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Music History On This Day the 17th of July

On the 17th July 1946 Petula Clark made her UK television debut appearing on the Cabaret TV series at the age of 13. Clark began with guest spots on radio when she was only 9 and made her first film a year later. "Put Your Shoes On Lucy" was released as her debut release in 1949, her "The Little Shoemaker" became her first UK hit in 1954.

On the 17th July 1959 Billie Holiday died in a New York City hospital from cirrhosis of the liver after years of alcohol abuse, aged 43. She died while under arrest for heroin possession, with Police officers stationed at the door to her room.

On the 17th July 1965 King Records released "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" by James Brown, which went on to sell over 2 million copies and receive the Grammy Award for the Best Rhythm & Blues Recording. 

On the 17th July 1967 American jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane died from liver cancer in Long Island, New York, USA, aged 40.

On the 17th July 1967 The Beatles single "All You Need Is Love / Baby You're A Rich Man", originally called "One Of The Beautiful People", was released in the USA. It became The Beatles 14th USA No.1.

On the 17th July 1968 The animated film "Yellow Submarine", premiered at The London Pavilion. The Beatles made a cameo appearance in the film but didn't supply their own voices for the characters.

On the 17th July 1971 John Lennon and Yoko Ono appeared on the late night talk show, Parkinson, where John chastised the British media for calling Yoko "ugly" and for saying that she broke up The Beatles.

On the 17th July 1972 A bomb exploded under The Rolling Stones equipment van in Montreal, Canada, believed to be the work of French separatists. Angry fans rioted throwing bottles and rocks after 3,000 tickets for the show turned out to be fake.

On the 17th July 1974 The Moody Blues opened what they claimed was the first 'Quadraphonic' recording studio in the world.

On the 17th July 1975 Bob Marley and the Wailers played the first of two nights at The Lyceum in London, and both nights were recorded for the November released "live" album, featuring the single "No Woman No Cry".

On the 17th July 1976 Demis Roussos was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with "The Roussos Phenomenon EP". It was the Greek singers only UK chart topper and the only No.1 EP to top the charts in the 1970's.

On the 17th July 1978 Simple Minds made their live debut at The Satellite Club in Glasgow.

On the 17th July 1979 Gary Moore left Thin Lizzy during a USA tour and was replaced by ex Slik & Rich Kids guitarist Midge Ure.

On the 17th July 1982 Irene Cara was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with "Fame", which was based on the hit TV series about a New York drama school. Cara played the role of Coco Hernandez in the original movie.

On the 17th July 1987 The Ozzy Osbourne Band started a 16-week tour of USA prisons.

On the 17th July 1992 The first night of a North American tour by Guns N' Roses, Metallica and Faith No More tour opened at the RFK Stadium in Washington DC, USA.

On the 17th July 1993 Guns N' Roses appeared at River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in front of 80,000 people, the final show on their "Use Your Illusion" Tour. A highlight of the night was English drummer Cozy Powell playing drums with Matt Sorum, dressed as a Domino's Pizza delivery boy.

On the 17th July 1993 Take That had their first UK No.1 single with "Pray". Their first of 8 No.1's, they went on to be the most successful British boy band of the 1990s.

On the 17th July 1995 Robbie Williams left Take That. The group had scored six UK No.1 singles and two No.1 albums with Robbie in the group.

On the 17th July 1996 Chas Chandler died aged 57 at Newcastle General Hospital where he was undergoing tests related to an aortic aneurysm. He had been the bass player with The Animals and manager of Slade, Nick Drake and Jimi Hendrix.

On the 17th July 1999 Kevin Wilkinson, drummer with Howard Jones hung himself at home aged 41. He had also worked with China Crisis, Holly and the Italians, Squeeze and The Waterboys.

On the 17th July 2004 Half of the 4,500 people in the audience walked out of Linda Ronstadt's show at the Aladdin Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, USA after the singer dedicated an encore of "Desperado" to filmmaker Michael Moore and urged the crowd to see his film Fahrenheit 9/11.

