Friday July 17th
1949 – Jon Wetton, who sang with Asia on hits like “Heat of the Moment,” is born in Derby, England.
1949 – Bassist Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath is born in Birmingham,
1968 – The full-length animated film “Yellow Submarine,” with songs by the Beatles, premieres in London.
1974 – The Moody Blues open the first quadraphonic studio in London.
1974 – The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service orders John Lennon to leave the country within 60 days.
1975 – Ringo Starr divorces his wife, Maureen Cox.
1979 – Guitarist Gary Moore leaves Thin Lizzy, to be replaced by future Ultravox member and “Do They Know It’s Christmas” songwriter Midge Ure.
1987 – Keith Richards signs with Virgin Records as a solo artist
1987 – The Ozzy Osbourne Band started a 16-week tour of US prisons.
1991 – The revamped Lynyrd Skynyrd launch their latest world tour
1994 – In Pontiac, Mich., Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley make a surprise appearance at a Kiss convention. But while browsing the stalls, they discover Kiss costumes stolen from them more than a decade ago
1996 – Chas Chandler, the Animals bassist who became Jimi Hendrix’s manager, dies in England at age 58.
2011 – Cheap Trick’s Stage Collapses on This Day in Rock! The main stage at Ottawa Bluesfest collapsed during a Cheap Trick concert as a severe thunderstorm sent the musicians and thousands of fans running for cover.