Legend:  BTD – Born Today     OTD – On This Day

DateArtist/GroupDescriptionImage
BTD Aug17,1893 Mae West#BTD Aug17,1893 #MaeWest (Mary Jane West) RIP actress, singer, comedian, sex symbol. From 1933 to 1973 she released 21 singles on 78 rpm and 45 rpm. American Film Institute named her 15th greatest female stars of cinema
BTD Aug17,1933 Mark Dinning#BTD Aug17,1933 #MarkDinning (Max Dinning) RIP singer 1960 US #1 single “Teen Angel" bother to The #DinningSisters a popular singing trio in the 1940s. He is the youngest of nine children, all of whom sang harmony in church.
BTD Aug17,1944 John Seiter#BTD Aug17,1944 #JohnSeiter drummer, keyboardist, vocalist #SpankyAndOurGang; Spanky And Our Gang 1967 US #9 "Sunday Will Never Be The Same Again", +5 other US Top40 singles and a member of The #Turtles after 1968
BTD Aug17,1947 Gary Talley#BTD Aug17,1947 #GaryTalley guitarist, singer, songwriter, author part of The #BoxTops 1967 US #1 & UK #5 "The Letter", 1968 US #2 & UK #15 "Cry Like a Baby"
BTD Aug17,1949 Sib Hashian#BTD Aug17,1949 #SibHashian (John Thomas Hashian) RIP drummer #Boston 1976 US #5 & UK #22 "More Than A Feeling", 1978 US #4 "Don't Look Back", 1986 US #1 single "Amanda", +6 US Top40 singles
BTD Aug17,1955 Colin Moulding#BTD Aug17,1955 #ColinMoulding bass guitarist, songwriter, founding member #XTC @xtcfans 1979 UK #17 "Making Plans for Nigel", 1982 UK #10 single "Senses Working Overtime"
BTD Aug17,1958 Belinda Carlisle#BTD Aug17,1958 #BelindaCarlisle singer #GoGo's 1981 US #2 "We Got The Beat", 1982 US #8 "Vacation", 1984 US #11 "Head Over Heels" and solo hit 1987 US & UK #1 "Heaven Is A Place On Earth", +5 US & 18 UK Top40 singles #HBday @belindaofficial
BTD Aug17,1969 Donnie Wahlberg#BTD Aug17,1969 #DonnieWahlberg Jr. songwriter, singer, actor #NewKidsOnTheBlock #NKOTB @NKOTB 1988 US #3 & UK #1 You Got It (The Right Stuff), 1989 US #1 & UK #5 I'll Be Loving You (Forever), +9 US & 12 UK Top40s with 3 #1s and #BlueBloods as Danny Reagan #HBday @DonnieWahlberg
OTD Aug17,1952 Hank Williams#OTD Aug17,1952 #HankWilliams is arrested in Alexander City, Alabama for public intoxication. He was out of jail later that day
OTD Aug17,1955 Bill Haley#OTD Aug17,1955 #BillHaley & His Comets are still at #1 on the US Top 25 Best Sellers In Stores (for the week ending) chart with "(We’re Gonna) Rock Around The Clock" the last week of an 8wk run at #1
OTD Aug17,1957 Elvis Presley#OTD Aug17,1957 #ElvisPresley is still at #1 on the US Top40 Singles chart with "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear" @ElvisPresley's last week of a 7wk run at #1
OTD Aug17,1960 Beatles#OTD Aug17,1960 #PaulMcCartney, #JohnLennon and #GeorgeHarrison the day they arrived in Hamburg, Germany to begin a 48 night stint at the Indra Club on Grosse Freiheit Street. The gig would end on Oct3, 1960
OTD Aug17,1960Beatles, Pete Best#OTD Aug17,1960 The #Beatles play at the Indra Club in West Germany. Beginning the 1st gig of a 48 Hamburg engagement. 1st show with #PeteBest on drums @BeatlesPeteBest
OTD Aug17,1961Beatles, Johnny Gustafson#OTD Aug17,1961 The #Beatles play at St. Johns Hall Liverpool. They add bass guitarist #JohnnyGustafson of the #BigThree Leaving #PaulMcCartney free to roam stage
OTD Aug17,1962Beatles, Johnny Hutchinson#OTD Aug17,1962 The #Beatles play at the Majestic Ballroom, Birkenhead Tower Ballroom, New Brighton #RingoStar @ringostarrmusic will arrive tomorrow. So drummer #JohnnyHutchinson of #BigThree sits in. Big Three also play today, the band are forced to find a replacement drummer
OTD Aug17,1963 Peter Paul and Mary#OTD Aug17,1963 #PeterPaulandMary peaks at #2 on the @billboard Hot100 singles chart with "Blowin' In The Wind"
OTD Aug17,1968 Cass Elliot#OTD Aug17,1968 #CassElliot peaks at #12 for 2wks on the @billboard Hot100 singles chart with her 1st solo single "Dream a Little Dream of Me" the record is labeled as #MamaCass with the Mamas and the Papas.
