On This Day

Year 2011 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 2 Fela! based on music and lyrics by Nigerian singer Fela Kuti, closes on Broadway after 463 performances and 3 Tony awards [1]
  • Jan 17 "Sure Thing" single released by Miguel (Billboard Song of the Year 2011)

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jan 24 "21" 2nd studio album by Adele is released (Grammy Award for Album of the Year 2012, Brit Award for British Album of the Year, 2011 Billboard Album of the Year)

Singer-songwriter Adele
Singer-songwriter
Adele

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 9 Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday album reaches number one on the Billboard 200 in its eleventh week on the chart

Rapper & Singer Nicki Minaj
Rapper & Singer
Nicki Minaj

Music awardsGrammy Awards

Feb 13 53rd Grammy Awards: "Need You Now"; Esperanza Spalding; Lady Gaga; Usher; Jeff Beck win

Singer-Songwriter Lady Gaga
Singer-Songwriter
Lady Gaga
Singer Usher
Singer
Usher

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

Feb 27 83rd Academy Awards: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross win Best Original Score for 'The Social Network'

Musician Trent Reznor
Musician
Trent Reznor
  • Mar 7 "Crazy Girl" single released by Eli Young Band (ACM Awards Song of the Year 2012, Billboard Song of the Year 2011)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 16 U.S. Postal Service issues a set of five "Latin Music Legends" stamps, including one of Carlos Gardel

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 2 Flavor Flav is arrested on four outstanding misdemeanor warrants for various driving offenses

Rapper & TV star Flavor Flav
Rapper & TV star
Flavor Flav

Music releaseAlbum Release

May 10 Christina Perri releases her debut studio album, "lovestrong"

Singer-Songwriter Christina Perri
Singer-Songwriter
Christina Perri
  • May 14 56th Eurovision Song Contest: Ell & Nikki for Azerbaijan wins singing "Running Scared" in Dusseldorf

Music awardsMusic Awards

May 22 19th Billboard Music Awards: Eminem, Recovery win

Rapper and Songwriter Eminem
Rapper and Songwriter
Eminem

Music awardsMusic Awards

May 25 46th Academy of Country Music Awards: Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert & Brad Paisley win

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Singer-songwriter
Taylor Swift
Country Singer Brad Paisley
Country Singer
Brad Paisley
Country Music Singer-Songwriter Miranda Lambert
Country Music Singer-Songwriter
Miranda Lambert
  • Jun 8 45th CMT Music Awards: Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert & Blake Shelton wins
  • Jun 22 Glastonbury Festival 2011 in Pilton, England opens: U2, Coldplay, and Beyoncé headline; other performers include B.B. King, Paul Simon, Mumford and Sons, Morrissey, and Wu-Tang Clan
  • Jul 5 "Somebody That I Used to Know" single released by Gotye ft. Kimbra (Grammy Award Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Record of the Year 2013)

Music awardsVideo Music Awards

Aug 28 28th MTV Video Music Awards: Katy Perry, Lady Gaga & Justin Bieber win

Pop Star Katy Perry
Pop Star
Katy Perry
Pop Star Justin Bieber
Pop Star
Justin Bieber
Singer-Songwriter Lady Gaga
Singer-Songwriter
Lady Gaga

Music releaseMusic Single

Sep 12 "Love On Top" single released by Beyoncé (Grammy Award Best Traditional R&B Performance 2013, Billboard Song of the Year 2012)

Music releaseMusic Single

Sep 20 "Call Me Maybe", single by Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen, is released

  • Oct 13 Italian conductor Ricardo Muti is awarded the second $1 million Birgit Nilsson Prize
  • Nov 9 45th Country Music Association Award: Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert & Blake Shelton wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 9 Shakira is honoured as Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year

Singer Shakira
Singer
Shakira
  • Nov 11 25th Soul Train Music Awards: Cee-Lo Green, Jill Scott win

Music releaseAlbum Release

Nov 15 "Take Care" 2nd studio album by Drake is released (Grammy Award Best Rap Album 2013)

Singer-Songwriter Drake
Singer-Songwriter
Drake

Music releaseAlbum Release

Nov 18 "The X Factor" group One Direction release their debut album "Up All Night" in Ireland and the UK

Singer Harry Styles
Singer
Harry Styles
Singer-songwriter Zayn Malik
Singer-songwriter
Zayn Malik
  • Nov 20 38th American Music Awards: Adele, Bruno Mars & Taylor Swift win

