17 July

Pick a Day


In Music History

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1954 The Newport Jazz Festival, the world's first such event, debuts on the tennis courts of the Newport Casino in Rhode Island.

1952 Pop-turned-country singer Nicolette Larson is born in Helena, Montana.

1952 Chet McCracken (drummer for The Doobie Brothers) is born in Seattle, Washington.

1950 Phoebe Snow is born in New York City.

1949 Terence "Geezer" Butler (bassist, lyricist for Black Sabbath) is born in Aston, Birmingham, England.

1949 Mike Vale (bassist for Tommy James & the Shondells) is born.

1948 Ron Asheton (guitarist, bassist for The Stooges) is born in Washington, D.C.

1947 Mick Tucker (drummer for Sweet) is born in Harlesden, North West London, England.

1947 Wolfgang Flur (of Kraftwerk) is born in Frankfurt, Germany.

1942 Gale Garnett, known for the 1964 folk hit "We'll Sing In The Sunshine," is born in Auckland, New Zealand, but will relocate to Canada by age 11.

1939 Spencer Davis (of The Spencer Davis Group) is born in Swansea, Wales.

1939 Charlie Barnet records "Cherokee."

1933 Mimi Hines, Broadway performer and comedienne (Funny Girl, The Prisoner of Second Avenue), is born in Vancouver, Canada.

1932 Jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi, noted composer of music for Charles Schulz's Peanuts, is born Vincent Anthony Dellaglio in San Francisco, California.

1912 20-year-old Dorothy Goetz, the first wife of Irving Berlin, dies of typhoid fever in New York. They had been married less than 6 months. Berlin writes his first ballad: "When I Lost You."

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Lynyrd Skynyrd Finally Makes it to Baton Rouge


Fourteen years after the deadly crash of Lynyrd Skynyrd's Baton Rouge-bound aircraft, the surviving members of the band, reunited under the name "Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991," return to the Louisiana city to kick off a new tour. Shirts sold for the event read, "Baton Rouge! After 14 years! We're finally here..."

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