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Today's Birthdays, April 17th
Little Feat bassist Roy Estrada is 71.  He was also a member of Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention and Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band.
Jan Hammer is 66.  In addition to his career, he's also worked with Jeff Beck.
Michael Sembello is 60.  He's best known for the 1983 chart-topping hit "Maniac."

Today In History,April 17th
In 1955
Fats Domino released the single "Ain't That A Shame."

In 1960
Eddie Cochran died from injuries suffered in a car accident in
England a day earlier.  Gene Vincent and songwriter Sharon Sheeley were with Cochran in the car, and while they were also injured they survived the accident.  Cochran was 21.

Pat Boone and his family were featured on the cover of "Parade" magazine.

In 1964
Them made their first concert appearance, at the Maritime Hotel in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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

Gary Lewis and the Playboys' "Count Me In," Herman's Hermits' "Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter" and "Silhouettes," and The Righteous Brothers' "Just Once In My Life" broke into the Top 40.

In 1969
Bob Dylan's former backing group, The Band, made their solo concert debut with a show at the Winterland in San Francisco.

In 1970
Paul McCartney released his debut solo album, "McCartney."

In 1971
Three Dog Night's "Joy To The World" hit number one on the pop singles chart.

Paul McCartney's "Another Day" peaked at number five on the pop singles chart.

The Doors released the single "Love Her Madly."

In 1972
Keith Richards became a father to a girl when Anita Pallenberg gave birth to their daughter, Dandelion.

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

In 1974
Sha Na Na guitarist Vinnie Taylor died of a heroin overdose.  He was 25.

In 1976
Dr. Hook's "Only Sixteen" peaked at number six on the pop singles chart.

Paul McCartney's "Silly Love Songs" broke into the Top 40.

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

In 1978
Paul McCartney and Wings released the album "London Town."

In 1982
Huey Lewis and the News' "Do You Believe In Love" peaked at number seven on the pop singles chart.

Stevie Nicks' "Edge of Seventeen" peaked at number eleven on the pop singles chart.

Van Halen's "(Oh) Pretty Woman" peaked at number 12 on the pop singles chart.

In 1983
Mountain bassist Felix Pappalardi was killed after he was shot by his wife, Gail Collins.  While Pappalardi had been having an affair, Collins claimed the shooting was accidental, and that the weapon fired when Pappalardi was showing her how to use the gun.  Pappalardi was 43.

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

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

In 1990
Barry Manilow released the video "Live on Broadway."

In 1998
Linda McCartney, the rock photographer wife of Sir Paul McCartney and onetime member of the band Wings, died of breast cancer in Tucson, Arizona.  She was 56.  McCartney, a vegetarian who marketed her own line of meat-free dishes, had been battling the disease for three years.

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

In 2003
Ike Turner and the Kings of Rhythm, Eric Burdon and the New Animals, Love featuring Arthur Lee, and longtime Chuck Berry keyboardist Johnnie Johnson were among the performers at the five-day Australian East Coast Blues and Roots Festival.

In 2005
Tom Jones admitted to the UK newspaper "Wales on Sunday" that at one point, after an unsuccessful attempt at launching his career, he was so depressed that for a fleeting moment he considered ending his life.  He explained he, quote, "didn't want to go back to Wales without proving myself."  Just a few weeks later "It's Not Unusual" became his first chart-topping hit single.

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.

The Stooges' Iggy Pop and Ron and Scott Asheton announced that they were working on a new album together.  It was the band's first project in 33 years.

In 2007
Phil Spector's lawyers were having trouble with jury selection in the producer's murder trial, saying interviews of potential panel members indicated a general bias against celebrities and a prejudgement against Spector.

In 2008
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band keyboardist Danny Federici died at New York City's Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center following a three-year battle with melanoma.  He was 58.  It ended a 40-year musical partnership between Springsteen and Federici.  The band postponed their next three shows in the wake of Federici's 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.