Weddings in Music

  • Jan 1 Singer-songwriter Kellie Pickler (25) weds country music songwriter Kyle Jacobs (34) at the Jumby Bay Resort in Antigua

LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 1 Singer-songwriter Shania Twain (46) weds Swiss business executive Frederic Thiebaud in Rincon, Puerto Rico

Singer Shania Twain
Singer
Shania Twain
  • Jan 2 Dresden Dolls singer Amanda Palmer (34) weds author Neil Gaiman (50) in Berkley, California
  • Feb 26 Musician Cisco Adler (32) weds model Barbara Stoyanoff (30) at Wayfarers Chapel in Palos Verdes
  • Mar 31 Italian Canadian singer Michael Buble (35) weds actress and model Luisana Lopilato (23) in Buenos Aires
  • Apr 2 Grammy Awarded singer Michael Buble (34) weds Argentine actress-model Luisana Lopilato (22) at Villa Maria Paz private mansion near Buenos Aires, Argentina

LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 22 American actor Eddie Cibrian (37) weds American country and pop singer LeAnn Rimes (28) at a private home in California

Country Singer LeAnn Rimes
Country Singer
LeAnn Rimes
  • May 12 Victoria's Secret model Lily Aldridge (25) weds Kings of Leon singer Caleb Followill (29) at San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California

LoveWedding of Interest

May 14 Country singer Blake Shelton (34) weds singer Miranda Lambert (27) at Don Strange Ranch in Boerne, Texas

Country Singer Blake Shelton
Country Singer
Blake Shelton
Country Music Singer-Songwriter Miranda Lambert
Country Music Singer-Songwriter
Miranda Lambert
  • May 20 Actor Doug Hutchison (51) weds country singer Courtney Stodden (16) in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • May 22 American R&B singer Keyshia Cole (28) weds NBA Cleveland Cavaliers Daniel Gibson (25) in Cleveland, Ohio; divorce in 2017

LovePerson of Interest

Jun 18 British "Oasis" guitarist Noel Gallagher weds Scottish publicist Sara MacDonald at the Lime Wood Hotel, New Forest National Park, England

Musician Noel Gallagher
Musician
Noel Gallagher

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 1 English model Kate Moss (37) weds English guitarist Jamie Hince (42) at St. Peter's Church, Southrop in Gloucestershire

Supermodel Kate Moss
Supermodel
Kate Moss
  • Jul 15 American TV personality and host Vanessa Minnillo (30) weds American singer-songwriter Nick Lachey (37) at Sir Richard Branson's private Necker Island in British Virgin Islands
  • Aug 12 Actress and model Brooke Burke (40) weds singer/actor David Charvet (39) in St. Barthelemy, Guadeloupe
  • Aug 27 Oscar winner Sofia Coppola (41) weds vocalist of French indie rock band "Phoenix" Thomas Mars at the family villa, Palazzo Margherita in Bernalda, Italy
  • Sep 3 English DJ and musician Mark Ronson (36) weds french actress Josephine De La Baume (27) in Aix-en-Provence, France
  • Sep 30 Paramore bassist Jeremy Davis (26) weds TV host and actress Kathryn Camsey in Las Vegas
  • Oct 1 Rock bassist Gene Simmons (62) weds actress and model Shannon Tweed (55) at the historic Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 9 Musician Paul McCartney (69) weds New Yorker Nancy Shevell (51) in a civil ceremony at Old Marylebone Town Hall, London

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • Oct 16 Actress, screenwriter and model Nikki Reed (24) weds singer-songwriter Paul McDonald (27) at a private ranch in Malibu, California
  • Oct 18 Actress, model and singer Bijou Phillips (32) weds actor and disc jockey Danny Masterson (36) at a private castle in Ireland
  • Nov 11 Sixteen-time Grammy Award-winning hit producer and songwriter David Foster (62) weds model Yolanda Hadid in Beverly Hills
  • Nov 26 "The Sugarland" singer Jennifer Nettles (37) weds entrepreneur Justin Miller at a chapel nestled in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 9 "Nothing Compares 2 U" singer Sinead O'Connor (45) weds Irish therapist Barry Herridge (38) at the Little White Chapel in Las Vegas

