Almanac: March 11, 2016

Birthdays
  • 1903 - Lawrence Welk (d. 1992)
  • 1942 - Fred Johnson (Marcels) (74)
  • 1944 - Rick Rothwell (Mindbenders) (72)
  • 1945 - Harvey Mandel (71)
  • 1947 - Mark Stein (Vanilla Fudge) (69)
  • 1948 - George Kooymans (Golden Earring) (68)
  • 1950 - Bobby McFerrin (66)
  • 1951 - Katie Kissoon (Mac & Katie Kissoon) (65)
  • 1955 - Nina Hagen (61)
  • 1955 - Jimmy Fortune (61)
  • 1957 - Cheryl Lynn (born Lynda Smith) (59)
  • 1961 - Bruce Watson (Big Country) (55)
  • 1961 - Mike Percy (Dead or Alive) (55)
  • 1964 - Vinnie Paul (born Vincent Abbott) (Pentera) (52)
  • 1968 - Lisa Loeb (48)
  • 1969 - Rami Jaffee (Wallflowers) (47)
  • 1979 - Benji Madden (Good Charlotte) (37)
  • 1979 - Joel Madden (Good Charlotte) (37)
  • 1981 - LeToya Luckett (Destiny's Child) (35)
  • 1981 - Russell Lissack (Bloc Party) (35)
  • 1981 - Paul Wall (born Paul Slayton) (35)
  • 1987 - Timothy Furse (The Horrors) (29)

Deaths
  • 1986 - Sonny Terry (born Saunders Terrell) (74)
  • 1998 - Stacey Guess (Squirrel Nut Zippers) - Heroin overdose
  • 2004 - Edmund Sylvers (Sylvers) - Lung cancer (47)

On This Day
  • 1927 - Seeburg introduced the first jukebox. 
  • 1969 - Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs split up. 
  • 1969 - Motown Records bought out the contract of the Jackson 5 from Steeltown. 
  • 1970 - One Plus One, later to be renamed Sympathy For the Devil, starring the Rolling Stones, opens in the U.S.
  • 1977 - The Slits made their live debut in London in support of The Clash. 
  • 1982 - Jimmy Sohns of Shadows of Knight was arrested for distributing cocaine. 
  • 1991 - Janet Jackson switched from A&M to Virgin for a reported $40 million. 
  • 1995 - Van Halen opened their Balance World Tour in Pensacola, FL.
  • 1997 - Paul McCartney was knighted by Queen Elizabeth. 
  • 2000 - KISS opened their Farewell Tour. 
  • 2002 - Country singer Pat Green was hospitalized with facial fractures after being attacked by two men on South Padre Island, FL. 
  • 2004 - Time Warner sold the Warner Music Group to an investment firm. 
  • 2004 - Scott Walker signed a deal to release his first album since 1995. 
  • 2006 - Don Williams did his final concert in Nashville. 
  • 2008 - The Dave Clark Five, Leonard Cohen, Madonna, John Mellencamp and The Ventures were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 
  • 2008 - Van Halen postponed all upcoming dates so that Eddie Van Halen can be treated for an unspecified condition. 
  • 2010 - Pete Doherty lost his driving privileges for a year after letting his manager drive an uninsured car that he owned. 
  • 2011 - Former Iron Maiden singer Paul Di'Anno was given a nine month prison sentence for fraudulently claiming benefits. 

Marriages
  • 2000 - Joe Diffie and Theresa Crump
  • 2009 - Ryan Adams and Mandy Moore

Recorded
  • 1992 - MTV Unplugged - Eric Clapton
  • 1993 - Oasis recorded their first demos

Released
  • 1970 - Deja Vu - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Awards

  • 1970 - Grammy Awards
    • Record of the Year - Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In - Fifth Dimension
    • Album of the Year - Blood, Sweat and Tears - Blood, Sweat and Tears
    • Song of the Year - Games People Play - Joe South
    • New Artist - Crosby, Stills and Nash
    • Pop Female - Is That All There Is? - Peggy Lee
    • Pop Male - Everybody's Talking - Harry Nilsson
    • Pop Group - Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In - Fifth Dimension
    • Pop Song - Games People Play - Joe South
    • R&B Female - Share Your Love With Me - Aretha Franklin
    • R&B Male - The Chokin' Kind - Joe Simon
    • R&B Duo or Group - It's Your Thing - Isley Brothers
    • R&B Song - Color Him Father - Richard Spencer
    • Country Female - Stand By Your Man - Tammy Wynette
    • Country Male - A Boy Named Sue - Johnny Cash
    • Country Duo or Group - MacArthur Park - Waylon Jennings & the Kimberlys
    • Country Song - A Boy Named Sue - Shel Silverstein
    • Folk Performance - Clouds - Joni Mitchell

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