DYR Today, February 17

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  • Bonnie Wright (26)
  • Chord Overstreet (28)
  • Daphne Oz (31)
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt (36)
  • Paris Hilton (36)
  • Jason Ritter (37)
  • Ashton Holmes (39)
  • Kelly Carlson (41)
  • Jerry O’Connell (43)
  • Bryan White (43)
  • Billie Joe Armstrong (44)
  • Taylor Hawkins (45)
  • Denise Richards (46)
  • Dominic Purcell (47)
  • Tuesday Knight (48)
  • Chante Moore (50)
  • Michael Bay (52)
  • Michael Jordan (54)
  • Larry the Cable Guy (54)
  • Lou Diamond Phillips (55)
  • Loreena McKennitt (60)
  • Rene Russo (63)
  • Brenda Fricker (72)
  • Vicente Fernandez (77)
  • Dame Edna Everage (Barry Humphries) (83)
  • Hal Holbrook (92)


  • Bob Merrill (Born: May 17, 1921/ Died: February 17, 1998)
  • John Elliot Sutherland (Born: September 11, 1910 / Died: February 17, 2001)
  • Ray Barretto (Born: April 29, 1929 / Died: February 17, 2006)
  • Mindy McCready (Born: November 30, 1975 / Died: February 17, 2013)
  • Lucille Benson (Born: July 17, 1914 / Died: February 17, 1984)
  • Thelonious Monk (Born: October 10, 1917 / Died: February 17, 1982)


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  • 1954 – Doris Day’s “Secret Love” hits #1
  • 1958 – The Silhouettes stood tall at #1 for a third week on the R&B chart with “Get A Job”.
  • 1960 – Paul Anka released the single “Puppy Love”.
  • 1960 – Elvis Presley received Gold record for his debut album Elvis.
  • 1960 – The Everly Brothers signed a new 10-year record-breaking contract with Warner Brothers Records for $1 million.
  • 1962 – “Midnight In Moscow” by Kenny Ball and His Jazzmen was still #1 on the Easy Listening chart.
  • 1962 – For the fifth week in a row, “Duke Of Earl” by Gene Chandler was #1 on the R&B chart.
  • 1962 – A new group appeared on the chart with a sound that was unlike anything we’d heard.  They would go on to become one of The Top 20 Artists of the Rock Era*.  The Beach Boys debuted on the chart with their first single release–“Surfin’”.
  • 1962 – Gene Chandler took over at #1 with “Duke Of Earl”.
  • 1964 – Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass made their live debut in Los Angeles.
  • 1965 – The Kinks released the single “Tired Of Waiting For You”.
  • 1966 – Sgt. Barry Sadler’s single and album “The Ballad Of The Green Berets” are both certified gold
  • 1966 – The Beach Boys began recording “Good Vibrations”.  Six months, four studios, seventeen sessions, and an estimated $50,000-$70,000 later, the group finished with the most expensive single song in the history of the Rock Era.
  • 1966 – Nancy Sinatra topped the U.K. singles chart with “These Boots Were Made For Walkin’”.
  • 1968 – Big Brother and the Holding Company signed a recording contract with the new CBS label Columbia Records.
  • 1968 – Diana Ross & the Supremes’ compilation Greatest Hits was #1 on the U.K. Album chart.
  • 1968 – “Love Is Blue” from Paul Mauriat was the #1 Adult song for the fifth consecutive week.
  • 1968 – Paul Mauriat continued to have a firm hold on #1 with “Love Is Blue”.
  • 1973 – War’s album The World Is A Ghetto hits #1
  • 1973 – Anne Murray moved to #1 on the Adult chart with “Danny’s Song”.
  • 1973 – War ruled the Album chart with The World is a Ghetto, knocking Carly Simon’s No Secrets from the top.  The great Stevie Wonder album Talking Book was third.

