Rock 'n' Roll History for
December 11






1958 - ClassicBands.com

December 11
The Coasters record "Charlie Brown", which would go on to reach number 2 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Cashbox Best Sellers list in early in 1959. The song was so popular that over the years more than 80 cover versions have been recorded.

1960 - ClassicBands.com

December 11
Aretha Franklin makes her New York stage debut, singing Blues and Pop standards at the Village Vanguard.

1961 - ClassicBands.com

December 11
Motown Records achieves their first number one song when The Marvelettes' "Please Mr. Postman" reaches the top. The session musicians on the track included 22 year old Marvin Gaye on drums.

December 11
Elvis Presley started a twenty week run at the top of the Billboard album chart with "Blue Hawaii", his seventh US #1 album.

1964 - ClassicBands.com

December 11
Sam Cooke was shot and killed in a Los Angeles motel. According to court testimony, Cooke picked up a 22 year old woman named Elisa Boyer at a party. He promised her a ride home but they ended up at a motel. Boyer claims Cooke forced her into the motel room and began ripping her clothes off. She managed to escape while he was in the bathroom. While she called police from a phone booth, Cooke began pounding on the office door of the motel's manager, Bertha Franklin. He demanded to know where the girl was and allegedly broke the door open. Cooke reportedly attacked Franklin, who then shot him three times. By the time the police arrived, Sam Cooke was dead. A jury would later return a verdict of justifiable homicide.

December 11
The Righteous Brothers "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" is released. It will become their first Billboard Top 40 hit and reach #1 the following February. In 1999, the performing-rights organization, Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) ranked the song as having had more radio and television play in the United States than any other song during the 20th century.

1965 - ClassicBands.com

December 11
In a year that saw the Billboard Hot 100 dominated by Rock 'n' Roll artists from England and America, 48-year-old Dean Martin enjoys his fifth Top 40 hit when "I Will" peaks at #10.

1967 - ClassicBands.com

December 11
A London Appeals Court commutes Brian Jones' nine-month prison stay for possession of cannabis after hearing testimony from three psychiatrists that Jones is "an extremely frightened young man" and could not stand nine months behind bars. He was given 3 years probation and a 1,000 Pound fine.

1968 - ClassicBands.com

December 11
Filming began for The Rolling Stones' Rock and Roll Circus, which included John and Yoko, The Who, Eric Clapton and Jethro Tull along with clowns and acrobats. The film would not be issued until 1996.

1971 - ClassicBands.com

December 11
Carly Simon's "Anticipation" is released in the US where it will reach #13 during a ten week run.

1972 - ClassicBands.com

December 11
James Brown is arrested after a show in Knoxville, Tennessee and charged with disorderly conduct. A man told police that Brown was trying to incite a riot. After Brown threatens to sue to city for $1 million, the charges are dropped and the whole thing is deemed "a misunderstanding."

1976 - ClassicBands.com

December 11
KISS guitarist Ace Frehley is nearly electrocuted during a concert in Florida when he touches a short circuited light. He is carried from the stage but returns 10 minutes later to finish the show.

1982 - ClassicBands.com

December 11
Lionel Richie appears on Saturday Night Live and sings his current US number one hit, "Truly".

1989 - ClassicBands.com

December 11
The Recording Industry Association of America certifies four Led Zeppelin albums as multi-Platinum: "Presence" (2 million), "Led Zeppelin" (4 million), "Physical Graffiti" (4 million) and "In Through The Out Door" (5 million).

2001 - ClassicBands.com

December 11
David Soul wins a $70,000 judgment in a lawsuit against Matthew Wright, a London theatre critic who criticized Soul's stage performance without even seeing it. Wright's column made reference to the Monday performance, when in fact, the play did not run on Mondays. Soul hit the music charts in the '70s with the single "Don't Give Up on Us".

2002 - ClassicBands.com

December 11
What was left of the original Napster's computers, laptops and servers were auctioned off in San Francisco, as the online file sharing company cleaned out its remaining physical assets. A federal judge ordered Napster offline until it could comply with an order to halt the unauthorized trade of copyright music.

December 11
Musicologist and author Rob Durkee compiled a list of The Top Ten Christmas Songs Of All Time (according to sales and radio air play)


1. White Christmas - Bing Crosby - 1942
2. Silent Night - Bing Crosby - 1936
3. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer - Gene Autry - 1949
4. The Little Drummer Boy - Harry Simeone Chorale - 1958
5. Jingle Bell Rock - Bobby Helms - 1957
6. The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole - 1946
7. The Chipmunk Song - David Seville and the Chipmunks - 1958
8. Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee - 1958
9. Blue Christmas - Elvis Presley - 1957
10. Jingle Bells - Bing Crosby / The Andrews Sisters - 1943

2008 - ClassicBands.com

December 11
Roman Catholic Cardinal Jorge Medina criticized Madonna's first concert in Santiago, Chile, saying "This woman comes here and in an incredibly shameless manner, she provokes a crazy enthusiasm, an enthusiasm of lust, lustful thoughts, impure thoughts." About 60,000 fans were expected to attend each of the two scheduled performances.

2012 - ClassicBands.com

December 11
Ravi Shankar, the Indian sitar player whose sound had a major influence on The Beatles, died from upper-respiratory and heart issues at the age of 92.

2013 - ClassicBands.com

December 11
Rod Stewart confirmed a reunion with The Faces in 2015, which is the 40th anniversary of the band's breakup. They planned on getting together after Ronnie Wood's next tour with the Rolling Stones.

2015 - ClassicBands.com

December 11
More than a hundred relatives, friends, fans and former employees gathered to dedicate the stone that will become the centerpiece of a memorial garden outside the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola, Mississippi.






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