Apr 17, 2011 9:57 AM by AP posted By James H Egbert
On April 17th, 1960, singer Eddie Cochran died after suffering severe head injuries in a car crash in England. He was 21. Musician Gene Vincent and Cochran's girlfriend were injured.
In 1961, "The Apartment" won the best picture and best director Academy Awards. Elizabeth Taylor won her first Oscar as best actress, for "Butterfield 8."
In 1964, The Rolling Stones' self-titled debut album was released in Britain.
In 1970, Paul McCartney released his first solo album, "McCartney."
Also in 1970, Johnny Cash refused to perform "Okie from Muskogee" at President Nixon's request because it wasn't his song. He performed "A Boy Named Sue" instead.
In 1974, guitarist Vinnie Taylor of Sha Na Na was found dead of a drug overdose at a hotel in Charlottesville, Virginia. He was 25.
In 1980, musician Bob Marley played at Zimbabwe's independence day ceremonies, calling it the greatest honor of his life. Marley died a little more than a year later.
In 1991, Nirvana performed "Smells Like Teen Spirit" in public for the first time, during a concert in Seattle.
In 1993, singer Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles married
screenwriter M. Jay Roach in Los Angeles.
In 1998, Paul McCartney's wife, Linda, died of breast cancer. She was 56.
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