This Day in History: 2022-12-17

Dec 17
1936: Jazz great Tommy Banks is born in Calgary as Thomas Benjamin Banks.

1949: Craig Ruhnke is born in Toronto.

1961: Garth Hudson joins Levon Helm, Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko and Richard Manuel in the Hawks, who serve as Arkansas rockabilly singer Ronnie Hawkins’ backup band. Later they redub themselves The Band.

1961: Paul Anka guest stars on The Ed Sullivan Show for the second time.

1976: Mahogany Rush are Tempo Studios in Montreal, working on what what become the WORLD ANTHEM album.

1977: DECADE, a triple-album greatest hits collection personally assembled by Neil Young is released.

1980: Fist is in Toronto for the third of a four night run at Spats.

1981: Chilliwack performs on American Bandstand for the first time.

1981: Swindled is in Toronto for a show at The Cabana Room.

1982: Headpins are in Kitchener for a show at the Coronet Motor Hotel.

1994: Celine Dion marries her manager Rene Angelil in Montreal.

1996: Chrissy Steele opens for Jethro Tull at the Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.

2002: Randy Bachman releases EVERY SONG HAS A STORY on DVD, a quaint, personal unplugged session in a Toronto nightclub from earlier that year, where he plays both The Guess Who and BTO classics.

2005: It was bumped for two weeks by Madonna, but “Canadian Idol” winner Melissa O’Neil’s “Alive!” tops Canada’s singles chart for another two weeks.

2009: Mike Hall, former Killer Dwarfs and Helix guitarist releases his debut solo album, HAVE GUITARZ… WILL TRAVEL during a CD release party in Toronto.

2011: The Sheepdogs are in Edmonton at The Starlight Room.

2011: Tom Jackson is in Edmonton on The Horizon Stage.

2016: Trooper is in Enoch, Alberta for a show at River Cree Resort & Casino.

2016: Glenda Rae, Brett Wade, Miles Black, and Phil Robertson are in Surrey, BC for a show at the Crescent Beach Legion.

2016: In Heat and Headstones are in Waterloo, Ontario for a show at Maxwells.

2019: Henderson & Hemerling release their new single and video, “Late Autumn Rain.”

2019: Northern Quarter Band release their new single and video, “Fighting For You.”

2019: Lisa Stethem releases her new single and video, “My Obsession.”

2019: Sly’s Regard release their new single, “Making A List.”