June 17 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
June 17

1943 : After planning to return to his hometown and resume his career as a barber, Perry Como is signed to RCA Records.

1966 : Peter Green joins John Mayall's Bluesbreakers.

1966 : Paul McCartney buys the farm in Kintyre, Scotland, that would later inspire his 1977 megahit ballad Mull Of Kintyre.

1967 : Barbra Streisand sings for 135,000 fans at her concert in New York's Central Park, later released as the CBS-TV special and soundtrack album A Happening In Central Park.

1968 : Ohio Express' "Yummy Yummy Yummy" is certified gold.

1972 : Grateful Dead keyboard player and founding member Ron "Pigpen" McKernan plays his last show with the band at a Hollywood Bowl concert. Health problems force him to stop touring, and he dies in March, 1973 at age 27.

1980 : Led Zeppelin begin what would be their last tour with a concert in Dortmund, Germany.

1989 : Ringo Starr announces the second annual line-up of his All-Starr Band, featuring Billy Preston, Joe Walsh, Dr. John, Nils Lofgren and Clarence Clemons of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, and The Band's Levon Helm and Rick Danko.

1995 : Rod Stewart sets an attendance record at Wembley Stadium in London when 83,000 fans attend his concert. The record holds until 2009, when U2 draws 88,000 on their 360 tour.

1997 : At an Ozzfest date, Ozzy's voice gives out. Other bands play in an attempt to stem the discontent - Marilyn Manson among them - but nonetheless the crowd boils over, riots, and ultimately flips police cars.

2006 : Rolf Harris is honored with a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II.

Texts from calendar.songfacts.com


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