This Day in Music History – April 17th

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.

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