Music History for

October 17


1892 - Composer Herbert Howells was born.

1940 - Will Bradley and His Orchestra recorded "Five O'Clock Whistle" for Columbia Records.

1953 - Conductor Leopold Stokowski performed the first concert of contemporary Canadian music to be presented in the U.S.

1957 - "Jailhouse Rock", the Elvis Presley film, premiered in Memphis.
Today in Elvis History

1960 - Billboard reported that Dion and the Belmonts were breaking up.

1962 - The Beatles first appeared on Great Britain's Grenada TV Network.
Today in Beatles History

1967 - The musical "Hair" premiered at New York's Public Theatre. The show ran for 1,758 performances.

1968 - Jose Feliciano released his controversial, bluesy rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner."

1977 - "Street Survivors" was released by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Three days later vocalist Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, Cassie Gaines (Steve's sister) and road manager Dean Kilpatrick were killed when their plane crashed in Gillsburg, MS. The other four members of the band were seriously injured but survived the crash.

1979 - Fleetwood's two record set "Tusk" was released by Warner Brothers Records.

1989 - KISS released the album "Hot in the Shade."

1995 - In London, Sting's former financial adviser was sentenced to six years in prison after being convicted of stealing $9.4 million from the musician.

1995 - Rhino Home Video released 58 episodes of "The Monkees" on 21 cassettes. It was the largest video boxed set to be released.

1997 - Warren G filed a lawsuit against Garth Brooks, his company Blue Rose Inc., and Home Box Office Inc. The suit alleged that Brooks had infringed on the trademarked circled "g" logo.

2001 - Jay-Z was sentenced to three years probation after he pled guilty to misdemeanor assault charges for stabbing a record producer during a fight in a nightclub on December 1, 1999.

2001 - The heirs of Bing Crosby filed a $16 million lawsuit accusing Universal Music Group of underpaying royalties on recordings.