11 Apr, 2024

April 11 in Music History

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April 11 in Music History

On this day today:

1952 - Singin' In The Rain, starring Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor and newcomer Debbie Reynolds, is released in the US, but barely makes a splash.
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."

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.

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.
1965 - Bob Dylan's second album, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, goes to #1 in the UK. It's the first time an artist other than The Beatles or The Rolling Stones has topped the chart since the Summer Holiday soundtrack on April 28, 1963.
1966 - Singer and actress Lisa Stansfield is born in Manchester, England.

1966 - Frank Sinatra records "Strangers In The Night," improvising the famous "dooby, dooby doo" at the end.

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.
1970 - The Beatles' "Let It Be" hits #1 US for the first of two weeks.

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.
1977 - Alice Cooper played to an audience of 40,000 in Sydney, Australia, the largest crowd to attend a rock concert in the country's history. After the show Cooper was placed under house arrest at his hotel until he posted a bond for $59,632. That amount was the sum that a promoter claimed to have paid Cooper for a 1975 Australia tour he never made. The two settled when it was found that the promoter did not fulfill his part of the agreement either.
1983 - Dave 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.
1987 - Soul singer-songwriter Joss Stone is born Joscelyn Eve Stoker in Dover, Kent, England.

1988 - Cher wins Best Actress for the romantic comedy Moonstruck at the Academy Awards in New York.
1990 - Elton John plays at the funeral for Ryan White, an 18-year-old who contracted AIDS from a blood transfusion. Michael Jackson also attends the funeral and later dedicates the song "Gone Too Soon" to White.
1992 - Pearl Jam are the musical guests on Saturday Night Live, where they perform two songs and gape at host Sharon Stone.
1994 - Oasis released their first single 'Supersonic' which peaked at No.31 on the UK charts. However, over time it has amassed sales of over 215,000, making it their 13th biggest selling single ever in the UK. 'Supersonic' was also the band's first single to chart in the United States, where it peaked at No. 11 on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.

1997 - Reprising the Beatles famous rooftop concert, Paul McCartney plays two songs from his upcoming album Flaming Pie from the top 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.
2002 - Aretha Franklin and seven other Motown stars are honored with street names in Detroit's new low-income housing project.
2006 - For the 25-year anniversary reissue of David Byrne and Brian Eno'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.
2014 - Nirvana were enlisted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, alongside the likes of Kiss and Beatles manager Brian Epstein. REM's Michael Stipe inducted the group, saying: "Nirvana tapped into a voice that was yearning to be heard. Nirvana were kicking against the mainstream. They spoke truth and a lot of people listened."
2022 - At the CMT Awards, The Judds reunite for their first TV appearance in 20 years, performing their 1990 song "Love Can Build A Bridge." Earlier that day, the mother-daughter duo also announced a 10-date arena run across the US dubbed "The Final Tour," with Martina McBride as a supporting act.
2022 - Red Hot Chili Peppers were at No.1 on the UK chart with their twelfth studio album Unlimited Love. Produced by Rick Rubin, the album marked the return of guitarist John Frusciante, who left the band in 2009 and rejoined in 2019. The album debuted at No.1 in 16 countries, including the United States.

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