This Day in History: 2022-08-17

AUGUST 17th
Eric Clapton’s “461 Ocean Boulevard,” with a cover of Bob Marley’s “I Shot The Sheriff,” is #1 on the Billboard 200.  1974
“Sweet Child O’ Mine” is the third single from Guns N’ Roses debut album “Appetite For Destruction.” It becomes the group’s only U.S. #1 single. 1988
“Luck Of The Draw” is #2 in the U.S. Keeping the Bonnie Raitt album out of the top spot is Natalie Cole’s “Unforgettable With Love.” 1991
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Don’t look back. John ‘Sib’ Hashian, Boston’s original drummer (the first two studio albums and a few tracks on “Third Stage”), enters the world. 1949
Former cheerleader and Go-Go’s singer Belinda Carlisle is born in Hollywood. 1958
Gilby Clarke, guitarist for Guns N’ Roses is born.  1962
It’s singer Maria McKee’s (Lone Justice) birthday.  1964
Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman is born in Muskegon, Michigan. 1965
While in Toronto touring with The Beatles, John Lennon, expresses his admiration for U.S. draft dodgers. First, the “bigger than Christ statement” and now this. Lennon’s on a roll.  1966
The Hunter Davies biography of The Beatles is released. John Lennon later complains the book glosses over what the group was really like. 1968
The Doors are in U.S. Top 5 twice – sort of. Their former #1 hit “Hello, I Love You” drops to #2 while Jose Felicano’s cover of the band’s first chart-topper, “Light My Fire,” sits at #5.  1968
Hippie radical Abbie Hoffman is tossed off the stage by The Who’s guitarist Pete Townshend during the group’s Woodstock set. Hoffman tries to make a political statement to the masses. Townshend, thinking Hoffman is just some crazy, gives him the boot. 1969
Christine McVie joins Fleetwood Mac. The band’s fortunes begin to improve, if only modestly. 1970
Allman Brothers Band guitarist, Duane Allman, plays at the funeral of Soul legend, King Curtis, who was murdered in New York. 1971
Patrick Moraz becomes Yes’ third keyboardist. He replaces Rick Wakeman who took over from Tony Kaye. 1974
Original Nightwish vocalist Tarja Turunen is born in Puhos, near Kitee, Finland.  1977
President Jimmy Carter eulogizes Elvis Presley (who died the day before) saying he “permanently changed the face of American popular culture.” Not surprisingly, FTD has their busiest day ever delivering flowers to Graceland. 1977
Soul Asylum’s “Runaway Train” is certified gold. It peaks at #5 on the pop chart. 1993
Released over a year and a half earlier, Rage Against The Machine’s self-titled debut goes platinum in the U.S. 1994
Guitar great, Carlos Santana, receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Hollywood Blvd. 1998
Bruce Springsteen’s post 9/11 album “The Rising” is at the top of the Billboard 200 for two-weeks.  2002
Marilyn O’Grady, a Republican candidate for the New York Senate, launches a “Boycott the Boss” television commercial. Bruce Springsteen has been vocal about the ousting President Bush in the upcoming election. The conservative candidate says Springsteen “thinks making millions with a song-and-dance routine allows him to tell you how to vote. Here`s my vote, boycott the Boss. If you don’t buy his politics, don’t buy his music.” Nasty election year all the way around. 2004
Pretty Heavy Debts. The ownership rights to Nine Inch Nails’ ’91 debut album go on the block with other items to payback a defaulted loan. TVT Records, who held the rights to “Pretty Hate Machine,” took out a $32 million loan in ’99 using part of the label’s catalog as collateral. 2005
Slash and Duff McKagan file a federal lawsuit in L.A. against their former Guns N’ Roses bandmate Axl Rose. The plaintiffs claim that Rose cut them out of publishing royalties by selling the rights to the GN’R back catalog without their consent and keeping the profits. The complainants charge Rose with fraud, copyright infringement and breach of fiduciary duty and seek unspecified compensation. 2005
“I Will Not Bow,” the lead single from Breaking Benjamin’s fourth album “Dear Agony,” goes to radio. 2009
John Mellencamp’s “No Better Than This” drops. The ‘roots’ album was recorded, with the help of T-Bone Burnett, at historic locations, including Sun Studios in Memphis. 2010
At Knotfest, Lamb Of God vocalist Randy Blythe plays his first show since being released from a Czech jail (held on trumped up manslaughter charges from an incident a couple of years earlier). 2012
KISS perform during halftime at the Arena Bowl XXVI Championship game. Earlier, the group announced the launch of their new Arena Football expansion team called L.A. KISS – actually located in Orange County. 2013
In a video on her Facebook page, Flyleaf frontwoman Kristen May announces that she has left the band. May replaced original singer Lacey Sturm in ’12.  2016
Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach is sued by Smokestack Lightning Inc., the production company behind the documentary “Smokestack Lightning: The Legendary Howlin’ Wolf.”  Auerbach agreed to serve as the film’s director and executive producer but left following budget disputes. He’s accused of a breach of a verbal agreement, breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, unfair business practices and negligent misrepresentation. The production company seeks $100,000. 2016
Grumpy old men.  Ted Nugent thinks he should be in the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame but says he isn’t because of his association with the NRA.  David Crosby (The Byrds, CSN), a Hall of Fame member, states that is not the case.  He claims Nugent is not talented enough. That doesn’t sit well with the Motor City Madman. “Everybody knows that David Crosby is an evil rotten soulless punk that has criminally poisoned his bloated carcass his entire vapid life,” Nugent writes. “I couldn’t be more proud that such an uncaring dirtbag hates me.”  2017
Bad Wolves are the year’s first Rock group to score a platinum single (one million sales). They do it with their cover of The Cranberries song “Zombie.” 2018
Foo Fighters play Alaska for the first time. Two shows in Anchorage are followed by a third in Fairbanks.  The band requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination from concert attendees. 2021
Neil Young bails on appearing at the annual Farm Aid show, in Hartford, CT due to an upsurge in COVID-19 cases. As a Farm Aid founder, Young states that big concerts are endangering attendees, in particular unvaccinated children.  The concert is rescheduled for five weeks later.  2021