This Day in Rock Music History: September 17

    1931:  The first players to play 33 1/3 records were launched at the Savoy Plaza Hotel in New York City.
    1955:  Tennessee Ernie Ford recorded "Sixteen Tons".
    1955:  "Maybellene" by Chuck Berry logged week #7 at the top of the R&B chart.
    1962:  The Beatles, Billy Kramer, the Coasters and Rory Storm and the Hurricanes played at the Queen's Hall in Widnes, Cheshire, England.
    1964:  The Beatles were in concert at Municipal Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.
    1966:  Wilson Pickett boogied up to #1 with "Land of 1000 Dances".
    1966:  "Born Free" by Roger Williams was #1 on the Easy Listening chart.

    1966:  The Supremes spent a second week at #1 with the original version of "You Can't Hurry Love".  The Beatles moved up to challenge with "Yellow Submarine", swapping places with "Sunshine Superman" by Donovan.  The Association were on the move (14-4) with "Cherish" while the Hollies' big hit "Bus Stop" stopped off at #5.  The rest of the Top 10:  "See You in September" from the Happenings, Wilson Pickett was at position #7 with "Land of 1000 Dances", the Beach Boys entered the list with "Wouldn't It Be Nice", the Sandpipers were up to 9 with "Guantanamera" and Bobby Hebb had "Sunny".
    1967:  The Doors performed "Light My Fire" and "People are Strange" on The Ed Sullivan Show.

    1967:  The Who performed on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.  But that's just part of the story.  Drummer Keith Moon rigged his drumset to explode at the conclusion of "My Generation".  The result of the stunt was that Moon's leg was cut and Pete Townshend had permanent hearing loss. 
    1968:  Diana Ross recorded "Love Child" without the other Supremes.
    1972:  The Eagles were in concert at Veteran's Memorial Coliseum in Jacksonville, Florida.

    1973:  Billy Joel recorded "Piano Man".
    1975:  Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada declared today "Guess Who Day" in honor of Canada's all-time top band.
    1977:  20 Golden Greats by Diana Ross and the Supremes was the #1 album in the U.K.
    1977:  Carly Simon remained at #1 on the Easy Listening chart with "Nobody Does it Better".
    1977:  Ronnie McDowell gave us a touching instant tribute to Elvis Presley who died in August.  He moved from 89 to 40 with "The King is Gone".

    1977:  Andy Gibb reached #1 with his first single "I Just Want to Be Your Everything", holding off the Floaters and "Float On".  The four-week #1 "Best of My Love" from the Emotions was at #3 and James Taylor peaked at 4 with "Handy Man".  The rest of the Top 10:  Fleetwood Mac with the third hit from Rumours--"Don't Stop", K.C. & the Sunshine Band and "Keep It Comin' Love", the Brothers Johnson were up to 7 with "Strawberry Letter 23", ELO and "Telephone Line", the Sanford/Townsend Band had #9--"Smoke From a Distant Fire" and the London Symphony Orchestra reached #10 with the main title from the legendary movie Star Wars.

    1977:  Rumours by Fleetwood Mac broke the all-time record for weeks at #1 on the album chart with 19 on this date.
    1980:  The Bette Midler concert movie Divine Madness premiered in Los Angeles, California.
    1983:  Vanessa Williams (Miss New York) was crowned Miss America.
    1983:  Here's a good show--Def Leppard, Eddie Money, Motley Crue and Uriah Heap at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, California.
    1983:  Paul Young topped the U.K. album chart with No Parlez.

    1983:  Prince had a hot song that moved from 55 to 37 on this date--"Delirious".
    1983:  Michael Sembello remained at #1 with "Maniac" with Billy Joel climbing up with "Tell Her About It".  Men Without Hats were up to #3 with "The Safety Dance" and Bonnie Tyler's great song "Total Eclipse of the Heart" was going to be a serious factor in the weeks to come.  The rest of the Top 10:  two former 1's--the Eurythmics and "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) and "Every Break You Take" from the Police, Michael Jackson's "Human Nature" at #7, Taco with "Puttin' on the Ritz", Air Supply roared up from 15 to 9 with "Making Love Out of Nothing at All" and Asia cracked the Top 10 with "Don't Cry".
    1983:  Synchronicity returned to #1 for the Police on the album chart, temporarily derailing Thriller by Michael Jackson.  The Soundtrack to "Flashdance" was third with Pyromania by Def Leppard logging a 33rd week on the chart.
    1988:  Peter Cetera from Sun Valley, Idaho owned the #1 Adult Contemporary song for a third week with "One Good Woman".
    1988:  Michael Jackson had the #1 R&B song with "Another Part of Me".
    1988:  Hysteria sent a sixth week at #1 on the album chart for Def Leppard. 

