On this Day July 17, 1972

A bomb exploded under 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. Source link

On this Day July 17, 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. Source link

On this Day July 16, 1969

During recordings for their album, The Beatles worked on two new songs, ‘Here Comes The Sun’ and ‘Something.’ Harrison was inspired to write ‘Here Comes The Sun’ when taking a day off from Apple business and spending the day walking around the garden at house. Source link

On this Day July 16, 1981

US singer-songwriter Harry Chapin, who had success in the 70s with ‘Taxi, W-O-L-D and a No. 1 Cats In The Cradle, was killed aged 38 suffering a cardiac arrest while driving on a New York expressway. His car was hit from behind by a tractor-trailer, causing the gas tank to explode. Source link

On this Day July 16, 1995

Wayne Osmond from underwent a brain tumour operation at Duke University Medical Centre, North Carolina. Source link

On this Day July 16, 2000

went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut release Parachutes. The release spawned the hit singles ‘Shiver’, ‘Yellow’, ‘Trouble’, and ‘Don’t Panic’ and won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 2002. Source link

On this Day July 15, 1958

mother Julia was killed by a car driven by an off-duty drunken police officer named Eric Clague (Clague was later acquitted of the offence). John Lennon was 17 years old at the time. Source link

On this Day July 15, 1973

The Edgar Winter Group, Sly & The Family Stone, Canned Heat, Lindisfarne and all appeared at The Great Western Express festival at White City, west London. With his wife having recently walked out of their marriage, taking their young children with her, Ray Davies of The Kinks announces from the stage that he is sick…

On this Day July 15, 1978

The Rolling Stones started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with the group’s seventh US No.1 album. The cover designed by Peter Corriston, featured The Rolling Stones in garish drag alongside select female celebrities and lingerie ads. The cover immediately ran into trouble when Lucille Ball, Farrah Fawcett, Liza Minnelli (representing…

On this Day July 15, 2000

Sad Cafe singer Paul Young died of a heart attack at his Manchester home aged 53. Run Home Girl was a hit for Sad Cafe in the US, Everyday Hurts was a UK No.3 hit in 1979. Joined Mike Rutherford and Paul Carrack in Mike and the Mechanics and had the hits The Living Years…