October 17 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
October 17

1960 : Dion & The Belmonts breakup becomes official when it is reported in Billboard magazine. Lead singer Dion DiMucci claims the group's not bluesy enough; the band claims Dion just wants a taste of solo fame.

1967 : The Beatles attend a small, quiet memorial service for their manager Brian Epstein, held at the New London Synagogue in St. John's Wood (near the Abbey Road Studios).

1969 : Led Zeppelin's third US tour opens, at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

1969 : Jefferson Airplane's Paul Kantner is busted for possessing marijuana.

1969 : The Kinks play their first US concert in four years when they open for Spirit at the Fillmore East in New York. They had been blacklisted in 1965 when they refused to join the musicians' union.

1989 : The first practice by the San Francisco band Four Non Blondes is postponed because of an earthquake, which also disrupts the World Series. The band would later have a hit with "What's Up".

1991 : John Mellencamp is hospitalized in Seattle after suffering dizzy spells during a promotion at a local radio station. His doctor later attributes the problem to "too much coffee, stress and not enough breakfast".

1991 : Sixties British singer Sandie Shaw is arrested and fined 100 pounds for refusing to take a breathalyzer test outside her home in London.

1995 : Sting's former financial adviser, convicted of bilking the singer to the tune of $9.4 million, is sentenced in a London court to six years in jail.

1997 : Warren G has beef with Garth Brooks and files a lawsuit against the country star, claiming he infringed on his "G" logo.

1998 : The Wilkinsons make their first official appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. They had made an informal appearance on the Opry once before, when they joined Vince Gill onstage before they had a record deal.

2000 : At a charity auction organized by Mick Fleetwood in London, singer George Michael pays one and a half million pounds for the upright piano on which John Lennon wrote the 1971 hit "Imagine".

2001 : Chart-topping rapper Jay-Z pleads guilty in a New York court to stabbing producer Lance "Un" Rivera in a December 1999 incident.

2004 : At the ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) Music Awards, Jet dominates the competition, winning awards for six of their seven nominations, including Album of the Year, Single of the Year, Best Group and Breakthrough Artist. During the ceremony Nic Chester performs as a member of the Australian super-group The Wrights.

2005 : Fats Domino returns to his Ninth Ward home for the first time since Hurricane Katrina to find it utterly destroyed, with his piano and several of his gold records among the ruined items.

2006 : Stevie Wonder receives a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis.

2007 : A section of Detroit's West Grand Boulevard (the original home of Motown Records) is renamed "Berry Gordy, Jr. Boulevard" after the Motown founder.

2007 : The state of California announces that Dionne Warwick owes nearly $2.67 in back taxes.

2008 : Guns N' Roses'album "Chinese Democracy" is finally announced to be coming out after more than a decade of waiting.

2008 : Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel are among the many artists lining up to play benefit shows for Barack Obama.

Texts from calendar.songfacts.com


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