On this day, April 17 In Music history

On this day, April 17 In Music history


On this day, April 17 in 1960 – While on tour in the UK, American singer Eddie Cochran died in a car crash at the age of 21 when the taxi in which he was travelling crashed into a lamppost. Musicians Sharon Sheeley and Gene Vincent were also in the car but luckily survived the crash.

1965 – Bob Dylan topped the British album chart with his second studio album ‘The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan’. While in the US, the album had moderate success where it peaked at No.22. However, it still went platinum.

1969 – After years of touring and performing as a backing group for various musicians, including Bob Dylan and Ronnie Hawkins. The Band made their first solo concert at the Fillmore West in San Francisco, California.

1970 – Couple days after his departure from The BeatlesPaul McCartney released his debut solo album McCartney. The record topped the US album chart for three weeks, while in the UK it peaked at #2.

1971 – As solo artists, all four Beatles had singles charting in the UK. But it was George Harrison who had the biggest success with ‘My Sweet Lord’ which topped the charts not only in Britain, but all around the world. It was also the first number one single by a former Beatle.

1971 – Rock band Three Dog Night topped the the singles charts in North American with ‘Joy To The World’. But only a #24 in the UK.

1973 – Pink Floyd‘s best-selling studio album The Dark Side of The Moon‘ went Gold for the first time in the US. The album later became the longest charting album of all time on the US chart where it stayed for more than ten years.

Pink Floyd – Brain Damage

1974 – Lead guitarist for the rock and roll group Sha Na NaVincent Taylor died at the age of 24 due to accidental overdose from heroin.

1982 – Greek composer Vangelis topped the US album chart with the film soundtrack from ‘Chariots of Fire’. Also a Top 5 in Canada, UK and Australia. And on top of that he won an Oscar for Best Original Score as well.

1983 – Bassist and vocalist of the rock band MountainFelix Pappalardi was murdered by his wife Gail Collins during a heated argument over his affair with a younger woman.

1987 – Jamaican drummer and percussionist Carlton Barret died at the age of 36 after he was shot dead outside his house. Best known for his work with Bob Marley and The Wailers.

1989 – Neil Young released an EP (extended play) called Eldorado. However, it was released only in Japan and Australia.

1993 – With his eighteen studio album Black Tie White NoiseDavid Bowie went on number one on the UK album chart.

1994 – With their fourteenth studio album The Division BellPink Floyd scored their fourth No.1 on the UK album chart.

1998 – American musician and photographer Linda McCartney died at the age of 56 after a long battle with breast cancer. She was also the wife of Paul McCartney.

2008 – Multi-instrumentalist Daniel ‘Danny’ Federici died at the age of 58 from cancer. Best known as founding member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band with whom he was posthumously inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Metal Bands in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


1934 – Music publisher, producer and talent manager Donald Clark Kirshner was born on this day, April 17 in New York City. Also known as The Man With the Golden Ear.

1940 – English singer Ronald Wycherley also known as Billy Furry was born on this day, April 17 in music history.

1943 – American musician and vocalist Roy Estrada was born on this day, April 17 in Santa Ana, California. Best known for his work with Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. Also as the founding member of Little Feat.

1943 – Canadian rock and roll singer and teen idol Robert ‘Bobby’ Curtola was born on this day in Porth Arthur, Ontario.

1948 – Czech American composer and record producer Jan Hammer was born on this day, April 17 in Prague. Best known as the composer of the famous ‘Miami Vice Theme’ from the TV crime drama Miami Vice.

1954 – Grammy Award winning singer and multi-instrumentalist Michael Sembello was born in Philadelphia. Also an Oscar nominee for his chart topping 1983 single ‘Maniac’.

1955 – Co-founder of the punk rock band BuzzcocksPete Shelley was born on this day, April 17 in Leigh, England.

1964 – Founding member and vocalist for ToolJames Keenan was born on this day, April 17 in music history. He is also known as member of the rock supergroups A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer.

1967 – Singer-songwriter, guitarist and composer Liz Phair was born on this day in New Haven, Connecticut. 

1970 – American rapper Reginald Noble also known as Redman was born on this day, April 17 in Newark, New Jersey.

1974 – Singer, fashion designer and model Victoria Beckham was born on this day in Harlow, England. Best known as the ‘Posh Spice’ from the all-female pop group Spice Girls.

1988 – English singer and songwriter Eliza ‘Doolittle’ Caird was born on this day, April 17 in music history.

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