On This Day October 17
2008 – Levi Stubbs, lead singer of Motown giants the Four Tops, dies at the age of 72. Stubbs had been in ill health since being diagnosed with cancer in 1995 and a stroke and other health problems led him to stop touring in 2000.
1931 – A jury finds Chicago mob boss Al Capone guilty of tax evasion. One of the most notorious criminals of the 1920s and 1930s, Capone is later sentenced to 11 years in federal prison, ordered to pay $215,000 in back taxes and fined $50,000.
1973 – The romantic drama “The Way We Were” opens at movie theaters, starring Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford.The film captures the Academy Award for Best Original Dramatic Score and Best Original Song for the theme song, “The Way We Were,” sung by Streisand.
1989 – A powerful 6.9 magnitude earthquake rocks the San Francisco Bay Area, killing 63 people, injuring 3,000 others and causing more than $5 billion in damage. It happens as the first game of the World Series begins at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park between local teams The Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants.
Own a Piece of This Day
Best of The Jackson 5: The Millennium Collection
The Jackson 5 were one of the biggest phenoms in pop music during the early ’70s, and the last great group to come out of the Motown hit-making machine before Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder shifted the label’s focus to more individual visions.
Essential Collection: Four Tops
Few vocal groups could hope to match the harmonic skill and exuberant delivery of the Four Tops, from the breezy stroll of “It’s the Same Old Song” to the impassioned punch of “Bernadette.” The booming baritone of Levi Stubbs led the Motown mainstays through such sophisticated gems as “Reach Out I’ll Be There” and “Standing in the Shadows of Love.”
Scarface and the Untouchable
At last, the definitive history of Al Capone, Eliot Ness’s Untouchables, and gangster-ruled Chicago – a landmark magnum opus on America’s great crime epic that reads like a novel. Authors Max Allan Collins and A. Brad Schwartz have recaptured a bygone bullet-ridden era while uncovering the previously unrevealed truth behind Capone’s downfall.
The Way We Were
Screen legends Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford make movie magic as captivating star-crossed lovers. Theirs is a classic love story sparked by the attraction of opposites, played out against the backdrop of American life during times of foreign war, domestic prosperity and McCarthy-era paranoia in Hollywood. Winner of two 1974 Academy Awards.
Cheers: Season 1
“Cheers” takes viewers back to the Boston bar where everybody knows your name. As former baseball star Sam Malone (Ted bDanson) and his colleague Diane Chambers (Shelley Long) fight their mutual attractions, they cater to their regulars including Norm Petersen (George Wendt) and Cliff Claven (John Ratzenberger).
Alan Jackson: The Greatest Hits Collection
This Alan Jackson collection has a little something for both longtime fans and curious newcomers. Comprising his early material up to 1994’s “Who I Am,” the compilation is a time capsule harking back to the new traditional craze that was ignited (but not pioneered) by Garth Brooks.