On This Day

Year 2017 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Feb 5 Heavy metal band Black Sabbath play their last concert in their home town Birmingham, England

Music awardsGrammy Awards

Feb 12 59th Grammy Awards: Adele wins Best Song "Hello" and Best Album "25"

Singer-songwriter Adele
Singer-songwriter
Adele

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Feb 22 Jay-Z becomes 1st rapper to be inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame alongside Max Martin, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis

Rapper & Record Producer Jay-Z
Rapper & Record Producer
Jay-Z
  • Mar 21 Singer Wyclef Jean wrongly identified as a suspect, handcuffed and detained by LA county sheriff’s department

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

Apr 1 Bob Dylan receives his Nobel Prize for Literature at a private ceremony in Stockholm

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Apr 7 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Electric Light Orchestra, Joan Baez, Yes, Tupac Shakur, Journey, and Pearl Jam inducted

Rapper Tupac Shakur
Rapper
Tupac Shakur

Music releaseAlbum Release

Apr 14 Kendrick Lamar releases his fourth studio album "Damn" (2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music)

Singer-songwriter and Rapper Kendrick Lamar
Singer-songwriter and Rapper
Kendrick Lamar

AgreementAgreement of Interest

May 1 Billy Corgan agrees to purchase the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA)

Musician Billy Corgan
Musician
Billy Corgan

Music releaseAlbum Release

May 12 Former One Direction singer Harry Styles releases his self-titled debut solo album

Singer Harry Styles
Singer
Harry Styles
  • May 13 62nd Eurovision Song Contest: Portugal's Salvador Sobral wins singing "Amar Pelos Dois"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 21 BTS wins the Top Social Artist at the Billboard Awards, becoming the first K-pop group to win any Billboard Award

K-Pop Star Jimin
K-Pop Star
Jimin

Music concertMusic Concert

May 22 Suicide bombing at Manchester Arena, England, after Ariana Grande concert kills 22 and injures 59

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 30 Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John reveals her breast cancer has returned after 25 years

Singer and Actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and Actress
Olivia Newton-John
  • Jun 4 Ariana Grande headlines benefit concert for victims of her Manchester concert bombing, also featuring Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, and Katy Perry
  • Jun 6 Korean singer T.O.P is rushed to hospital after a suspected overdose while serving mandatory military service
  • Jun 7 51st CMT Music Awards: Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood win

  • Jun 11 71st Tony Awards: "Dear Evan Hansen" best musical; "Oslo" best play

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 12 Forbes release Top 100 highest-paid entertainers list - Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs at No.1 with earnings of 130 million

Rapper Puff Daddy
Rapper
Puff Daddy
  • Jun 21 Glastonbury Festival 2017 in Pilton, England opens: Radio Head, Foo Fighters, and Ed Sheeran headline; other performers include Kris Kristofferson, Barry Gibb, Katy Perry, The National, and Orchestra Baobob

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 21 Singer Justin Bieber barred from performing in China by Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture citing his "bad behavior"

Pop Star Justin Bieber
Pop Star
Justin Bieber
  • Aug 3 Rapper Kidd Creole arrested and charged for stabbing to death a homeless man in New York City

Music releaseMusic Single

Aug 3 Camila Cabello releases her single "Havana" (biggest song worldwide 2018, 19 million copies sold)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 10 Taylor Swift testifies that DJ David Mueller groped her in court in Denver, Colorado

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Singer-songwriter
Taylor Swift

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 12 Lady Gaga confirms her battlle with chronic illness fibromyalgia

Singer-Songwriter Lady Gaga
Singer-Songwriter
Lady Gaga

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 14 Selena Gomez reveals she had a kidney transplant, because of lupus, donated by her friend Francia Rais

Singer and Actress Selena Gomez
Singer and Actress
Selena Gomez

Film tv awardsEmmy Awards

Sep 18 69th Emmy Awards: hosted by Stephen Colbert, "The Handmaid's Tale", Elisabeth Moss, Sterling K Brown, Julia Dreyfus, Donald Glover win

Comedian and TV Host Stephen Colbert
Comedian and TV Host
Stephen Colbert
Actor, Musician and Director Donald Glover
Actor, Musician and Director
Donald Glover
Actor Joseph Fiennes
Actor
Joseph Fiennes
  • Oct 1 Stephen Paddock shoots dead 58 people, injuring 489, at a concert in Las Vegas in the deadliest mass shooting in American history
  • Oct 4 Chinese pianist Lang Lang plays Carneige Hall one-handed due to injury with 14 year-old Maxim Lando playing his left hand for Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue"
  • Oct 7 Rapper Nelly arrested for rape in Auburn, Washington
  • Oct 9 Vincent La Selva, American conductor (New York Grand Opera Company, 1973-2012)dies at 88 [1]