On the 17th July 2005 Jamaican musician Laurel Aitken died.

On the 17th July 2011 Bruce Springsteen made a surprise appearance at a tribute to Clarence Clemons at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA. The boss played a 45 minute set to an intimate crowd of 400. Clemons who died on June 18th of this year was a prominent member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, playing the tenor saxophone with him since 1971.

On the 17th July 2013 U2 singer Bono received France's highest cultural honour for his contribution to music and commitment to humanitarian causes when he was presented with the Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters by French Culture Minister Aurelie Filippetti in Paris.

On the 17th July 2019 Snow Patrol's ballad "Chasing Cars" was named the most-played song of the 21st Century on UK radio. Originally released in 2006, the lovestruck ballad never reached No.1 in the UK, but remained on the charts for more than three years. Second place went to Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling", while Pharrell's "Happy" came third.

Born On This Day

17th July 1938 Stan Brostein, saxophone player with Elephant's Memory, worked with John Lennon on his 1972 album "Some Time In New York City".

17th July 1941 Welsh musician Spencer Davis, the founder of the 1960's rock band The Spencer Davis Group.

17th July 1945 Eric McCredie bassist from Scottish pop group Middle Of The Road. He died on 6th October 2007.

17th July 1947 German musician Wolfgang Flur, who played electronic drums with Kraftwerk.

17th July 1948 Ron Asheton, guitarist with Iggy Pop And The Stooges. He was found dead in his bed by police at his home in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA in the early hours of January 6th 2009, apparently having died of a heart attack a couple of days earlier.

17th July 1949 Geezer Butler, bassist and primary lyricist with British rock band Black Sabbath.

17th July 1949 Mick Tucker, drummer with British group The Sweet. Tucker died of leukaemia on 14th February 2002.

17th July 1949 Mike Vale, bassist from American rock band, Tommy James & The Shondells.

17th July 1950 Otis Damon Harris, vocalist with The Temptations. Harris died on February 18th 2013 at the age of 62 after a 14-year battle with prostate cancer. Harris was a member of The Temptations from 1971 to 1975, joining shortly after the departure of Eddie Kendricks.

17th July 1952 Chet McCracKen, drummer with The Doobie Brothers.

17th July 1952 Phoebe Snow, USA singer and songwriter. Snow suffered a cerebral hemorrhage on January 19th 2010 and slipped into a coma, she died on April 26th 2011.

17th July 1963 Regina Belle, USA singer,  who had a 1993 US No.1 & UK No.12 single with Peabo Bryson called "A Whole New World, Aladdin's Theme".

17th July 1966 American alternative rock musician and songwriter, Lou Barlow, a founding member of the groups Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh and The Folk Implosion.

17th July 1970 Mandy Smith, singer, model and actress. In 1983 at age 13 she started dating the then 47 year old Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman. The couple married in 1989 then divorced in 1992. Smith released records with SAW none of which charted. Wyman's son later dated Mandy's mother.

17th July 1971 Jarrett Cordes, DJ Minutemix, from American hip hop act PM Dawn.

17th July 1976 Luke Bryan, American country music singer and songwriter.

17th July 1980 Philip Lawrence, producer and songwriter who is part of the Smeezingtons record producing team with Bruno Mars and Ari Levine. Worked with Adele, Snoop Dogg, Cee Lo Green, Justin Bieber, Flo Rida and many other artists.

17th July 1982 English singer-songwriter, Natasha Hamilton who with Atomic Kitten had the 2000 UK No.1 single "Whole Again". The girl group were founded by OMD frontman Andy McCluskey.

17th July 1985 Tom Fletcher, guitarist and vocalist with McFly.

17th July 1987 American singer songwriter and record producer Jeremiah Felton. His debut single, "Birthday Sex", which was also recorded in French, peaked at No.4 on the USA Hot 100.