May 17 – Today In Rock Music History

Taj Mahal, Taj Mahal Guitarist, Taj Mahal Birthday May 17

Musician’s Born On May 17

1942 Taj Mahal (US blues singer)
1944 Jessie Winchester (US folk singer)
1950 Bill Bruford (Yes)
1953 George Johnson (Brothers Johnson)
1961 Enya
1962 Tracy Bryn (Voice of the Beehive)
1964 Dave Abbruzzese (Pearl Jam)
1965 Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails)
1971 Jordan Knight (New Kids On The Block)

Taj Mahal, Taj Mahal Guitarist, Taj Mahal Birthday May 17

Number 1 In The Charts On May 17

1957 Guy Mitchell: Rock-A-Billy UK 45
1962 B. Bumble & the Stingers: Nut Rocker UK 45
1975 Tammy Wynette: Stand by Your Man UK 45
1975 Earth, Wind and Fire: That’s the Way of the World US LP
1980 Johnny Logan: What’s Another Year UK 45
1980 Boney M: The Magic of Boney M UK LP
1986 Spitting Image: The Chicken Song UK 45
1986 Whitney Houston: The Greatest Love Of All US 45
1997 Spice Girls : Spice : UK LP

Taj Mahal, Taj Mahal Guitarist, Taj Mahal Birthday May 17

Various Music Events On May 17

1963 First Monterey Folk Festival begins in California. Joan Baez, Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger appear

1964 Bob Dylan plays his first London concert at the Royal Festival Hall

1967 Bob Dylan’s film Don’t Look Back is premiered at Presidio Theatre in San Francisco

1969 NME announces that for the first time LP sales and production have outstripped those of singles (in 1968)

1975 Elton John awarded platinum LP for Captain Fantastic – the first record to be certified platinum on the day of its release

1975 Two weeks before the start of Rolling Stones tour, Mick Jagger puts his hand through a window at a restaurant on Long Island

1986 Belfast ‘Self Aid’ concert takes place, featuring U2, Elvis Costello and Van Morrison, singing for the unemployed

1986 Whitney Houston becomes the first-ever female singer to hit top of Billboard singles chart with three consecutive singles when Greatest Love of All reaches No. 1

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