Almanac: April 11, 2016

Birthdays:
  • 1925 - George Shuffler (Stanley Brothers, Clinch Mountain Boys) (d. 2014)
  • 1935 - Richard Berry (Flairs, Robins) (d. 1997)
  • 1943 - Tony Victor (Classics) (73)
  • 1951 - Paul Fox (Ruts) (d. 2007)
  • 1955 - Neville Staples (Specials) (61)
  • 1957 - Jim Lauderdale (59)
  • 1958 - Stuart Adamson (Big Country) (d. 2001)
  • 1961 - Doug Hopkins (Gin Blossoms) (d. 1993)
  • 1963 - Nigel Pulsford (Bush) (53)
  • 1964 - Steve Azar (52)
  • 1966 - Lisa Stansfield (50)
  • 1969 - Cerys Matthews (Catatonia) (47)
  • 1970 - Dylan Keefe (Marcy Playground) (46)
  • 1970 - Delroy Pearson (Five Star) (46)
  • 1971 - Oliver Riedel (Rammstein) (45)
  • 1977 - Tom Thacker (Sum 41) (398)
  • 1979 - Chris Gaylor (All American Rejects) (37)
  • 1987 - Joss Stone (born Joscelyn Stoker) (29)
Deaths:
  • 1977 - Eddie Miller (songwriter (Release Me)) (57)
  • 2001 - Sandy Bull - Lung cancer (59)
  • 2006 - June Pointer (Pointer Sisters) - Cancer (52)
  • 2006 - Proof (born DeShaun Holton) (D12) - Murdered (32)
  • 2014 - Jesse Winchester - Bladder cancer (69)
On This Day:
  • 1956 - Elvis Presley developed his fear of flying when his flight from Amarillo to Nashville had engine trouble and had to make an emergency landing.
  • 1956 - James Brown charted for the first time with Please, Please, Please
  • 1961 - Bob Dylan played his first professional show in New York, opening for John Lee Hooker.
  • 1964 - The Beatles had 14 songs on the Billboard Hot 100.
  • 1965 - The New Musical Express Poll Winners concert in London includes performances from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Tom Jones, Freddie and the Dreamers, The Animals, The Kinks, Herman’s Hermits, Moody Blues, Them, Cilla Black, The Seekers and Donovan.
  • 1970 - Peter Green announced he was leaving Fleetwood Mac even though he finished out their current tour.
  • 1970 - Paul McCartney announced that he would never again record with John Lennon.
  • 1977 - Alice Cooper played what was, until that time, the largest crowd in Australian history. After the show he was arrested until he posted bond of just under $60,000, the amount that he was paid for a tour that he never did. 
  • 1980 - Alabama signed with RCA Records.
  • 1986 - Time, a musical by Dave Clark, opened in London with Cliff Richard in the lead.
  • 1990 - Elton John sang at the funeral of AIDS sufferer Ryan White.
  • 1991 - Paula Abdul held a press conference to confirm that she, and not one of her backup singers, had sung on her album, Forever Your Girl
  • 1994 - The Seattle coroner ruled that Kurt Cobain's death was a suicide.
  • 2002 - Kid Rock proposed to Pamela Anderson. She accepted.
  • 2011 - Bob Dylan performed in Ho Chi Minh City, China. The Chinese government prohibits him from doing some of his most popular songs. 
  • 2014 - Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, KISS, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens, Brian Epstein and Andrew Loog Oldham were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Marriages:
  • 1981 - Eddie Van Halen and Valarie Bertinelli
  • 1992 - Lee Greenwood and Kimberley Payne
Divorces:
  • 2007 - Richie Sambora and Heather Locklear
Recorded:
  • 1966 - Strangers in the Night - Frank Sinatra
Released:
  • 1980 - Coming Up - Paul McCartney (single)
  • 1995 - LifeLines - Peter, Paul & Mary
  • 1994 - Supersonic - Pearl Jam (debut single)
  • 2000 - Van Halen Box: 1978-1984 - Van Halen
  • 2000 - Return to Saturn - No Doubt
Awards:
  • 1988 - Academy Awards
    • Best Actress - Cher (for Moonstruck)
Broadcast:
  • 1966 - Hullabaloo (NBC) (final show)
  • 1968 - Hollywood Palace (ABC) - Janis Joplin & Big Brother & the Holding Company (TV debut)
  • 1991 - The Simpsons (Fox) - Ringo Starr
  • 1992 - Saturday Night Live (NBC) - Pearl Jam
Number Ones - U.S. Singles:
  • 1970 - Let It Be - Beatles (2 weeks)
  • 1981 - Kiss On My Lips - Daryl Hall & John Oates (3 weeks)
Number Ones - U.K. Singles:
  • 1963 - How Do You Do It? - Gerry & the Pacemakers (3 weeks)
Number Ones - U.K. Albums:

  • 1992 - Adrenalize - Def Leppard (1 week)
  • 1999 - Gold: Greatest Hits - ABBA (1 week)

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