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Today's Birthdays, 10/17
The Turtles guitarist Jim Tucker is 68.
Seals & Crofts' Jim Seals is 73.
Gary Pucket and the Union Gap's Gary Pucket is 72.
Spinal Tap's David Saint Hubbins is 67.
Reggae singer Ziggy Marley is 46.


Today In History, 10/17
In 1957
Elvis Presley's movie "Jailhouse Rock" had its premier in
Memphis.

In 1960
Dion and the Belmonts broke up.

The Drifters' "Save The Last Dance For Me" hit number one on the pop singles chart.

In 1962
The Beatles made their first appearance on Britain's Grenada TV Network, performing "Love Me Do" on the show "People and Places."

In 1963
The Beatles had lunch with contest winners from "Boyfriend" magazine in London.  Afterward the band hit the studio to record  "I Want To Hold Your Hand," "You Really Got A Hold On Me," "This Boy," and the fan club Christmas record.

In 1964
Manfred Mann's "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" hit number one on the pop singles chart.

Martha and the Vandellas' "Dancing in the Street" peaked at number two on the pop singles chart.

Gale Garnett's "We'll Sing in the Sunshine" peaked at number four on the pop singles chart.

Chad & Jeremy's "A Summer Song" peaked at number seven on the pop singles chart.

The Beach Boys' "When I Grow Up (To Be A Man)" peaked at number nine on the pop singles chart.

In 1965
The Beatles' "Yesterday" was number one on the pop singles chart.

The Rolling Stones released the album "Out Of Our Heads."

In 1967
A memorial service for the Beatles' late manager Brian Epstein took place at the New London Synagogue.

The Miracles released the single "I Second That Emotion."

Bob Dylan began recording sessions for the album "John Westley Harding."

In 1968
New single releases included the Supremes' "Love Child" and Jose Feliciano's "The Star-Spangled Banner."

In 1969
The Kinks were allowed to tour the U.S. for the first time in four years.  The band previously had difficulty receiving permits from the American Federation of Musicians.

The Rolling Stones arrived in Los Angeles to begin preparations for the band's upcoming U.S. tour.

In 1970
The Jackson 5's "I'll Be There" hit number one on the pop singles chart.

Sugarloaf's "Green Eyed Lady" peaked at number three on the pop singles chart.

Free's "All Right Now" peaked at number four on the pop singles chart.

Bobby Bloom's "Montego Bay" broke into the Top 40.

In 1973
Keith Richards and girlfriend Anita Pallenberg received suspended sentences and one-thousand-dollar fines each in connection with a 1971 drug bust in Ville-France-Sur-Mer, France.  In addition, Richards was banned from entering France for two years.

In 1974
Santana released the album "Borboletta."

In 1975
Bee Gee Maurice Gibb married Yvonne Spencely.  It was his second marriage.

In 1978
The Neil Diamond-Barbra Streisand single "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" was released.

In 1981
Foreigner's "Waiting For A Girl Like You" broke into the Top 40.

In 1987
The Bee Gees' "You Win Again" hit number one on the UK pop singles chart.

In 1988
The Traveling Wilburys' released the single "Handle With Care," while the album "Opel," a collection of previously unreleased material from former Pink Floyd frontman Syd Barrett, was issued in the UK.

In 1989
Kiss released the album "Hot In The Shade."

In 1990
Steppenwolf's hit "Born To Be Wild" re-entered the Top 10 in the Netherlands.

In 1991
John Mellencamp was hospitalized after he experienced dizzy spells during a radio station interview in Seattle.  Doctors said his problems were caused by, quote, "too much coffee, stress, and not enough breakfast."

In 1994
Billy Joel performed for the opening of the Gund Arena in Cleveland.

Robert Plant and Jimmy Page released the album "No Quarter."

In 1995
Fifty-eight episodes of "The Monkees" were released in the largest video boxed set ever, issued by Rhino Home Video.

Bruce Springsteen made a surprise appearance at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

In 1997
More than two-thousand people attended the funeral service for John Denver in Aurora, Colorado.  He had died in a plane crash five days earlier.

