Wednesday, October 17, 2018
In 1960 Dion and the Belmonts break up.
In 1960 "New Orleans" by Gary U.S. Bonds enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1960 "Save The Last Dance For Me" by the Drifters hits #1 on the U.S.
top 40 chart and stayed there for 3 weeks.
In 1964 "She's Not There" by the Zombies enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1964 "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" by Manfred Mann hits #1 on the U.S. top 40
chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1965 The Rolling Stones' album "Out Of Our Heads" is released.
In 1965 The musical "On A Clear Day You Can See Forever," with a score by
Burton Lane and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, opens on Broadway.
In 1967 A memorial service is held for Beatles manager Brian Epstein at New
In 1967 "Hair," the musical, opens at New York Public Theatre.
In 1969 Joan Baez is arrested in a blockade of an Army Induction Center.
In 1969 The Kinks begin their first U.S. tour in 4 years.
In 1969 Led Zeppelin's album "Led Zeppelin II," containing the single "Whole
Lotta Love," is released. Also, the band begins their third U.S.
tour at New York's Carnegie Hall.
In 1970 "After Midnight" by Eric Clapton and "The Tears Of A Clown" by
Smokey Robinison & the Miracles both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1970 "I'll Be There" by the Jackson 5 hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart
and stayed there for 5 weeks.
In 1975 Maurice Gibb (Bee Gees) marries his second wife, Yvonne Spencely.
In 1975 David Bowie's single "Fame" is certified gold.
In 1977 Lynyrd Skynyrd's album "Street Survivors" is released.
In 1978 Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand record "You Don't Bring Me
In 1981 Harden My Heart" by Quarterflash and "Young Turks" by Rod Stewart
both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1981 "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" by Christopher Cross hits #1
on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 3 weeks.
In 1983 Michael Jackson appears on the cover of People magazine.
In 1984 Blues singer Alberta Hunter dies at the age of 89.
In 1986 "Sid & Nancy," the film biography of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious
and his girlfriend, opens nationally.
In 1987 "Lost In Emotion" by Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam is #1 on the U.S. top 40
In 1988 The Traveling Wilbury's single "Handle With Care" is released.
In 1990 Eric Clapton's album "Crossroads" is certified platinum.
In 1991 The Judds announce Naomi Judd's retirement from Country music due
to chronic hepatitis.
In 1991 John Mellencamp is hospitalized in Seattle after suffering dizzy
spells. His doctor later attributes the problem to "too much coffee,
stress and not enough breakfast."
In 1994 Billy Joel performs the opening concert at Cleveland's Gund Arena.
In 1994 The album "No Quarter" by Jimmy Page & Robert Plant is released.
In 1994 Neil Diamond's album "Love At The Greek" is certified double
platinum, while Billy Joel's album "An Innocent Man" goes platinum
for the seventh time.
In 1995 Bruce Springsteen joins Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers on stage
at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ. It was the club where
Springsteen began his career.
In 1995 Sting's former financial adviser, convicted of cheating the singer
out of $9.4 million, is sentenced in a London court to six years in
In 1997 The TV series "Players" starring rapper Ice-T debuts on NBC.
In 1997 Warren G files suit against Garth Brooks alleging that Brooks
infringed on the rapper's trademarked circled "g" logo.
In 1997 More than 2000 jam into an Aurora, Colorado, church for John
Denver's funeral service.
In 1998 The Wilkinsons made their first official appearance on the Grand
In 1998 "One Week" by Barenaked Ladies is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1999 Johnny Cash is readmitted to Baptist Hospital in Nashville,
suffering from pneumonia. He nearly died from it a year earlier.
In 1999 Santana's album "Supernatural" jumps to #1 in retail sales. It was
the group's first #1 release in 28 years.
In 2000 John Lennon's piano, used to compose "Imagine," tops the list of
items available on a live and Internet Beatles auction.
In 2001 Oscar-winning songwriter Jay Livingston dies at age 86.
In 2001 Rapper Jay-Z pleads guilty in a New York court to stabbing producer
Lance "Un" Rivera in December, 1999.
In 2008 Four Tops lead singer Levi Stubbs dies in Detroit. He was 72.
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