Sunday, April 11, 2010

This Date In Music History-April 11


Chris Difford - Squeeze (1954)

Neville Staples - Specials (1956)

Nigel Pulsford - Bush (1965)

UK singer Lisa Stansfield (1966)

Dylan Keefe - Marcy Playground (1970)

Oliver "Ollie" Riedel - Rammstein (1971)

Tom Thacker - Sum 41 (1978)

Joss Stone (1987)

They Are Missed:

Born on this day in 1958, Stuart Adamson, guitarist and vocalist with Skids and Big Country, who had a 1983 UK #10 single with "Fields Of Fire" plus 14 other UK Top 40 singles. Adamson died on December 16, 2001.

June Pointer of the Pointer Sisters ("Yes We Can Can") died of cancer in 2006.


The SPEBSQSA (Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America) was founded in 1936.

James Brown debuts on the R&B charts in 1956 with "Please, Please, Please."

Travelling from Amarillo to Nashville in 1956, the plane that Elvis Presley was flying on developed engine trouble and was forced to make an emergency landing. The incident created a fear of flying for Presley.

In 1961, Bob Dylan played his first live gig in New York City at Gerde's Folk City, opening for John Lee Hooker.

The Beatles set a new chart record in 1964 when they had 14 songs on the Billboard Hot 100. The songs ranged from "Can't Buy Me Love" at #1 to "Love Me Do" at #81.

In a rare joint appearance both The Beatles and Rolling Stones performed at the New Musical Express concert in 1965. The show features the magazine’s poll winners. Also on the bill are the Animals and Kinks, along with numerous pop acts.

Frank Sinatra recorded "Strangers In The Night" in 1966.

Big Brother & the Holding Company make their national TV debut on ABC's "Hollywood Palace" in 1968.

Peter Green quit Fleetwood Mac while on tour in Germany in 1970, to avoid breach of contract he agreed to finish the current tour.

The Beatles started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1970 with "Let It Be." It became the group's 19th US #1 in 6 years.

In 1973, the Beach Boys appeared at the Omni Coliseum in Atlanta, Georgia. The Beach Boys were at a very low ebb in popularity in America and this show proved a financial disaster for the promoter, with less than 3,000 tickets sold for the 16,000 capacity venue. Opening act was Mothers Finest and middle of the bill was Bruce Springsteen who played a 60-minute set.

In 1977, Alice Cooper played to an audience of 40,000 in Sydney, Australia, the largest crowd to attend a rock concert in the country's history. After the show Cooper was placed under house arrest at his hotel until he posted a bond for $59,632. That amount was the sum that a promoter claimed to have paid Cooper for a 1975 Australia tour he never made. The two settled when it was found that the promoter did not fulfill his part of the agreement either.

In 1981, Eddie Van Halen married actress Valerie Bertinelli, co-star of the 1980's television hit, One Day at a Time. The two had met eight months earlier when Bertinelli's brother took her to a Van Halen concert in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Hall and Oates started a three week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1981 with "Kiss On My List," the duo's second US #1 hit.

Cliff Richard starred in the Dave Clark-produced stage musical, "Time" in 1986 (also featuring Dione Warwick, Leo Sayer and Queen's Freddie Mercury).

Cher won an Academy Award in 1988 for best actress for her work in 'Moonstruck.'

Elton John sang at the funeral of AIDS victim Ryan White in 1990.

Oasis released their first single "Supersonic" in 1994.

Nirvana's album 'In Utero' was certified double-platinum in 1994.

Peter, Paul and Mary released their 17th album, 'LifeLines' in 1995.

Paul McCartney gave a twenty-minute concert from the roof of a building he owns in London in 1997.

In 2006, 10,000 Elton John related items, including clothing and accessories, went on sale to benefit Elton John AIDS Foundation. The event, dubbed Elton's Closet, was held in New York's Rockefeller Center.

The Doors' spin-off group, Riders On The Storm, with original members keyboardist Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger, launched a European tour in Dublin in 2006.

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