Music Almanac - July 11

Birthdays
  • 1893 - Blind Lemon Jefferson (d. 1929)
  • 1931 - Thurston Harris (d. 1990)
  • 1932 - Alex Hassilev (Limeliters)
  • 1932 - Roquel "Billy" Davis (songwriter, producer, writer) (d. 2004)
  • 1938 - Terry Garthwaite (Joy of Cooking)
  • 1944 - Bobby G. Rice
  • 1947 - John Holt (Paragons)
  • 1949 - Jeff Hanna (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)
  • 1950 - Bonnie Pointer (Pointer Sisters)
  • 1953 - Benny Defranco
  • 1957 - Peter Murphy (Bauhaus)
  • 1957 - Michael Rose (Black Uhuru)
  • 1959 - Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi)
  • 1959 - Suzanne Vega
  • 1960 - David Baerwald (David & David)
  • 1965 - Scott Shriner (Weezer)
  • 1966 - Mel Appleby (Mel & Kim) (d. 1990)
  • 1973 - Andrew Bird
  • 1973 - Scotty Emerick
  • 1974 - Lil' Kim (born Kimberly Jones)
  • 1975 - Rick McMurray (Ash)
  • 1978 - Jonathan Singleton (songwriter)
  • 1982 - Lil Zane (born Zane Copeland, Jr.)

Deaths
  • 1937 - George Gershwin - Brain tumor (38)
  • 1950 - Buddy De Sylva (songwriter) (55)
  • 1991 - Roger Christian (songwriter) - Suicide (57)
  • 1992 - Herb Kenny (Ink Spots) (77)
  • 1996 - Louis Gottlieb (Limeliters) (72)
  • 2006 - Bill Miller (piano player for Frank Sinatra) (91)
  • 2010 - Walter Hawkins (Edwin Hawkins Singers) (61)
  • 2014 - Tommy Ramone (born Thomas Erdelyi) (Ramones) - Bile duct cancer (65)

On This Day
  • 1951 - Allan Freed Broadcasts his first R&B radio program from WJW in Cleveland, OH.
  • 1959 - Joan Baez appeared at the first Newport Folk Festival as a guest of Don Gibson. The performance is recorded, a first for Baez.
  • 1961 - Elvis Presley started filming Follow That Dream.
  • 1965 - Mother Maybelle Carter was in a car accident in Ohio.
  • 1966 - Elvis Presley started filming Double Trouble.
  • 1967 - Kenny Rogers formed the First Edition.
  • 1973 - Don Everly told a reporter that the Everly Brothers were done.
  • 1979 - Neil Young's film Rust Never Sleeps premiered.
  • 1982 - Phil Collen replaced Pete Willis in Def Leppard.
  • 1982 - Dolly Parton's The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas premiers in Austin, TX.
  • 1982 - The Broadway show Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, starring Debby Boone, closed after only five performances.
  • 1985 - Jett Williams, then known as Kathy Yvonne Stone, filed for access to paternity records in Montgomery, AL.
  • 1992 - A set of eight ties designed by Jerry Garcia went on sale in the U.S.
  • 1995 - Mike Mills of R.E.M. has to temporarily drop from the group's Monster tour for abdominal surgery.
  • 1996 - Beck made a surprise appearance at Lollapalooza.
  • 2000 - Richard Ashcroft was sued by his former manager for breach of contract.
  • 2000 - Lars Ulrich was the first to testify at the U.S. Senate's hearing on music sharing and copyright.
  • 2002 - John Entwistle's funeral was held in Cotswolds, England.
  • 2004 - Gordon Lightfoot returned to the concert stage two years after suffering a stomach aneurysm.
  • 2005 - Victor Willis of the Village People (Cop) was arrested after police find a gun and drugs in his auto.
  • 2010 - Richie Hayward played his last show with Little Feat.
  • 2012 - Robert Plant told a U.K. newspaper that he was married to Patty Griffin.

