This Day in Music History: October 17th

1962 The Beatles make their television debut. Between their lunch and evening shows at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, the Beatles travel to Granada TV Centre in Manchester, where they beatles cavern clubmake a live appearance on a local program called “People and Places.” They play two songs: “Some Other Guy” and “Love Me Do”, which had been released just twelve days earlier. Beatles producer George Martin called that release day, Friday, October 5, 1962, “The day the world changed.”

Although they would appear on a number of other regional programs, the Beatles wouldn’t appear on national British TV until April 13, 1963, on “The 625 Show.”

On February 11, 1964, the Beatles would make their first US TV appearance, on the Ed Sullivan show. The show is seen by 73 million viewers – almost 40% of the U.S. population at the time. The boys would play five songs, including their #1 hit, “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”

Other Events on This Day in History

1956 Mickey & Sylvia record “Love is Strange”
1960 Dion and the Belmonts disband
1963 The Beatles record “I Want to Hold Your Hand”
1967 “Hair,” world’s first hippie musical opens at New York Shakespeare Festival
-The Beatles attend private memorial service for manager Brian Epstein
1969 The Kinks play first U.S. concert in 4 years. They had been blacklisted in 1965 for refusing to join the musician’s union.
1969 Led Zeppelin’s third US concert kicks off at Carnegie Hall in New York City
2001 Jay-Z pleads guilty to 1999 Lance “Un” Rivera stabbing – receives 3 years probation.
2006 Stevie Wonder gets lifetime achievement award from National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN
2007 Part of West Grand Boulevard in Detroit renamed “Berry Gordy, Jr. Boulevard,” for Motown founder

Billboard #1 Singles

1950 “Goodnight Irene” Gordon Jenkins and The Weavers
1955 “The Yellow Rose of Texas” Mitch Miller
1960 “Save the Last Dance for Me” The Drifters
1965 “Yesterday” The Beatles
1970 “I’ll Be There” The Jackson 5
1975 “Bad Blood” Neil Sedaka
1980 “Another One Bites the Dust” Queen
1985 “Oh Sheila” Ready for the World
1990 “Praying for Time” George Michael
1995 “Fantasy” Mariah Carey
2000 “Come on Over Baby (All I Want is You) Christina Aguilera
2005 “Gold Digger” Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx
2010 “Just the Way You Are” Bruno Mars


1941 Jim Seal (Seals & Crofts)
1942 Gary Puckett (Union Gap)
1947 David St. Hubbins (Spinal Tap)
1958 Alan Jackson
1968 Ziggy Marley
1971 Christopher Kirkpatrick (‘N Sync)
1972 Eminem
1972 Wyclef Jean (Fugees)


1991 Tennessee Ernie Ford, liver failure, age 72
1999 Thomas Durden (lyricist, “Heartbreak Hotel) age 79
2001 Jay Livingston (songwriter, “Que Sera Sera,” “Mona Lisa”) age 86
2002 Derek Bell (The Chieftains), cardiac arrest, age 66
2008 Levi Stubbs (The Four Tops), age 72