Events in Music on January 17

  • 1950 "Alive & Kicking" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 46 performances
  • 1959 "Say, Darling" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 332 performances
  • 1962 Roy Harris' 8th Symphony, premieres in San Francisco
  • 1972 "My Hang-Up Is You" single released by Freddie Hart (Billboard Song of the Year 1972)

Album Release

1974 Asylum Records releases "Court and Spark", Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell's 6th studio album; features the songs "Help Me" and "Free Man In Paris", it becomes her biggest seller

  • 1974 Styne, Comdem & Green's musical "Lorelei" premieres in NYC

#1 in the Charts

1976 "I Write the Songs" cover by Barry Manilow hits #1

Music Single

1976 Blondie release their debut single "X Offender" written by Debbie Harry and Gary Valentine

  • 1980 Roger Sessions' 9th Symphony, his last, premieres in Syracuse, New York with Christopher Keene conducting the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra

American Music Awards

1983 10th American Music Awards: John Cougar, Rick Springfield, and Olivia Newton-John win

  • 1988 "Teddy & Alice" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 77 performances

Hall of Fame

1990 5th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Hank Ballard; Bobby Darin; The Four Seasons; The Four Tops; The Kinks; The Platters; Simon and Garfunkel; The Who; Louis Armstrong;Charlie Christian; Ma Rainey; Gerry Goffin and Carole King;and Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland

  • 1995 "Carousel" closes at Beaumont Theater NYC after 322 performances

Hall of Fame

1996 11th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: David Bowie; Jefferson Airplane; Little Willie John; Gladys Knight and the Pips; Pink Floyd; The Shirelles; The Velvet Underground; Pete Seeger; and Tom Donahue

  • 2011 "Sure Thing" single released by Miguel (Billboard Song of the Year 2011)