In 1998
Aerosmith offered a webcast of their concert in Holmdel, New Jersey.  Band members served as their own cameramen, with microwave cameras attached to instruments and mic stands.

In 1999
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played the first concert at the new Staples Center in Los Angeles.

In 2003
Randy Bachman performed a homecoming concert in Winnipeg, Canada.

In 2004
The Queen-based musical "We Will Rock You" opened in Moscow.  Band members Roger Taylor and Brian May attended the premiere.

The Little River Band was inducted into the Australian Record Industry Association Hall of Fame during the ARIA Awards in Sydney.

In 2006
Visitation for the late Freddy Fender took place at Queen of the Universe Catholic Church in San Benito, Texas.  Fender died three days earlier after a battle with lung cancer.  He was 69.

ZZ Top received the Living Legend Award at the International Entertainment Buyers Association's annual convention in Nashville.

In 2007
Dionne Warwick turned up on a California tax deliquency list of people who owed the state more than a million-dollars.  The singer was reportedly behind to the tune of two-point-seven-million-dollars.

In 2008
The Four Tops' Levi Stubbs Jr. died at his Detroit home.  The legendary singer had been in poor health for years, having battled both cancer and a stroke.  Stubbs was 72.
 
 
Today's Birthdays, 10/16 Bachman-Turner Overdrive bassist C.F. Turner is 71.
Former Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir is 67.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea is 52.
Rainbow keyboardist Tony Carey is 61.

Today in History, 10/16 In 1951
Little Richard hit the recording studio for the first time with a session in Atlanta.

In 1954
Elvis Presley made his first appearance on the "Louisiana Hayride" radio show.  He was given a year long contract to continue appearing on the show.

In 1957
Sam Cooke released the single "You Send Me."

In 1959
Bobby Darin's "Mack the Knife" hit number one on the UK pop singles chart.

In 1961
Bobby Darin's "You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby" peaked at number five on the pop singles chart.

The Marvelettes' "Please Mr. Postman" broke into the Top 40.

In 1962
The Motown Revue Tour, featuring the Miracles, Marvin Gaye, the Supremes, Mary Wells, and Little Stevie Wonder, began in Washington, DC.

In 1964
The Beatles appeared on the TV show "Ready Steady Go."

In 1965
Roy Head and the Traits' "Treat Her Right" peaked at number two on the pop singles chart.

Herman's Hermits' "Just A Little Bit Better" peaked at number seven on the pop singles chart.

The Lovin' Spoonful's "Do You Believe In Magic" peaked at number nine on the pop singles chart.

The Rolling Stones' "Get Off My Cloud" broke into the Top 40.

In 1967
Joan Baez was among more than a hundred anti-draft protesters who were arrested at the Armed Forces Induction Center in Oakland, California.  She was sentenced to ten days in prison.

In 1968
Led Zeppelin, under the name the New Yardbirds, played its first concert at a club in London.

Jay and the Americans recorded the song "This Magic Moment."

In 1969
Beach Boy Brian Wilson became the father to a daughter, Wendy.

In 1971
The Carpenters' "Superstar" peaked at number two on the pop singles chart.

The Osmonds' "Yo-Yo" peaked at number three on the pop singles chart.

Stevie Wonder's "If You Really Love Me" peaked at number eight on the pop singles chart.

Isaac Hayes released "Theme From 'Shaft.'"

In 1972
Creedence Clearwater Revival announced the group was breaking up.

In 1976
Boston's "More Than A Feeling" broke into the Top 40.

Stevie Wonder released the album "Songs in the Key of Life."

In 1977
Steely Dan released the album "Aja."

In 1982
Alan Parsons Project's "Eye In The Sky" peaked at number three on the pop singles chart.

Jackson Browne's "Somebody's Baby" peaked at number seven on the pop singles chart.

America's "You Can Do Magic" peaked at number eight on the pop singles chart.

In 1986
Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, and Robert Cray joined Chuck Berry on stage in St. Louis for the rock legend's 60th birthday party concert.  The show was featured in the movie "Hail! Hail! Rock 'N' Roll."