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  • 1973 – Gladys Knight & the Pips took over at #1 on the R&B chart with “Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First to Say Goodbye)”, toppling “Love Train” by the O’Jays.  Both songs are ranked in The Top 30 R&B Songs of the 1970’s*.
  • 1973 – The Stylistics’ new song “Break Up To Make Up” was a hot song, moving from 88 to 53.
  • 1973 – Elton John’s first career #1 was a big one–“Crocodile Rock” remained there for a third week.
  • 1975 – John Lennon released the album Rock n’ Roll in the United States on Apple Records, his last LP before leaving the music business for five years.
  • 1975 – AC/DC released their debut album, High Voltage.
  • 1976 – Asylum releases The Eagles’ “Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975.” It contains one certified country hit, “Lyin’ Eyes”
  • 1976 – The Eagles released their Greatest Hits album, that closed out the millennium as the best-selling album of all-time in the United States.  It was passed in 2009 by Michael Jackson’s Thriller, but just barely–both albums have been certified by the RIAA has having sold over 29 million albums.
  • 1979 – The Clash began its first tour of the United States at the Palladium in New York City.  And Another exciting new wave group appeared on the scene as Blondie first hit the charts with their debut single–“Heart Of Glass”.
  • 1979 – The U.K. was ahead on this group as Blondie already was #1 on the Album chart with Parallel Lines.
  • 1979 – The Bee Gees landed at #4 on the Album chart with Spirits Having Flown in its first week.  The first album from Dire Straits moved from 15-7, while Totally Hot by Olivia Newton-John moved from 12-8 and the self-titled debut from Toto entered the Top 10.
  • 1980 – Kenny Rogers owned the #1 U.K. song–“Coward Of The County”.
  • 1990 – Quincy Jones, Al B. Sure!, James Ingram, Barry White and El DeBarge combined for the new #1 R&B song–“The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite)”.
  • 1990 – Linda Ronstadt & Aaron Neville followed up their smash hit “Don’t Know Much” with another #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart–“All My Life”.
  • 1990 – Few albums in the Rock Era were still at #1 at this point in their lifespan but on this date, Forever Your Girl was still #1 for Paula Abdul.
  • 1995 – Atlantic releases John Michael Montgomery’s “I Can Love You Like That”
  • 1996 – Joe Diffie’s “Bigger Than The Beatles” is big enough to hit the top of the Billboard country singles chart


  • 1961 – The TV special Bell Telephone Hour: The Sounds of America airs on NBC.  This music and dance program was taped at Disneyland.
  • 1963 – Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color airs part 1 of “Banner in the Sky,” a re-titled  and re-edited television presentation of the 1959 feature film Third Man on the Mountain.
  • 1964 – Chad & Jeremy were guests on the television program The Patty Duke Show.

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  • 1971 – Johnny Cash is the guest of honor on NBC-TV’s This Is Your Life; a few channels over, on Cash’s ABC variety show, a young James Taylor makes his TV debut singing “Fire And Rain” and “Carolina On My Mind.”
  • 1977 – Episode 24 of The New Mickey Mouse Club airs. Mickey and Pluto get plenty scared in the Mousekartoon Mickey’s Parrot, and “Escape from Apache Cliff,” the sixth episode of the serial “The Mystery of Rustlers’ Cave,” finds Patty and Doug sneaking off to Apache Cliff to explore a secret cave.
  • 1993 – With his version of “Stand By Your Man” featured in “The Crying Game,” Lyle Lovett sings the song with Tammy Wynette on “The Tonight Show”
  • 1997 – Michael Nesmith, guitarist for the Monkees, directed the documentary television special Hey, Hey, It’s the Monkees, in which all four members performed, which was broadcast by ABC-TV on this date.


  • 1957 – Walt Disney receives the Milestone Award of the Screen Producers Guild at a banquet held in the Grand Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel in California. The Milestone Award is presented to producers who have made “an historic contribution to the entertainment industry.”
  • 1960 – Disneyland’s Satellite View of America, originally called Space Station X-1 when the park first opened in 1955, closes.
  • 1965 – Governor Frank G. Clement declares Patti Page’s smash “Tennessee Waltz” the official anthem of that state.
  • 1976 – Bette Midler was named the “Woman of the Year” by Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatrical Society.

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  • 1983 – Disney’s Tron is nominated for 2 Academy Awards – Best Costume Design and Best Sound. The 55th Academy Awards will take place April 11.
  • 1993 – Disney’s Aladdin is nominated for 5 Academy Awards: Best Sound, Best Effects – Sound Effects Editing, twice for Best Music – Original Song, and Best Music – Original Score. The 65th Academy Awards were presented on March 29 which “A Whole New World” won the Academy Award for Best Original Song as well as the Grammy Award for Song of the Year at the 36th Annual Grammy Awards.

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