Almanac: September 17, 2017

Birthdays 
  • 1923 - Hank Williams (d. 1953)
  • 1926 - Bill Black (d. 1965)
  • 1929 - Sil Austin (d. 2001)
  • 1939 - Shelby Flint (78)
  • 1940 - LaMonte McLemore (Fifth Dimension) (77)
  • 1946 - Michael Hossack (Doobie Brothers) (68)
  • 1950 - Fee Waybill (Tubes) (67)
  • 1952 - Steve Sanders (Oak Ridge Boys) (d. 1998)
  • 1953 - Steve Williams (Budgie) (64)
  • 1959 - Will Gregory (Goldfrapp) (58)
  • 1961 - Ty Tabor (King's X) (56)
  • 1962 - BeBe Winans (55)
  • 1962 - Baz Luhrmann (55)
  • 1963 - Steven Dye (Scarlet Party, Alan Parsons Project) (54)
  • 1965 - Guy Picciotto (Fugazi) (52)
  • 1966 - Doug E. Fresh (51)
  • 1968 - Anastacia (born Anastacia Newkirk) (49)
  • 1968 - Jonn Penney (Ned's Atomic Dustbin) (49)
  • 1968 - Lord Jamar (born Lorenzo Dechalus) (Brand Nubian) (49)
  • 1969 - Keith Flint (Prodigy) (48)
  • 1969 - Adam Devlin (Bluetones) (48)
  • 1973 - Marcus Sanders (Hi-Five) (47)
  • 1974 - Nona Gaye (43)
  • 1976 - Maile Misajon (Eden's Crush) (41)
  • 1979 - Chuck Comeau (Simple Plan) (38)
  • 1979 - Flo Rida (born Tramar Dillard) (38)
  • 1985 - John Walker (Panic! At the Disco) (32)
Deaths
  • 1991 - Rob Tyner (MC5) - Heart attack (46)
  • 1996 - Jessie "Ooh Poo Pah Doo" Hill - Heart and renal failure (63)
  • 1999 - Frankie Vaughan - Heart failure (71)
  • 2000 - Paula Yates (host of U.K.'s The Tube & wife of Bob Geldof) - Heroin overdose (41)
  • 2006 - Al Casey (Wrecking Crew) (69)
  • 2013 - Marvin Rainwater - Heart failure (88)
  • 2014 - George Hamilton IV - Heart attack (77)
On This Day
  • 1931 - RCA introduced the first 33-1/3 record in New York.
  • 1956 - The BBC removed Rockin' Through the Rye by Bill Haley and the Comets from their airwaves even though it was number 5 in Britain. They felt the song, based on a Scottish folk song, was against British standards.
  • 1960 - Loretta Lynn made her first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1967 - The Doors were banned from the Ed Sullivan show after Jim Morrison sang "Girl, we couldn't get much higher." He had an agreement with the producers to tone down the lyrics.
  • 1967 - The Who appeared on the Smother Brothers Comedy Hour with Keith Moon putting too many explosives in his drums for the end of their performance, purportedly damaging Pete Townshend's hearing along with singeing his hair.
  • 1969 - Papers around the world were reporting that Paul McCartney was dead based on clues throughout the Beatles albums.
  • 1975 - Rick Nelson received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 1977 - Reba McEntire made her first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1980 - Bette Midler's concert film Divine Madness premiered in Los Angeles.
  • 1983 - Vanessa Williams became the first African-American to be crowned Miss America.
  • 1991 - Guns N' Roses set a record for the day by shipping four million copies of Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II.
  • 1996 - A bomb was found in a London post office addressed to Bjork. The bomb maker had made a video of himself making the bomb and committing suicide.
  • 1997 - Fleetwood Mac's The Dance tour kicked off in Hartford, CT.
  • 1998 - Ol' Dirty Bastard of Wu-Tang Clan was arrested for "making terrorist threats" after he threatened to return to a night club where he had been ejected and kill everyone.
