Music Almanac: June 11, 2018

Birthdays
  • 1904 - Pinetop Smith (d. 1929)
  • 1934 - James “Pookie” Hudson (Spaniels) (d. 2007)
  • 1936 - Jud Strunk (d. 1981)
  • 1939 - Wilma Burgess (d. 2003)
  • 1939 - Bernard Purdie (funk drummer) (79)
  • 1940 - Joey Dee (Joey Dee & the Starliters) (78)
  • 1946 - John Lawton (Uriah Heep, Lucifer's Friend) (72)
  • 1947 - Glenn Leonard (Temptations) (71)
  • 1947 - Richard Palmer-James (Supertramp) (71)
  • 1948 - Skip Alan (Them, Pretty Things) (70)
  • 1949 - Frank Beard (ZZ Top) (69)
  • 1950 - Graham Russell (Air Supply) (68)
  • 1950 - Lynsey De Paul (68)
  • 1952 - Donnie Van Zandt (.38 Special) (66)
  • 1954 - Johnny Neel (Allman Brothers, Gov't Mule) (64)
  • 1958 - Barry Adamson (Magazine) (60)
  • 1959 - Hugh Laurie (59)
  • 1961 - Robert "Rob B" Birch (Stereo MCs) (57)
  • 1963 - Gioia Bruno (Expose) (55)
  • 1965 - Joey Santiago (Pixies) (53)
  • 1966 - Bruce Robison (52)
  • 1969 - Don Lavery (Tonic) (49)
  • 1969 - Steven Drozd (Flaming Lips) (49)
  • 1976 - Tai Anderson (Third Day) (42)
  • 1985 - Josh Ramsay (Marianas Trench) (33)
  • 1987 - Dappy (born Costadinos Contostavlos) (N-Dubz) (31)
Deaths
  • 1970 - Earl Grant - Car accident (39)
  • 2015 - Jim Ed Brown - Lung cancer (81)
On This Day 
  • 1949 - Hank Williams debuted on the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1954 - The Spaniels debuted at the Apollo Theater.
  • 1958 - The second of two New York shows by Jerry Lee Lewis is cancelled due to poor ticket sales, most likely a reaction to his marrying his 14-year-old cousin.
  • 1960 - Tommy Moore quit as the drummer for the Beatles to return to his job as a forklift driver.
  • 1962 - Pete Best played drums with the Beatles for the last time during the taping of the BBC's Here We Go.
  • 1964 - The Rolling Stones have a press conference in the middle of Michigan Avenue in Chicago. The police eventually show up to disperse the crowd.
  • 1964 - The Beatles are "ordered" to attend the Queen's Birthday Party.
  • 1966 - Word broke on European radio that Who lead singer Roger Daltrey had been killed in a car accident. The victim was Pete Townshend a few days earlier and he was hardly dead.
  • 1966 - Donovan became the first musician arrested by the new London drug squad. 
  • 1966 - Elvis Presley begins shooting his film Double Trouble.
  • 1968 - The recording of the Rolling Stones' album Begger's Banquet gets especially hot when fire breaks out at London's Olympic Studios.
  • 1969 - True Grit, with Glen Campbell opposite John Wayne, opened. 
  • 1971 - The Beach Boys' Dennis Wilson put his hand through a plate glass window, severing tendons.  He wouldn't fully heal for three years. 
  • 1976 - AC/DC opened their U.K. Lock Up Your Daughters tour in Glasgow, Scotland.
  • 1977 - Clash members Joe Strummer and Topper Headon were held in jail after they failed to appear in court over a graffiti charge.
  • 1979 - Chuck Berry pleads guilty to income tax evasion and is sentenced to four months in prison.
  • 1980 - Echo & the Bunnymen began their first U.K. tour in Bristol.
  • 1985 - Madonna ended her The Virgin Tour at Madison Square Garden in New York.
  • 1988 - The concert celebrating the 70's birthday of Nelson Mandella was held at Wembley Stadium in London. Performing were Whitney Houston, Phil Collins, Stevie Wonder, Dire Straits, George Michael, Eric Clapton, Tracy Chapman, UB40, Eurythmics and Simple Minds.
  • 1988 - Patty Loveless became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1990 - Olivia Newton-John was named a United Nations environmental ambassador.
