This Day in History: 2022-05-17

May 17
1944: Jesse Winchester is born in Shreveport, Louisiana. He moves to Canada in 1967 to evade the US draft, and became a Canadian citizen in 1973.

1947: Dave Wynne, drummer for Influence, is born in Stockport, Manchester, England.

1953: Headpins drummer Bernie Aubin is born in Quebec City.

1954: Robbie Rae is born in Wales as Robert Henry Bevan.

1957: Dave Rave of Teenage Head, The Shakers, and Dave Rave Conspiracy is born in Hamilton as David Desroches.

1965: The Shays peak on the Canadian chart at #3 with “Walk That Walk.”

1966: Bob Dylan and the Hawks, later renaming themselves The Band perform at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England. Dylan is booed by folk purists who object to his appearing with an electric band.

1968: 49th Parallel is in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan for the first of a two-night stand at Temple Gardens Dance Hall.

1969: At #29, Blood Sweat & Tears‘ “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy” is the only Canadian track in CHUM’s top 30 chart.

1969: Alan Thomas Doyle of Great Big Sea is born in Petty Harbour, NFLD.

1971: Chalk Circle‘s Chris Tait is born in Toronto.

1973: BTO release their self-titled debut album.

1975: Hank Snow peaks on Billboard’s country chart at #47 with “Merry Go Round of Love.”

1980: Teenage Head peak at #28 on the Canadian chart with “Something On My Mind.”

1986: Loverboy peaks at #68 on Billboard’s chart with “Lead A Double Life.”

1993: Stompin’ Tom Connors is awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree by St. Thomas University in Fredericton, NB.

1999: Producer Bruce Fairbairn ( Loverboy, Bon Jovi, KISS, Aerosmith, etc) dies at his home in Vancouver at age 49. It’s reported as ‘natural causes.’

2004: Terri Clark takes home top female vocalist at the Academy of Country Music Awards. Shania Twain and Billy Currington are nominated for top vocal event of the year with “Party For Two,” but lose.

2005: Harem Scarem releases OVERLOAD in Europe. The Japanese verson follows four days later.

2008: Margo Davidson of Parachute Club is found dead in Toronto of an undisclosed cause.

2009: Billy Talent release their new single, “Rusted From The Rain,” premiering it on Australian radio.

2011: “Lowlife,” the first single from Theory of a Deadman‘s THE TRUTH IS album is released.

2012: 560 Club is the scene of the Vancouver ’80s Rock & Roll Reunion.

2015: Nickelback release the single, “Make Me Believe Again.”

2015: Holly Woods & Toronto is in Lethbridge, Alberta for a show at Average Joe’s.

2017: Diana Krall peaks on the Billboard jazz chart at #18 with “Turn Up The Quiet.”