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 26 National Party of New Zealand found guilty of breaching the copyright of rapper Eminem's publisher and ordered to pay $413,000 for use of the song “Eminem Esque”

Rapper and Songwriter Eminem
Rapper and Songwriter
Eminem
  • Nov 7 Opera soprano Audrey Luna sings highest-ever note at Met Opera in New York, A above high C

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 15 Country singer Blake Shelton wins People Magazine's sexiest man alive award

Country Singer Blake Shelton
Country Singer
Blake Shelton

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 18 Shawn Mendes is the first singer under 18 to get three No. 1 singles on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart

Singer-Songwriter Shawn Mendes
Singer-Songwriter
Shawn Mendes
  • Dec 4 New York's Metropolitan Opera suspends conductor James Levine after allegations of sexual misconduct
  • Dec 5 Twitter reveals K-pop boy band BTS were the most tweeted-about celebrities in 2017
  • Dec 7 Naples' pizza spinning given UNESCO intangible heritage status along with Germany's organ music, Kyrgystan's Kok boru and India's Kumbh festival
  • Dec 9 Funeral for French rock star Johnny Hallyday draws hundreds of thousands onto Paris streets

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 9 "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" directed by Rian Johnson, starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Adam Driver premieres in Los Angeles

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 17 "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" takes more than $450m worldwide in its opening weekend, 2nd largest opening in North America ($220m)

Composer John Williams
Composer
John Williams
Actor Adam Driver
Actor
Adam Driver
  • Dec 20 Lady Gaga signs Las Vegas residency deal for $75m at MGM Park Theatre

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 31 Singer Lorde called a bigot in ad in Washington Post after cancelling show in Israel

Singer Lorde
Singer
Lorde

Weddings in Music

  • Feb 27 Gossip Girl's star Penn Badgley (30) weds singer Domino Kirke in New York
  • Mar 12 Country music singer-songwriter and guitarist Frankie Ballard (34) weds Old Smokey Boots owner Christina Murphy
  • Mar 12 Actress and singer-songwriter Amanda Seyfried (31) weds actor Thomas Sadoski (40) in a private ceremony
  • Apr 13 "New Girl" actress Hannah Simone (36) weds musician Jesse Giddings in a secret ceremony
  • Apr 15 Country music singer and songwriter Sam Hunt (32) weds Hannah Lee Fowler in Cedartown, Georgia
  • May 6 Country music singer Josh Gracin (36) weds partner Katie Weir in Nashville, Tennessee
  • May 13 Country music vocalist Dan Smyers (29) weds longtime love Abby Law in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Jun 3 Actress, singer and Broadway star Bell Bundy (36) weds TBS executive Thom Hinkle at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California
  • Sep 16 Welsh singer Charlotte Church (31) marries musician Jonny Powell (30) in Cardiff

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 14 Country singer songwriter Kacey Musgraves marries Ruston Kelly in Tennessee

