Monday, April 11, 2011

This Date in Rock Music History: April 11

1956:  James Brown made his debut on the R&B charts with "Please, Please Please".
1960:  Dinah Washington & Brook Benton had the #1 R&B song for the 10th week--"Baby (You've Got What It Takes)".
1967:  The Elvis Presley song "Stuck On You" recorded the fourth biggest jump in rock history, moving from #84 to #17 on this date. 

1960:  Percy Faith & Orchestra remained at #1 for the eighth consecutive week with "The Theme from 'A Summer Place'".
1961:  Bob Dylan made his public debut opening for John Lee Hooker at Gerdes' Folk City in Greenwich Village.

1961:  Ray Charles won four Grammy awards, including Best Male Vocal Performance for "Georgia On My Mind".
1962:  The Elvis Presley movie Follow That Dream premiered in Ocala, Florida.
1963:  Nat King Cole recorded "Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer".
1963:  Gerry and the Pacemakers were #1 in the U.K. with "How Do You Do It".
1964:  Louis Armstrong remained at #1 for a third week on the Easy Listening chart with "Hello Dolly!".

1964:  The Beatles, who had set a Rock Era record the week before by owning all five of the Top five songs on April 4, a record that still stands, moved "Do You Want to Know a Secret" from #46 to #14.

The Dave Clark Five joined the invasion led by the Beatles...

1964:  The Beatles spent their second week at #1 with "Can't Buy Me Love".  The rest of the Top 10 on April 11:  #2 "Twist and Shout" by the Beatles, #3--"Suspicion" from Terry Stafford, #5 "She Loves You" by the Beatles, #5 was "Hello, Dolly!" from Louis Armstrong, #6 "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)" by Betty Everett, #7 "I Want To Hold Your Hand" by the Beatles, #8 "Glad All Over" from the Dave Clark Five, #9 "Please Please Me" by the Beatles and #10 "Don't Let the Rain Come Down" by the Serendipity Singers.
1965:  The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Animals, the Moody Blues, Donovan, the Seekers, the Kinks, Freddie and the Dreams, Tom Jones, Herman's Hermits, Them and Cilia Black played at London's Wembley Empire Pool following the New Musical Express Poll.
1966:  Frank Sinatra recorded "Strangers in the Night".
1966:  Jan Berry of Jan & Dean was seriously injured in a car crash on Whittier Boulevard in Los Angeles.  Berry was paralyzed for a year and could only speak after four years of surgery.  He died from complications of the accident on March 27, 2004.
1967:  The Rolling Stones played two shows at the Olympia Theatre in Paris.
1968:  Big Brother & the Holding Company made their television debut on the ABC-TV show Hollywood Palace.
1969:  Led Zeppelin debuted on the album chart with their first album.

1969:  Paul McCartney married Linda Eastman.
1970:  Peter Green announced he was leaving Fleetwood Mac. 
1970:  The Beatles reached #1 on the Adult chart with "Let It Be".

1970:  The Beatles moved into the #1 spot with "Let It Be", taking the place of the long-running "Bridge Over Troubled Water".  The classic "Let It Be" was the Beatles' 19th #1, overtaking Elvis Presley's 18.  The Fab Four would also hit #1 a few weeks later with their 20th and final #1 "The Long and Winding Road".  The remainder of the Top Ten--#2 "ABC" by the Jackson Five, #3 Instant Karma (We All Shine On)" by John Lennon, Norman Greenbaum had #4 with "Spirit in the Sky", Simon and Garfunkel were at #5 with their former #1 "Bridge Over Troubled Water", #6 was "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes"" by Edison Lighthouse, #7 was Frijid Pink's version of "House of the Rising Sun", Badfinger had #8 with "Come and Get It", #9 was Bobby Sherman's "Easy Come, Easy Go" and the Jaggerz had #10 with "The Rapper".

"The Boxer" helped give Simon & Garfunkel their masterpiece...

1970:  Simon & Garfunkel had a landmark album with Bridge Over Troubled Water, now in its seventh week at #1.  Hey Jude from the Beatles was second while Deja Vu from Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young was third.  The debut by Santana moved up to #4 after 32 weeks and Led Zeppelin II was right behind.  The rest of the Top 10:  Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5, the Doors with Morrison Hotel/Hard Rock Cafe, the Beatles and Abbey Road, Chicago II and the Temptations at #10 with Psychedelic Shack.
1971:  The live album by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young was certified gold before it appeared on the album chart.
1972:  The Rolling Stones released Exile on Main Street.
1972:  Elvis Presley was given the keys to the cit of Roanoke, Virginia.
1973:  That'll Be the Day, starring Ringo Starr and David Essex, opened in London.
1976:  Queen performed at the Entertainment Center in Perth, Australia.
1977:  Alice Cooper gave a show in Sydney, Australia that attracted 40,000, the largest rock councert in that country's history.

