Music History: May 11
2014 Ed Gagliardi (bass guitarist for Foreigner) dies at age 62 after an eight-year battle with cancer.
2008 John Rutsey (original drummer for Rush) dies of a diabetes-related heart attack at age 55.
2007 The Mamas & The Papas, Otis Redding and Al Kooper are all inducted into the Hollywood Rock Walk.
2006 Guitarist Dave Baksh announces he is leaving Sum 41 to pursue a career with his new band, Brown Brigade.
2004 John Whitehead (of the R&B duo McFadden & Whitehead), age 55, is murdered outside of his Philadelphia home when he's shot while fixing his car. The crime, thought to be a tragic case of mistaken identity, remains unsolved.
2004 Willie Nelson cancels ten upcoming concerts in order to get some much-needed carpal tunnel surgery.
2003 Noel Redding (bassist for the Jimi Hendrix Experience), age 57, is found dead in his Ireland home from a hemorrhage related to cirrhosis of the liver.
2003 Jackson Browne appears on the "Brake My Wife, Please" episode of The Simpsons.
1997 Ernie Fields - trombonist, pianist, and arranger who had a hit R&B version of Glenn Miller's "In The Mood" in 1959 - dies at age 92 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
1997 Country singer Trace Adkins marries Rhonda Forlaw in Nashville.
1996 The wonderfully titled Fairweather Johnson, which is the second album by Hootie & the Blowfish, debuts at #1 on the charts.
1995 Jimmie Vaughan, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Robert Cray play a tribute concert for Stevie Ray Vaughan in Austin, Texas. They had all played with Vaughan at his last concert on August 26, 1990.
1990 The late Ritchie Valens is finally awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6733 Hollywood Blvd.
1989 The late Roy Orbison is posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York, with Eric Clapton presenting the award to Orbison's widow. Orbison enjoyed a career resurgence in the '80s, but died on December 6, 1988.
1988 A grand gala is held at New York's Carnegie Hall to celebrate Irving Berlin's 100th birthday; it features such stars as Ray Charles and Frank Sinatra.
1986 The Monkees' LP The Birds, The Bees and The Monkees enters the charts.
1979 Lester Flatt, the guitarist who founded the Foggy Mountain Boys along with banjo player Earl Scruggs, dies of heart failure at age 64 after a long illness.
1979 Bob Dylan records "Gonna Change My Way Of Thinking," "Precious Angel," "When You Gonna Wake Up," "I Believe In You," "Slow Train," and "Gotta Serve Somebody."
1976 Record producer/musician Alexander Perls is born in Boston, Massachusetts.
1975 Cher's new boyfriend, rocker Greg Allman of The Allman Brothers, appears as a guest on her CBS-TV show Cher.
1973 Stevie Wonder records "Higher Ground."
1972 John Lennon goes on the Dick Cavett Show and mentions that the FBI is monitoring him. He turns out to be right.
1972 David Cassidy, then at the very peak of his career, appears in a controversial nearly naked pose on the cover of Rolling Stone.
1970 The Beatles release "The Long and Winding Road."
1970 The Who release Live At Leeds.
1970 The soundtrack for the movie Woodstock is released, featuring recordings from the festival. Those who were there realize it didn't sound nearly as good as they remembered it.
1970 Sammy Davis, Jr., who was previously wed to actresses Loray White and May Britt, gets married for the third and final time to another actress: Altovise Gore. Jesse Jackson presides over the ceremony.
1970 The Chairmen Of The Board's "Give Me Just a Little More Time" is certified gold.
1968 Richard Harris releases "MacArthur Park," a mysterious song written by Jimmy Webb about a cake left out in the rain. It climbs to #2 in America, but 10 years later reaches #1 in a version by Donna Summer.
1967 The Bee Gees make their first big splash on UK television, performing their new single, "New York Mining Disaster 1941 (Have You Seen My Wife, Mr. Jones)," on the BBC's Top Of The Pops.
1967 The Donna Reed Show's Paul Petersen signs with Motown Records (but never has a U.S. hit with them).
1967 The Beatles record "Baby You're A Rich Man."
1967 Cream records "Tales Of Brave Ulysses" and "Outside Woman Blues."
1965 The Byrds appear on TV for the first time when they play their cover of Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man" on the NBC show Hullabaloo.
1964 In an early sign of their tendency to disrupt authority, The Rolling Stones are refused service for lunch at Bristol, England's Grand Hotel because they're not properly dressed in jackets and ties. The next day, the Daily Express calls them "the ugliest group in Britain" and remarks, "The Rolling Stones gather no lunch."
1962 Ray Stevens releases "Ahab The Arab."
1959 Dave "Baby" Cortez's "The Happy Organ" hits #1.
1957 The Everly Brothers make their stage debut in Nashville at the Grand Ole Opry.
1955 Drummer Mark Herndon (Alabama) is born in Springfield, Massachusetts.
1955 Electronic musician Jonathan "J.J." Jeczalik (The Art of Noise) is born in Banbury, England.
1953 #1 Billboard Pop Hit: Percy Faith Orchestra/Felicia Sanders' "The Song from Moulin Rouge"
1947 Butch Trucks (drummer for The Allman Brothers Band) is born Claude Hudson Trucks in Jacksonville, Florida.
1943 Arnie Silver, aka Arnie Satin (of the '60s vocal group The Dovells), is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1943 Les Chadwick (bassist for Gerry and the Pacemakers) is born in Liverpool, England.
1941 Eric Burdon (lead singer of The Animals) is born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
1935 Kit Lambert, manager of The Who and co-founder of Track Records, is born Christopher Sebastian Lambert in Middlesex, England.
2012 William Balfour, the former brother-in-law of Jennifer Hudson, is convicted of murdering Hudson's mother, brother, and nephew "as an act of vengeance by a jilted husband," according to the jury. Balfour's trial, at which Hudson herself had to take to the witness stand, began in October of 2008.
2008 Leonard Cohen kicks off his first tour in 15 years with a show in Fredericton, New Brunswick. He continues touring on and off for the next five years in a series of highly acclaimed performances.More
1988 Still alive, the legendary songwriter Irving Berlin turns 100. A crowd sings some of his standards to him outside of his apartment in New York.
1985 Madonna's "Crazy For You," written for the movie Vision Quest, hits #1 in the US.
1975 "Stand By Your Man," released for the fifth time in the UK, finally catches on, going to #1 for the first of three weeks. First released in the UK in 1969, the song leads a surge of British interest in Tammy Wynette, who begins a tour there when her song is still topping the charts.