Today In Music History – May 17th.

Chris Cornell

Every day on Radio Nova, just before 11am, we play a couple of songs key to “today in music history” Have a listen! But for now – here’s some light reading and watching.  May 17th in Music History looks like this.

1975, Elton John was awarded a Platinum Record for sales of a million copies of the LP ‘Captain Fantastic and The Brown Dirt Cowboy’, the first album ever to be certified Platinum on the day of its release.

1986, Spitting Image started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Chicken Song.’ Spitting Image had become the ‘must see’ TV which took the p**s out of everyone.

1987, A fire destroyed Tom Petty‘s house in Los Angeles.

2006, Paul McCartney and his wife Heather Mills admitted that they had given up the fight to save their marriage, saying that after four years, they were splitting.

2016, Alanis Morissette sued her former manager for fraud saying she was robbed of almost $5m by her former business manager.

2017, Musician, singer and songwriter and one of the greatest voices of our generation Chris Cornell played his last show in Detroit after performing at a show with Soundgarden.

2022, the composer Vangelis died. Most known for the music to Bladerunner and Chariots of Fire.

Happy Birthday to QOTSA front man Josh Homme and at the other end of the scale, Enya!

Check out the weekly Podcast. Marty Miller’s This Week in Music History.