  • 1992 - ABBA's Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson join U2 at a Stockholm show to sing Dancing Queen. 
  • 1993 - What's Love Got to Do With It, the biopic of Tina Turner, opens.
  • 1994 - Neal and Melinda McCoy become the parents of a son, Christian Swayde.
  • 1995 - Courtney Love is hospitalized after having a bad reaction to prescription drugs.
  • 1996 - Carl Perkins receives his star on the Hollywood Rock Walk.
  • 1997 - Mick Hucknall of Simply Red received a Masters of Science degree at UMIST in Manchester.
  • 1998 - Scott Weiland of the Stone Temple Pilots checks himself into rehab rather than go to court on heroin possession charges.
  • 1998 - Amazon opens its music selling business.
  • 2001 - Depeche Mode opened their Exciter Tour in Quebec City.
  • 2003 - Adam Ant was arrested for disrobing in a London cafe.
  • 2004 - Courtney Love surrendered to police and was charged with assault with a deadly weapon against a woman at her former manager's house.
  • 2004 - Faith Hill made her acting debut in The Stepford Wives. 
  • 2005 - Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin was awarded the OBE and Queen's Brian May was given a CBE in the annual Queen's Birthday Honours. 
  • 2005 - Kelly Rowland announces on-stage that Destiny's Child will split up at the end of their current tour.
  • 2008 - Nancy Sinatra appeared before Congress urging the paying of royalties by radio stations. 
  • 2011 - Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon scored its 1,000th week on the Billboard Album chart. 
  • 2011 - Jessie J ruputured tendons in her foot, forcing her to do her next few shows sitting on a throne. 
Marriages
  • 1983 - Alex Van Halen and Valerie Kendall
  • 2002 - Paul McCartney and Heather Mills
  • 2011 - Lily Allen and Sam Cooper
Recorded
  • 1958 - I Got Stung - Elvis Presley
  • 1964 - Doo Wah Diddy Diddy - Manfred Mann
  • 1966 - Got Live If You Want It - Rolling Stones
Released 
  • 1957 - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Loving You - Elvis Presley (single)
  • 1965 - The Angry Young Them - Them
  • 1969 - Space Oddity - David Bowie (single)
  • 1976 - Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry (single)
  • 1978 - Some Girls - Rolling Stones
  • 1990 - Live it Up - Crosby, Stills & Nash
  • 1991 - Love Hurts - Cher
  • 1991 - Unforgettable...With Love - Natalie Cole
  • 1991 - Seal - Seal
  • 1991 - Slave to the Grind - Skid Row
  • 1991 - Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991 - Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • 2002 - One Night Only - Bee Gees
  • 2002 - Heathen - David Bowie
  • 2002 - Untouchables - Korn
  • 2002 - Sticks and Stones - New Found Glory
  • 2002 - Pet Sounds Live - Brian Wilson
Broadcasts
  • 1976 - Midnight Special - Helen Reddy (host), Fleetwood Mac, Dorothy Moore, Gary Wright
  • 2002 - American Idol (Fox) (debut)
Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1966 - Paint It Black - Rolling Stones (2 weeks)
  • 1977 - I'm Your Boogie Man - KC. & the Sunshine Band (1 week)
Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 1955 - Starring Sammy Davis, Jr. - Sammy Davis, Jr. (6 weeks)
  • 1994 - The Sign - Ace of Base (1 week (1 previous week))
  • 2005 - Out of Exile - Audioslave (1 week)
  • 2011 - Born This Way - Lady Gaga (2 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles 
  • 1955 - Ain't That a Shame - Fats Domino (1 week)
  • 1988 - Little Walter - Tony! Toni! Tone! (1 week)
  • 1994 - Any Time, Any Place - Janet Jackson (10 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1949 - Don't Rob Another Man's Castle - Eddy Arnold (1 week (11 previous weeks)
  • 1983 - Our Love is On the Faultline - Crystal Gayle (1 week)
  • 1988 - I Told You So - Randy Travis (2 weeks)
  • 1994 - That Ain't No Way to Go - Brooks & Dunn (1 week)
Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles 
  • 1994 - I'll Remember - Madonna (4 weeks)
Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1969 - The Ballad of John & Yoko - Beatles (3 weeks)
Number Ones - U.K. Albums 
  • 2005 - Don't Believe the Truth - Oasis (1 week)

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