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April 17

Music History for Friday, 4/17/20

2016 - British soul singer Joss Stone postponed scheduled performances in the Caribbean so she cold be with her sick dog.

2015 - Legendary jazz composer and musician John Coltrane was awarded a special posthumous citation by the Pulitzer Prize board.

2013 - Fifteen people were killed and at least 100 injured when the West Fertilizer Company's storage and distribution facility exploded in West, Texas in a fire determined to have been deliberately set.

2013 - President Barack Obama spoke out after Jay Z and Beyonce took a trip to Cuba. On NBC’s Today show, President Obama said, “I wasn’t familiar that they were taking the trip.” President Obama was asked after Jay Z released “Open Letter,” saying he spoke to Obama about the trip. In the single, he rapped, “Obama said, ‘Chill you gonna get me impeached.’”

2012 - Jason Mraz released Love Is a Four Letter Word, debuting at No. 2. Neon Trees released their second studio album, Picture Show, while Train released their sixth studio album California 37, debuting at No. 4. Meanwhile, Future released his debut album Pluto, which debuted at No. 8.

2009 - Authorities arrested 26-year-old Miranda Tozier-Robbins after she was caught peering into the windows of Britney Spears' Calabasas, California home. The woman, who was later charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct, was reportedly wearing camouflage fatigues and carrying a video camera.

2008 Danny Federici, longtime keyboard player for Bruce Springsteen and member of the E Street Band, died of cancer at the age of 58.  He had worked with Springsteen for over 40 years.

2008 - With Spirit, Leona Lewis became the first British woman to go straight to the top of the chart with a debut album.

2006 Melissa Etheridge announced that her partner Tammy Lynn Michaels was expecting twins.

2004 Kurt Cobain’s right-handed 1960s Mosrite Gospel Mark IV guitar sold at auction for 117 thousand, five hundred dollars. At the same sale, the piano that Elton John and Bernie Taupin wrote “Your Song” and “Tiny Dancer” on fetched 165 thousand, five hundred dollars.

2003 Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee was cleared of responsibility in the drowning death of a four-year-old child in his pool during his son’s birthday party in June of 2001.

2002 - Tammy Wynette's four daughters reached a confidential agreement with Wynette's doctor over her death.  The daughters had filed a lawsuit that claimed the doctor had contributed to Wynette's death in 1998.

2001 - A private funeral for Joey Ramone was held in Forest Hills, New York, where he grew up.

1998 - Linda McCartney died of breast cancer at age 56.

1997 - Country singer Toby Keith and his wife Tricia welcomed Stelen Keith Covel to the family.

1995 - Courtney Love and her band Hole opened the sixth season of MTV's Unplugged.

1993 - Bangles lead singer Susanna Hoffs married screenwriter Jay Roach.

1983 - Felix Pappalardi, producer for Cream and bass player with Mountain, died after being shot by his wife. He was 41.

1982 - Vangelis topped the U.S. album chart with his Oscar-winning score for the film Chariots of Fire.

1980 - Bob Marley performed at the Independence Day celebration in Salisbury, Zimbabwe.

1979 - The number-one song in the U.S. was "Knock on Wood" by Amii Stewart. It was a disco version of the Eddie Floyd soul hit.

1973 - Pink Floyd's album, Dark Side of the Moon, went gold in the U.S. It would stay on the chart for more than 10 years and become the longest-charting rock record of all time.

1972 Keith Richards and his girlfriend Anita Pallenberg welcomed their second child, a daughter named Dandelion (later Angela).

1971 - Three Dog Night had the number-one song in the U.S. with "Joy to the World."

1971 - All four ex-Beatles had solo singles in the UK charts. Paul's was "Another Day"; John had "Power To The People"; George's was "My Sweet Lord" and Ringo had "It Don't Come Easy."

1970 - Santana began recording their breakthrough album, Abraxas, in San Francisco.

1970 - Johnny Cash performed at the White House. President Nixon requested "A Boy Named Sue."

1960 - The car taking Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent to London Airport crashed. Cochran was killed, Vincent was injured.


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