Marriages
  • 1950 - Jimmy Dean and Mary Sue Wittauer
  • 1959 - Little Richard and Ernestine Campbell
  • 1976 - Andy Gibb and Kim Reeder
  • 1976 - Frank Sinatra and Barbara Marx
  • 1993 - John Schneider and Elly Castle

Divorces
  • 1991 - Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager (filed)
  • 2005 - David and Linda Foster (filed by Linda)

Recorded
  • 1930 - Blue Yodel No. 8 (Mule Skinner Blues) - Jimmie Rodgers
  • 1946 - Dean Martin recorded his first four songs
  • 1952 - Jambalaya, I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive and Setting the Woods on Fire - Hank Williams
  • 1955 - Mystery Train, I Forgot to Remember to Forget - Elvis Presley
  • 1963 - Love Gonna Live Here - Buck Owens

Released
  • 1964 - Where Did Our Love Go - Supremes (single)
  • 1968 - Waiting for the Sun - Doors
  • 1969 - Space Oddity - David Bowie (1st U.K. release)
  • 1969 - Honky Tonk Woman - Rolling Stones (single)
  • 1970 - Summertime Blues - Who (single)
  • 1975 - Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac
  • 1977 - Village People - Village People (debut)
  • 1980 - Vienna - Ultravox
  • 1981 - High N' Dry - Def Leppard
  • 1983 - The Principles of Moments - Robert Plant
  • 1988 - UB40 - UB40
  • 1989 - Cuts Both Ways - Gloria Estefan
  • 1989 - Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich - Warrant
  • 1994 - Voodoo Lounge - Rolling Stones
  • 2010 - Lightning Bolt - Pearl Jam

Broadcasts
  • 1960 - American Bandstand - Kim Charney
  • 1961 - American Bandstand - Maxine Brown, Al Martino
  • 1962 - American Bandstand - Fats Domino
  • 1963 - American Bandstand - Doris Troy
  • 1964 - American Bandstand - Roger Miller, Johnny Rivers
  • 1966 - Where the Action Is - Roy Orbison, Bachelors, Tina Mason, Paul Revere & the Raiders
  • 1970 - American Bandstand - Alive & Kicking, Impressions
  • 1974 - The Mac Davis Show (NBC) (debut)
  • 1975 - Midnight Special - Blue Magic, Kiss, Jenny Rankin, Tribute to Helen Reddy
  • 1980 - Midnight Special - Rupert Holmes (host), Manhattans, Ritchie Family, Village People
  • 1981 - American Bandstand - George Thorogood & the Destroyers
  • 1987 - American Bandstand - Richard Marx
  • 1988 - Beastiography (MTV) - Beastie Boys)

Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1960 - Alley Oop - Hollywood Argyles (1 week)
  • 1970 - Mama Told Me Not to Come - Three Dog Night (2 weeks)
  • 1987 - Alone - Heart (3 weeks)
  • 2009 - I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas (14 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 1970 - Woodstock: Music From the Original Soundtrack and More (4 weeks)
  • 2009 - The E.N.D. - Black Eyed Peas (1 week (1 previous week at number 1))
  • 2015 - Dark Before Dawn - Breaking Benjamin (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1960 - There's Something On Your Mind (Part 2) - Bobby Marchan (1 week)
  • 1992 - Tennessee - Arrested Development (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1981 - Fire & Smoke - Earl Thomas Conley (1 week)
  • 1987 - All My Ex's Live in Texas - George Strait (1 week)
  • 1998 - The Shoes You're Wearing - Clint Black (1 week)
  • 2009 - Sideways - Dierks Bentley (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1970 - (They Long to Be) Close to You - Carpenters (6 weeks)
  • 1981 - I Don't Need You - Kenny Rogers (6 weeks)
  • 1992 - I'll Be There - Mariah Carey (2 weeks)
  • 2015 - Style - Taylor Swift (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1981 - Ghost Town - Specials (3 weeks)
  • 1998 - Because We Want To - Billie (1 week)
  • 2009 - Evacuate the Dancefloor - Cascada (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.K. Albums
  • 1970 - Self Portrait - Bob Dylan (1 week)
  • 1981 - Love Songs - Cliff Richard (5 weeks)
  • 1998 - Talk on Corners - Corrs (1 week)
  • 2009 - The Essential Michael Jackson - Michael Jackson (7 weeks)

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