1997 – Tori Amos was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Professional Window’ (It’s Got To Be)’.
1997 – Tonight on ABC you can see Paula Abdul make her TV dramatic acting debut in something called In the Shadow of Evil.
1997 – James Brown receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1997 – David Bowie performed his 50th Birthday Bash concert (the day after his birthday) at Madison Square Garden, New York with guests Frank Black, Sonic Youth, Robert Smith of The Cure, The Foo Fighters, Lou Reed, and Billy Corgan and Placebo. Proceeds from the concert went to the Save The Children fund.
1997 – David Bowie celebrates his 50th Birthdays with a benefit concert at Madison Square Garden, just one day after his actual birth date. The concert features special guests the Foo Fighters, Lou Reed, Frank Black, Robert Smith, Sonic Youth and Placebo.
1997 – Fruit Of The Loom announces that Vince Gill, Hank Williams Jr., Wynonna, Travis Tritt, Randy Travis, The Charlie Daniels Band, Bryan White and Jo Dee Messina will all join the 1997 Fruit of the Loom Country Comfort Music Series.
1997 – Two bronze busts worth £50,000 were stolen from a garden at George Harrison’s estate in Henley-on- Thames, Oxfordshire. Thieves had climbed a 10- foot-wall and cut the figures of two monks from their stone plinths.
1997 – Burton Lane, who composed the music for “Finian’s Rainbow,” “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever” and other stage and movie musicals dies of a stroke at the age of
1997 – Spirit guitarist Randy California drowns off the coast of Hawaii’s Molokai Island trying to save his 12-year-old son from the undertow. He was 45. Randy California (born Randy Craig Wolfe; February 20, 1951 – January 2, 1997) was a guitarist, singer and songwriter and one of the original members of the rock group […]
1997 – guitarist Randy California from US group Spirit drowned when rescuing his 12-year old son when he was sucked into a riptide in surf off Hawaii.
1997 – Acclaimed folksinger Townes Van Zandt dies aged 52. The Cowboy Junkies, Merle Haggard and Steve Earle have covered his songs.
1997 – Townes Van Zandt, the singer-songwriter who wrote the country hits “If I Needed You” and “Pancho and Lefty” and gained a cult following for his blues-inspired recordings about life’s losers, dies from a heart attack.