Rock 'n' Roll History for
April 11






1956 - ClassicBands.com

April 11
While flying from Amarillo to Nashville, Elvis Presley's plane is forced to make an emergency landing in Arkansas. The incident will leave him with a permanent fear of air travel.

April 11
James Brown has his first chart entry when "Please, Please, Please" debuts on the Billboard R&B chart. Rising slowly at first, the record would climb to #6 by the Summer and sell over a million copies. In 2004, it was ranked number 142 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

1959 - ClassicBands.com

April 11
After the BBC lifts its ban on The Coasters' new single "Charlie Brown", the song is played on radio's Pick of the Pops. It will go on to become the group's best selling UK hit, reaching #6.

1961 - ClassicBands.com

April 11
19 year old Bob Dylan debuted as a solo artist when he opened for John Lee Hooker at Gerde's Folk City in New York.

1963 - ClassicBands.com

April 11
Gerry And The Pacemakers were at #1 on the UK singles chart with "How Do You Do It?" The song wouldn't catch on in the US until the Fall of 1964 when it went to #9.

1964 - ClassicBands.com

April 11
The Beatles set another music industry record when they had 14 songs on the Billboard Hot 100. The songs ranged from "Can't Buy Me Love" at #1 to "Love Me Do" at #81.

1965 - ClassicBands.com

April 11
The New Musical Express, the most important music trade paper in Britain, hosted a concert at London's Wembley Empire Pool, featuring The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Tom Jones, The Seekers, Freddie And The Dreamers, The Animals, The Kinks, Herman's Hermits, The Moody Blues, Them, Cilla Black and Donovan.

1966 - ClassicBands.com

April 11
NBC broadcasts the last episode of the Rock and Roll TV show, Hullabaloo, which features Paul Anka, Lesley Gore, Peter And Gordon and The Cyrkle. The show had been on the air since January 1965, a year after ABC came up with Shindig!

1967 - ClassicBands.com

April 11
While flying back to London from the US, Paul McCartney writes "Magical Mystery Tour" and lays out some ideas for the film.

1968 - ClassicBands.com

April 11
Janis Joplin, along with Big Brother And The Holding Company, made their national TV debut on ABC-TV's Hollywood Palace.

1970 - ClassicBands.com

April 11
Peter Green, founding member of Fleetwood Mac, announces he is leaving the band to follow his religious beliefs.

April 11
Norman Greenbaum's "Spirit In The Sky" tops out at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. Although the song would sell over two million copies, it would be his only US Top 40 hit.

1977 - ClassicBands.com

April 11
After being paid $40,000 for a show in Sydney, Australia, Alice Cooper is placed under house arrest at his hotel until he posts a bond for $59,632. That amount was the sum that a local promoter claimed to have paid Cooper for a 1975 Australia tour he never made. The two settle when it is found that the promoter did not fulfill his part of the agreement either.

1981 - ClassicBands.com

April 11
Van Halen lead guitarist Eddie Van Halen marries Valerie Bertinelli, co-star of the 1980's television hit, One Day at a Time. The two had met eight months earlier when Bertinelli's brother dragged her to a Van Halen concert in Shreveport, Louisiana. Their marriage would last 25 years.

April 11
Daryl Hall And John Oates reached the top spot on Billboard's Hot 100 with their 10th Top 40 hit, "Kiss On My List". The tune was a #33 hit in the UK.

1983 - ClassicBands.com

April 11
Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes perform "Up Where We Belong" at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles, where the song wins in the Best Original Song category. The record had reached #1 in America in November, 1982, selling over two million copies.

1985 - ClassicBands.com
April 11
A court ruling gave the Rock group Boston the right to record for MCA instead of CBS. The legal dispute had prevented the release of the band's third album for more than five years.

1986 - ClassicBands.com

April 11
Dave Clark's musical Time opened at London's Dominion Theatre, starring Cliff Richard. Despite poor reviews, the show enjoyed a long run.

1988 - ClassicBands.com

April 11
Cher wins the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in the film Moonstruck.

1997 - ClassicBands.com

April 11
Grand Funk reformed for a three concert tour to raise money for the Bosnian-American Relief Fund. Further gigs were booked over the following eighteen months and a 3 CD collection was released in 1999.

2006 - ClassicBands.com

April 11
June Pointer, the youngest of the four Pointer Sisters, died of cancer at the age of 52. The quartet went from teenage Gospel singers to the top of the Pop charts with such hits as "Fire", "Slow Hand" and "I'm So Excited".

2011 - ClassicBands.com

April 11
Ray Davies of The Kinks told RollingStone.com that he was scheduled to meet with his brother Dave to discuss a possible reunion. Earlier attempts were derailed when Dave suffered a stroke in 2004.

2013 - ClassicBands.com

April 11
With an estimated fortune of $1.05 billion, Paul McCartney once again topped the Sunday Times' Rich List, a rundown of Britain's wealthiest musicians. Macca has been at the top of every Rich List since the London newspaper began compiling it in 1989.

2015 - ClassicBands.com

April 11
The UK's charts compiler, www.OfficialCharts.com began publishing weekly charts tracking sales of the Top 40 vinyl albums and Top 40 singles for the first time. The new charts were said to reflect Britain's "renewed interest in music on vinyl," according to a spokesperson for OCC. In 2014, vinyl sales in the United Kingdom cracked the 1 million mark for the first time since the mid-nineties, but that still only accounted for roughly 2% of the UK's recorded music market.

2017 - ClassicBands.com

April 11
J. Geils, who led his band to ten Billboard Top 40 hits between 1972 and 1982, died of natural causes at the age of 71. Among his best known songs were the chart topping "Centerfold" in 1981, and "Freeze-Frame", #4 in 1982.






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