Rock 'n' Roll History for
February 17






1955 - ClassicBands.com

February 17
At the recommendation of R&B artist Lloyd Price, Richard Penniman, who is currently leading an ensemble called Little Richard And The Upsetters, sends a demo tape to Specialty Records founder Art Rupe. After some initial reluctance, Rupe will sign Penniman to a contract that will pay the singer a half cent for every record sold.

1960 - ClassicBands.com

February 17
After achieving more than 15 million in sales with Cadence Records, The Everly Brothers sign a ten year, $1 million contract with Warner Brothers records, where they will enjoy eight more US Top 40 hits over the next seven years.

February 17
Elvis Presley receives his first Gold record for the album "Elvis".

1962 - ClassicBands.com

February 17
Gene Chandler had the top tune on the Billboard Pop chart with "The Duke Of Earl", the first of his six US chart hits.

1964 - ClassicBands.com

February 17
Herb Alpert And The Tijuana Brass appear in their first major concert in Los Angeles. Over the next three years they will become one of the most successful instrumental acts in history, achieving twelve Billboard Top 40 hits.

1966 - ClassicBands.com

February 17
James Brown records "It's A Man's Man's Man's World" at Bob Gallo's Talentmasters studio in New York. The song would top the Billboard R&B chart and reach #13 in the UK. The song was originally called "It's A Man's World", but Brown added the extra words to the title as a reference to the 1963 hit comedy It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.

February 17
The Beach Boys begin recording sessions for Brian Wilson's masterpiece, "Good Vibrations". Multiple layered overdubs spread out over eleven sessions would make this the most expensive single ever recorded to date. Although the record would top charts around the world and sell millions of copies, it would be The Beach Boys' last to reach the Billboard Top 10 for ten years.

February 17
25-year-old Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler receives two Gold records for the single "The Ballad of the Green Berets" and the album of the same name.

1971 - ClassicBands.com

February 17
James Taylor makes his TV debut on ABC's Johnny Cash Show.

1972 - ClassicBands.com

February 17
Pink Floyd premiered some material that was scheduled to appear on the "Dark Side of the Moon" album, including the song "Eclipse", at the Rainbow Theatre in London. Eventually the playing of live versions of songs yet to be released would have to be stopped as bootleg copies of their material started to appear before the studio releases.

1973 - ClassicBands.com

February 17
War started a two-week run at #1 on the Billboard album chart with "The World Is A Ghetto".

February 17
The Rock ensemble Free, who reached #2 in the UK and #4 in the US in 1970 with "All Right Now", play their final show at Florida's Hollywood Sportatorium. Vocalist Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke will move on to form Bad Company.

1976 - ClassicBands.com

February 17
The Eagles release their "Greatest Hits 1971 - 1975" album. To this day, it is still one of the best selling records of all time.

February 17
Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatrical society gives its annual Women of the Year award to Bette Midler. Upon accepting, Bette says: "This award characterizes what the American male wants in a woman...brains, talent and gorgeous tits."

1979 - ClassicBands.com

February 17
England's The Clash kick off their US tour in New York, opening with a mainstay of their live act called "I'm So Bored With The USA".

2004 - ClassicBands.com

February 17
The Recording Industry Association of America filed 531 "John Doe" lawsuits against suspected users of peer-to-peer file-sharing services. Once a John Doe suit has been approved by a judge, the record-label plaintiffs can subpoena the information necessary to identify the defendant by name.

2006 - ClassicBands.com

February 17
Bill Cowsill, who led his band The Cowsills on their 1967 hit "The Rain, The Park and Other Things", died at the age of 58. His family learned of his death shortly after a memorial for their brother Barry, who drowned in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

February 17
Elvis Presley's only child, Lisa Marie Presley, married guitarist and musical director Michael Lockwood in Japan. Lisa was formerly married to Danny Keough from 1988-1994, Michael Jackson from 1994-1996 and Nicolas Cage for a short time in 2002. She has two children with Danny Keough; Benjamin Storm and Danielle Riley. Lisa's mother, Priscilla Presley attended and was part of the traditional Japanese wedding service.

2008 - ClassicBands.com

February 17
Little Richard got a standing ovation from a crowd of 2,400 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville without playing a single note. The 75 year old Rock 'n Roll pioneer was seated at the rear of the auditorium during a concert by The Temptations and The Four Tops when he was introduced by The Temp's Otis Williams.

2012 - ClassicBands.com

February 17
Michael Davis, part of the MC5 line-up who rose to prominence with their 1969 track "Kick Out the Jams", died following treatment for liver disease. He was 68.

2014 - ClassicBands.com

February 17
Devo guitarist Bob Casale died of heart failure at the age of 61. The band had a string of New Wave hits, including "Whip It" and "Girl U Want".






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