August 17 – Today In Rock Music History

Happy Birthday Colin Moulding!

Musicians Born On August 17

1944 Sib Hashian (Boston)
1947 Gary Talley (Box Tops)
1953 Kevin Rowland (Dexy’s Midnight Runners)
1955 Colin Moulding (XTC)
1958 Belinda Carlisle (Heaven Is a Place on Earth)
1965 Steve Gorman (Black Crowes)
1969 Kelvin Mercer (De La Soul)
1969 Donnie Wahlberg (New Kids On The Block)

Happy Birthday Belinda Carlisle!

Deaths On August 17

1978 Paul Williams (Temptations)

Number 1 In The Charts On August 17

1968 Simon and Garfunkel: ‘Bookends’ UK LP
1968 Rascals: ‘People Got to Be Free’ US 45
1974 Three Degrees: ‘When Will I See You Again’ UK 45

Various Music Events On August 17

1960 Beatles begin a three-month run at the Indra Club in Hamburg – their first appearance outside England

1968 Cream’s Wheels of Fire hits UK LP chart

1971 Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Cissy Houston, Brook Benton, Duane Allman and Delanie and Bonnie attend funeral of King Curtis

1974 Patrick Moraz replaces Rick Wakeman as Keyboardist in Yes

1974 Bad Company’s ‘Can’t Get Enough’ gives supergroup its first American hit

1985 Kate Bush’s ‘Running Up that Hill’ enters UK chart

1985 Madonna hits US Hot 100 at No. 36 with ‘Dress You Up (on the way to No. 5)

1996 Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan attempts suicide by slashing his wrists at a Sunset Strip hotel.

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