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2017 At the WXTB Rockfest, in Tampa, Florida, Soundgarden launch what will be their final tour with Chris Cornell, who dies on May 17 at a stop in Detroit.

2017 Brad Paisley releases the first visual album in country music: a special edition of Love and War with videos for each of the 16 tracks.

2013 Bass player Lonnie Turner, a founding member of The Steve Miller Band, dies of lung cancer at age 66.

2006 ABBA member Bjorn Ulvaeus is accused by the Swedish government of $12 million US in delinquency of back taxes.

2005 Eddie Montgomery of country duo Montgomery Gentry seriously injures his left wrist during a show in Asheville, North Carolina, after he falls to the arena floor from a speaker cabinet onstage.

2005 Jazz bassist Percy Heath dies of bone cancer two days before his 82nd birthday.

2001 Dido's song "Thank You" climbs to #3 in America after Eminem samples it for the hook of his song "Stan." The song first appeared on Dido's 1999 debut album, No Angel, which goes on to sell over 10 million copies worldwide.

2000 James Brown Enterprises, which handles tours for The Godfather Of Soul, has its offices destroyed by fire, destroying music and memorabilia. An employee is later charged with arson in connection with the incident.

1999 Members of The Verve release a statement announcing their second breakup (their first was in 1995). The band reunites in 2007, but that only lasts two years.

1991 Bonnie Raitt marries her first husband, actor Michael O'Keefe, in New York. The couple would divorce in 1999.

1989 Jon Bon Jovi (Bon Jovi) marries high school sweetheart Dorothea Hurley at the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas.

1988 Country/pop singer B.W. Stevenson, known for the original 1973 version of "My Maria," dies at age 38 while undergoing heart valve surgery.

1987 Ray Charles appears before Congress to urge more funding for hearing research, stating "My eyes are my handicap, but my ears are my opportunity."

1985 Bryan Ferry releases "Slave To Love."

1981 Original T. Rex bass player Steve Currie dies in a car accident at age 33, four years after the group's lead singer Marc Bolan met his demise in a similar fashion.

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Chicago Release First Album

1969

The self-titled, debut album by Chicago Transit Authority is released. For their next album, the group shortens their name to Chicago.


With lots of original material worked up over the last year, the band has plenty to choose from, so Chicago Transit Authority is a double album. With a horn section and elements of jazz and pop, it doesn't fit a specific format, which is fine with many adventurous FM radio stations (hit-seeking AM stations ignore it). The group has three lead singers to choose from: Terry Kath, Robert Lamm and Peter Cetera. They also have a mighty 4-piece brass section that provides plenty of punch. The result is an eclectic set of tracks that includes the enigmatic "Questions 67 And 68" and the jaunty "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" The album takes a while to catch on, but their label, Columbia (led by Clive Davis), is willing to wait. Their patience pays off as Chicago gains a wider audience for their next album on their way to becoming one of the most popular bands in America.

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