THE KINKS ARRIVED IN NYC
On June 17th, 1965: The Kinks arrived in NYC for their first U.S. tour. After confronting a capricious American fan base and being blacklisted for refusing to join a musicians union before a TV appearance, The Kinks didn’t return to the States for nearly half a decade. Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, the English rock band, categorized by Americans as a British Invasion band, is recognized as one of the most prolific rock groups of its era.
JOE AND JILL GOT HITCHED
On June 17th, 1977: Vice President Joe Biden married [Second Lady?] Jill Biden. The two wed at the Chapel at the United Nations, and have been faithfully hitched ever since.
BORN ON THIS DAY: BARRY MANILOW
On June 17th, 1943: Singer-songwriter, producer, and Brooklynite Barry Manilow was born. Best known for such recordings as “Could It Be Magic,” “Can’t Smile Without You,” “Daybreak,” and, our personal favorite, “Copacabana (At the Copa),” Manilow has taken home a Grammy, a Tony, two Emmys, and three AMAs. In 1978, five of his albums made it onto the bestseller charts simultaneously, a staggering feat equalled only by Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, Herb Alpert, and Johnny Mathis. In 2002, he was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame.
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