February 17th: On this Day In Music History
|1960, Elvis Presley won his first Gold record for the album 'Elvis'.|
|1960, The Everly Brothers signed a $1 million (£1.7 million) contract with Warner Brothers Records.|
|1962, Gene Chandler started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Duke Of Earl.'|
|1966, Nancy Sinatra was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'These Boots Are Made For Walking', Frank's eldest daughters first No.1. |
1967, The Beatles started recording a new John Lennon song 'Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite' at Abbey Road studio's, London. John's lyrics for the song came almost entirely from an antique poster advertising a circus performance scheduled to take place in Rochdale, Lancashire, in February 1843. John had purchased the poster in Sevenoaks on January 31 while The Beatles were on location for the filming of the 'Strawberry Fields Forever' promotional film.
|1961, Singer Jackie Wilson was left with a stomach wound after Juanita Jones a female fan went to his New York apartment demanding to see him. Jones' gun went off as he tried to disarm her.|
|1964, The Beatles scored their first US No.1 album with 'Meet The Beatles!' The album stayed at No.1 for eleven weeks.|
1964, The Dave Clark Five appeared on the UK TV show 'Thank Your Lucky Stars.'
1968, John and Cynthia Lennon, along with George and Patti Harrison, flew to India to study meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Paul and Ringo joined them a few days later, but Starr would become bored and leave on March 1st comparing the experience to be like a 'Butlins holiday camp.' Much of the Beatles' 'White Album' was written during their stay.
1985, During a UK tour The Boomtown Rats appeared at The Gaumont, Ipswich, England.