 In 1990
ZZ Top released the album "Recycler."

In 1992
George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Neil Young were among the artists on hand for a salute to Bob Dylan at MadisonSquareGarden in New York.

In 1993
Aretha Franklin sang the U.S. National Anthem at a World Series game in Toronto.

In 1997
Alice Cooper was recognized for his contribution to the world of fantasy and horror as the first recipient of the Eyegore Award from Universal Studios in Hollywood.

Bob Dylan received the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize Trust in New York.

In 1999
Santana hit number one on the pop singles chart with "Smooth."

In 2001
New album releases included John Mellencamp's "Cuttin' Heads" and the September 11th fundraiser "The Day America Cried - Songs of Hope For a Unified Nation," which included contributions from members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Night Ranger, and .38 Special.

In 2002
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' album "The Last DJ" debuted at number nine on the Billboard 200 album chart, while Elvis Presley's "ELV1S 30 #1 HITS" marked its third consecutive week at number one on the list.

In 2003
Simon and Garfunkel began their "Old Friends" reunion tour with a show in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.  It was the duo's first road trip in more than a decade.

Brian Wilson hosted "An Evening with Brian Wilson and Friends," an fundraising event in support of his late brother's charity, the Carl Wilson Foundation.  Heart and Sugar Ray also performed.  Elton John was also expected to participate, but had to cancel at the last minute.

Duane Eddy hosted a guitar master class at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

In 2004
Queen's Roger Taylor and Brian May performed at the MTV Russia Awards in Moscow with local singer Zemfira -- who's considered the Janis Joplin of Russia.  They played the song "We Are The Champions."

In 2006
Meat Loaf presented "Bat Out of Hell on Broadway" before a sold out house at London's Royal Albert Hall.  The three-act show offered a chronological presentation of material from the singer's three "Bat" albums.

In 2007
Peter Gabriel received the BMI Icon Award at the performing rights organization's annual dinner event in London.

New releases included the AC/DC DVD "Plug Me In" and the DVD "Runnin' Down a Dream: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers."

In 2008
Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel performed a collaborative concert at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom in support of Illinois Senator Barack Obama's presidential campaign.

In 2011
Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and James Taylor were among the performers at the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington, DC.

In 2012
Memphis, Tennessee announced the launch of the Memphis Music Hall of Fame.  Inaugural inductees included Elvis Presley, Isaac Hayes, Al Green, and ZZ Top.  Otis Redding, Booker T. and the MG's, Jerry Lee Lewis, B.B. King, Howlin' Wolf, and The Staple Singers were also among the first 25 stars receiving the honor.

Today's Birthdays, Wednesday, October 15.
The Jackson's Tito Jackson is 61.
The Carpenters' Richard Carpenter is 68.
Chris DeBurgh is 66.
Barry McGuire is 79.  He's best known for the hit "Eve of Destruction."
Moby Grape drummer Don Stevenson is 72.

Today In History, Wednesday, October 15.
In 1956
Little Richard recorded "Good Golly Miss Molly" in a studio in
New Orleans.

In 1958
Jackie Wilson recorded the song "Lonely Teardrops."

In 1960
The Miracles released the single "Shop Around," which became Motown Records' first million-seller.

In 1961
Elvis Presley recorded "Good Luck Charm" at RCA's studio in Nashville.

In 1966
Australia banned The Troggs' "I Can't Control Myself" because authorities there found the song, quote, "terribly obscene."

Pink Floyd performed at the launching party for the British underground newspaper "International Times."

The Four Tops' "Reach Out I'll Be There" hit number one on the pop singles chart.

The Count Five's "Psychotic Reaction" peaked at number five on the pop singles chart.

Neil Diamond's "Cherry Cherry" peaked at number six on the pop singles chart.

The Four Seasons' "I've Got You Under My Skin" peaked at number nine on the pop singles chart.

The Monkees recorded "I'm A Believer" at RCA studios in New York.

