ON THIS DAY IN MUSIC HISTORY: 2.17.21


1969 - Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash recorded a new version of "Girl From The North Country" together in Nashville, Tenn., at CBS Studios. The track appeared on Dylan's Nashville Skyline album. It was originally recorded in 1963 and released on The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan. The collaboration with Cash and an appearance on The Johnny Cash Show helped Nashville Skyline become one of Dylan's best-selling albums.

1971 - Singing "Fire And Rain" and "Carolina On My Mind," James Taylor made his primetime television debut on The Johnny Cash Show, which was a variety show hosted by Cash that aired on ABC from June 7, 1969 to March 31, 1971. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)

1972 - Pink Floyd perform "Eclipse" at the Rainbow Theatre in London. It's not just a song, but a whole album. The original title was Eclipse, then Dark Side of the Moon – A Piece for Assorted Lunatics. A year later, this music becomes the Dark Side Of The Moon album.

1975 - AC/DC released their debut album High Voltage.

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. The band complained that the album was "nothing more than a ploy by the record company to sell product without having to pay additional production costs". Despite being unhappy with the album's release, the band nevertheless reasoned that it gave them more time to work on the Hotel California album.

1975 - John Lennon released the Phil Spector-produced Rock 'n' Roll album, a collection of some of his favorite rock and R&B oldies, including "Stand By Me". The genesis o the album goes back to the song 'Come Together'. Lennon used a line rom Chuck Berry's 'You Can't Catch Me', "here comes old flat top". The song's publisher, Morris Levy, brought a copyright infringement case against Lennon. Instead of going to court, Lennon agreed to record at least three songs owned by Levy’s company Big Seven Music Corporation as part of a covers record. "Rock 'n' Roll" was his final record before his self-imposed five-year exile from making records. Interesting fact: The cover photo depicts Lennon in a doorway with three blurry figures walking past him in the foreground. Those figures are George Harrison, Stu Sutcliffe and Paul McCartney.

1978 - Kate Bush released her debut studio album The Kick Inside which contained 'Wuthering Heights'. Bush was just 19 years old and had written some of the songs when she was only 13.

2014 - Musician and sound engineer Bob Casale, best known as Devo's guitarist and keyboardist, died of heart failure. He engineered the first solo album for Police guitarist Andy Summers.

Birthdays:

Bobby Lewis (1961 U.S. No.1 single "Tossin' and Turnin") was born today in 1933.

Rickey Medlocke of Blackfoot and Lynyrd Skynyrd is 71.

Taylor Hawkins, drummer with Foo Fighters and Alanis Morissette, is 49.

Billie Joe Armstrong, Green Day, is 49. Armstrong is also a member of the punk rock band Pinhead Gunpowder and provides lead vocals for Green Day's side projects Foxboro Hot Tubs and The Network.

Ed Sheeran is 30.

On This Day In Music History is sourced from This Day in Music, Paul Shaffer's Day in Rock, Song Facts, Far Out Magazine and Wikipedia.