    1989:  Paula Abdul won an Emmy Award for Best Choreography for her work on The Tracey Ullman Show.
    1991:  Guns N' Roses released the albums Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II.
    1994:  Boyz II Men made it five weeks at #1 on the R&B chart with "I'll Make Love to You".

    1994:  Boyz II Men owned the top song with "I'll Make Love to You", Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories were at #2 with "Stay (I Missed You)" and Changing Faces were going to "Stroke You Up".  Babyface was stuck at 4 with "When Can I See You" while John Mellencamp and Me'Shell NdegeOcello dropped with the remake of the Van Morrison song "Wild Night".  The rest of the Top 10:  Luther Vandross & Mariah Carey had a good remake of "Endless Love" that climbed from 31-6, Coolio's "Fantastic Voyage" was on its way down, Elton John was still in the Top 10 after 18 weeks with "Can You Feel the Love Tonight", Sheryl Crow's first big hit "All I Wanna' Do" joined the Top 10 and Warren G had "This D.J.". 
    1995:  The Eagles performed at the Pond in Anaheim, California.
    1997:  Fleetwood Mac began a reunion tour in Hartford, Connecticut.
    1998:  In today's episide
    2002:  Bono of U2 met with U.S. President George W. Bush to discuss giving more money towards AIDS initiatives.  Afterwards, Bono said "I'm not peddling a cause.  Seven thousand people dying per day is not a cause.  It's an emergency."  Bush did not increase funding.
    2003:  David Lee Roth tried to be cute on stage and it cost him.  He attempted a 15th-century samurai move and the staff he was using hit him in the face.  Roth required 21 stitches and had to cancel the remainder of his tour, but no word on if it knocked some sense into him.
    2006:  The Scissor Sisters owned the #1 song in the U.K. with "I Don't Feel Like Dancing".

    2004:  Israeli police arrested two Madonna bodyguards after they assaulted photographers waiting for Madonna at her hotel.  Hooray for Israel!!
    2008:  The United States Representatives passed a resolution honoring the late Isaac Hayes ("Theme From 'Shaft'") as a "passionate humanitarian".
    2009:  John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival was given a Lifetime Award for Songwriting by the American Music Association.
    2010:  Dick & Dee Dee ("The Mountain's High" from 1961) were inducted into the Mid-America Music Hall of Fame.

    Born This Day:

    1926:  Bill Black, famed bassist for Elvis Presley and leader of the Bill Black Combo, was born in Memphis, Tennessee; died of a brain tumor October 21, 1965.
    1933:  Jeanine Deckers, aka The Singing Nun ("Dominique" in 1963), was born in Brussels, Belgium; died March 29, 1986 by committing suicide.

    1939:  Lamonte McLemore, founder and vocalist with the Fifth Dimension, was born in St. Louis, Missouri.
    1946:  David Williams, session guitarist who played on all of Michael Jackson's later albums, was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad.
    1947:  Lol Creme of 10cc and Godley & Creme ("Cry") was born in Manchester, England.
    1947:  Jim Hodder, drummer for Steely Dan and did session work for Sammy Hagar and David Soul; drowned in his swimming pool at the age of 42 on June 5, 1990.
    1950:  Fee Waybill, vocalist of the Tubes ("She's a Beauty") was born in Omaha, Nebraska.
    1962:  BeBe Winans was born in Detroit, Michigan.
    1962:  Baz Luhrmann ("Everybody's Free To Wear Sunscreen") was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
    1968:  Anastacia was born in Chicago, Illinois.
    1970:  Vincent Brown of Naughty By Nature
    1976:  Maile Misajon of Eden's Crush was born in Long Beach, California.
    1979:  Chuck Comeau, drummer of Simple Plan, was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
    1985:  Jonathan Jacob Walker, bassist of Panic at the Disco, was born in Chicago, Illinois.
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