  • 1998 - Terri Clark was hospitalized after her shoulder was dislocated by an overly zealous fan.
  • 1998 - The Country Music Hall of Fame unveiled a statue of Hank Williams. Brother and sister Hank Williams, Jr. and Jett Williams meet for the first time.
  • 1999 - Eminem was sued by his mother for $10 million for defamation.
  • 2000 - Farm Aid 2000 was held in Bistow, VA with Alan Jackson, Arlo Guthrie, Travis Tritt, Sawyer Brown, Barenaked Ladies, Willie Nelson, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
  • 2003 - Bono met with President Bush to try to raise more money for his AIDS initiative.
  • 2003 - David Lee Roth hit himself in the face with a staff while performing a samurai move on stage, requiring 21 stitches and causing the rest of his tour to be cancelled.
  • 2004 - Two of Madonna's bodyguards were arrested in Israel after assaulting photographers.
  • 2004 - Nick Jago left Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.
Marriages
  • 1973 - Merrill Osmond and Mary Carlson
  • 1989 - Natalie Cole and Andre Fischer
  • 1994 - Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots) and Janina Castenada
  • 2005 - Terri Clark and Greg Kaczor
Recorded
  • 1939 - All or Nothing at All - Frank Sinatra & the Harry James Orchestra
  • 1952 - Frank Sinatra recorded his final session for Columbia Records.
Released
  • 1956 - Jambalaya - Brenda Lee (debut single)
  • 1976 - Ringo's Rotogravure - Ringo Starr
  • 1982 - Greatest Hits - Hank Williams, Jr. 
  • 2002 - A Moment Like This - Kelly Clarkson (debut single)
Broadcasts
  • 1959 - Boy Meets Girl (U.K.) - Johnny Cash (first U.K. TV appearance)
  • 1965 - Smother Brothers (premier)
  • 1967 - Ed Sullivan - Doors
  • 1967 - Smothers Brothers - Who
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
  • 1977 - I Just Want to Be Your Everything - Andy Gibb (1 week (3 previous weeks at number 1))
  • 2005 - Gold Digger - Kanye West Featuring Jamie Foxx (10 weeks)
  • 2011 - Someone Like You - Adele (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. Albums
  • 1983 - Synchronicity - Police (10 weeks (7 previous weeks at number 1))
  • 1994 - II - Boyz II Men (2 weeks)
  • 2005 - Late Registration - Kanye West (2 weeks)
  • 2011 - Tha Carter IV - Lil Wayne (2 weeks)
  • 2016 - Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway - Barbra Streisand (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1949 - All She Wants to Do is Rock - Wynonie Harris (2 weeks)
  • 1949 - Tell Me So - Orioles (1 week)
  • 1966 - Land of a Thousand Dances - Wilson Pickett (1 week)
  • 1988 - Another Part of Me - Michael Jackson (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. Country Singles
  • 1983 - Night Games - Charley Pride (1 week)
  • 1988 - Joe Knows How to Live - Eddy Raven (1 week)
  • 2005 - Play Something Country - Brooks & Dunn (1 week)
  • 2011 - Barefoot Blue Jean Night - Jake Owen (2 weeks)
Number Ones – British Singles
  • 1954 - Three Coins in the Fountain - Frank Sinatra (3 weeks)
  • 1994 - Saturday Night - Whigfield (4 weeks)
  • 2005 - Don't Cha - Pussycat Dolls Featuring Busta Rhymes (3 weeks)
  • 2011 - All About Tonight - Pixie Lott (1 week)
  • 2015 - Easy Love - Sigala (1 week)
Number Ones – British Albums
  • 1977 - 20 Golden Greats - Diana Ross & the Supremes (7 weeks)
  • 1983 - No Parlez - Paul Young (1 week)
  • 1994 - The Three Tenors in Concert 1994 - Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti (1 week)
  • 2005 - Back to Bedlam - James Blunt (1 week)
  • 2011 - Playing in the Shadows - Example (1 week)
  • 2015 - The Book of Souls - Iron Maiden (1 week)

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