17 February

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1973 Free play their final live gig in Hollywood, Florida, as Simon Kirke and Paul Rodgers leave to form Bad Company.

1971 Johnny Cash is the subject of the TV show This Is Your Life.

1971 James Taylor makes his TV debut on ABC's Johnny Cash Show.

1970 Bee Gee Maurice Gibb opens in the London stage musical Sing A Rude Song.

1969 Country singer Jon Randall is born in Dallas, Texas. He debuts in 1995 with the album What You Don't Know and co-writes the Brad Paisley/Alison Krauss duet "Whiskey Lullaby" in 2003.

1969 Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash record some duets in Nashville, with "Girl From The North Country" eventually ending up on Dylan's Nashville Skyline album, which Cash writes liner notes for.

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

1965 "Tennessee Waltz" is declared the eponymous state's official song.

1965 Samuel Bayer, who directs the videos for Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and Blind Melon's "No Rain," is born in Syracuse, New York.

1964 The first Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass concert is held in Los Angeles.

1960 The Everly Brothers sign a 10-year contract with Warner Bros. Records worth $1 million.

1950 Rickey Medlocke, Lynyrd Skynyrd member and frontman of the band Blackfoot, is born in Jacksonville, Florida. He is inducted into the Native American Music Hall of Fame in 2008.

1946 Dodie Stevens is born Geraldine Ann Pasquale in Chicago, Illinois. By the time she's 13, she has her first hit with "Pink Shoe Laces."

1940 Gene Pitney is born in Hartford, Connecticut. He has a string of hits in the '60s, including "(The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance" and "Only Love Can Break A Heart."

1935 Country singer Johnny Bush is born in Houston, Texas. He writes "Whiskey River," which becomes a signature tune for Willie Nelson.

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Eagles Release The Greatest Of Greatest Hits Albums

1976

The Eagles release Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975), a collection of 10 songs from their first four albums. For a while, it is certified as the top-selling album in US history.

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