EVENTS THAT HAPPENED ON THIS DAY, MARCH 11
On this day, March 11 in 1956 – The Dream Weavers became a one hit wonder with ‘Its Almost Tomorrow’ which topped the UK singles chart but failed to chart ever again with any single.
1958 – Jerry Lee Lewis‘ wife filed for divorce because he married his 13 year old cousin. However, she wasn’t the only normal person mad at him. The whole situation caused massive uproar and controversy in the public which resulted in radio stations blacklisting him, his tour was canceled and so on. But he did eventually make a comeback on the music scene couple years later.
1959 – After selling one million copies, Elvis Presley‘s single ‘A Fool Such As I’ became a certified Gold.
1964 – Just as the previous few days, The Beatles continued filming their first movie ‘A Hard Day’s Night’.
1965 – Sir Tom Jones topped the UK singles chart with ‘Its Not Unusual’.
1967 – Soprano opera singer Geraldine Farrar died at the age of 85.
1967 – It was announced that Paul McCartney‘s Beatles song ‘Yesterday’ had been covered 446 times by different artists. Also currently the most covered song in music history.
1972 – The BBC banned Wings‘ song called ‘Give Ireland Back to the Irish’ because it was ”unsuitable for broadcasting”.
1972 – Neil Young topped the UK and US album charts simultaneously with his fourth studio album ‘Harvest’.
1975 – English art rock band 10cc released their third studio album ‘The Original Soundtrack’.
1978 – With ‘Bat Out of Hell’, Meat Loaf started a 416 week long run on the UK album chart. The album is also one of the best selling LPs of all time.
Meat Loaf – Bat Out of Hell
1978 – French musician, songwriter and producer Claude Francois died at the age of 39 in a bizarre incident in which he got electrocuted while changing a light bulb in his bathroom.
1982 – Shadows of Knights‘ singer Jimy Sohns arrested for distributing cocaine.
1989 – Even though he started as an actor, Jason Donovan scored his first No.1 single in the UK with ‘Too Many Broken Hearts’. Only few months after ‘changing’ careers.
1991 – Pearl Jam started recording their debut album ‘Ten’.
1991 – Janet Jackson signed the biggest record deal with Virgin Records worth 30 million dollars. However, her record lasted only for a week because her brother Michael Jackson broke the record with Sony.
1994 – The Supremes received a well deserved but overdue star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1996 – Ringo Starr, George Harrison and Paul McCartney refused a $225 million offer to do a reunion tour.
1997 – Paul McCartney was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to popular music.
2004 – After a year long battle with cancer, Edmund Sylvers died at the age of 47 in Richmond, Virginia.
2006 – With ‘You’re Beautiful’, James Blunt scored a No.1 on the US singles chart.
2011 – Jewel Kilcher was involved in a car crash while pregnant after a fire truck slammed into her car. But thankfully no one was seriously injured.
2011 – Former Iron Maiden frontman Paul Di’Anno was sentenced to nine months jail time for fraud.
2015 – Mick Thomson (of Slipknot) was hospitalized after a drunk knife fight with his brother Andrew. Thankfully however, no one suffered life-threatening injuries.
2016 – English musician and composer Keith Emerson died at the age of 71 after a self-inflicted gunshot to the head.
BORN ON THIS DAY, MARCH 11 IN MUSIC HISTORY
1905 – British pop music composer and lyricist Maurice Alfred Cohen also known as Michael Carr was born on this day in music history.
1945 – American guitarist Harvey mandel who played with Canned Heat, Rolling Stones, John Mayal and others was born on this day, March 11. Also known as one of the first rock guitarists to use two-handed fret-board tapping.
1947 – Vanilla Fudge‘s lead singer, keyboardist, composer and arranger Mark Stein was born in Bayonne, New Jersey.
1948 – Dutch vocalist and guitarist George Kooymans was born on this day, March 11 in Hague, Netherlands.
1950 – Jazz vocalist and conductor Bobby McFerrin was born in Manhattan, New York. Best known for his chart topping single ‘Don’t Worry Be Happy’. Also a ten-time Grammy Award winner.
1951 – Katie Kissoon of the brother and sister vocal duo Mac and Katie Kissoon was born on this day, March 11. Also known for her work as a backing singer for Elton John, Roger Waters, George Harrison, Robbie Williams and many others.
1955 – German punk singer-songwriter Nina Hagen was born on this day, March 11 in Berlin.
1957 – American singer Lynda Cheryl Smith also known as Cheryl Lynn was born on this day in Los Angeles, California.
1961 – Canadian-born but Scottish guitarist Bruce Watson was born this day in Ontario, Canada.
1964 – Pantera‘s co-founder and drummer Vinnie Paul was born on this day, March 11 in Abilene, Texas.
1968 – American singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb was born on this day in Bethesda, Maryland.
1969 – American musician Rami Jaffee was born on this day, March 11 in Los Angeles, California. Also known as the keyboardist for Foo Fighters and the Wallflowers.
1969 – Alternative folk rock musician Pete Droge was born in Seattle, Washington.
1979 – Identical twin brothers Joel & Benji Madden were born on this day in music history.
1981 – R&B singer-songrwriter LeToya Luckett was born on this day, March 11 in Houston, Texas. Best known for her work with Destiny’s Child.