August 17 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
August 17

1915 : Leo Frank, the murderer of Mary Phagan, is kidnapped from his prison in Milledgeville, driven to Marietta, and lynched. This inspires the musical "Parade".

1960 : The Beatles start their run at the Indra Club in Hamburg, Germany, honing their skills with 4 hour sets where they play lots of R&B covers along with their original songs.

1962 : A riot breaks out during a Gary U.S. Bonds performance at the Boston Arena.

1968 : The Rascals' "People Got To Be Free" is certified gold.

1969 : Woodstock moves into day 3, with performances by Joe Cocker, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Blood, Sweat & Tears, and Country Joe and the Fish, who perform their famous "Fish Cheer".

1977 : It's the day after Elvis Presley is found dead, and throngs of fans come to Graceland to mourn. President Jimmy Carter releases a statement saying, in part, "Elvis Presley's death deprives our country of a part of itself. He was unique and irreplaceable."

1991 : Nirvana shoots their video for "Smells Like Teen Spirit". It was set to look like a deranged pep rally at "Anarchy High School", and featured fans recruited at a concert two days earlier. The video was a huge hit on MTV and helped propel Nirvana into the mainstream.

1992 : Wayne Newton files for bankruptcy, claiming debts of over $20 million.

1993 : While in therapy, the thirteen-year-old son of a Beverly Hills dentist, Jordan Chandler, alleges that singer Michael Jackson molested him while he visited Jackson's Neverland Ranch. The resultant civil suit costs Jackson over $20 million, but no criminal charges are filed, with Jackson's lawyers claiming the family in question had previously attempted to extort the singer.

1995 : Microsoft buys the rights to The Rolling Stones' 1981 smash "Start Me Up" to use as the theme for their Windows 95 rollout.

1997 : Liverpool, Nova Scotia, dedicates The Hank Snow Country Music Centre, a museum dedicated to its native country music legend.

1998 : Carlos Santana is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1999 : Derek Longmuir of The Bay City Rollers is arraigned on charges of possession of illegal drugs and child pornography. He is sentenced to 300 hours of community service.

2004 : Chevy officially ends its association with Bob Seger, whose 1986 hit "Like A Rock" had been used in Silverado ads since 1989. Two years later, General Motors would begin using John Mellencamp's "Our Country" as the Silverado theme.

2011 : "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" by Katy Perry hits #1 on the Hot 100, making her just the second artist with five #1 singles from the same album (Teenage Dream). The other five-time chart topper: Michael Jackson's Bad.

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