This Day in History: 2022-01-17

Jan 17
1929: Guy Lombardo’s “Sweethearts on Parade” tops Billboard’s chart.

1932: Irwin Prescott, a mover and shaker in the early Ottawa Valley country scene is born in the nation’s capital.

1946: Domenic Troiano, guitarist for Robbie Lane & The Disciples, The 5 Rogues, Mandala, James Gang, The Guess Who and Black Market is born in Modugno, Italy.

1966: The Guess Who enter the Canadian pop chart at #35 with “Hurting Each Other.”

1966: The RPM Awards for the previous year are announced. Top male vocalist honours go to Bobby Curtola, Catherine McKinnon is named top female vocalist, and most promising male vocalist nod goes to Barry Allen. The country section is also expanded from two to seven categories. Gary Buck wins for top country male singer, while Dianne Leigh wins the female category.

1970: The Band is in Toronto for a show at Massey Hall.

1974: Bob Dylan’s PLANET WAVES, which reunites him with The Band as his backing group, is released. Dylan and The Band undertake a six-week, 40-date tour together.

1974: Joni Mitchell releases her COURT AND SPARK album.

1976: The Blues Brothers, featuring mostly a Canadian cast, make their first appearance on NBC-TV’s “Saturday Night Live.”

1976: “Anna Marie” by Susan Jacks peaks at #11 on the Canadian chart.

1981: Kings are on American Bandstand, where they perform … you guessed it… “This Beat Goes On/Switchin’ To Glide.”

1981: The Rovers‘ “Wasn’t That A Party” peaks at the top of Canada’s singles chart.

1983: Chilliwack‘s “Watcha Gonna Do” peaks on the Candian chart at #4.

1986: Kick Axe and Lee Aaron are in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario for a show at the Memorial Gardens.

1990: BB Gabor hangs himself in his Toronto home.

1999: Randy Bachman is at LA’s Whiskey A Go Go, celebrating the club’s 35th anniversary.

2000: Bryan Adams‘ single, “The Best of Me,” peaks at #3 on the Belgian pop chart.

2000: Shania Twain wins two American Music Awards at the ceremony.

2015: Cod Gone Wild plays at the Lakeland Inn in Cold Lake, Ab.

2015: The Bovine Sex Club in Toronto plays host to the Toronto Epic Metal Fest. Headlining is Quebec’s top folk metal group, Nordheim.

2015: Bryan Adams is in Edmonton for a show at Rexall Place.

2017; Johnathon Schwartz, former manager for Alanis Morissette, pleads guilty in an LA court of defrauding her and other celebrities of over seven million dollars.

2019: Bryan Adams releases the new single, “Shine A Light,” the title track to his upcoming new album.

2019: Original Helix guitarist Ron Watson (before their first record) dies from Multiple Myleoma at the age of 62.

2019: Alice Hardy release their new single, “Everybody Run.”