Music History: June 11
2011 Lily Allen marries the decorator Sam Cooper in Gloucestershire, England.
2011 Jessie J ruptures tendons in her foot while rehearsing for the Capital Radio Summertime Ball. She does her set the next day from a throne; 13 days later she would perform a seated set once again at the Glastonbury Festival.
2008 Nancy Sinatra appears before the US Congress pleading for legislation that would require all performers, not just songwriters, to get paid for songs played on commercial analog radio.
2004 Faith Hill makes her film debut in the comedic remake of the 1975 thriller The Stepford Wives. Nicole Kidman, Matthew Broderick, and Bette Midler also star.
2000 Busta Rhymes rides atop his own float in the National Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York. "I'm here to thoroughly represent the entire spectrum of the urban community," Rhymes says.
1992 U2 invites ABBA's Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson to join them onstage at their concert in Stockholm for a rendition of ABBA's 1976 smash "Dancing Queen."
1991 Lynyrd Skynyrd returns to recording with Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991. It's their sixth album, following Street Surviors, but is their first since the plane wreak take took three band-members lives in 1977. The new lineup initially uses the name "Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991," but eventually has to drop this name after the media and fans essentially ignore it and continue to call them Lynyrd Skynyrd.
1990 The United Nations appoints Olivia Newton-John as its first Goodwill Ambassador to the environment.
1977 KC and the Sunshine Band's "I'm Your Boogie Man" hits #1.
1976 Wild Cherry releases "Play That Funky Music."
1976 The Carpenters release A Kind Of Hush.
1971 A drunken Dennis Wilson, drummer for The Beach Boys, accidentally puts his hand through the glass door of his home, severing nerves that keep him from his instrument for the better part of three years.
1969 Dan Lavery (bass guitarist for Tonic) is born.
1968 During a recording session while The Rolling Stones are working on "Sympathy For The Devil," a fire breaks out in the studio. While many are quick to blame Lucifer, the blaze is actually caused by a light being used by a camera crew documenting the sessions.
1966 Elvis Presley begins shooting his 26th film, Double Trouble, in Hollywood.
1966 The Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black" hits #1.
1966 European radio is abuzz with rumors that Roger Daltrey, lead singer of The Who, has been killed in an auto accident days earlier. In fact, guitarist Pete Townshend was in the wreck, but survived with minor injuries.
1966 The Rolling Stones record Got Live If You Want It!
1966 Britain's Melody Maker reports that Cream, one of the first "supergroups," has formed with former members of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Manfred Mann, and the Graham Bond Organization.
1965 Some MBE (Members of the British Empire) recipients return their awards in protest when it is announced that The Beatles will be honored with the award. The group is generally mystified, but their older relatives seem thrilled, so they accept the awards at a ceremony in Buckingham Palace.
1964 Elvis Presley records "Cross My Heart And Hope To Die," "Spring Fever," and "Do Not Disturb."
1961 Identical twins Kim and Kelley Deal (of The Breeders) are born in Dayton, Ohio.
1961 Robert Birch (vocalist for Stereo MC's) is born in Ruddington, Nottinghamshire, England.
1958 Jerry Lee Lewis finds that the marriage scandal involving his 14-year-old second cousin has migrated back to the States when he is booed off a New York stage. The second show is canceled due to poor ticket sales, and Lewis' career, for the time being anyway, is ruined.
1958 Pop/rock musician Barry Adamson (bass guitarist of Magazine) is born in Moss Side, Manchester, England.
1958 Elvis Presley records "I Got Stung."
1957 Elvis Presley releases "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear" b/w "Loving You."
1952 Donnie Van Zant (guitarist, vocalist for .38 Special, Van Zant) is born in Jacksonville, Florida.
1950 Graham Russell (singer, guitarist of Air Supply) is born Cyril Graham Russell in Nottingham, England.
1949 Frank Beard (drummer for ZZ Top) is born in Frankston, Texas.
1949 Hank Williams gets 6 encores at the Grand Ole Opry after performing his new single "Lovesick Blues."
1948 Rock drummer Skip Alan (of The Pretty Things, Them) is born in England.
1947 R&B singer Glenn Leonard (of The Temptations) is born in Washington, DC.
1947 Richard Palmer-James (vocalist, guitarist for Supertramp, songwriter for King Crimson) is born in Bournemouth, England.
1946 John Lawton (lead vocalist for Uriah Heep from 1976 to 1979) is born in Halifax, England.
1940 '60s pop singer Joey Dee (of Joey Dee and the Starliters) is born Joseph DiNicola in Passaic, New Jersey.
1940 The Ink Spots record "Maybe."
1939 Country singer Wilma Burgess, known for hit singles like "Misty Blue" throughout the '60s and '70s, is born in Orlando, Florida.
1936 Jud Strunk, comedian and songwriter known for the 1973 ballad "Daisy A Day," is born in Jamestown, New York.
1934 R&B singer James "Pookie" Hudson (of The Spaniels) is born in Des Moines, Iowa.
1864 Composer Richard Strauss is born in Munich, Germany.
2002The TV show American Idol premieres on the FOX network. The show is a reality-show talent contest judged by three hosts, and becomes one of the most popular network reality shows. Singers who win a season of American Idol go on to fame, fortune, and record contracts.
2016 22-year-old Christina Grimmie, known for placing third on Season 6 of The Voice, is killed when gunman Kevin James Loibl opens fire at a meet-and-greet at The Plaza Live theater in Orlando, Florida. The singer's brother, Marcus Grimmie, tackles Loibl, who fatally shoots himself during the scuffle.
2002 Paul McCartney marries former model Heather Mills in Glaslough, Ireland. Among the guests: Elton John, David Gilmour, Chrissie Hynde and Ringo Starr. The couple divorces in 2008.
1988 Dozens of big-name acts, including Peter Gabriel, Sting, Whitney Houston and Stevie Wonder, rock the stage at the Free Nelson Mandela Concert at Wembley Stadium in London.More
1986 Ferris Bueller's Day Off his theaters. When Matthew Broderick leads a parade through downtown Chicago to The Beatles "Twist And Shout," it renews interest in the group, and the song soon returns to the charts.
1982 After much anticipation Grease 2, the sequel to the smash 1978 musical, lands in theaters... but crashes and burns.More
1969 Glen Campbell stars opposite John Wayne in the movie True Grit. His role of Texas Ranger La Boeuf is played by Matt Damon in the 2010 remake.
1966 Donovan becomes the first rock star busted for drugs by the newly vigilant London drug squad.More