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February 17

Music History for Monday, 2/17/20


2014 - Musician/sound engineer Bob Casale, the brother of Devo founder Gerald Casale, died. He was 61.

2013 - Country singer Mindy McCready committed suicide with a gun. She was 37.

2011 - “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin announced she was returning to the stage after battling many medical ailments.

2008 - Little Richard, who was sitting in the audience, got a standing ovation in Nashville's famed Ryman Auditorium during a sold-out Temptations/Four Tops concert.

2007 - Porter Wagoner gave his first Los Angeles concert in nearly 40 years, opening for Neko Case at the Henry Fonda Theatre. Marty Stuart was his guitarist, Dwight Yoakam played bass and Billy Bob Thornton was on drums.

2002 - Hank Williams, Jr. and Kid Rock teamed up for a CMT Crossroads taping.

2002 - It was reported that George Michael's home in Hampstead, England, was burglarized. The theft included his $114,000 Aston Martin sports car and $140,000 in paintings, jewelry and clothing.

2001 - Jamie O'Neal picked up a number one hit with "There is No Arizona."

2001 - Brad Paisley was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry as he wore the yellow jacket Buck Owenswore the night he recorded his Live at Carnegie Hall album.

2000 - Rapper Trick Daddy was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct at a North Miami Beach nightclub.

1998 - Indie singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco's label, Righteous Babe Records, shipped 250,000 copies of her album, Little Plastic Castle, to keep up with greatly increased demand for the release.

1998 - Destiny Child's self-titled debut album was released.

1996 - Joe Diffie's song "Bigger Than the Beatles" went to number one.

1995 - John Michael Montgomery's single "I Can Love You Like That" was released.

1993 - With his version of "Stand By Your Man" featured in the film The Crying Game, Lyle Lovettperformed the tune with Tammy Wynette on The Tonight Show.

1990 - Aerosmith appeared on Saturday Night Live. They performed the Wayne's World theme song while appearing in the skit as themselves.

1989 - Whitesnake's David Coverdale and actress Tawny Kitaen were married.

1988 - A 12-year old Motley Crue fan set his legs on fire while trying to imitate a stunt in the band's "Live Wire" video. The boy suffered burns over 10 percent of his body.

1982 - Legendary jazz pianist Thelonious Monk died of a stroke at the age of 64.

1979 - The Clash kicked off their first U.S. tour at the Palladium in New York City.

1978 - Kate Bush released The Kick Inside, her debut album, at age 19.

1976 - The Eagles released their Greatest Hits.

1976 - Harvard's Hasty Pudding Theatrical Society voted Bette Midler "Woman of the Year."

1975 - AC/DC released their debut album, High Voltage.

1975 - John Lennon released Rock n' Roll. It was his last record before he left the music business for five years.

1972 - Pink Floyd began a four-night stand in London. During the stand, they premiered Dark Side of the Moon a full year before it was released.

1971 - James Taylor made his U.S. television debut on The Johnny Cash Show.

1970 - Joni Mitchell announced her retirement from live performances. She returned to the stage within a year.

1969 - Johnny Cash recorded a session with Bob Dylan in Nashville. The only duet released from that session was "Girl From the North Country."

1966 - Brian Wilson began recording The Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations."

1965 - "Tennessee Waltz" was declared Tennessee's official state song.

1964 - The first Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass concert was held in Los Angeles.

1960 - Elvis Presley scored his first gold record for his second studio album, Elvis.

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