Today in history: May 17th

Music 16/05/2016
1958: "Jerry Lee Lewis Day" was held in Lewis's hometown of Ferriday, Louisiana.

1963: Jan & Dean released the single "Surf City".

1963: Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul & Mary and Pete Seeger performed at the first Monterey Folk Festival, held over three days in Monterey, California.

1967: The Bob Dylan documentary Don't Look Back, reliving Dylan's 1965 British tour, premiered at the Presidio Theater in San Francisco, California.

1968: The Monkees performed at the Lagoon Patio Gardens, a venue inside the famous amusement park, to 5,000 fans.

1971: The popular musical Godspell debuted in New York City.

1978: Andy Gibb and ABBA were the guests on Olivia Newton-John's special Olivia on ABC-TV.

1980: Paul and Linda McCartney were the guests on the television show Saturday Night Live.

1995: Chuck Berry, Fats Domino and Little Richard played in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, their first time together on stage.

2010: Songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who wrote "Hound Dog", "Jailhouse Rock", "Love Me", "Don't" and many others for Elvis Presley were given the Outstanding Achievement Award for Musical Collaborators by the National Association of Recording Merchandisers in Chicago, Illinois.