Music History: October 11th:
2016 Rod Stewart is knighted at Buckingham Palace, becoming Sir Roderick David Stewart.
2013 Lady Gaga makes her movie debut playing shape-shifting assassin La Camaleon in the Robert Rodriguez action-crime flick Machete Kills.
2011 George "Mojo" Buford (harmonica player for Muddy Waters's band) dies after a long illness in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at age 81.
2006 Singer Justin Hawkins announces that he has left British band The Darkness to continue his drug rehabilitation.
1999 The City of Miami, under threat of legal action from the American Civil Liberties Union and Havana Caliente Records, allows Cuban dance band Los Van Van to perform at the James L. Knight Center.
1999 Debbie Rowe, Michael Jackson's second wife, files for divorce. She was a nurse at the office of Jackson's plastic surgeon.
1997 Gregg Allman, Bo Diddley, Keb'Mo', Buddy Guy and John Hiatt are among the musicians who perform at a tribute to Muddy Waters at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
1992 Rapper and reality star Cardi B is born Belcalis Almanzar in Edgewater, New Jersey.
1992 Amy Grant and her songwriter husband Gary Chapman have their third child: Sarah Cannon.
1988 Sarah McLachlan releases her debut album, Touch, through Nettwerk Records. The album would be re-mixed and re-released the following year.
1976Donna Summer's Four Seasons Of Loveconcept album is released.
1975 Neil Sedaka's "Bad Blood," with backup vocals by Elton John, hits #1 for the first of three weeks.
1973 The divorce between Elvis and Priscilla Presley is finalized. The two remain close friends and walk out of the Santa Monica courthouse arm in arm.
1971 Rapper MC Lyte is born Lana Michele Moorer in Brooklyn, New York.
1970 Elvis Presley is made an honorary "special" deputy sheriff of Bel Air, California.
1969 Muddy Waters is severely injured in a car crash just outside Chicago that leaves three other passengers dead. Waters will remain absent from music for about a year, and will rarely stand up on stage again.
1969 Grand Funk Railroad's LP On Timeenters the charts.
1968 The Beatles record "Savoy Truffle."
1968 Aretha Franklin's "I Say a Little Prayer" is certified gold.
1967 Barbra Streisand's third TV special, The Belle Of 14th Street, airs on CBS.
1965 Gerry Marsden of Gerry and the Pacemakers marries his first wife, Pauline Behan -- the former secretary of his fan club!
1965 The Beatles record "Run For Your Life" and "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)."
1963 The Beatles' "She Loves You" is certified gold.
1962 Scott Johnson (rhythm guitarist/backing vocalist for Gin Blossoms) is born.
1962 The Beatles' "Love Me Do" enters the British charts.
1960 Aretha Franklin plays a selection of standards at the Village Vanguard in New York City. It is Aretha's first non-gospel performance.
1950 Andrew Woolfolk (saxophonist/flautist for Earth, Wind & Fire) is born in Texas.
1946 Gary Mallaber (percussionist/backup singer for The Steve Miller Band) is born in Buffalo, New York.
1946 Daryl Hall (of Hall & Oates) is born Daryl Franklin Hohl in Pottstown, Pennsylvania.
1943 Country singer Gene Watson is born in Palestine, Texas.
1939 Coleman Hawkins records "Body And Soul."
1932 Country singer/songwriter Dottie West is born Dorothy Marie Marsh near McMinnville, Tennessee.
1919 Jazz drummer/bandleader Art Blakey is born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Saturday Night Live Debuts With Lots Of Music
Saturday Night - a title later changed to Saturday Night Live - makes its debut on NBC. Music is a big part of the show, and the first episode features two musical guests performing two songs each: Janis Ian doing "At Seventeen" and "In the Winter," and Billy Preston playing "Nothing from Nothing" and "Fancy Lady."
2004 The Vote for Change tour wraps up in Washington, DC. with a concert featuring Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, R.E.M., The Dave Matthews Band, Dixie Chicks and James Taylor. The goal of the tour is to get president George W. Bush voted out of office in the November elections. Bush wins by a narrow margin.
2003 Justin Timberlake makes his first appearance on Saturday Night Live, doing double-duty as host and musical guest. It's the first of many appearances he makes on the show through the coming years; his sketches eventually grow to include a Bee Gees parody, a sketch about dating Lady Gaga, a bailiff in a courtroom trial of an alligator, "the Target lady," appearing in drag onstage with Beyoncé, and the infamous "Dick in a Box" bit.
1991 Apple Computers reaches an agreement with The Beatles' Apple Corps, paying $26.5 million for the rights to run music software - an update to their 1981 deal that prohibited the computer maker from selling anything music-related. The deal is revised from time to time as Apple Computer makes music a major part of their business.
1983 Lionel Richiereleases his second solo album, Can't Slow Down, which goes on to sell over 10 million copies in America.
1981 Opening a show for The Rolling Stones at Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, Princegets booed off the stage. The Stones have good intentions in bringing in a rising star, but his act isn't a good fit for this crowd, and when he opens his trench coat to reveal bikini briefs, it gets ugly. Prince never again performs as an opening act.