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17th June 1971, Carole King went to No.1 on the US album chart with Tapestry for the first of 15 consecutive weeks. The album contained ‘It’s Too Late’, ‘I Feel the Earth Move’, ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’’ and ‘You’ve Got a Friend’. The cover photograph taken at King’s Laurel Canyon home shows her sitting […]

17th April 1940, Born on this day, English singer Billy Fury, who had the 1961 UK No.3 single ‘Halfway To Paradise’, plus 25 other Top 40 UK singles. He played rock ‘n’ roller “Stormy Tempest” in the film That’ll Be The Day along side David Essex and Ringo Starr. An early British rock and roll […]

17th April 1960, Touring in the UK, 21-year-old US singer Eddie Cochran was killed when the taxi he was travelling in crashed into a lamppost on Rowden Hill, Chippenham, Wiltshire, (where a plaque now commemorates the event). Songwriter Sharon Sheeley and singer Gene Vincent survived the crash, Cochran’s current hit at the time was ‘Three […]

17th March 1984, Van Halen’s ‘Jump’ peaked at No.1 in the US. Over the years David Lee Roth has given various accounts of the meaning behind the lyrics, but most often says they are about a TV news story he saw where a man was about to kill himself by jumping off a building. Read […]

17th March 1957, Elvis Presley bought the Graceland mansion from Mrs Ruth Brown-Moore for $102,500. (£60,295). The 23 room, 10,000 square foot home, on 13.8 acres of land, would be expanded to 17,552 square feet of living space before the king moved in a few weeks later. The original building had at one time been […]

17th March 2008, Ola Brunkert, the former drummer with the Swedish group ABBA, was found dead with his throat cut at his home in Majorca, Spain. Brunkert died after he hit his head against a glass door in the dining room at his home. He had managed to wrap a towel around his neck and […]

17th February 1966, Nancy Sinatra was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘These Boots Are Made For Walking’, Frank’s eldest daughters first No.1. Written by Lee Hazlewood Sinatra’s recording of the song was made with the help of Los Angeles session musicians known as the Wrecking Crew. Read it here

17th February 1978, Kate Bush released her debut studio album The Kick Inside which contained her UK number one hit, ‘Wuthering Heights’, (marking the first time a female singer-songwriter topped the charts with a self-penned song). Bush was just 19 years old and had written some of the songs when she was only 13. Read […]

17th Jan 2016, English drummer Dale Griffin died aged 67. He was a founder member of the Mott the Hoople best known for classic tracks ‘Roll Away The Stone’ and ‘All The Young Dudes’. The band who made eight albums during their five-and-a-half year existence, reformed to mark their 40th anniversary in 2009 – but […]

17th Jan 1966, NBC-TV in the US bought The Monkees series, placing it on their 1966 autumn schedule. The series centered on the adventures of The Monkees, a struggling rock band from Los Angeles, California and introduced a number of innovative new-wave film techniques to television. More on The Monkees: http://www.thisdayinmusic.com/pages/daydream_believers Read it here


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