Music Almanac - August 17

Birthdays
  • 1919 - Georgia Gibbs (d. 2006)
  • 1921 - Wayne Raney (d. 1993)
  • 1921 - Betty Cody (d. 2014)
  • 1933 - Mark Dinning (d. 1986)
  • 1939 - Luther Allison (d. 1997)
  • 1943 - Dave "Snaker" Ray (Koerner, Ray & Glover) (d. 2002)
  • 1944 - John Seiter (Spanky & Our Gang)
  • 1947 - Gary Talley (Box Tops)
  • 1948 - Rod MacDonald
  • 1949 - Sib Hashian (Boston)
  • 1953 - Kevin Rowland (Dexy's Midnight Runners)
  • 1954 - Eric Johnson
  • 1954 - Ron Strykert (Men at Work)
  • 1955 - Colin Moulding (XTC)
  • 1958 - Belinda Carlisle (Go-Go's)
  • 1962 - Gilby Clarke (Guns N' Roses)
  • 1964 - Colin James
  • 1964 - Maria McKee (Lone Justice)
  • 1965 - Steve Gorman (Black Crowes, Stereophonics)
  • 1966 - Jill Cunniff (Luscious Jackson)
  • 1967 - Kevin Max (dc Talk)
  • 1969 - Donnie Wahlberg (New Kids on the Block)
  • 1969 - Kelvin Mercer (De La Soul)
  • 1977 - Claire Richards (Steps)
  • 1977 - Mike Lewis (Lostprophets)

Deaths
  • 1973 - Paul Williams (Temptations) - Suicide (34)
  • 1983 - Ira Gershwin (86)
  • 1987 - Gary Chester (studio drummer) - Cancer (62)
  • 1990 - Pearl Bailey - Coronary artery disease (72)

On This Day
  • 1951 - Ralph Stanley was seriously injured in a car crash.
  • 1952 - Hank Williams was arrested for public drunkenness in Alexander City, AL.
  • 1960 - The Beatles began their first series of shows in Hamburg, Germany at the Indra Club.
  • 1964 - The council in Glasgow, Scotland announced that any person with a "Beatles cut" would have to wear a bathing cap in municipal pools because their hair was clogging the filters.
  • 1969 - The final day of the Woodstock Festival featured the Grease Band, Joe Cocker, Country Joe and the Fish, Ten Years After, the Band, Blood Sweat & Tears, Johnny Winter featuring Edgar Winter, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Sha-Na-Na and Jimi Hendrix.
  • 1970 - Christine McVie joined Fleetwood Mac.
  • 1974 - Rick Wakeman was replaced by Patrick Moraz in Yes.
  • 1977 - The Police played for the first time live without original guitarist Henri Padovani.
  • 1977 - 25,000 people viewed the body of Elvis Presley at Graceland.
  • 1981 - Willie Nelson had a collapsed lung while swimming in Hawaii.
  • 1982 - Polygram in Hanover, West Germany pressed the first CD.
  • 1984 - On the first night of the Breaking Hearts tour, Elton John announced he was retiring from touring.
  • 1986 - Rick Allen of Def Leppard performed his first concert since losing his arm in a car accident.
  • 1986 - Billy Ray Cyrus played his first club show.
  • 1986 - A riot between two rival gangs occurs at a Run-D.M.C. concert in Long Beach, CA. 42 people were beaten or stabbed.
  • 1991 - Nirvana shot the video for Smells Like Teen Spirit in Culver City, CA.
  • 1993 - Buck Owens has surgery for lung cancer.
  • 1995 - Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode was taken to a Los Angeles hospital after an attempted suicide.
  • 1995 - On the last night of the Lollapalooza tour, guards remove Courtney Love from the stage after she yelled at Hole fans for not cheering loud enough.
  • 1996 - Duane Eddy made his Grand Ole Opry debut.
  • 1998 - Carlos Santana received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 1998 - Eddie Serrano of Cannibal and the Headhunters was injured when his bike was hit by an automobile.
  • 1999 - Derek Longmuir, former member of the Bay City Rollers, went to court on child pornography and drug charges.
  • 2004 - Dan Fogelberg told the world he had advanced prostate cancer.
  • 2006 - The Smashing Pumpkins went into the studio for their first new album in six years.
  • 2006 - The last country station in Los Angeles, KZLA-FM, switched to an urban music format.
  • 2007 - Uncle Kracker was charged with second-degree forcible sex after a woman alleged he had attacked her in a Raleigh, NC bar.
  • 2008 - Jackson Browne sued presidential candidate John McCain for his unauthorized use of Running on Empty.
  • 2008 - Linda Ronstadt received the Trailblazer Award at the ALMA Awards.
  • 2009 - A warrant was issued in Massachusetts for Bobby Brown after he failed to show up in court on $45,000 in child support.
  • 2012 - Three members of Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years in a Russian prison.
  • 2012 - Florida Georgia Line made their Grand Ole Opry debut.
  • 2017 - Melissa Etheridge was arrested at the U.S. border in North Dakota for possession of canabis oil.

