This Day in Music History – May 17th

Here is a glance of what happened in music history.


1975, Elton John was awarded a Platinum Record for sales of a million copies of the LP ‘Captain Fantastic and The Brown Dirt Cowboy’, the first album ever to be certified Platinum on the day of its release.

1986, Whitney Houston started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Greatest Love Of All’, the singers third US No.1, a No.8 hit in the UK.


2005, Gwen Stefani held the US No.1 spot with ‘Hollaback Girl’


2008, Madonna was at No.1 on the US album chart with her eleventh studio album ‘Hard Candy’. The album reached number one in thirty-seven other countries

2009, Black Eyed Peas went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Boom Boom Pow’, their second UK No.1 hit.


2012, Donna Summer, the 1970s pop singer known as the Queen of Disco, died of lung cancer, an illness she believed she contracted from inhaling toxic particles released after the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York. She won five Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards, and had three multi-platinum albums, including the hits ‘Hot Stuff’, ‘Love to Love You, and ‘Baby’ and ‘I Feel Love’



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