Music Calendar 5-17-21
In 1958 Buddy Holly's single "Rave On" is released.
In 1963 The first Monterey Folk Festival opens in Monterey, CA, including performances from Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Peter Paul & Mary.
In 1964 Bob Dylan makes his UK debut at Royal Albert Hall.
In 1967 With the release of "Chicago Transit Authority," Chicago becomes the first group to release a debut double album.
In 1968 Doris Day's album "Doris Day's Greatest Hits" is certified gold.
In 1971 The musical "Godspell" opens on Broadway.
In 1973 Yes receives gold records for both "Yes songs," their triple-record live set, and "The Yes Album."
In 1974 ABC airs an Elton John/Bernie Taupin TV special.
In 1975 Trying to break a fall, Mick Jagger puts his hand through a window at Gorman's restaurant on Long Island, requiring 20 stitches.
In 1975 Elton John is awarded a platinum record for "Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy," the first album to sell a million copies on its first day of release.
In 1975 "Swearin' To God" by Franki Valli and "I'm Not In Love" by 10cc both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1976 "Only Sixteen" by Dr. Hook is certified gold.
In 1978 Philips announces the development of the Compact Disc.
In 1978 Lou Reed begins a week-long concert series at NYC's "Bottom Line" to record his live album "Take No Prisoners."
In 1979 The Bee Gees appear on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
In 1980 Drummer, Peter Criss quits Kiss, and is replaced by Eric Carr.
In 1980 Paul McCartney's "Coming Up" video debuts on "Saturday Night Live."
In 1984 The Cars' album "Heartbeat City" is certified gold and platinum.
In 1986 "Nasty" by Janet Jackson and "Mad About You" by Belinda Carlisle both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1986 "The Greatest Love Of All" by Whitney Houston hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 3 weeks.
In 1987 Arson damages Tom Petty's Los Angeles home at a cost of $800,000.
In 1988 Rod Stewart's album "Out Of Order" is released.
In 1988 Cher's self-titled album "Cher" is certified gold.
In 1989 Debbie Gibson appears on "The Arsenio Hall Show" singing a rap tune containing the names of the evening's guests.
In 1991 "Summertime" by DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince is released.
In 1992 Orchestra leader Lawrence Welk dies of pneumonia at age 89.
In 1993 The U.S. Supreme Court refuses to reconsider a lower court ruling that granted the illegitimate daughter of Hank Williams Sr. partial rights to his music.
In 1993 Barry Manilow appears on CBS-TV's "Murphy Brown."
In 1995 Chuck Berry, Fats Domino and Little Richard appear together for the first time in Sheffield, England.
In 1996 R&B guitarist Johnny "Guitar" Watson collapses on stage in Japan and died of an apparent heart attack. He was 61.
In 1996 The singles "You're Makin' Me High" by Toni Braxton and "That's Why I Love You So Much" by Monica are both released.
In 1997 Anita Cochran makes her televised debut on the Grand Ole Opry.
In 1997 Paul McCartney participates in a live Internet chat which drew over 3 million fans.
In 2000 They Might Be Giants offers its second MP3-only release, the EP "Working Undercover For The Man."
In 2000 Bloodhound Gang's album "Hooray For Boobies" is certified gold and platinum.
In 2001 The new Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum opens in Nashville.