June 11th: On this day
1949, Hank Williams made his debut at the ‘Grand Ole Opry’ in Nashville and received an unprecedented total of six encores.
1960, Drummer Tommy Moore made the fateful decision to quit The Beatles and return to his job of driving a forklift at Garston bottle works. He was briefly replaced by Norman Chapman, who was called into National Service after just three gigs. After going drummerless and mostly jobless for a few weeks, the band hired Pete Best on August 12th, only one day before they were to go to Hamburg to play a string of club dates.
1962, The Beatles recorded a BBC radio program, “Here We Go”, at the Playhouse Theatre in Manchester, in front of a studio audience composed largely of loyal Cavern fans. This was the last recording on which Pete Best played drums.
1966, The Rolling Stones started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Paint It, Black’, the group’s third US No.1 single. Also a No.1 in the UK, it was the first No.1 single to feature a sitar on the recording.
1966, European radio stations mistakenly reported that The Who’s lead singer Roger Daltrey was dead. Actually, it was guitarist Pete Townshend who had been injured in a car accident a few days earlier.
1967, Printed in this week’s music weekly Melody Maker’s ad’s pages, ‘Freaky lead guitarist, bass and drummer wanted for Marc Bolan’s new group. Also any other astral flyers like with car’s amplification and that which never grows in window boxes, phone Wimbledon 0697.’ The band who formed as Tyrannosaurus Rex, went on to release four underground folk albums before becoming known as T Rex.
1968, Working at Abbey Road studios in London on The White Album, John Lennon worked on ‘Revolution 9’ in studio 3, while Paul McCartney recorded ‘Blackbird’ in studio 2.
1969, The Beatles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Ballad Of John and Yoko’ the group’s 17th UK No.1. The only two Beatles that played on the track were John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
1976, AC/DC appeared at Glasgow City Hall, Scotland, on the first night of their Lock Up Your Daughters 19 date UK tour.
1977, Joe Strummer and Topper Headon were detained overnight in prison in Newcastle upon Tyne having failed to appear at Morpeth Magistrates on May 21st. Both The Clash members were to answer a charge relating to the theft of a Holiday Inn pillowcase. They were both fined £100 ($170).
1977, As Britain celebrated the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, The Sex Pistols reached No. 2 in the singles chart with ‘God Save The Queen’.
1977, KC and the Sunshine Band became only the second group after The Jackson Five to achieve four US No.1’s when ‘I’m Your Boogie Man’ went to the top of the charts.
1983, Drummer Alex Van Halen married Valeri Kendall in Los Angeles, California. Brother Eddie Van Halen was best man.
1988, Nelson Mandellas 70th birthday tribute took place at Wembley Stadium, London, featuring Whitney Houston, Phil Collins, Dire Straits, Stevie Wonder, Tracy Chapman, George Michael, Eric Clapton, UB40, The Eurythmics and Simple Minds. The event was broadcast live on BBC 2 to 40 different countries with an estimated audience of 1 billion.
1997, Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall received a Master of Science Degree at UMIST, Manchester for his fund-raising work following an IRA bombing in the city the previous year.
2000, Aaliyah went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Try Again’. It became the first “airplay-only” song to reach No.1 on the US singles chart (no points from a commercial single release).
2002, Sir Paul McCartney married Heather Mills at St Salvator Church, Ireland. Guests included Ringo Starr, David Gilmour, Jools Holland and Chrissie Hynde. Heather walked down the aisle clutching a bouquet of 11 ‘McCartney’ roses. Mills had first met McCartney at the Pride of Britain Awards event in London in April 1999, which McCartney had attended to present an award to an animal rights activist. Mills and McCartney separated on 17 May 2006 and when divorced Mills was eventually awarded a lump sum of £16.5m, together with assets of £7.8m.
2003, Adam Ant was arrested after going berserk and stripping off in a London cafe. The former 1980’s pop star had thrown stones at neighbour’s homes smashing windows before going to the nearby cafe.
