Music History for

March 17


1839 - Composer Josef Gabriel Rheinberger was born.

1926 - "The Girl Friend" opened in New York City. The musical ran for 409 performances.

1956 - Carl Perkins appeared on ABC-TV's "Ozark Jubilee" and performed "Blue Suede Shoes." It was his first television appearance. Elvis Presley performed the song the same night on CBS-TV's "Stage Show."

1958 - The Coasters recorded "Yakety Yak."

1962 - Billboard reported that Ray Charles had started Tangerine, his own record label.

1967 - Bobby Vee recorded "Come Back When You Grow Up."

1968 - The Bee Gees made their U.S. television debut on the "Ed Sullivan Show." They performed "To Love Somebody" and "Words."

1982 - Samuel George Jr. of the Capitols was stabbed to death during a family argument. He was 39 years old.

1990 - Whitney Houston headlined an AIDS benefit concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

1990 - In Paris, the Bastille opera opened with a performance of Berlioz' "Les Troyens."

1992 - White Zombie's "La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Vol. One" was released. It was their major label debut album.

1997 - The RIAA announced that the Eagles' "Greatest Hits" album had tied Michael Jackson's "Thriller" as the all-time best-selling album in the U.S.
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1998 - Van Halen released "Van Halen III." It was the band's first album with lead singer Gary Cherone (of Extreme).