February 17


BORN TODAY

  • 1986 – Daphne Oz
  • 1981 – Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  • 1981 – Paris Hilton
  • 1980 – Jason Ritter
  • 1978 – Ashton Holmes
  • 1976 – Kelly Carlson
  • 1974 – Jerry O’Connell
  • 1974 – Bryan White
  • 1973 – Billie Joe Armstrong
  • 1972 – Taylor Hawkins
  • 1971 – Denise Richards
  • 1970 – Dominic Purcell
  • 1969 – Tuesday Knight
  • 1967 – Chante Moore
  • 1965 – Michael Bay
  • 1963 – Michael Jordan
  • 1963 – Larry the Cable Guy
  • 1962 – Lou Diamond Phillips
  • 1957 – Loreena McKennitt
  • 1954 – Rene Russo
  • 1945 – Brenda Fricker
  • 1940 – Vicente Fernandez
  • 1934 – Dame Edna Everage (AKA Barry Humphries)
  • 1925 – Hal Holbrook

MOVIES TODAY

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MUSIC TODAY

  • 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”.


Paul Anka “Puppy Love” (1960) by NRRArchives


  • 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 – The Beach Boys debuted on the chart with their first single release–“Surfin'”.
  • 1962 – Gene Chandler took over at #1 with “Duke Of Earl”.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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 – Gladys Knight & the Pips took over at #1 on the R&B chart with “Neither One Of Us
  • 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.
  • 1979 – The U.K. was ahead on this group as Blondie already was #1 on the Album chart with Parallel Lines.
  • 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 were #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with “All My Life”.
  • 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

TV/RADIO TODAY

  • 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.”
  • 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.

OTHER INTERESTING EVENTS…

  • 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.”
  • 1965 – Governor Frank G. Clement declares Patti Page’s smash “Tennessee Waltz” the official anthem of that state.
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    1976 – Bette Midler was named the “Woman of the Year” by Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatrical Society.

  • 1982 – American jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk passed away (October 10, 1917 / February 17, 1982)
  • 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.
  • 1984 – American actress Lucille Benson passed away, she was known for her roles in commercials, television, and movies in the 1970s (July 17, 1914 / February 17, 1984)
  • 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.
  • 1998 – American songwriter, theatrical composer, lyricist, and screenwriter Bob Merrill passed away (May 17, 1921 / February 17, 1998)
  • 2006 -American Grammy Award-winning Latin/Latin jazz musician Ray Barretto passed away (April 29, 1929 / February 17, 2006)
  • 2013 -American country music singer Mindy McCready passed away (November 30, 1975 / February 17, 2013)

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