Music Almanac - April 11

Birthdays
  • 1925 - George Shuffler (Stanley Brothers, Clinch Mountain Boys) (d. 2014)
  • 1934 - Cleotha Staples (Staples Singers) (d. 2013)
  • 1935 - Richard Berry (Flairs, Robins) (d. 1997)
  • 1939 - Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson
  • 1943 - Tony Victor (Classics)
  • 1946 - Bob Harris (BBC Old Grey Whistle Test)
  • 1949 - Lee Sheriden (songwriter)
  • 1951 - Paul Fox (Ruts) (d. 2007)
  • 1952 - Terry Ollis (Hawkwind)
  • 1955 - Neville Staples (Specials)
  • 1957 - Jim Lauderdale
  • 1958 - Stuart Adamson (Big Country) (d. 2001)
  • 1961 - Nigel Pulsford (Bush)
  • 1961 - Doug Hopkins (Gin Blossoms) (d. 1993)
  • 1964 - Steve Azar
  • 1966 - Lisa Stansfield
  • 1969 - Cerys Matthews (Catatonia)
  • 1970 - Dylan Keefe (Marcy Playground)
  • 1970 - Delroy Pearson (Five Star)
  • 1971 - Oliver Riedel (Rammstein)
  • 1974 - Tom Thacker (Sum 41)
  • 1979 - Chris Gaylor (All American Rejects)
  • 1979 - Sebastian Grainger (Death From Above 1979)
  • 1987 - Joss Stone (born Joscelyn Stoker)

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)
  • 2011 - Lacy Gibson - Heart Attack (74)
  • 2014 - Jesse Winchester - Bladder cancer (69)
  • 2017 - J. Geils (71)
  • 2017 - Toby Smith (Jamiroquai) - Cancer (46)

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.
  • 1962 - The Elvis Presley film Follow That Dream premiered in Ocala, FL.
  • 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.
  • 1966 - The Buffalo Springfield performed for the first time at the Troubadour in Los Angeles.
  • 1967 - Paul McCartney came up with the concept for Magical Mystery Tour while flying from the U.S. to England.
  • 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.
  • 1976 - Roy Acuff was admitted to a Nashville hospital with a heart attack.
  • 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.
  • 1983 - Dave Mustaine was fired from Metallica due to substance abuse problems.
  • 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.
  • 1992 - Euro-Disney opened in Paris with performances by the Temptations, Cher, Tina Turner and Exile.
  • 1994 - The Seattle coroner ruled that Kurt Cobain's death was a suicide.
  • 1997 - Grand Funk reformed after two decades apart.
  • 1997 - Paul McCartney played two songs from his album Flaming Pie on a London building rooftop.
  • 2002 - Kid Rock proposed to Pamela Anderson. She accepted.
  • 2002 - The International Bluegrass Music Museum opened in Owensboro, KY.
  • 2003 - June Carter Cash was hospitalized in Nashville with congestive heart failure.
  • 2010 - The show Million Dollar Quartet opened on Broadway.
  • 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
  • 1978 - Aretha Franklin and Glynn Turman
  • 1981 - Eddie Van Halen and Valarie Bertinelli
  • 1992 - Lee Greenwood and Kimberley Payne

Divorces
  • 1968 - George & Shirley Jones (filed by Shirley)
  • 1974 - Jerry Lee & Jaren Lewis (filed by Jaren)
  • 2007 - Richie Sambora and Heather Locklear

Recorded
  • 1933 - Red Foley had his first recording session as a member of the Cumberland Ridge Runners
  • 1956 - Be-Bop-a-Lula - Gene Vincent
  • 1956 - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You - Elvis Presley (first session with the Jordanaires)
  • 1963 - Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer - Nat King Cole
  • 1966 - Strangers in the Night - Frank Sinatra
  • 1968 - Let It Be Me - Glen Campbell & Bobbie Gentry
  • 1978 - I've Always Been Crazy - Waylon Jennings

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
  • 1983 - Academy Awards
    • Best Original Song - Up Where We Belong (from An Officer and a Gentleman) - Jack Nitzsche, Buffy Sainte-Marie & Will Jennings
  • 1988 - Academy Awards
    • Best Actress - Cher (for Moonstruck)
    • Best Original Songs - (I've Had) the Time of My Life from Dirty Dancing - Franke Previte, John DeNicola & Donald Markowitz

Broadcasts
  • 1966 - Hullabaloo (NBC) (final show)
  • 1968 - Hollywood Palace (ABC) - Janis Joplin & Big Brother & the Holding Company (TV debut)
  • 1969 - This is Tom Jones (ABC) - Bobby Goldsboro
  • 1975 - The Midnight Special (NBC) - Bonnie Bramlett, B.J. Thomas, Charlie Daniels Band
  • 1978 - The Muppet Show (Syn) - Liberace
  • 1983 - Academy Awards (ABC) - Joe Cocker, Jennifer Warnes
  • 2000 - Divas 2000: A Tribute to Diana Ross (VH1) - Mariah Carey, Donna Summer, Faith Hill
  • 1991 - The Simpsons (Fox) - Ringo Starr
  • 1992 - Saturday Night Live (NBC) - Pearl Jam
  • 2006 - Gilmour Girls (WB) - Paul Anka

Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1970 - Let It Be - Beatles (2 weeks)
  • 1981 - Kiss On My List - Daryl Hall & John Oates (3 weeks)
  • 2009 - Poker Face - Lady Gaga (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 2009 - NOW That's What I Call Music 30 - Various Artists (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1987 - Sign 'O' the Times - Prince (3 weeks)
  • 2015 - Earned It - The Weeknd (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1981 - You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma - David Frizzell & Shelly West (1 week)
  • 1987 - You've Got the Touch - Alabama (1 week)
  • 1992 - She Is His Only Need - Wynonna (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1970 - Let It Be - Beatles (4 weeks)
  • 1981 - Angel of the Morning - Juice Newton (3 weeks)
  • 1987 - Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now - Starship (2 weeks)
  • 1998 - Truly Madly Deeply - Savage Garden (11 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)
  • 1998 - This is Hardcore - Pulp (1 week)
  • 2009 - The Fame - Lady Gaga (4 weeks)
  • 2015 - The Day is My Enemy - Prodgy (1 week)

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