Singer Songwriter Kacey Musgraves
Singer Songwriter
Kacey Musgraves

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 4 Georges Prêtre, French classical and opera conductor known for interpretation of Poulenc, dies at 92
  • Jan 4 Vlastimir Trajković, Serbian avant-garde composer, and educator, dies at 79
  • Jan 5 Géori Boué, French soprano, dies at 98
  • Jan 8 Peter Sarstedt, British pop-folk singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Where Do You Go To (My Lovely?"), dies at 75
  • Jan 8 Buddy Bregman, American orchestra leader and arranger (Eddie Fisher Show; Ella Fitzgerald's Cole Porter Songbook), dies of Alzheimer's disease complications at 86 [1]
  • Jan 10 Buddy Greco, American jazz singer (Away We Go, Broadway Open House), dies at 90
  • Jan 11 José Vicente Asuar, Chilean electronic music composer, dies at 83
  • Jan 16 Cuthbert Johnson, English musician and Benedictine abbot, dies at 70
  • Jan 17 Tibor Fátyol, Hungarian composer, dies at 81
  • Jan 18 Mike Kellie, British session and touring rock drummer (Spooky Tooth; The Only Ones), dies at 69
  • Jan 18 Roberta Peters, American operatic soprano (NY Met), dies at 86
  • Jan 20 Ronald Mundy, American doo-wop tenor vocalist (The Marcels -"Blue Moon"), dies of pneumonia at 73
  • Jan 21 Maggie Roche, Irish-American singer-songwriter (Roches), dies of cancer at 65
  • Jan 21 Veljo Tormis, Estonian composer, specializing in choral music (Curse Upon Iron (Raua needmine)), dies at 86
  • Jan 22 Pete Overend Watts, English bass guitar player (Mott the Hoople - "All Young Dudes"), dies from throat cancer at 69
  • Jan 22 Jaki Liebesit, German rock drummer (Can), dies at 78
  • Jan 23 Bobby Freeman, American singer (Do You Want to Dance), dies at 76
  • Jan 24 Butch Trucks, American drummer (The Allman Brothers Band), dies at 69
  • Jan 28 Geoff Nicholls, British rock keyboardist (Black Sabbath, 1980-2013), dies from lung cancer at 72
  • Jan 31 John Wetton, British rock vocalist and bassist (Asia, King Crimson), dies of cancer at 67
  • Jan 31 Deke [Roger] Leonard, Welsh rock musician (Man), dies at 72
  • Feb 1 Desmond Carrington, British radio host (The Music Goes Round), dies at 90
  • Feb 4 Gervase de Peyer, British clarinetist, dies at 89
  • Feb 4 Steve Lang, Canadian rock bassist (April Wine, 1976-84 - "Just Between You And Me"), dies at 67
  • Feb 7 Svend Asmussen, Danish jazz violinist, known as "The Fiddling Viking" (The Swe-Danes), dies at 100
  • Feb 8 Nicolai Gedda, Swedish opera tenor (Opera Two to Six), dies at 91
  • Feb 11 Harvey Lichtenstein, American head of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, dies at 87
  • Feb 12 Al Jarreau, American jazz singer (Moonlighting), dies at 76
  • Feb 17 Alan Aldridge, British artist, graphic designer and illustrator whose artwork was used in record covers for The Beatles and The Who, dies at 73
  • Feb 19 Larry Coryell, American jazz guitarist (11th House), dies at 73
  • Feb 21 Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Polish-American conductor (Minnesota Orchestra, 1960-79) and composer (Passacaglia Immaginaria), dies at 93
  • Feb 26 Dimiter Khristov, Bulgarian composer, dies at 83
  • Feb 26 James E. Sellars, American composer, dies at 76
  • Feb 26 Robert Allworth, Australian composer (A Different Time, A Different Place), dies at 74
  • Feb 27 Jórunn Viðar, Icelandic pianist and composer, dies at 98
  • Feb 28 Leoncjusz Ciuciura, Polish classical composer (Spirals), dies at 86 [1] [2]
  • Mar 3 Tommy Page, American pop singer ("I'll Be Your Everything"), found dead of apparent suicide at 46
  • Mar 3 Misha Mengelberg, Dutch jazz pianist and composer (Reconstruction), dies at 81
  • Mar 3 Lyle Ritz, American jazz ukulele and session bassist, dies at 87
  • Mar 4 Valerie Carter, American folk-rock singer-songwriter, and session vocalist, dies of a heart attack at 64
  • Mar 5 Kurt Moll, German bass opera singer, dies at 78
  • Mar 6 Alberto Zedda, Italian opera conductor and musicologist, dies at79
  • Mar 7 Francis Thorne, American composer (Fortuna; Elegy), dies at 94
  • Mar 10 [Joan] Joni Sledge, American vocalist (Sister Sledge "We Are Family"), dies at 60
  • Mar 10 Gido Kokars, Latvian choral conductor, dies at 95
  • Mar 16 James Cotton, American blues vocalist and harmonica player, dies at 81

Person of interestChuck Berry

Mar 18 Chuck Berry [Charles Andersen], American rock n' roll guitarist and singer-songwriter (Roll over Beethoven), dies at 90

Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Chuck Berry
Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Chuck Berry
  • Mar 18 Trisha Brown, American choreographer and dancer, dies at 80
  • Mar 18 Don Hunstein, American photographer of musicians, dies at 88
  • Mar 23 Lola Albright, American singer and actress (Delta Country, Kid Galahad, A Cold Wind in August), dies at 92
  • Mar 26 Alain Gagnon, Canadian composer (Chansons d'Orient), and music educator (Université Laval, 1967-2008), dies at 78
  • Mar 27 Arthur Blythe, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 76
  • Apr 3 Kishori Amonkar, Indian classical Hindustani singer, dies at 84
  • Apr 5 María Luisa Ozaita, Spanish pianist, harpsichordist, musicologist, conductor, and composer (Pelleas y Melisanda), dies at 77
  • Apr 9 Alan Henderson, Irish rock bassist (Them), dies at 72
  • Apr 9 Bob Wootton, American guitarist, dies at 75
  • Apr 10 Banner Thomas, American rock bassist (Molly Hatchet), dies of a heart attack at 63
  • Apr 11 J. Geils [John Warren Geils Jr], American rock guitarist (J. Geils Band - Centerfold), dies at 71
  • Apr 11 Toby Smith [Grafftey-Smith], British keyboardist and songwriter, dies of cancer at 46
  • Apr 15 Allan Holdsworth, British progressive rock guitarist, dies at 70
  • Apr 18 Gordon Langford [Colman], British composer and arranger of brass, choral, and orchestral music (Facets of Glass; Rhapsody for Trombone), dies at 86
  • Apr 20 Cuba Gooding, Sr., American pop and soul singer (The Main Ingredient - "Everybody Plays the Fool"), dies at 72
  • Apr 22 Vaclav Kucera, Czech composer (Concierto imaginativo Homenaje a Salvador Dalí), dies at 87
  • May 2 (Mary) Norma Procter, British contralto singer, dies of Parkinson's Disease at 89
  • May 2 Grigori Zhislin, Russian concert violinist, and viola player, dies at 71
  • May 7 David Pell, American big band jazz saxophonist, bandleader (Dave Pell Octet), and record producer, dies at 92
  • May 8 Robert Gutter, American conductor and teacher (founded International Institute for Conductors, 1996), dies at 78
  • May 18 Chris Cornell, American musician (Soundgarden, Audioslave), commits suicide at 52
  • May 18 Frankie Paul [Paul Blake], Jamaican reggae musician, dies of kidney disease at 51
  • May 18 Jimmy "Bro" Hayes, American doo-wop bass singer (Persuasions - "Under the Boardwalk"), dies at 74
  • May 20 Jimmy Dale, British-Canadian pianist and orchestra leader (The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour), dies at 81
  • May 27 Gregg Allman, American Hammond organist, guitarist and vocalist (The Allman Brothers Band - "Whipping Post"), dies of cancer at 69
  • May 28 Elisabeth Chojnacka, Polish harpsichordist, with works dedicated to her by over 80 composers, dies at 79
  • Jun 6 Paul Zukofsky, American violinist and conductor (Cappricio), dies from non-Hodgkin lymphoma at 73
  • Jun 13 Anita Pallenberg, Italian model and actress credited as the muse of the Rolling Stones, dies of complications of hepatitis C. at 75
  • Jun 15 Jacques Charpentier, French organist and composer (72 études karnatiques), dies at 83
  • Jun 20 Prodigy [Albert Johnson], American rapper (Mobb Deep), dies at 42
  • Jun 21 Ludger Rémy, German harpsichordist, conductor (Les Amis de Philippe), and musicologist, dies at 68
  • Jun 22 Norman Ayrton, English actor and opera director (Royal Shakespearean Acad - UK), dies at 92
  • Jun 27 Geri Allen, American jazz pianist, bandleader, composer, and educator, dies of cancer at 60 [1]
  • Jul 5 Pierre Henry, French composer (considered pioneer of musique concrète), dies at 89
  • Jul 20 Chester Bennington, American singer and songwriter (Linkin Park), commits suicide at 41
  • Jul 22 Bobby Taylor, American singer and producer who discovered "The Jackson 5" (Motown Records), dies of cancer at 83
  • Jul 26 Paul Angerer, Austrian violist, violinist, conductor (Concilium Musicum Wien), harpsichordist, composer and radio host, dies at 90
  • Aug 1 Goldy McJohn, Canadian musician (Steppenwolf), dies at 72
  • Aug 7 David Henry Maslanka, American composer (Angel Of Mercy; Sea Dreams), and educator, dies of colon cancer at 73
  • Aug 7 Janet Seidel, Australian jazz pianist, vocalist, arranger, and educator, dies of ovarian cancer at 62

Person of interestGlen Campbell

Aug 8 Glen Campbell, American actor and singer (Time I Get to Phoenix), dies at 81

Country Singer Glen Campbell
Country Singer
Glen Campbell
  • Aug 8 Barbara Cook, American stage singer and actress (Music Man), dies at 89
  • Aug 19 Bea Wain, American singer and radio host (Deep Purple; Heart and Soul), dies at 100
  • Aug 20 Wilhelm Killmayer, German composer, dies at 89
  • Aug 20 Fredell Lack, American concert violinist, and teacher (University of Houston, 1959-2009), dies at 95
  • Aug 22 John Abercrombie, American jazz guitarist, dies of heart failure at 72
  • Aug 29 Janine Charrat, French ballerina and choreographer, dies at 93
  • Aug 29 Dmitri Kogan, Russian concert violinist (Five Great Violins), dies of cancer at 38
  • Aug 29 Larry Elgart, American big band jazz alto saxophonist, and bandleader ("Bandstand Boogie"; "Hooked On Swing"), dies at 95
  • Sep 2 Halim El-Dabh, Egyptian-American pianist, darabukha drummer, and composer (Martha Graham ballet scores), dies at 96
  • Sep 2 Dave Hlubek, American rock guitarist (Molly Hatchet), dies at 66

Person of interestWalter Becker

Sep 3 Walter Becker, American rock bassist, guitarist, songwriter and record producer (Steely Dan - "Deacon Blues"; "Peg"), dies of esophageal cancer at 67

Musician and Record Producer Walter Becker
Musician and Record Producer
Walter Becker
  • Sep 5 Holger Czukay [Holger Schüring], German musician (Can), dies at 79