2004, Courtney Love surrendered to US police after allegedly assaulting a woman at the home of her former manager and ex-boyfriend. Ms Love was charged with assault with a deadly weapon. She was later released on bail. The charges related to an incident on 25 April 2004, when Ms Love allegedly assaulted a woman with a bottle and a torch at the LA home of Jim Barber.
2005, Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin founding member and guitarist, was awarded an OBE in the Queen of England’s Birthday Honours list and Queen guitarist and founding member Brian May was awarded a CBE.
2006, Sandi Thom went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Smile … It Confuses People’ the Scottish singer, songwriters debut album which featured the hit ‘I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker, (with flowers in My Hair’).
2008, The American Federation of Musicians filed a federal lawsuit against the producers of American Idol, claiming musicians were underpaid because the show’s live music was re-recorded for re-runs. The union filed the suit seeking unspecified damages in the US District Court in Los Angeles, alleging that American Idol Productions Inc. and its subsidiary Tick Tock Productions Inc. violated a collective bargaining agreement.
2009, Peter Doherty was released on £50,000 bail to await trial accused of driving dangerously after a gig. The Babyshambles frontman was stopped after police saw a car being driven erratically in Gloucester. The 30-year-old appeared at Stroud Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty to possessing heroin and to having no driving licence or insurance.
2011, Pink Floyd’s 1973 album The Dark Side Of The Moon, re-entered the Billboard Album chart at No. 47, and reached the milestone of 1,000 weeks on Billboard’s charts. The album which was released in 1973 has done consistently well reaching No.1 on more than one occasion. The Dark Side Of The Moon
June 11th: Born on this day
1940, Born on this day, Joseph DiNicola, Joey and the Starlighters. (1962 US No.1 single ‘Peppermint Twist, Part 1’). Jimi Hendrix was a member of the band during 1964.
1946, Born on this day, John Lawton, Uriah Heep, (1975 UK No.7 album ‘Return To Fantasy’).
1947, Born on this day, Glenn Leonard, American R&B and soul singer with The Temptations, from 1975 to 1983.
1947, Born on this day, Richard Palmer-James, English musician who worked with King Crimson in the early 1970s and was a founding member of Supertramp; he sang vocals and wrote the lyrics for their self-titled debut album.
1948, Born on this day, Alan Skipper, drums, The Pretty Things, (1964 UK No.10 single ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’). They took their name from Willie Dixon’s 1955 song ‘Pretty Thing’.
1949, Born on this day, Frank Beard, American drummer with ZZ Top, (1984 US No.8 & 1985 UK No.16 single ‘Legs’). Beard is notable as being the only musician in the band without a long beard, an ironic fact considering his last name. The band has had global album sales in excess of 50 million as of 2014.
1951, Born on this day, Lynsey De Paul, UK singer, songwriter, (1972 UK No.5 single ‘Sugar Me’). Became the first woman to win an Ivor Novello song-writing award.
1952, Born on this day, American rock vocalist, guitarist best known as having been a member of 38 Special, from its formation in 1974 until 2013. He is the middle of three brothers: his older brother Ronnie was the original lead singer for Lynyrd Skynyrd who died in a 1977 plane crash.
1954, Born on this day, American vocalist, songwriter Johnny Neel who has worked with The Allman Brothers Band Gov’t Mule, Michael McDonald and Dickey Betts.
1958, Born on this day, Barry Adamson, English musician who has worked with Magazine, Visage, Pete Shelley, The Birthday Party, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and the electro musicians Pan sonic.
1960, Born on this day, Nick Hallam, DJ, producer, co founder of Gee Street Records, Stereo MC’s, (1992 UK No.12 single ‘Step It Up’).
1961, Born on this day, Robert Birch, vocals, Stereo MC’s, (1992 UK No.12 single ‘Step It Up’).
1969, Born on this day, Steven Drozd, American musician, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter for the Flaming Lips and Electric Würms.
1987, Born on this day, Dappy, English singer, songwriter, rapper, and actor, best known for being the lead singer of grime trio N-Dubz.