This Day in Music, July 17: Billie Holiday, The Beatles, and The Stones

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1959: Billie Holiday died in a New York City hospital from cirrhosis of the liver after years of alcohol abuse, aged 43 (while under arrest for heroin possession, with police officers stationed at the door to her room). In the final years of her life, she had been progressively swindled out of her earnings, and she died with $0.70 in the bank.

1967: The Beatles single "All You Need Is Love" / "Baby You’re A Rich Man" (originally called "One Of The Beautiful People") was released in the US. It became The Beatles' 14th US No.1.

1972: A bomb exploded under The Rolling Stones' equipment van in Montreal, believed to be the work of French separatists. Angry fans rioted, throwing bottles and rocks after 3,000 tickets for the show turned out to be fake.

1982: Irene Cara was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with "Fame", which was based on the hit TV series about a New York drama school. Cara (who played the role of Coco Hernandez in the original movie) won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and the Golden Globe Award for the same.

1996: Chas Chandler died aged 57 at Newcastle General Hospital, England, where he was undergoing tests related to an aortic aneurysm. He had been the bass player with The Animals and manager of Slade, Nick Drake, and Jimi Hendrix.

2004: Half of the 4,500 people in the audience walked out of Linda Ronstadt's show at the Aladdin Resort and Casino in Las Vegas after the singer dedicated an encore of "Desperado" to filmmaker Michael Moore and urged the crowd to see his film Fahrenheit 9/11.

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A former musician, Neil was in the 80's group The Cheaters who were once signed to EMI's Parlophone label, and released three albums. He was also a radio presenter and is still a regular music pundit on various BBC stations. Neil is the founder of the award winning web site This Day in Music which is…

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