Saturday, March 11, 2017

Today in Music History...March 11, 2017 (Now with links)

Music History: March 11

2016 Keith Emerson, the keyboard player in primary music composer in Emerson, Lake & Palmer, dies of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at age 71.

2015 Jimmy Greenspoon (keyboardist for Three Dog Night) dies of cancer, metastatic melanoma, at age 67.

2015 Slipknot guitarist Mick Thomson and his brother, Andrew, are both rushed to the hospital after a knife fight with each other. According to police, the injuries are not life-threatening.

2011 A pregnant Jewel is involved in a car accident when a volunteer fire truck slams into her Cadillac in Stephenville, Texas. Thankfully, no one is seriously injured.

2008 Kid Rock returns to the Waffle House in Duluth, Georgia (where he was involved in a brawl the previous year), to hang out with Waffle House workers and customers as part of a charity meet-and-greet.

2008 Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony's newborn twins, Maximilian David and Emme Maribel, make their public debut in People. With a $6 million price tag, the exclusive photo is the most expensive celebrity picture ever taken at the time.

2004 Edmund Sylvers (The Sylvers)

2003 The punk band 311 designates 3/11 as their own personal holiday.

1998 Stacey Guess (The Squirrel Nut Zippers)

1994 The Supremes receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1989 Eazy-E's solo debut album Eazy-Duz-It, which was released six months earlier, debuts at #12 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

1982 Jimmy Sohns of the Shadows of Knight is arrested for distributing cocaine.

1981 LeToya Luckett, one of the four original members of Destiny's Child, is born in Houston, Texas.

1981 Russell Lissack (Bloc Party)

1979 Joel and Benji Madden (Good Charlotte) are born Joel Rueben Combs and Benjamin Levi Combs in Waldorf, Maryland.

1978 Meat Loaf's Bat Out Of Hell enters the UK album chart.

1972 Neil Young's album Harvest hits #1 in America, supplanting Don McLean's American Pie, which has been on top for seven weeks.

1972 Wings' "Give Ireland Back To The Irish" is listed as #23 in the Melody Maker chart. An article in the same issue reports it has been banned by the BBC as "unsuitable for broadcasting."

1970 Blood, Sweat & Tears are nominated for a then-record eleven Grammy Awards (but only win three).

1970 The 5th Dimension win the Record of the Year Grammy for Aquarius/Let The Sun Shine In. Blood, Sweat & Tears win Album of the Year, and Crosby, Stills & Nash win Best New Artist.

1969 Pete Droge

1968 Lisa Loeb

1967 Geraldine Farrar

1967 The Supremes notch their ninth #1 hit: "Love Is Here And Now You're Gone."

1963 Manfred Mann perform their first concert (as the Mann-Hugg Blues Brothers) at the Marquee Theatre in London.

1962 #1 Billboard Pop Hit: Bruce Channel's "Hey Baby"

1961 Mike Percy (Dead or Alive)

1961 Bruce Watson (Big Country)

1957 Cheryl Lynn

1955 Nina Hagen

1951 Katie Kissoon (Mac & Katie Kissoon)

1950 Bobby McFerrin

1948 George Kooymans (Golden Earring)

1947 Keyboardist "Blue" Weaver (Mott The Hoople, The Strawbs) is born Derek John Weaver in Cardiff, Wales.

1947 Mark Stein (Vanilla Fudge)

1944 Ric Rothwell (The Mindbenders)

1943 Little Johnny Taylor

1914 Art Todd

1905 The songwriter Michael Carr is born Maurice Alfred Cohen. His credits include the Shadows hit "Kon-Tiki."

1903 Lawrence Welk

Paul McCartney Is Knighted


1997 Thirty years after being admitted as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), Paul McCartney is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to popular music.

The honor is well overdue for the 54-year-old. As one half of the songwriting partnership behind the majority of The Beatles hits, McCartney is without doubt one the most influential musical artists of all time. After the Beatles' acrimonious split in 1969, he went on to enjoy massive commercial and critical success - first with Wings, and later as a solo artist.

However, after fellow Beatle John Lennon snubbed the Queen by returning his MBE in 1969 (in protest against the Vietnam War), many media commentators suggested that the remaining Beatles' reputations had been irreparably tarnished in the eyes of the British establishment, even after Lennon's untimely death in 1980.

McCartney is joined at the Buckingham Palace ceremony by three of his four children, but the Liverpool-born musician's day is tinged with sadness. His wife of 28 years - musician and activist Linda - is unable to attend due to her ongoing battle with breast cancer.

The knighthood follows a renewed interest in The Beatles: a CD anthology of their work and two previously unheard singles were released in 1995, along with a six-hour TV series. After more than 10 fallow years, guitar-based music has returned to the British charts with a vengeance, and the music of the 1960s is being used as a blueprint for the Britpop movement.

The patronage of contemporary stars such as Oasis' Noel Gallagher leads to a new, more youthful audience for McCartney, whose 1996 solo album Flaming Pie earns him his best reviews – and highest record sales - in more than a decade.

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