Events that happened on this day, December 17
1954 – With ‘Shake, Rattle and Roll’, Bill Haley and his Comets became the first ones to have a rock and roll song on the UK singles chart on this day, December 17.
1955 – The Platters entered the R&B chart at No.13 with ‘The Great Pretender’ even though their hit Only You was already at No.2.
1957 – With ‘Jingle Bell Rock’, Bobby Helms entered the Billboard Pop chart and reached No.6. However, the song also returned at the chart again in December 1958, 1960 , 1961 and 1962.
1960 – The Beatles appeared at the Casbah Coffee Club in Liverpool. But with Chas Newby on bass guitar. Because Stuart Sutcliffe was in Hamburg at the time.
1962 – On this day, December 17 – Bob Dylan arrived in England for the first time.
1967 – John Lennon and George Harrison held a party in London for the area secretaries of the Official Beatles Fan Club. The guests were also treated with a sneak previews of the films Magical Mystery Tour and The Beatles at Shea Stadium.
1968 – On this day, December 17 – Pink Floyd released ‘Careful With That Axe, Eugene’.
1968 – The Who appeared at The Marquee Club in London for a Xmas party.
1971 – On this day, December 17 – David Bowie released his fourth album called Hunky Dory.
1973 – English rock band Slade, topped the UK singles chart with ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’.
1982 – Blues musician Big Joe Williams died at the age of 79 in Macon, Mississippi. Also known for his hits ‘She Left Me A Mule To Ride’ and Baby Please Don’t Go.
Big Joe Williams – Baby Please Don’t Go
1982 – The Who played the last show of their farewell tour in Toronto, Canada.
1986 – Paul and Linda McCartney’s limo caught fire in Newcastle, England. However, both of them escaped unharmed.
1986 – The Doobie Brothers reunited for a charity concert in Palo Alto, California.
1995 – A statue of Frank Zappa was unveiled in Vilnius, Lithuania.
1999 – Rex Allen also known as the Arizona Cowboy passed away on this day, December 17 at the age of 78.
1999 – After performing on the CBS’s Saturday Early Show – Grover Washington Jr. died at the age of 56 due to a heart attack.
2004 – A deal worth $100m is sealed after Elvis Presley‘s daughter Lisa Marie agreed to sell 85% of his estate to Robert Sillerman. However, most of Presley’s personal belongings are kept in possession of his daughter.
2006 – Due to cancer, Denis Peyton (of The Dave Clark Five) died at the age of 63.
2010 – Don Van Vliet also known as Captain Beefheart died at the age of 69.
Born on this day, December 17 in music history
1933 – Country singer Nat Stuckey was born on this day, December 17 in music history.
1936 – Tommy Steele was born on this day, December 17 in London, England. Also known as Britain’s first teen idol and rock and roll star.
1937 – American keyboardist Art Neville was born on this day, December 17 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1939 – Eddie Kendricks (of The Temptations) was born on this day, December 17 in Union Springs, Alabama.
1942 – Blues singer Paul Butterfield was born on this day, December 17 in Chicago, Illinois.
1948 – American drummer Jim Bonfanti was born in Windber, Pennsylvania. Also known as the drummer for The Raspberries.
1949 – Paul Rodgers was born on this day, December 17 in Middlesbrough, England. Also known as the lead singer of Free and Bad Company.
1950 – Influential Jamaican reggae drummer Carlton Barret was born on this day, December 17 in Kingston, Jamaica.
1958 – Founding member or R.E.M – Mike Mills was born on this day, December 17 in music history.