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October 17

La Crosse, WI, United States / Eagle 102.7
October 17

1957 Jailhouse Rock premiers at Loews State Theatre, where Elvis worked as an usher five years earlier.

1960 Dion And The Belmonts split up over what is described as “musical differences”. Dion DiMucci says that the Belmonts are leaning too much toward “Middle Of The Road” music, but insiders say that the sharing of money is the major factor.

1962 The Beatles made their first TV appearance in Britain on Granada TV’s People And Places.

1969 The Kinks launch their first US tour in over four years. The band had troubles getting permits from the American Federation of Musicians because the group appeared on Hullabaloo in 1966 without filing the proper paperwork.

1979 Fleetwood Mac’s two record set “Tusk”, an experimental set of songs that cost the band a then record $1 million to record, is released by Warner Brothers Records. “Tusk” peaked at #4 in the US and achieved sales in excess of two million copies, spawning two Top Ten singles, “Sara” and the title track. It reached #1 in the UK and achieved Platinum status.

2000 George Michael had the high bid at a London auction to win the piano that John Lennon used to compose “Imagine”.

2008 The Four Tops lead singer, Levi Stubbs, died at the age of 72 after a long series of illnesses, including cancer and a stroke.

2013 In a poll conducted by BBC History Magazine, David Bowie was named the best dressed man in British history.


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