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Today In Rock: April 17

1960

Eddie Cochran is killed and Gene Vincent is injured when their speeding taxi runs off the road en route to London's Heathrow Airport.

1961

Jackie Wilson #20 "Please Tell Me Why".

1961

Etta James hits #30 with "Trust In Me".

1961

Etta James hits #2 on the R&B chart with "At Last", #4 on the R&B chart and #30 (4/17) on the pop chart with "Trust In Me" and #6 on the R&B chart and #39 (9/04) on the pop chart with "Don't Cry, Baby".

1961

Duane Eddy hits #39 with "Theme From Dixie".

1961

Paul Revere & the Raiders hit #38 with "Like, Long Hair".

1961

The Bay of Pigs invasion ends in a defeat for the Cuban exiles who had attempted to invade Cuba and overthrow Castro's regime.

1970

'First Step,' the first album by the re-formed Small Faces, with Rod Stewart and Ron Wood having replaced vocalist/guitarist Steve Marriott, is released.

1970

'McCartney' on which the ex-Beatle played all the parts, is released.

1974

George Martin enters the studio to begin work on 'Holiday', the first of seven albums he produces for America.

1976

Kiss hits #31 with "Shout It Out Loud".

1976

Kiss hits #31 in the US with "Shout It Out Loud."

1977

Don't Leave Me This Way (Thelma Houston) was a hit.

1982

Iron Maiden's 'The Number of the Beast' enters the UK charts at #1.

1982

Van Halen hits #12 with "(Oh) Pretty Woman".

1983

Come On Eileen (Dexys Midnight Runners) was a hit.

1983

Felix Pappalardi of Mountain and Cream, is shot and killed by his wife.

1988

Where Do Broken Hearts Go (Whitney Houston) was a hit.

1993

Ugly Kid Joe hits #7 with "Cat's In the Cradle".

1995

MTV presents "MTV Unplugged Premiere Week," featuring debut performances by the Cranberries, Hole and live. Also included is an exclusive interview with Courtney Love, front woman of Hole, and "MTV News: Inside Unplugged," a behind-the-scenes look at the series from its inception through the present.

1995

MTV launches a national television advertising campaign featuring "Jimmy the Cab Driver." The campaign is composed of ten spots which look at different elements of the wonderful world of MTV from Jimmy's perspective.

1998

Linda McCartney dies of breast cancer at age 56.