July 17 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
July 17

1954 : The Newport Jazz Festival, the world's first such, event, debuts on the tennis courts of the Newport Casino in Rhode Island.

1955 : Walt Disney opens his amusement park, Disneyland, in Anaheim, California, and on the live ABC television special he introduces his new teen and pre-teen sensations, the Mousketeers, including future star Annette Funicello.

1967 : Jimi Hendrix plays his eighth and final show as the opening act for The Monkees, which understandably does not go well as Monkees fans want nothing to do with Hendrix.

1972 : While touring in Montreal, a bomb goes off under one of The Rolling Stones' trucks. There are no injuries, and the show goes on as planned.

1975 : Bob Marley and the Wailers play a historic concert at London's Lyceum Theater which would feature the acclaimed Legend version of "No Woman No Cry".

1979 : Gary Moore leaves Thin Lizzy in mid-tour, Midge Ure replaces him as lead guitarist.

1981 : Universal Pictures releases the romantic drama Endless Love starring Brooke Shields. The film's theme song "Endless Love", featuring a duet by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross, spends nine weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and earns Richie an Academy Award nomination for Best Song.

1987 : Keith Richards signs a solo deal with Virgin Records.

1991 : The 1991 version of Lynyrd Skynyrd starts a world tour in the city they never reached 14 years before: Baton Rouge, Louisiana. That's where the band was headed on October 20, 1977 when a plane crash took the lives of three band members, their assistant road manager, and two pilots.

2004 : At the end of her show at the Aladdin Hotel in Vegas, Linda Ronstadt dedicates her encore, a cover of the Eagles' Desperado, to filmmaker Michael Moore, urging fans to go see his current movie, Fahrenheit 9/11. A shocked audience reacts mostly with boos; approximately half walk out on the spot.

Texts from calendar.songfacts.com


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