This Day in History: 2022-04-17

April 17
1944: Bobby Curtola is born in Port Arthur, now Thunder Bay, Ontario as Robert Allen Curtola.

1969: The Band performs their first show after leaving Bob Dylan at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom.

1971: Vocalist and composer Carmen Lombardo succumbs to cancer at the age of 67.

1971: The Guess Who‘s “Albert Flasher” is released in the US.

1971: The Bells‘ “Stay Awhile” tops RPM’s singles chart ending a two-week run.

1971: Anne Murray peaks at #27 on Billboard’s country chart with “A Stranger In My Place.”

1972: Neil Young releases the single, “Old Man.”

1976: Gord Bamford is born in Traraigon, Victoria, Australia.

1976: Rush headline a show with Thin Lizzy at the Memorial Auditorium in Pekin, Illinois.

1982: Max Webster is in Toronto for two shows that night at The Roxy.

1986: Rush is in Philadelphia for a show at The Spectrum.

1992: Rush is in London, England for a show at Wembley Arena.

1994: Wild T & The Spirit are in Edmonton for a show at People’s Pub.

1995: Quebec pop singer Julie Masse reveals she’s pregnant by Corey Hart.

1997: Domenic Troiano settles a dispute with British rock group Bush, who had been forced to add an “X” to the end of their name in Canada because Troiano had legal rights to the Bush moniker. As part of the settlement, the British band donated $40,000 to charity.

2007: Avril Lavigne releases the BEST DAMN THING album.

2008:Ronnie Hawkins releases the long-anticipated STILL CRUISIN’ album through Bullseye Records. The album features a plethora of the industry, including Gil Moore of Triumph, Greg Godovitz of Fludd, Goddo, Anger Brothers and Carpet Frogs, Beverly D’Angelo, the late Domenic Troiano, members of Wide Mouth Mason, Gordie Johnson of Big Sugar, Levon Helm of The Band, Kris Kristofferson, and about a gazillion others.

2016: A Kelly Jay Benefit Show goes down in Toronto at the Hard Rock Cafe. On the card are Crowbar, Carpet Frogs, Goddo, Paul James, and Ed Pilling of Fludd, among others.

2017: Donald Waugh releases his new single and video for “That’s My Boy.”

2017: King Beez release their new single and video for “Pollination.”

2018: Julio Biafore releases his new single and video, “Out of Control.”