Sunday, March 11, 2018

Today in Music History...March 11, 2018 (Now with more info)

Music History: March 11th:

2017 Joni Sledge of Sister Sledge dies at age 60.

2016 Keith Emerson, the keyboard player and 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 of The Sylvers dies of lung cancer at age 47.

2003 311 play their first "311 Day" concert at the State Palace Theatre in New Orleans, starting a tradition of playing special gatherings on March 11.

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

1991 Pearl Jam begin recording their debut album, Ten, at London Bridge Studios in Seattle.

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 of Bloc Party is born in Chingford.

1972 Wings' "Give Ireland Back To The Irish" is listed at #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 The 5th Dimension win the Record of the Year Grammy for "Aquarius/Let The Sun Shine In." Blood, Sweat & Tears, nominated for a record 11 awards, win three, including Album of the Year. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young win Best New Artist.

1969 Pete Droge is born in Seattle, Washington.

1968 Lisa Loeb is born in Bethesda, Maryland.

1967 Opera star Geraldine Farrar dies at age 85.

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

1963 The Mann-Hugg Blues Brothers attract record company interest with a show at the Marquee Club in London. They later sign with HMV (a division of EMI) and change their name to Manfred Mann.

1961 Dead or Alive bass player Mike Percy is born.

1961 Bruce Watson of Big Country is born in Timmins, Ontario, Canada.

1957 Cheryl Lynn ("Got To Be Real") is born Lynda Cheryl Smith in Los Angeles, California.

1955 German punk rocker Nina Hagen is born in Berlin.

1951 Katie Kissoon (of the pop duo Mac & Katie Kissoon) is born Katherine Farthing in Port of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies.

1950 Jazz vocalist Bobby McFerrin, known for his #1 a cappella hit "Don't Worry Be Happy," is born in Manhattan.

1948 George Kooymans (vocalist, guitarist for Golden Earring) is born in The Hague, Netherlands.

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

1947 Vanilla Fudge lead singer Mark Stein is born in Bayonne, New Jersey.

1944 Ric Rothwell (drummer for The Mindbenders) is born in Stockport, Cheshire, England.

1914 Art Todd is born in Baltimore, Maryland. Billed as Art and Dotty Todd, he forms a singing duo with wife Dotty in the '50s.

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

1903 Lawrence Welk, bandleader and host of the long-running Lawrence Welk Show, is born in Strasburg, North Dakota.

Paul McCartney Is Knighted

1997Thirty 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. For more info visit, This Day in History.

Featured Events

2006 The High School Musical soundtrack reaches #1 on the US Albums chart, the first TV soundtrack album to top the tally since the Miami Vice soundtrack, which was #1 for eight weeks in 1985 and another three in 1986. Nine songs from the album make the Hot 100, led by "Breaking Free," sung by Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens, which reaches #4.

2006 "You're Beautiful" by James Blunt goes to #1 in America. Blunt later explains that the song is "about a guy who's high as a f--king kite on drugs in the subway stalking someone else's girlfriend."

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

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

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