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Waky Week in Music History

Friday, April 17…

In 1965
The Moody Blues' "Go Now!" peaks at number ten on the pop singles chart.
 

In 1969
The Band, previously a backing group for Bob Dylan, made its solo concert debut at the Winterland in San Francisco.

In 1970
Joe Cocker's self-titled album was certified Gold.

In 1971
The Doors released the single "Love Her Madly."

In 1972
Keith Richards and Anita Pallenberg celebrated the birth of their daughter, Dandelion.

Emerson, Lake, and Palmer's album "Pictures At An Exhibition" was certified Gold.

In 1973
Pink Floyd's album "Dark Side of the Moon" was certified Gold.

In 1976
The Sweet's single "Action" peaked at number 20 on the pop singles chart.

In 1978
Eric Clapton's single "Lay Down Sally" and Warren Zevon's album "Excitable Boy" were certified Gold.

In 1982
Huey Lewis and the News' "Do You Believe In Love" peaked at number seven on the pop singles chart, while Van Halen's "(Oh) Pretty Woman" peaked at #12.

In 1986
Stevie Ray Vaughan cancelled his European tour because he feared attacks on Americans following the U.S. bombing of Libya three days earlier.

In 1987
David Bowie released the album "Never Let Me Down."

In 1992
Eric Clapton's album "24 Nights" was certified Gold.

In 1998
Linda McCartney died following a three-year battle with breast cancer.  She was 56.  In addition to being Paul McCartney's wife and collaborator in Wings, she was also an accomplished photographer, author, and entrepreneur.  She wrote two vegetarian cookbooks and marketed her own line of frozen meat-free dishes.

In 2001
Former Ramones frontman Joey Ramone was buried in New Jersey following a funeral service in Forest Hills, Queens.

In 2002
Jimi Hendrix's father, James A. Hendrix, died in Seattle, Washington, from congestive heart failure.  He was 82.

In 2006
Roger Waters announced that he was moving his summer concert in Israel from Tel Aviv to the mixed Jewish-Arab town of Nevah Shalom as a sign of support for those seeking a peaceful resolution to the problems in the region.
 
A special performance of the Elton John-Bernie Taupin musical "Lestat" was staged in New York as a fundraiser for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.  It was one of several special performances leading up to the show's official opening night.

In 2008
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band keyboardist Danny Federici died at New York City's MemorialSloan-KetteringCancerCenter following a three-year battle with melanoma.  He was 58.  It ended a 40-year musical partnership between Springsteen and Federici.  While Danny hadn't been performing with the group, the band still postponed their next three shows following his death.

In 2010
Blondie received The Music Icon Award at the 8th annual TV Land Awards.

In 2013
Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry received the ASCAP Founders Award, the organization's highest honor, in recognition of their influence and lasting body of work.