Singer-Songwriter Sinead O'Connor
Singer-Songwriter
Sinead O'Connor
  • Dec 17 Backstreet Boys member A. J. McLean (34) weds model Rochelle Karidis (30) in an outdoor wedding at Beverly Hills, California
  • Dec 31 "American Idol" alum and rocker James Durbin (22) weds Heidi Lowe at the edge of a redwood and oak forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains, California

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Apr 15 Grammy-winning pop singer Christina Aguilera (29) divorces music executive Jordan Bratman (33) due to irreconcilable differences after 5 years of marriage

  • Aug 12 Rock singer John Mellencamp (59) divorces model Elaine Irwin (41) after 18 years of marriage
  • Nov 22 Singer-songwriter and actress Ashlee Simpson (27) divorces rock band Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz (32) due to irreconcilable differences after two and a half year of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Dec 27 "New Girl" actress Zooey Deschanel (31) divorces "Death Cab for Cutie" singer Ben Gibbard (35) due to irreconcilable differences


Deaths in Music

  • Jan 1 Marin Constantin, Romanian composer & conductor, dies at 85
  • Jan 1 Charles Fambrough, American jazz bassist (Jazz Messengers), dies at 60
  • Jan 4 Mick Karn, Cypriot-born British musician (Japan) (b. 1958)
  • Jan 4 Gerry Rafferty, Scottish guitarist and vocalist (Baker Street), dies at 63
  • Jan 5 Roland Kayn, German electronic music composer, dies at 77
  • Jan 8 Hans Ulrich Engelmann, German composer (Ophelia), dies at 79
  • Jan 10 Margaret Whiting, American singer (It Might As Well Be Spring, Time After Time), dies at 86
  • Jan 10 Bosko Petrovic, Croatian jazz musician, founder of the Zagreb Jazz Quartet, dies at 75
  • Jan 10 Liana Alexandra, Romanian pianist and composer, dies from a cerebral hemorrhage at 63
  • Jan 14 Trish Keenan, lead vocalist of English band Broadcast (b. 1968)
  • Jan 17 Donald "Don" Kirshner, American rock & roll producer known as "The Man With the Golden Ear" (invented bubblegum music), dies at 76
  • Jan 24 Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Indian classical singer (khayal form of singing, bhajans, abhangs), dies at 88
  • Jan 26 Charlie Louvin, American musician (b. 1927)
  • Jan 26 Gladys Horton, American pop singer (The Marvelettes- "Please Mr. Postman"; "Too Many Fish In The Sea"), dies at 65 [or 66]
  • Jan 29 Milton Babbitt, American mathematician, composer of serial and electronic music (Correspondences), and teacher (Princeton; Juilliard), dies at 94
  • Jan 30 John Barry [Prendergast], English film score composer (James Bond films; Born Free), dies at 77
  • Feb 6 Gary Moore, Irish rock guitarist (Skid Row-Oh Pretty Woman), dies at 58
  • Feb 12 Elizabeth "Betty" Garrett, American actress, comedian, singer and dancer (All in the Family), dies of an aortic aneurysm at 91
  • Feb 12 Peter Alexander [Ferdinand Maximilian Neumayer], Austrian actor and singer (Who Wants to Sleep?), dies at 84
  • Feb 14 George Shearing, British-American blind jazz pianist (Lullaby of Birdland), dies at 91
  • Feb 23 Jack Gottlieb, American composer, writer and editor, dies at 80
  • Feb 25 Rick Coonce, American rock drummer (Grass Roots), dies at 64
  • Feb 26 Eugene Fodor, American classical violinist (1974 Tchaikovsky Award), dies from cirrhosis at 60
  • Feb 27 Eddie Kirkland, Jamaican-American blues guitarist, singer and harmonica player (Have Mercy On Me), dies in a car accident at 87
  • Mar 2 Čestmír Gregor, Czech composer, dies at 84
  • Mar 4 Johnny Preston, American pop singer (Running Bear), dies at 71
  • Mar 8 Mike Starr (musician), American Musician (b. 1966)
  • Mar 11 Loleatta Holloway, American disco singer ("Love Sensation"), dies of heart failure at 64
  • Mar 12 [Augustus] Owsley Stanley III, American audio engineer and LSD cook who worked with the Grateful Dead, dies in a car crash in Australia at 76
