Today in Entertainment History: Peter Criss quit Kiss

On May 17, 1966, Bob Dylan recorded his so-called “Royal Albert Hall” concert, actually recorded in Manchester, England. The album was one of the most famous bootlegs ever. It was released officially in 1998.

In 1969, Chicago Transit Authority released a self-titled double album as its debut. The band was sued by the real Chicago Transit Authority and had to shorten its name to just Chicago.

In 1975, Mick Jagger seriously injured his hand when he put his wrist through a window while attempting to break his fall at a restaurant on Long Island, New York. He required stitches, but the injury did not disrupt plans for the start of the Rolling Stones’ North American tour.

Also in 1975, Elton John was awarded a platinum record for sales of a million copies of his album “Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy.” It was the first album to sell a million copies on its first day of release.

In 1980, drummer Peter Criss quit Kiss to pursue a solo career.

In 1992, a Genesis concert in Tampa, Florida, ended after two songs because Phil Collins had a sore throat. Police arrested several concert-goers who got upset when the show was stopped.

Also in 1992, orchestra leader Lawrence Welk died in Santa Monica, California, at age 89.

In 1996, R-and-B guitarist Johnny “Guitar” Watson collapsed on stage in Japan and died of an apparent heart attack, just as he was starting to play. He was 61.

In 1997, actor Sylvester Stallone married model Jennifer Flavin in London.

In 2008, bassist Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy married singer-actor Ashlee Simpson at her parents’ house in Los Angeles. They have since divorced.

In 2015, the final episode of “Mad Men” aired on AMC.

In 2017, singer Chris Cornell was found dead in a Detroit hotel room, just hours after performing in a Soundgarden concert. He was 52.

Today’s Birthdays: Singer Taj Mahal is 80. Drummer Bill Bruford of Yes and King Crimson is 73. Singer-guitarist George Johnson of The Brothers Johnson is 69. TV personality Kathleen Sullivan is 69. Singer Enya is 61. Actor Craig Ferguson (“The Late Late Show,” ″The Drew Carey Show”) is 59. Keyboardist Page McConnell of Phish is 59. Actor David Eigenberg (“Sex and the City”) is 58. Guitarist O’Dell of Mint Condition is 57. Musician Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails is 57. Actor Paige Turco (“The 100”) is 57. Actor Hill Harper (“CSI: NY,” ″He Got Game”) is 56. TV personality-interior designer Thom Filicia (“Queer Eye For The Straight Guy”) is 53. Singer Jordan Knight of New Kids on the Block is 52. Singer Darnell Van Rensalier of Shai (SHY) is 52. Singer Josh Homme (HOM’-ee) of Queens of the Stone Age is 49. Singer Andrea Corr of The Corrs is 48. Actor Sendhil Ramamurthy (SEN’-dul rah-mah-MURTH’-ee) (“Heroes”) is 48. Singer Kandi Burruss (Xscape) (“The Real Housewives of Atlanta”) is 46. Actor Kat Foster (”’Til Death”) is 44. Singer-songwriter Passenger is 38. Dancer Derek Hough (HUFF) (“Dancing With The Stars”) is 37. Actor Tahj Mowry (“Smart Guy,” ″Kim Possible”) is 36. Actor Nikki Reed (“Twilight”) is 33. Actor Leven Rambin (“The Hunger Games,” ″Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”) is 32.

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