May 17 -- A BIG DAY IN CLASSIC ROCK HISTORY

A COOL LOOK BACK

Original drummer Peter Criss leaves KISS. He is replaced by Eric Carr. He'll later return -- and then leave again.

1980

 

John Lennon is back in Philadelphia. Two years after his co-host stint on The Mike Douglas Show, the ex-Beatle starts a two-day run as a guest D-J during Philadelphia radio station W-F-I-L's "Helping Hand Marathon" fundraiser.

1975


Yessongs and The Yes Album go gold.

1973

 

Paul McCartney releases Ram, his second solo album, in the U-S four days before it arrives in British stores. It contains the hit single "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey."

1971

 

Time reports on The Rolling Stones' release of Sticky Fingers in the story "The Return of Satan's Jesters."

1971

 

The self-titled first album by Chicago Transit Authority is released.

1969

 

Cream tape an appearance in Los Angeles that airs on The Smothers Brothers' TV show two days later. The trio mimes to "Anyone for Tennis" and performs "Sunshine of Your Love" live.

1968

 

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