Saturday, May 16, 2020

Music History Today: May 17, 2020

May 17, 2017: After performing with Soundgarden in Detroit, Chris Cornell is found dead from an apparent suicide at the age of 52. 
The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office has determined that rocker Chris Cornell took his own life early this morning in Detroit, ABC News confirms. 
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A full autopsy reported has not yet been completed, but the examiner's office did state in an official release that the "cause of death has been determined as hanging by suicide."  Police said earlier that the 52-year-old singer's death was being investigated as a "possible suicide."  
Read more: ABC News
May 17, 1963: The first Monterey Folk Festival took place over three days in Monterey, California. 
On May 18, 1963 the barely known Bob Dylan performed four songs, comprised of  “Talking John Birch Society Blues”, “Masters of War” and “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall” and a duet Joan Baez on “With God on Our Side.”  Nine days after this performance Columbia Records released The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, and Dylan’s fortunes began to change, in a big way.   
Read more:  Record Mecca

May 17, 1975: That's the Way of the World,; the Soundtrack to the movie from Earth, Wind & Fire, reached number 1 on the charts.  
Just as Earth, Wind & Fire made their debut on the Sweet Sweetback soundtrack, their first Number One album was also birthed out of a film project: Sig Shore's 1975 flop That's the Way of the World.  The band was cast as the Group, an up-and-coming R&B outfit shepherded by a cocky record producer played by Harvey Keitel.  
Read more:  Rolling Stones


May 17,1986: "On My Own" from Michael McDonald and Patti Labelle, was number 1 on the R&B chart, where it would spend four weeks at the top.
"On My Own" marked the breakthrough of Patti LaBelle as a solo artist. It also highlighted a period of revitalization for songwriter Burt Bacharach, a few lyrical curiosities courtesy of lyricist — and Bacharach's then-wife — Carol Bayer Sager, and arguably LaBelle's biggest hairdo ever.  
Read more:  Grammy Awards


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