Marriages
  • 1976 - Bobbie Gentry and Tom Toutant
  • 1990 - Jan Howard and Dr. Maurice Acree, Jr.
  • 1997 - James Hetfield (Metallica) and Frencesca Tomasi

Divorces
  • 2008 - Phil Collins and Orianne Cevey

Recorded
  • 1958 - Charlie Rich's first recording session for Sun Records.
  • 1967 - Woman, Woman - Gary Pucket & the Union Gap
  • 1977 - I'm Already Taken - Steve Wariner (first recording session)

Released
  • 1955 - I Forgot to Remember to Forget/Mystery Train - Elvis Presley (single)
  • 1964 - You Really Got Me - Kinks (single)
  • 1968 - Hush - Deep Purple (single)
  • 1974 - Can't Get Enough - Bad Company (single)
  • 1978 - Ain't Living Long Like This - Rodney Crowell (debut album)
  • 1979 - Volcano - Jimmy Buffett
  • 1983 - Delirious - Prince (single)

Broadcasts
  • 1969 - Hee Haw (CBS) - Jerry Lee Lewis, Conway Twitty, Buck Owens, Roy Clark
  • 1971 - Make Your Own Kind Of Music (NBC) - Carpenters, Al Hirt, Mark Lindsay, Kenny Rogers & the First Edition
  • 1972 - The Dating Game (ABC) - Gladys Knight
  • 1973 - Midnight Special (NBC) - Joe Walsh, Melissa Manchester, Doug Kershaw
  • 1976 - The Captain & Tennille Special (ABC) - Roy Clark
  • 1994 - Babylon 5 (Syn) - Lynn Anderson
  • 1996 - To Hell and Back (MTV) - Steve Earle
  • 2007 - High School Musical 2 (set a cable record of 17.2 million viewers)
  • 2011 - Hot in Cleveland (TV Land) - Huey Lewis

Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1968 - People Got to Be Free - Rascals (5 weeks)
  • 1974 - The Night Chicago Died - Paper Lace (1 week)
  • 2002 - Dilemma - Nelly Featuring Kelly Rowland (7 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 1946 - King Cole Trio, Volume 2 - Nat King Cole Trio (2 weeks)
  • 1963 - Days of Wine and Roses - Andy Williams (1 week)
  • 1974 - 461 Ocean Boulevard - Eric Clapton (4 weeks)
  • 1996 - Beats, Rhymes and Life - A Tribe Called Quest (1 week)
  • 2002 - The Rising - Bruce Springsteen (2 weeks)
  • 2013 - Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1991 - Can You Stop the Rain - Peabo Bryson (2 weeks)
  • 1996 - Twisted - Keith Sweat (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1968 - Heaven Says Hello - Sonny James (1 week)
  • 1974 - As Soon As I Hang Up the Phone - Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty (1 week)
  • 1985 - Highwayman - Highwaymen (1 week)
  • 1991 - You Know Me Better Than That - George Strait (3 weeks)
  • Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1968 - Classical Gas - Mason Williams (3 weeks)

Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1974 - When Will I See You Again - Three Degrees (2 weeks)
  • 2013 - We Can't Stop - Miley Cyrus (1 week)
  • 2017 - Feels - Calvin Harris Featuring Pharrell, Katy Perry & Big Sean (1 week)

Number Ones - U.K. Albums
  • 1968 - Bookends - Simon & Garfunkel (5 weeks)
  • 1985 - Now That's What I Call Music 5 - Various Artists (5 weeks)
  • 2002 - By the Way - Red Hot Chili Pepper (2 weeks (3 previous weeks))
  • 2017 - Divide - Ed Sheeran (3 weeks (14 previous weeks))

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