September 17 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
September 17

1964 : Charles Finley, who owns the Kansas City Athletics baseball team, pays The Beatles $150,000 to play a show at his Municipal Stadium. The Beatles add their version of "Kansas City" to the setlist, marking their only American performance of the song.

1967 : Keith Moon of The Who rigs his bass drum to explode at the end of My Generation during the group's appearance on CBS-TV's Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, but secretly hides 10 times the amount of cherry bombs in his drum kit. The resulting explosion caused a momentary breakdown in transmission across America, left Pete Townshend permanently deaf in one ear and a flying cymbal sliced into Moon's arm.

1968 : 5th Dimension's "Stoned Soul Picnic" is certified gold.

1975 : Mayor Stephen Juba of Winnipeg, Canada, declares today "Guess Who Day" in honor of its native sons.

1983 : Vanessa Williams, who would become a popular actress and score a #1 hit with "Save The Best For Last", becomes the first black Miss America. She gives up the title the next year after naked photos of her appear in Penthouse.

1997 : Fleetwood Mac begin their first tour in 20 years at the Meadows Music Theatre in Hartford, Connecticut. The tour would produce a live album called The Dance.

1998 : A 19-year-old named Amit Singh is removed from the plane after harassing the members of Hootie & the Blowfish on their flight from New York to Los Angeles.

1998 : Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard (Russell Jones) is arrested on a charge of making terrorist threats. The rapper is detained at a West Hollywood police station following an incident at the House of Blues nightclub. According to a Los Angeles Sheriff's Department spokesman, the rapper was drunk and disorderly while attending a gig at the club and was ejected by security staff, at which point "he threatened to return and kill them all".

1999 : It is announced that rap entrepreneur Percy Miller (Master P) has signed an NBA contract with the Toronto Raptors. During the NBA summer league, Miller averaged 24 points, six rebounds and eight assists.

1999 : Rapper Eminem is hit with a $10 million defamation lawsuit filed by his mother Debbie Mathers-Briggs. The suit charges that the rapper made defamatory remarks about his mother in several interviews, including that she was "pill-popping" and "lawsuit-happy".

2000 : The governor of Georgia inducts Trisha Yearwood into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.

2003 : Former Smashing Pumpkins frontman and Zwan leader Billy Corgan presents a multimedia poetry performance in his Chicago hometown, opening the Poetry Center of Chicago's 31st Annual Reading Series at the Art Institute of Chicago's Rubloff Auditorium.

2011 : Huey Lewis and the News play at the 54th Monterey Jazz Festival in California.

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