Happy Birthday Jim Bonfanti!
Musicians Born On December 17
1934 Karl Denver (Wimoweh)
1936 Tommy Steele (Rock With the Cavemen)
1937 Art Neville (Neville Brothers)
1939 Eddie Kendricks (Boogie Down)
1942 Paul Butterfield (US white blues singer)
1946 Jim Bonfanti (Raspberries)
1947 Simon Bates (DJ)
1950 Charlie Barrett (Wailers)
1958 Michael Mills (REM)
1961 Sarah Dallin (Bananarama)
Deaths On December 17
1982 Big Joe Williams (bluesman)
Number 1 In The Charts On December 17
1989 Milli Vanilli : Girl You Know It's True :US LP
1994 Ini Kamoze : Here Comes The Hotstepper : US single
1994 Beautiful South : Carry on up the Charts : UK LP
Various Music Events On December 17
1954 Rock and Roll makes its first appearance on UK singles chart as Bill Haley and the Comets debut with 'Shake Rattle and Roll'
1955 Platters enter US R&B chart with 'The Great Pretender'
1966 Four Tops hit US Hot 100 with 'Standing in the Shadows of Love'
1968 Pink Floyd release 'Careful With That Axe Eugene', their last single for eleven years
1970 Beach Boys play Command Performance before Princess Margaret at Royal Albert Hall
1971 David Bowie's 'Hunky Dory' LP becomes his first to be released in US
1976 Stranglers signed to United Artists Records in UK
1982 The Who play their final concert, at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens, broadcasting to pay and cable viewers across US
1988 Freiheit debut on UK chart with 'Keeping the Dream Alive'
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