Today In Pop Music: October 17 – Sting Got Stung


1933 – Floyd Cramer (pianist – ‘Last Date’ – also worked with Elvis Presley on many of his early sessions)

1941 – Alan Howard (Tremeloes – ‘Here Comes My Baby’, ‘Silence Is Golden’)

1941 – jim Seals (Seals and crofts – ‘Summer Breeze,’Diamond Girl’,’We May Never Pass This Way Again’)

1942 – Gary Puckett (…and the Union Gap – ‘Young Girl’,’Woman Woman’,’Over You’,’Lady Willpower’)

1946 – Jim Tucker (Turtles – guitar – ‘Happy Together,’Eleanore’)

1949 – Bill Hudson of the Hudson Brothers (‘So You Are A Star’,’Rendezvous’ – Kate Hudson’s dad)

1958 – Alan Jackson (Chattahoochee)


1964 – Manfred Mann scored their first #1 hit with ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy’

1991 – The ol’ peapicker Tennessee Ernie Ford died.  I mention this because the second 45 I ever got was his recording of ‘Sixteen Tons’ which was my favorite for a long time.  Learned how to snap my fingers from it.

2008 – Four Tops lead singer Levi Stubbs died after a lengthy illness at his home in Detroit.  He was 72.

1995 – Sting’s former accountant Keith Moore was sentenced to six years in jail after being found guilty of embezzling around $5 million from Sting’s 108 bank accounts.

You can supply your own punch line.


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