May 17 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
Miscellaneous
May 17

1958 : It's "Jerry Lee Lewis Day" in the singer's hometown of Ferriday, Louisiana.
 

1963 : It's the very first Monterey Folk Festival, featuring Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Peter, Paul and Mary and Joan Baez.

1966 : Bob Dylan, who had recently "gone electric" and added rock and roll instruments to his folk music, appears at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England; just before he begins a version of his latest hit, "Like A Rolling Stone", a member of the audience, a folk purist angry at the move to rock, shouts out, "Judas!" Dylan responds with "I don't believe you", adding, "You're a liar!" and proceeds to tell the band to play the song "f--king loud".

1973 : The Yes Album and Yessongs are certified gold.

1975 : Elton John's LP Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy is certified platinum.

1975 : An angry Mick Jagger thrusts his hand through the plate-glass window of a restaurant in Montauk, New York, requiring 20 stitches.

1987 : Tom Petty's home in Encino, California, is ravaged by fire, causing over a million dollars' worth of damage.

1995 : Chuck Berry, Fats Domino and Little Richard share the stage for the first time ever at a concert in Sheffield, England.

2003 : June Carter Cash's funeral is held in her hometown of Henderson, Tennessee, with two thousand mourners attending, including her husband Johnny Cash as well as Kris Kristofferson and Hank Willams, Jr. Emmylou Harris, the Oak Ridge Boys, and Sheryl Crow all perform tributes.

2011 : Rapper Wiz Khalifa and his girlfriend Amber Rose narrowly escape danger at a London nightclub. Khalifa was performing in the packed club when a bystander breaks a bottle over another patron's head. A fight ensues and Khalifa and Rose dodge bottles as they promptly exit the club with their entourage. Club promotors are upset that Khalifa ended his show early, as they reportedly paid the rapper 14,000 euros to do the show.

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