OTD Aug17,1963 Stevie Wonder#OTD Aug17,1963 Little #StevieWonder is still at #1 on the @billboard Hot100 Singles Chart with "Fingertips (Part 2)" for the 2nd week of a 3wk run at #1
OTD Aug17,1963Beatles#OTD Aug17,1963 The #Beatles play at Odeon Cinema Llandudno, Caernarvonshire. The last night of a 6-night stand with #BillyJKramer with the #Dakotas plus the #LanaSisters, Sons of the Piltdown Men, Gary & Lee, #TommyWallis and Beryl and #TommyQuickly. Star Comedian #BillyBaxter
OTD Aug17,1964 Beatles#OTD Aug17,1964 #Glasgow council declares that boys with #Beatles haircuts must wear bathing caps because their hair is clogging the pools filters
OTD Aug17,1965Beatles#OTD Aug17,1965 The #Beatles perform 2 shows at #MapleLeaf Gardens in #Toronto #Canada Attendance is over 18,000 for each show. Presented by #CHUM radio
OTD Aug17,1966Hollies#OTD Aug17,1966 The #Hollies wrap up their recording of the song “Stop! Stop! Stop!” at @AbbeyRoad Studios in London
OTD Aug17,1967 Gary Puckett & the Union Gap#OTD Aug17,1967 #GaryPuckett & the #UnionGap record their 1st single “Woman, Woman” using The #WreckingCrew. The song will enter the @billboard Hot100 singles chart at #82 on Nov18 and peak at #5 for 2wks on Dec23. A #1 hit single in #Canada
OTD Aug17,1968Doors#OTD Aug17,1968 The #Doors start a 4wk run at #1 on the US album chart with "Waiting For The Sun" The bands 1st & only US LP #1
OTD Aug17,1968Rascals#OTD Aug17,1968 The #Rascals start a 5wk run at #1 on the @billboard Singles chart with "People Got To Be Free"
OTD Aug17,1974 Eric Clapton#OTD Aug17,1974 #EricClapton starts a 4wk run at #1 on the US album chart with "461 Ocean Boulevard" Golden Beach, Florida
OTD Aug17,1974 Paper Lace#OTD Aug17,1974 #PaperLace is at #1 on the @billboard Hot100 Singles Chart with "The Night Chicago Died" written and produced by #PeterCallander and #MitchMurray
OTD Aug17,1980 David Bowie#OTD Aug17,1980 #DavidBowie starts a 2wk run at #1 on the UK singles chart with "Ashes To Ashes"
OTD Aug17,1985 TearsforFears#OTD Aug17,1985 #TearsforFears is still at #1 on the @billboard Hot100 Singles Chart with "Shout" @tearsforfears last week of a 3wk run at #1
OTD Aug17,1987Gary Chester#OTD Aug17,1987 Studio drummer #GaryChester (Cesario Gurciullo) dies at the age of 62. Played on over 1,000 tracks, 100 hits from 1950/60/70s and over 15k studio sessions
OTD Aug17,2015 Yvonne Craig#OTD Aug17,2015 #YvonneCraig actress dies at the age of 78. Played #Batgirl on the TV series #Batman. She also played #OrionMarta on #StarTrek