On this day, April 11 In Music History

On this day, April 11 In Music History


On this day, April 11 in 1956 – With ‘Please, Please, Please’James Brown entered the Billboard R&B chart for the first time in his career. Even though the song didn’t have much success in the beginning, it still managed to sell over a million copies and reach No.6 on the chart later that year.

1961 – Bob Dylan played his first live gig while opening for John Lee Hooker at Gerde’s Folk City in New York City.

1963 – With ‘How Do You Do It’Gerry and the Pacemakers went on number one on the UK singles chart. Also their first No.1 single.

1964 – With 14 songs charting on the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time, The Beatles set another chart record. A record that still stands still.

1970 – Founder, singer and guitarist of Fleetwood MacPeter Green quit the band while on tour in Germany. However, to avoid violating his contract he stayed with the band until the end of the tour.

1977 – 40,000 people attended Alice Cooper‘s concert in Sydney, Australia which set a record for the biggest crowd attendance at a rock event in the country. However, shortly after the show ended he was arrested because a promoter claimed to have paid him $60,000 for a show in 1975 and Cooper didn’t show up. But at the end nothing happened since it turned out that the promoter also did not fulfill his task two years ago.

1978 – The Queen of Soul – Aretha Franklin married her second husband Glynn Turman. Their marriage lasted until 1984.

1981 – With the third single from their ninth studio album ‘Kiss On My List’Hall & Oates scored their second No.1 on the US singles chart.

Hall & Oates – Kiss On My List

1983 – Metallica kicked Dave Mustaine out of the band because of his drug and alcohol addiction. He later went on to form Megadeth with whom he achieved worldwide success and even managed to rival his old band.

Metal Bands in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

1988 – Canadian musician Neil Young released his sixteenth studio album called ‘This Note’s for You’ through Reprise Records. In 2015, he also released a live album from the album’s accompanying tour.

1988 – Even though primarily a singer, Cher won an Oscar for Best Actress for her performance in the romantic comedy ‘Moonstruck’.

1994 – English rock band Oasis released their debut single ‘Supersonic’ which peaked at #31 on the British singles chart.

2001 – Folk rock musician Alexander “Sandy” Bull died at the age of 60 from lung cancer at his home in Franklin, Tennessee.

2006 – Rapper DeShaun ‘Proof’ Holton was murdered after a dispute broke out during a game of billiards in Detroit, Michigan. Best known as member of the rap group D12 and also as the close childhood friend of Eminem.

2006 – The youngest founding member of the R&B vocal group The Pointer SistersJune Pointer died at the age of 52.

2011 – Chicago blues guitarist, singer and songwriter Lacy Gibson died at the age of 74 from a heart attack.

2014 – American musician and songwriter Jesse Winchester died at the age of 69 from a bladder cancer.

2017 – Founding member and keyboardist for Jamiroquai. Toby Smith died at the age of 46 after battling with the illness for six years.

2017 John Geils, guitarist and leader of The J. Geils Band died at the age of 71 from natural causes at his home.


1935 – Doo-wop singer-songwriter Richard Berry was born on this day, April 11 in music history. Best for his work with LA based bands The Flairs and The Robins.

1952 – Founding member and drummer for space rock band HawkwindTerry Ollis was born on this day, April 11 in London, England. During his time in Hawkwind he also played alongside Lemmy Kilmister.

1955 – Jamaican ska musician Neville Staple was born on this day, April 11 in music history. Best known for his work with The Special but as well for his solo career.

1958 – Co-founder, lead vocalist and guitarist of Big CountryStuart Adamson was born on this day in Manchester, England. He also formed the art-punk band Skids and alternative country music band The Raphaels.

1961 – Co-founder, lead guitarist and songwriter of Gin Blossoms, Doug Hopkins was born on this day in in Seattle, Washington.

1965 – British musician Nigel Pulsford was born on this day, April 11 in music history. Also known as the original guitarist of alternative rock band Bush.

1966 – English singer-songwriter and actress Lisa Stansfield was born on this day, April 11 in music history. Best known for here 1989 chart topping single ‘All Around The World’.

1970 – Founding member and bassist of alternative rock band Marcy PlaygroundDylan Keefe was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

1971 – German musician Oliver Riedel was born on this day, April 11 in music history. Also known as the bassist and founding member of Rammstein.

1978 – Co-founder, lead guitarist and singer of punk rock band Gob and guitarist for Sum 41Tom Thacker was born in Langley, Canada. Also known by his stage name as Brown Tom.

1979 – Canadian musician Sebastien Grainger was born on this day in Ontario. Best known as drummer and singer of the alt-rock duo Death from Above.

1987 – English singer-songwriter Joscelyn Eve Stoker also known as Joss Stone was born on this day, April 11 in music history.

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