Music History for
April 17


1683 - Composer Johann David Heinichen was born.

1741 - Composer Johann Gottlieb Naumann was born.

1774 - Composer Vaclav Jan Krtitel Tomasek was born.

1882 - Composer Artur Schnabel was born.

1953 - Benny Goodman returned to Carnegie Hall after 15 years.

1960 - Eddie Cochran died in Bath, England, from severe brain injuries sustained in a car crash near Chippenham, Wiltshire. Gene Vincent was seriously injured in the accident.

1964 - The FBI lab reported that it could not determine the lyrics to "Louie Louie."

1964 - Them made their first concert appearance.

1969 - The Band played its first concert as an independent group.

1970 - Johnny Cash performed at the White House at the invitation of President Richard M. Nixon. He played "A Boy Named Sue."

1980 - Bob Marley and the Wailers performed as the official guests of State at Zimbabwe's Independence festival.

1993 - Susanna Hoffs (The Bangles) and screenwriter M. Jay Roach were married.

1995 - Courtney Love and her band Hole performed on the sixth season premiere of MTV's Unplugged.

2002 - Tammy Wynette's four daughters reached a confidential agreement with Wynette's doctor over her death. Wynette's daughters filed a lawsuit that claimed the Pittsburgh doctor had contributed to Wynette's death in 1998.

2015 - John Coltrane was awarded a posthumous Special Citation by the Pulitzer Prize board.