This Day in Music History — October 17

1919 : The Radio Corporation of America, soon to be simply known as RCA, is founded by General Electric as a publicly held monopoly, much the same way “the phone company” was originally envisioned.

1962 : “Monster Mash” by Bobby Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers hits #1 on its way to becoming the most famous Halloween song of all time. Pickett’s vocals were his impression of Boris Karloff, who was known for his role as Frankenstein’s monster.

1967 : Hair, the world’s first hippie rock musical, makes its public debut at the New York Shakespeare Festival.

1968 : Reggae musician Ziggy Marley is born David Nesta Marley in Kingston, Jamaica.

2005 : Fats Domino returns to his Ninth Ward home for the first time since Hurricane Katrina to find it utterly destroyed, with his piano and several of his gold records among the ruined items.

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