Here’s what happened on October 11th in rock history, from the home of music and games, Rock My World.
- 1955, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash kicked off an eleven date tour of the Southern US states in Abilene, Texas.
- 1962, The Beatles made their first appearance on the UK singles chart with ‘Love Me Do’ which peaked at No. 4 on the chart.
- 1967, The Doors appeared at Danbury High School, Danbury, Connecticut. Before the group came on stage an announcer told the audience not to leave their seats during the performance or they would be escorted out of the venue. There was also a beauty pageant just prior to The Doors coming on stage.
- 1974, John Denver was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Annie’s Song.’ The song was a tribute to his wife and was written in 10 minutes while he was on a ski lift.
- 1980, The Police scored their second UK No.1 album with their third studio release ‘Zenyatta Mondatta’, which featured, ‘Don’t Stand So Close to Me’, ‘Canary in a Coalmine and ‘De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da.’
- 1981, The Rolling Stones performed at the Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California, USA, as part of a 50-date North American tour. 95 fans were arrested after trouble broke out at the venue. The tour became the largest grossing of 1981, with $50 million in ticket sales.
- 1990, Drummer Dave Grohl played his first gig with Nirvana when they appeared at the North Shore Surf Club in Olympia.
- 1991, Apple Computers settled a lawsuit launched by The Beatles’ record company, Apple Corporation, over name and logo rights. The computer company reportedly paid $29 million to settle the suit.
- 1997, Elton John went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Candle In The Wind 97’ A re-write of his 1974 hit about Marilyn Monroe. This version was raising funds for the Diana, Princess of Wales charity, following her death in Paris. It went on to become the biggest selling single in the world ever.
- 1997, The Verve started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with their third album ‘Urban Hymns’. The band’s best-selling release features ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’, and ‘The Drugs Don’t Work’. It is currently ranked the 15th best-selling album in UK
- 1999, Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee was released on $5000 bail after facing charges relating to a riot at a gig in North Carolina in 1997. Lee allegedly incited the crowd to attack a guard and had also poured a drink over his head.
- 2005, Freddie Mercury’s 1974 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow was offered for auction on eBay by his sister, Kashmira Cooke, who had inherited the car from him. The luxury vehicle had not appeared in public since 2002, when it had been used to transport the Bulsara family to the premiere of the Queen stage musical We Will Rock You. It came with a box of Kleenex Mansize tissues left in the car by Freddie.
- 2012, The Rolling Stones‘ new single, ‘Doom And Gloom’, was released, the first new studio recordings since 2005’s A Bigger Bang. Doom And Gloom was the lead single from the band’s most recent greatest hits collection, GRRR!
Born on this day:
- 1946, Born on this day, Gary Mallaber, drums, Steve Miller Band, (1974 US No.1 & 1990 UK No.1 single ‘The Joker’).
- 1949, Born on this day, Daryl Hall, singer, songwriter, (Hall and Oates, 1982 US No.1 & UK No.6 single ‘Maneater’, plus five other US No.1’s, solo 1986 UK No.28 single ‘Dreamtime’).
- 1962, Born on this day, Andy McCoy, Hanoi Rocks, (1984 UK No.61 single ‘Up Around The Bend’).
- 1962, Born on this day, Scott Johnson, Gin Blossoms, (1994 UK No.24 single ‘Hey Jealousy’).
- 1973, Born on this day, Brendan Brown, guitar, vocals, Wheatus, (2001 UK No 2 single ‘Teenage Dirtbag’).