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ON THIS DAY IN MUSIC HISTORY: 5.17.22


1966 - Bob Dylan, who had recently "gone electric" and added rock and roll instruments to his folk music, appears at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England. Just before he begins a version of his latest hit, "Like A Rolling Stone," a member of the audience, a folk purist angry at the move to rock, shouts out, "Judas!" Dylan responds with, "I don't believe you," adding, "You're a liar!" He then proceeds to tell the band to play the song "f--king loud."

1969 - Joni Mitchell was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, on sale for $0.35.

1975 - Elton John was awarded a Platinum Record for sales of a million copies of the LP 'Captain Fantastic and The Brown Dirt Cowboy', the first album ever to be certified Platinum on the day of its release. The album was recorded at Caribou Ranch, near Nederland.

The album recalled their rise to stardom and it was their first explicitly conceptual effort since Tumbleweed Connection.

1987 - A fire, started by an arsonist, destroyed Tom Petty's house in Los Angeles. This happened before recording Full Moon Fever. Petty was badly shaken and spent much of the next few months driving between hotel rooms and a rented house.

Annie Lennox, who was at Petty's neighbor Dave Stewart's house at the time of the fire, makes sure they have clothes and other essentials.

It was on these drives that he came up with many of the songs for the album; the fire was a huge influence, especially on "I Won't Back Down."

1989 - Rolling Stone ex-bassist Bill Wyman opened the first of his Stones-themed restaurants, Sticky Fingers, in London.

1990 - Nirvana played the last date of a North American tour in Idaho. This was Chad Channing's final gig with the band; drummer Dave Grohl replaced him in Sept. after his band Scream split up.

2012 - Donna Summer, the 1970s pop singer known as the "Queen of Disco," died of lung cancer. Summer is estimated to have sold 130 million records worldwide during her career, including four number-one singles in the United States within a 13-month period. Her hits included "Bad Girls," "Hot Stuff," "On The Radio," "I Feel Love" and "Love To Love You Baby.

2013 - Eight years in the making, Daft Punk's fourth album, Random Access Memories. Daft Punk separate themselves from most contemporary electronic music and how it's made, enlisting some of their biggest influences to help them get the sounds they needed without samples. Guest appearances from a range of artists including Giorgio Moroder, Nile Rodgers and Pharrell Williams and included the massive hit, "Get Lucky."

2016 - American Texas country and folk singer-songwriter Guy Clark died in Nashville following a lengthy battle with lymphoma. He wrote songs for Johnny Cash, Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Jeff Walker, Jimmy Buffett, Lyle Lovett and many other artists.

2016 - Moby released his memoir "Porcelain," named because he threw up into a lot of porcelain toilets. It's also the title of a hit single from his landmark album, Play.

2017 - After performing with Soundgarden in Detroit, Chris Cornell is found dead from an apparent suicide at the age of 52. The last song he performed was the 1991 Soundgarden song "Slaves And Bulldozers," where he incorporated some of the Led Zeppelin song "In My Time Of Dying." (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Activision)

Birthdays:

Legendary American blues musician Taj Mahal is 80.

Drummer Bill Bruford of Yes and King Crimson is 73.

Simon Fuller, the creator of American Idol (and its notoriously snarky judge) is 62.

Enya is 61.

Josh Homme, Queens Of the Stone Age, is 49.

Passenger is 38.

On The Day In Music History is sourced from This Day in Music, Song Facts and Wikipedia.


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