October 17th: On this Day
1962, In between their lunchtime and night shows at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, The Beatles travelled to Granada TV Centre in Manchester to make their television debut. They appeared live on the local magazine program People and Places performing two songs ‘Some Other Guy’ and ‘Love Me Do’. Read the full story
1964, Manfred Mann started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Do Wah Diddy Diddy', possibly the first No.1 with a nonsense song title. Also a No.1 in the UK, the song was first released by the US group The Exciters. More Nonsense Song Titles
1970, The Jackson Five started a five-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I'll Be There'. The group's fourth No.1 of 1970, it made No.4 in the UK. Motown records claimed the group had sold over 10 million records during this year.
1973, The Rolling Stones performed two shows at Foret Nationale, Brussels, Belgium, as part of a tour of the UK and Europe. Opening for the tour's shows were Billy Preston and American group Kracker, the first band to be signed to Rolling Stones Records. Bobby Keys didn’t show up for the concert, which resulted in him being banned by Mick Jagger from future Rolling Stones tours until 1989, with occasional exceptions. According to legend Bobby missed the gig due to him filling a hotel bathtub with Dom Perignon champagne and drinking most of it.
1981, Christopher Cross started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Arthur's Theme, (Best That You Can Do)', his second US No.1. and a No.7 hit in the UK.
1987, The Bee Gees became the only group to have a UK No.1 single in each of the three decades, (60's, 70's & 80's), when 'You Win Again' went to No.1 on the UK singles chart. The brothers fifth and last No.1.
1991, American singer and television presenter Tennessee Ernie Ford died of liver failure. Had the 1955 US & UK No.1 hit with his version of the Merle Travis song ‘Sixteen Tons'. In the 60’s hosted a daytime talk show, The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show on the ABC television network.
1992, Tasmin Archers debut single 'Sleeping Satellite' was at No.1 in the UK, the English singer, songwriters only No.1. Archer wrote the song in the late 1980s about the moon landings in 1969, but it was only when Archer got a record deal that the song saw the light of day.
1995, During an interview with The Observer magazine Noel Gallagher from Oasis said he wished Damon Albarn and Alex Cox of Blur would die from AIDS. He later retracted his statement.
1995, Sting's former accountant Keith Moore was sentenced to six years in jail after being found guilty of embezzling £6 million from the singer's 108 bank accounts.
1998, UK newspaper the Daily Star ran a story claiming that R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe had admitted that he was gay during an MTV interview shown in the US. Stipe was voicing his disgust at the killing of a young gay student in the US.
1998, The Barenaked Ladies went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'One Week'.
1999, It was reported that Michael Jackson had played a secret gig at a martial arts exhibition in Barnstaple, England. The man who had arrived in the white stretch limo was Navi, a Londoner who claims to be the world's number one Jako impersonator.
1999, Thomas Durden died aged 79. Wrote the lyrics to 'Heartbreak Hotel' one of Elvis Presley's early hits. Durden had read a newspaper account of a man who had committed suicide, the man had left a note saying, ''I walk a lonely street,'' Durden used the phrase as the basis for 'Heartbreak Hotel.’ Read the full story
2000, A flat in Montague Sq. London, which was once owned during the 60's by Ringo Starr, went on the market for £575,000. The two bedrooms, two-story property was also home for Jimi Hendrix, John & Yoko and Paul McCartney during the 60's. Read the full story
2001, Songwriter and composer Jay Livingston died of pneumonia. Best known for writing hits with Ray Evans for Doris Day, (‘Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)’ and Nat King Cole, (Mona Lisa).
2002, Derek Bell instrumentalist in the Irish folk group The Chieftains died of cardiac arrest in Phoenix, Arizona. Joined the group in 1975, released the 1981 solo album Derek Bells Plays With Himself, awarded an MBE in the 2000 for services to traditional music.
2004, Michael Jackson's long-time lawyer, Steve Cochran, left the star's defence team. Jackson who was fighting child abuse charges, said in a statement that the lawyer had taken a "temporary leave of absence" but would still "collaborate".
2005, Freddie Mercury's 1974 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow failed to sell in an eBay auction, having not met its reserve price. It had been listed by his sister, Kashmira Cooke, who had inherited the car from him. The auction had attracted nearly 200 bids and exceeded £60,000 (approximately $93,000). The luxury vehicle had not appeared in public since 2002, when it had been used to transport the Bulsara family to the premiere of the Queen stage musical We Will Rock You. It came with a box of Kleenex Mansize tissues left in the car by Freddie. Read the full story
2007, US singer Teresa Brewer died aged 76. She was one of the most popular US pop singers of the 1950s scoring hits such as ‘Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now’ and ‘Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall.’ She also sang with Tony Bennett, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and Wynton Marsalis.
2008, Four Tops singer Levi Stubbs died at his Detroit home, aged 72. Stubbs had been in ill health since being diagnosed with cancer in 1995 and a stroke and other health problems led him to stop touring in 2000. The group signed with Motown Records in 1963 and produced 20 Top 40 hits over the following 10 years, making music history with other acts in Berry Gordy's Motown stable.
2008, Madonna and Guy announced that their seven-year marriage was over because they had drifted apart. The press reported that without a pre-nuptial agreement, Ritchie could be looking at up to £50million of Madonna’s £300million fortune.
2009, Johnny Depp presented Keith Richards with the the 'Rock Immortal' Award at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, California, as part of this years Scream Awards.
October 17th: Born on this day
1933, Born on this day, Floyd Cramer, country piano player, (1961 UK No.1 single 'On The Rebound'). Worked with Elvis Presley on 'Heartbreak Hotel' and other hits. Cramer died on 31st December 1997.
1934, Born on this day, Rico Rodrigues, The Specials, (1981 UK No.1 single 'Ghost Town').
1935, Born on this day, Michael Eavis, the farmer whose land is used to hold Glastonbury Festival, the first being in 1970 with T Rex headlining to a crowd of 1500.
1941, Born on this day, Alan Howard, bass, The Tremeloes, (1967 UK No.1 & US No.11 single 'Silence Is Golden').
1941, Born on this day, Jim Seals, guitar, fiddle, Seals & Croft, American singer, songwriter.
1946, Born on this day, Jim Tucker, guitar, The Turtles, (1967 US No.1 single 'Happy Together', 1967 UK No.4 single 'She'd Rather Be With Me').
1947, Born on this day, David St Hubbins, vocals, Spinal Tap, (1984 rock film 'This Is Spinal Tap').
1958, Born on this day, Alan Jackson, US singer, (2002 US No.1 album, 'Drive').
1962, Born on this day, Anne Rogers, bass, Popinjays, (1990 UK album 'Bang Up To Date With The Popinjays').
1967, Born on this day, Rene Dif, Aqua, (1997 UK No.1 single 'Barbie Girl').
1968, Born on this day, Ziggy Marley, Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers, (1988 UK No.22 single 'Tomorrow People'). His father late Bob Marley had his last haircut the year Ziggy was born.
1972, Born on this day, Eminem, US Rapper, (Marshall Bruce Mathers III), 2000 UK No.1 single 'The Real Slim Shady', 2000 world wide No.1 album 'The Marshall Mathers LP.'
1972, Born on this day, Wyclef Jean, The Fugees, (1996 UK No.1 single 'Killing Me Softly'. Solo 1998 UK No.3 single 'Gone Till November').
1977, Born on this day, Chris Kirkpatrick, *NSYNC, (2000 US No.1 single 'It's Gonna Be Me', 1999 UK No.5 single 'I Want You Back').