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 U.K. hit in 1954.
1959, Billie Holiday died in a New York City hospital from cirrhosis of the liver after years of alcohol abuse, aged 43. (While under arrest for heroin possession, with Police officers stationed at the door to her room.) In the final years of her life, she had been progressively swindled out of her earnings, and she died with $0.70 in the bank.
1965, During a UK tour The Rolling Stones appeared at The Guildhall, Portsmouth supported by The Walker Brothers and Steam Packet.
1967, American jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane died from liver cancer at Huntington Hospital in Long Island, New York, aged 40. Worked with Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie. Released the 1964 album 'A Love Supreme'.
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 US. It became The Beatles 14th US No.1.
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.
1972, A bomb exploded under The Rolling Stones equipment van in Montreal, 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.
1974, The Moody Blues opened what they claimed was the first 'Quadraphonic' recording studio in the world.
1975, Bob Marley and the Wailers played the first of two nights at The Lyceum, London, and both nights were recorded for the November released 'live' album, featuring the single 'No Woman No Cry.'
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.
1978, Simple Minds made their live debut at The Satellite Club, Glasgow.
1979, Gary Moore left Thin Lizzy during a US tour and was replaced by ex Slick & Rich Kids guitarist Midge Ure.
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 (who played the role of Coco Hernandez in the original movie) won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and the Golden Globe Award for the same.
1987, The Ozzy Osbourne Band started a 16-week tour of US prisons.
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.
1993, Barbra Streisand entered the US album chart at No.1 with 'Back To Broadway'.
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.
1993, U2 scored their fifth UK No.1 album with 'Zooropa', the album was also an American No.1.
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.
1996, Chas Chandler died aged 57 at Newcastle General Hospital, England, 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.
1997, During a European tour Michael Jackson appeared at Wembley Stadium, London. Tickets cost £26.75
1999, Kevin Wilkinson, drummer with Howard Jones hung himself at home aged 41. Also worked with China Crisis, Holly and the Italians, Squeeze and The Waterboys.
2003, Several of Hong Kong's biggest music stars and industry figures were arrested as part of an investigation into corruption in the music industry after allegations that chart positions and music awards had been rigged.
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 after the singer dedicated an encore of 'Desperado' to filmmaker Michael Moore and urged the crowd to see his film Fahrenheit 9/11.
2005, Jamaican musician Laurel Aitken died. Dubbed as 'the Godfather of Ska', his 1958 'Boogie In My Bones' became the first release on the Island Record label and was No.1 on the Jamaican charts for 11 weeks.
2005, R. Kelly started a four week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'TP.3 Reloaded.'
2008, Ageing rock stars and session musicians would keep receiving royalties for their old recordings for the rest of their lives under a European Union plan. Performers currently lost the rights to their recordings after 50 years. Veteran artists like Sir Cliff Richard and Roger Daltrey were among those who campaigned for it to be extended. The EU had announced a scheme for copyright on recordings to last for 95 years.
July 17th: Born on this day
1938, Born on this day, Stan Brostein, sax, Elephant's Memory, worked with John Lennon on his 1972 album 'Some Time In New York City'.
1941, Born on this day, Spencer Davis, guitar, (1966 UK No.1 single 'Keep On Running' 1967 US No.7 single 'Gimme Some Lovin').
1947, Born on this day, Wolfgang Flur, electronic drums, Kraftwerk, (1975 US No.25 single, 'Autobahn', 1982 UK No.1 single 'Computer Love / The Model').
1948, Born on this day, Ron Asheton, guitar, Iggy Pop And The Stooges, (1973 album 'Raw Power').
1949, Born on this day, Geezer Butler, bass, Black Sabbath, (1970 UK No.4 single 'Paranoid', the bands self-titled 1970 album was voted as the best British rock albums ever by Kerrang! in 2005).
1949, Born on this day, Mick Tucker, drums, Sweet, (1973 UK No.1 single 'Blockbuster', plus 14 other UK top 40 singles). Tucker died of leukaemia on 14th February 2002.
1949, Born on this day, Mike Vale, bass, Tommy James and the Shondells, (1966 US No.1 single 'Hanky Panky', 1968 UK No.1 single 'Mony Mony').
1952, Born on this day, Chet McCracKen, drums, The Doobie Brothers, (1979 US No.1 single 'What A Fool Believes', 1993 UK No.7 single 'Long Train Runnin').
1952, Born on this day, Phoebe Snow, US singer, songwriter, (1975 US No.5 single 'Poetry Man', 1979 UK No.37 single 'Every Night').
1963, Born on this day, Regina Belle, US singer, (1993 US No.1 & UK No.12 single with Peabo Bryson, 'A Whole New World, Aladdin's Theme').
1966, Born on this day, Lou Barlow, bass, Dinosaur Jr, (1993 UK No.20 single 'Start Choppin').
1970, Born on this day, Mandy Smith, in 1983 at age 13 she started dating the then 47 year old Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman. The couple married in 1989, divorced 1992. Smith became a singer, model and actress, released records with SAW none of which charted. Wyman's son dated Mandy's mother.
1971, Born on this day, Jarrett Cordes, DJ Minutemix, PM Dawn, (1991 US No.1 & UK No.3 single 'Set Adrift On Memory Bliss').
1982, Born on this day, Natasha Hamilton, vocals, Atomic Kitten, (2000 UK No.1 single 'Whole Again').
1985, Born on this day, Tom Fletcher, guitar, vocals, McFly, (2004 UK No.1 single 'Colours In Her Hair', 2004 UK No.1 album 'Room On The 3rd Floor').