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This Day in Music History: December 17th

1999: Keith Richards stole a guitar from a fan outside of Richards’ party at the Russian Tea Room in New York City. The fan never pressed charges.

1995: Sting’s wife Trudie Styler gave birth to their fourth child, a son named Giacomo Luke was born at a London hospital.

1987: Robert Plant performed Led Zeppelin songs for the first time as a solo artist at a concert in Folkstone, U.K. He performed “Misty Mountain Hop” & “Trampled Underfoot”.

1982: The Who performed their first farewell concert at the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. The concert was filmed for an HBO special & recorded for a live album, titled Who’s Last.

1973: Aerosmith began recording their second album Get Your Wings at New York City’s Record Plant Studios. The album was released the following March.

1971: David Bowie released his fourth album Hunky Dory which was his first album for RCA Records. Bowie himself considers it one of the most important albums of his career.

1970: The Beach Boys gave a Royal Command Performance for Princess Margaret at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

1968: The Who performed their Christmas party at London’s Marquee Club. Yes were also on the bill, performing one of their first concerts.

1968: Pink Floyd released “Point Me at the Sky” which was the last single they released in the U.K. for eleven years. The song wasn’t released in the U.S. & some members of Pink Floyd declared the song to be one of their most embarrassing moments. 

Birthdays:
Paul Rodgers-singer for Free & Bad Company born in 1949
Mike Mills-bassist for R.E.M. born in 1958

 

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