In 1967
Simon & Garfunkel were a guest on "The Smothers Brothers Show."

In 1969
Frank Zappa released the album "Hot Rats."

In 1970
Neil Diamond released the album "Taproot Manuscript."

In 1971
Rick Nelson performed at the 7th annual Rock 'n' Roll Revival in New York's Madison Square Garden.  His performance of wasn't well received, as audience members wanted to hear his classic hits.  The experience inspired the hit "Garden Party."

In 1972
It was announced that Paul McCartney would be writing the title track to the upcoming James Bond film, "Live and Let Die."

In 1973
Keith Richard and Anita Pallenberg were convicted on drug charges in Nice, France. They were fined and given a suspended sentence.

Elvis Presley was hospitalized in Memphis with pneumonia.

The Who released the album "Quadrophenia."

In 1976
Fleetwood Mac released the album "Rumors."

Ike and Tina Turner ended their professional relationship.

RKO owned radio stations refused to play Rod Stewart's "Tonight's the Night" because of its suggestive lyrical content.

Ringo Starr released the single "A Dose of Rock 'n' Roll."

In 1977
Chicago's "Baby What A Big Surprise" broke into the Top 40.

Lynyrd Skynyrd released the album "Street Survivors," with the original cover featuring the band members engulfed in flames.

In 1978
Heart released the album "Dog and Butterfly."

In 1979
Fleetwood Mac released the album "Tusk."

In 1983
Paul McCartney's "Say Say Say" broke into the Top 40.

In 1987
Joe Satriani released the album "Surfing With The Alien."

In 1991
John Fogerty and his wife Julie had a son, Shane Cody Fogerty.

In 1995
Paul and Linda McCartney made an animated appearance on the Fox show "The Simpsons."

In 1997
John Denver's remains were cremated and flown to Aurora, Colorado for a memorial service.

AC/DC released the album "Bonfire."

In 2002
Ray Charles performed with the Utah Symphony Orchestra at a benefit concert supporting health care services for children.

David Bowie and Santana performed at the "2002 VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards" in New York.  Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler took the Rockstyle award at the event.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers showcased their latest album, "The Last DJ," with the first of two concerts in Los Angeles.  The show was broadcast via closed circuit to movie theaters and radio stations in selected cities across the country.

In 2003
Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick was shot in the leg during a scuffle among club-goers at the Rainbow Room in Los Angeles.

Yoko Ono announced that she'd approved plans for a Broadway musical based on the life and solo work of the late John Lennon.

In 2005
The Delfonics, the Chi-Lites, the Stylistics, Peaches & Herb, and Sister Sledge featuring Kathy Sledge were among the performers at the We Are Family Hurricane Katrina Benefit in Washington, DC.

In 2006
Billy Joel, founding Kiss drummer Peter Criss, Lesile West, and Joan Jett were among the honorees who attended the first induction ceremony for the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.  Members of Vanilla Fudge, Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge, Gary U.S. Bonds, and the Rascals' Felix Cavaliere also appeared at the event.

In 2007
The documentary "Runnin' Down a Dream: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers" received a special theatrical screening on the eve of its release on DVD.

In 2008
Levon Helm was among the performers at the "All for the Hall" benefit in New York, supporting the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.

In 2010
Bon Jovi headlined the first of two "Concerts For The Coast" in Gulf Shores, Alabama.  The free shows were held to help revive tourism in the region following the devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico six months earlier.  Country star Brad Paisley played the second show two days later.

In 2011
U2's Bono and The Edge and Stevie Wonder took part in former President Bill Clinton's "A Decade of Difference: A Concert Celebrating Ten Years of the William J. Clinton Foundation" benefit event in Los Angeles.

In 2013
Former Sex Pistols frontman Johnny Rotten -- also known as John Lydon -- received the BMI Icon Awards at the BMI London Awards.

Simple Minds launched their first U.S. tour in over a decade with a show in Los Angeles.

David Bowie took the top spot in a "BBC History Magazine" poll looking for the best-dressed Briton ever in the history of the UK.