Music History: April 11
2014 Jesse Winchester dies at age 69 of bladder cancer. He was one of the major singer-songwriters of the "country rock" movement in the early '70s, blessed with an amazing voice but still better known for his songwriting, which resulted in several hits for other "outlaw" country artists.
2011 Chicago blues musician Lacy Gibson dies at age 74 of a heart attack.
2006 June Pointer (The Pointer Sisters) dies at age 52 after being hospitalized for a stroke and diagnosed with cancer.
2006 Paul Anka guest-stars as himself in tonight's "The Real Paul Anka" episode of WB-TV's Gilmore Girls.
2006 For the 25-year anniversary reissue of Brian Eno and David Byrne's My Life in the Bush of Ghosts album, the multi-tracks for two songs - "A Secret Life" and "Help Me Somebody" - are made available for download, for fans to remix and upload to the website.
2006 Rapper DeShaun "Proof" Holton (D12) is shot and killed at age 32 after an argument over a game of pool escalates into a fight outside of a Detroit nightclub.
2002 Aretha Franklin and seven other Motown stars are honored with street names in Detroit's new low-income housing project.
2002 Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock are engaged after he proposes to her in the desert outside Las Vegas.
2001 Folk musician Sandy Bull dies at age 60 of lung cancer.
1997 Paul McCartney gives a twenty-minute concert from the roof of a building he owns in London.
1997 After a 20-year absence, Grand Funk re-forms for a tour that benefits the Bosnian-American Relief Fund, which aids victims of the genocide in Bosnia.
1992 Country singer Lee Greenwood marries former Miss Tennessee-1989, Kimberly Payne, in Nashville.
1991 Ringo Starr appears on the Season 2 episode of The Simpsons, "Brush With Greatness."
1990 Elton John plays at the funeral for Ryan White, an 18-year-old got AIDS from a blood transfusion. Michael Jackson also attends the funeral and later dedicates the song "Gone Too Soon" to White.
1988 Cher wins Best Actress for the romantic comedy Moonstruck at tonight's Oscar Awards in New York.
1987 Soul singer-songwriter Joss Stone is born Joscelyn Eve Stoker in Dover, Kent, England.
1979 Rock drummer and vocalist Sebastien Grainger (Death from Above 1979) is born in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
1978 Liberace gives a concert for birds on The Muppet Show, playing classical pieces and the 1925 song "Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue." Sam the Eagle disapproves.
1970 Alt rock bassist Dylan Keefe (Marcy Playground) is born in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
1970 The Beatles' "Let It Be" hits #1 US for the first of two weeks.
1969 Alt rock singer-songwriter Cerys Matthews (Catatonia) is born in Swansea, Wales, UK.
1968 Janis Joplin appears on TV for the first time when she performs on the variety show Hollywood Palace with Big Brother & the Holding Company.
1967 Flying back to England after participating in The Beach Boys' aborted Smile sessions, Paul McCartney comes up with the idea for The Beatles' film and album Magical Mystery Tour.
1966 Singer and actress Lisa Stansfield is born in Manchester, England.
1966 Frank Sinatra records "Strangers In The Night."
1965 Alt rock guitarist Nigel Pulsford (Bush) is born in Newport, Monmouthshire, England.
1965 How's this for a lineup: At the annual New Musical Express Poll Winners Concert in London, performers include The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Animals, The Moody Blues, Tom Jones, Them, Donovan, The Seekers and Cilla Black.
1963 Nat King Cole records "Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days Of Summer."
1962 Elvis Presley's Follow That Dream movie premieres in Ocala, Florida, near where it was filmed (it opens nationally six weeks later).
1961 Doug Hopkins (lead guitarist, songwriter for the Gin Blossoms) is born in Seattle, Washington, but will be raised in Tempe, Arizona.
1961 Bob Dylan plays for the first time at Gerde's Folk City in Greenwich Village, opening for John Lee Hooker and performing a new song entitled "Blowin' In The Wind."
1959 Music producer and composer David Lowe, known for his compositions for BBC News themes, is born in Birmingham, England.
1958 Stuart Adamson (lead vocalist, guitarist for Big Country) is born in Manchester, England.
1957 #1 Billboard Pop Hit: Elvis Presley's "All Shook Up"
1956 Elvis Presley's tour plane develops engine trouble while flying the singer from Amarillo, Texas, to Nashville, forcing an emergency landing in Arkansas. When he calls his mother Gladys to tell her, she begs him to never fly again, instilling a fear of flying in Elvis which will take him years to get over.
1956 Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps record "Be-Bop-a-Lula."
1952 Rock drummer Terry Ollis (Hawkwind) is born in Hammersmith, London, England.
1946 Bob Harris, radio presenter and host of BBC2's music show The Old Grey Whistle Test, is born in Northampton, England.
1943 R&B singer Tony Victor (The Classics) is born in Brooklyn, New York City.
1935 Doo-wop singer Richard Berry, composer and original performer of "Louie Louie," is born in Extension, Louisiana.
1918 Jazz bassist Jimmy Lewis is born in Nashville, Tennessee. Known for working with the Count Basie Orchestra, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Sam Cooke, and King Curtis, among others.
1889 Jazz musician Nick LaRocca, composer of the jazz classic "Tiger Rag," is born Dominic James LaRocca in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1983Dave Mustaine is kicked out of Metallica because of his drug and alcohol addictions. Soon after, he forms Megadeth, which becomes one of the most successful metal bands of the era.
1981 Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen marries actress Valerie Bertinelli. They would separate in 2001 and divorce in 2005. Their son, Wolfgang, goes on to become the bass player in his dad's group.
1970 Fleetwood Mac founding member Peter Green announces he is leaving the group to devote himself to "What God would have me do." After a few member changes, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks join the band for their most successful lineup in 1974.
1964 The Beatles set a new record when 14 of the Top 100 songs on the chart are theirs. "Can't Buy Me Love" is #1 and "Love Me Do" is their lowest at #81.
1952 Singin' In The Rain, starring Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor and newcomer Debbie Reynolds, is released in the US to mild fanfare.