Thomas climbed aboard the Starship

1979:  Micky Thomas replaced founding member Marty Balin in Jefferson Starship.
1981:  Eddie Van Halen and actress Valerie Bertinelli were married.

1981:  Juice Newton hit #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with her fantastic remake of the Merilee Rush song "Angel of the Morning".

1981:  Hall & Oates moved into the #1 slot with "Kiss On My List", replacing Blondie's "Rapture" which fell to #2.  The rest of the Top Ten on April 11:  "The Best of Times" by Styx, "Woman" by John Lennon at #4, "Just the Two of Us" by Bill Withers & Grover Washington, Jr., Sheena Easton, moving into the top ten at #6 with her first hit "Morning Train", Don McLean held down #7 with "Crying", Steve Winwood had his first solo hit "While You See a Chance" at #8, REO Speedwagon was at #9 with the former #1 "Keep On Loving You" and the Police slid into the top ten with "Don't Stand So Close To Me".

The title track from 'Winelight'...

1981:  The great album Winelight from Grover Washington, Jr. moved from 13 to 5 on the album chart.
1983:  R.E.M. released their first album Murmur.
1986:  The Dave Clark musical Time, starring Cliff Richard, opened at the Dominion Theatre in London.
          Lou Gramm gave us "Midnight Blue"...

1987:  Starship spent a second week at #1 with "Nothing's Gonna' Stop Us Now".  The rest of the Top Ten--"Lean On Me" from Club Nouveau, "I Knew Your Were Waiting (For Me)" by Aretha Franklin & George Michael, Genesis had #4 with "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight", Crowded House rose to #5 with "Don't Dream It's Over", Expose fell to #6 with "Come Go With Me", Prince's "Sign 'O' the Times" was #7, Lou Gramm moved into the Top Ten with "Midnight Blue", Wang Chung had position #9 with "Let's Go!" and Steve Winwood had another top ten with "The Finer Things".
1986:  Belinda Carlisle was married to actor Morgan Mason.
1986:  Dionne Warwick, Cliff Richard, Freddie Mercury of Queen and Leo Sayer starred in the stage musical, "Time" in London, produced by Dave Clark.
1987:  Prince scored a #1 R&B hit with "Sign 'O' the Times".
1987:  Starship owned the top AC song with "Nothing's Gonna' Stop Us Now".
1988:  Cher won Best Actress at the Academy Awards for Moonstruck.
1990:  The Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona named four newly discovered asteroids after the four Beatles.
1990:  Elton John sang at the funeral of AIDS victim Ryan White.
1992:  Def Leppard had a second #1 in the UK with the album Adrenalize.
                          Pearl Jam with one of four appearances on SNL 

1992:  Pearl Jam appeared on Saturday Night Live in New York City.

1992:  Don Henley led 6,000 people in a Walk for Walden Woods to preserve the Massachusetts wild area made famous by Henry Thoreau.
1992:  "Save the Best for Last" by Vanessa Williams held on to #1 on the R&B chart for a third week.
1992:  Vanessa Williams had the top AC song for a third week with "Save the Best for Last".
1994:  The Nirvana album In Utero was certified double platinum (2 million copies).
1997:  The Fugees performed two concerts in Haiti to raise money for refugees.

1997:  Savage Garden released their great self-titled debut album.
1999:  Shania Twain became the first female to sell 10 million copies of back-to-back albums (The Woman in Me and Come  On Over).
2002:  Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson were engaged.
2002:  Sir Elton John testified before Congress that the United States was obliged to help prevent the global spread of AIDS.
2002:  In today's episode of Dangerous Inmates Run Rap Music, Nate Dogg was the latest rapper to go to jail; Dogg was charged with marijuana possession and possession of a stolen firearm.
2002:  A housing project in Detroit, Michigan named streets after Aretha Franklin and several other Motown stars.
2005:  Britney Spears announced she was pregnant.

2006:  June Pointer of the Pointer Sisters died of cancer in Los Angeles at the age of 52.
2010:  "The Million Dollar Quartet", a stage musical based on the meeting of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash in the studios of Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee in 1956, opened on Broadway.

Born This Day:
Cleotha Staples of the Staple Singers was born in Drew, Mississippi; died February 21, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
1935:  Richard Berry, songwriter of "Louie Louie", was born in Extension, Louisiana; died of heart failure January 23, 1997.
1958:  Stuart Adamson, vocalist, songwriter and guitarist of Big Country, was born in Manchester, England; commited suicide in Honolulu, Hawai'i December 16, 2001.
1965:  Nigel Pulsford of Bush was born in Monmouthshire, England.

1966:  Lisa Stansfield was born in Lancashire, England.
1970:  Dylan Keefe, bassist and founding member of Marcy Playground, was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
1978:  Tom Thacker, vocalist and guitarist with Sum 41, was born in Langley, British Columbia, Canada.
1987:  Joss Stone was born in Dover, Kent, England.

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