanna Hoffs (Bangles) (58)
  • 1960 - John Crawford (Berlin) (57)
  • 1961 - Dave Collard (JoBoxers) (56)
  • 1963 - Kai Hansen (Gamma Ray, Helloween) (54)
  • 1964 - Andy Rourke (Smiths) (53)
  • 1966 - Shabba Ranks (51)
  • 1967 - Richard Hawley (Longpigs, Pulp) (50)
  • 1969 - Tiësto (born Tijs Verwest) (48)
  • 1971 - John Wysocki (Staind) (46)
  • 1971 - Kid Rock (born Robert Ritchie) (46)
  • 1971 - Lil John (born Jonathan Smith) (46)
  • 1978 - Ricky Wilson (Kaiser Chiefs) (39)
  • 1980 - Zooey Deschanel (She & Him) (37)
  • 1981 - Ray J (born William Norwood, Jr.) (36)
  • 1982 - Alex Varkatzas (Atreyu) (35)
  • 1982 - Amanda Wilkinson (35)
  • 1984 - Calvin Harris (33)
  • 1986 - Jermemiah Fraites (Lumineers) (31)
Deaths
  • 1956 - Blind Alfred Reed - Starvation (reported) (75)
  • 1970 - Billy Stewart - Car crash (32)
  • 1998 - Junior Kimbrough (born David Kimbrough) - Heart attack (67)
  • 1998 - Cliffie Stone (Country Music Hall of Fame member) - Heart attack (80)
  • 2011 - Don Kirshner - Heart Failure (76)
  • 2012 - Johnny Otis (90)
On This Day
  • 1957 - The film Don't Knock the Rock with Bill Haley debuts.
  • 1966 - The series The Monkees was purchased by NBC for the fall season.
  • 1969 - The book Ode to a High Flying Bird by Charlie Watts was released. It was a tribute to Charlie Parker.
  • 1971 - Marvin Gaye sang the national anthem at Super Bowl V.
  • 1972 - Part of Bellevue Boulevard in Memphis was renamed Elvis Presley Drive.
  • 1974 - Dino Martin, the son of Dean Martin, was arrested for trying to sell two AK-47 machine guns to an undercover agent.
  • 1979 - Dolly Parton, Linda Rondstadt and Emmylou Harris announced they would be recording an album.
  • 1981 - Motley Crue was formed with Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee and Greg Leon. Mick Mars and Vince Neil joined later.
  • 1981 - Volunteer Jam VII was held in Nashville with the Charlie Daniels Band, Ted Nugent, Dobie Gray, Molly Hatchet, Delbert McClinton, Crystal Gayle, Bobby Bare, Jimmy Hall (Wet Willie)
  • 1994 - Donny Osmond and Danny Bonaduce fight in a charity boxing match. 
  • 2003 - Lou Rawls was arrested in Albuquerque, NM for battery after getting into a shoving match with his girlfriend.
  • 2006 - Sugarland announced that Kristen Hall was leaving the group.
  • 2006 - Isaac Hayes suffered a stroke.
  • 2008 - Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson opened their 2 Worlds 2 Voices Tour in Dayton, OH. 
  • 2009 - During rehearsals for the inauguration concert, James Taylor fell, hitting his face on a guitar. He required 50 stitches. 
  • 2014 - Madonna apologized for using a common racial slur to refer to her son on an Instagram post. 
Marriages
  • 1934 - Elva Connes (Mrs. Miller) and John Miller
  • 2009 - Bobby Rydell and Linda
Recorded
  • 1936 - Bill & Charlie Monroe cut their first sides for Bluebird Records.
  • 1945 - Red Foley became the first country artist to record in Nashville.
  • 1970 - Absolutely Live - Doors (recorded at New York's Felt Forum)
Released
  • 1964 - Rolling Stones - Rolling Stones (EP)
  • 1969 - Lady Samantha - Reginald Kenneth Dwight (U.K. Single, Elton John)
  • 1973 - Behind Closed Doors - Charlie Rich
Awards
  • 1983 - American Music Awards
    • Pop/Rock Male Artist - John Cougar, Rick Springfield (tie)
    • Pop/Rock Female Artist - OIivia Newton-John
    • Pop/Rock Band, Duo or Group - Daryl Hall & John Oates
    • Pop/Rock Album - Always On My Mind - Willie Nelson
    • Pop/Rock Single - Truly - Lionel Richie
    • Soul/R&B Male Aritst - Lionel Richie
    • Soul/R&B Female Artist - Diana Ross
    • Soul/R&B Band, Duo or Group - Kool & the Gang
    • Soul/R&B Album - Jump To It - Aretha Franklin
    • Soul/R&B Single - Sexual Healing - Marvin Gaye
    • Country Male Artist - Kenny Rogers
    • Country Band, Duo or Group - Barbara Mandrell
    • Country Album - Always On My Mind - Willie Nelson
    • Country Single - Love Will Turn You Around - Kenny Rogers
    • Award of Merit - Kenny Rogers
  • 2000 - American Music Awards
    • Pop/Rock Male Artist - Will Smith
    • Pop/Rock Female Artist, Country Female Artist - Shania Twain
    • Pop/Rock Band, Duo or Group - Backstreet Boy
    • Pop/Rock Album - Supernatural - Santana
    • Pop/Rock New Artist - Britney Spears
    • Soul/R&B Male Aritst - R. Kelly
    • Soul/R&B Female Artist - Lauryn Hill
    • Soul/R&B Band, Duo or Group - TLC
    • Soul/R&B Album - The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill - Lauryn Hill
    • Soul/R&B New Artist - Tyrese
    • Country Male Artist - Garth Brooks
    • Country Band, Duo or Group - Brooks & Dunn
    • Country Album - Double Live - Garth Brooks
    • Country New Artist - Montgomery Gentry
    • Adult Contemporary Artist - Phil Collins
    • Rap/Hip-Hop Artist - DMX
    • Alternative Artist - Red Hot Chili Peppers
    • Latin Artist - Ricky Martin
    • Achievement Award - Mariah Carey
    • Award of Merit - Gloria Estefan
    • Artist of the Decade - Garth Brooks
Broadcasts
  • 1976 - Saturday Night Live (NBC) - Blues Brothers (first appearance)
  • 1992 - Michael Jackson: The Legend Continues (CBS)
  • 1999 - The Simpsons (Fox) - Cyndi Lauper
  • 1999 - This is Garth Brooks (NBC) - Garth Brooks
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
  • 1976 - I Write the Songs - Barry Manilow (1 week)
  • 1987 - Shake You Down - Gregory Abbott (1 week)
  • 1998 - Truly Madly Deeply - Savage Garden (2 weeks)
  • 2009 - Just Dance - Lady Gaga Featuring Colby O'Donis (3 weeks)
  • 2015 - Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars (14 weeks)

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