  • Mar 12 Joe Morello, American jazz drummer (Dave Brubeck Quartet - "Blue Rondo à la Turk"), dies at 82
  • Mar 15 Nate Dogg [Nathaniel Dwayne Hale], American rapper ("Regulate"), dies from heart failure related to multiple strokes at 41
  • Mar 15 Smiley Culture, British reggae singer, David Victor Emmanuel. (b. 1962)
  • Mar 17 Ferlin Husky, American country singer (Born to Lose, Gone), dies at 85
  • Mar 18 Jet Harris [Terence Harris], English rock bassist (Drifters), dies of cancer at 71
  • Mar 19 Kym Bonython, Australian radio broadcaster, jazz musician, speedway promoter (b. 1920)
  • Mar 20 Johnny Pearson, British Composer (b. 1925)
  • Mar 21 Pinetop Perkins, Member of the Blues Hall of Fame (b. 1913)
  • Mar 28 Lee Hoiby, American concert pianist composer (1957 Arts & Letters; Summer and Smoke), dies at 85
  • Mar 31 Mel McDaniel, American country singer ("Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On") dies of lung cancer at 68
  • Apr 4 Scott Columbus, American drummer (Manowar) (b. 1956)
  • Apr 9 Roger Nichols, American recording engineer, producer and inventor (Steely Dan, John Denver), dies of pancreatic cancer at 66
  • Apr 9 Daniel Catán, Mexican composer (Rappaccini's Daughter; Florencia en el Amazonas), dies at 62
  • Apr 11 La Esterella, Flemish singer (b. 1919)
  • Apr 16 Paul Des Marais, American composer, dies at 90 [1]
  • Apr 17 Eric Gross, Austrian-Australian pianist, composer (Na shledanou v Praze (Good-bye in Prague); Moonscape), conductor, and educator (University of Sydney, 1960-91), dies at 84
  • Apr 17 Nikos Papazoglou, Greek singer and songwriter (b. 1948)
  • Apr 23 Tom King, American rock guitarist, songwriter, guitarist, and arranger (The Outsiders - "Time Won't Let Me"), dies of congestive heart failure at 68
  • Apr 23 Peter Lieberson, American composer, dies of cancer at 64
  • Apr 26 Phoebe Snow [Laub], American singer-songwriter ("Poetry Man"), dies at 60
  • Apr 27 Marian Mercer, American actress & singer (Dean Martin Show), dies at 75
  • Apr 29 David Mason, British orchestral, solo and session trumpet player (The Beatles "Penny Lane"), dies of leukemia at 85
  • May 7 "Big" George Webley, British broadcaster, composer, bandleader and musician, dies of a heart attack at 53
  • May 8 Cornell Dupree, American jazz and R&B session guitarist (Atlantic Records - Aretha Franklin), dies of emphysema at 68
  • May 11 (Eugene) "Snooky" Young, American jazz trumpeter who mastered the plunger mute, dies at 92
  • May 13 Jack Richardson, Canadian record producer (The Guess Who), dies at 81
  • May 13 Bruce Ricker, American jazz and blues documentarian (Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser), dies at 68
  • May 13 Bernard Greenhouse, American cellist (Beaux Arts Trio), dies at 95
  • May 15 Bob Flannigan, American jazz singer (The Four Freshmen), dies at 84
  • May 22 Ze'ev Wolfgang Steinberg, Israeli violist and composer, dies at 92
  • May 27 Jeff Conaway, American actor and singer (Taxi - "Bobby"; Grease - "Kenickie"; Babylon 5 - "Zack"), dies of pneumonia and sepsis at 51
  • May 27 Gill Scott-Heron, American writer, poet and singer ("Whitey on the Moon"), dies at 62
  • May 30 Giorgio Tozzi, American operatic bass (dubbed vocals of Emile de Becque for "South Pacific" film), dies at 88
  • Jun 2 Willem Duys, Dutch commentator and music producer (b. 1928)
  • Jun 2 Erapheael “Ray” Bryant, American jazz pianist, composer and arranger ("Madison Time"), dies at 79
  • Jun 3 Andrew Gold, American rocker ("Lonely Boy"), dies in his sleep of heart failure at 59
  • Jun 4 Andreas P. Nielsen, Danish author and composer, dies at 58
  • Jun 4 David “Frankie” Toler, American drummer and percussionist (Allman Brothers), dies at 59 [1]
  • Jun 7 Nataraja Ramakrishna, Indian classical dancer, choreographer, and musicologist, dies at 88
  • Jun 7 Hubert Du Plessis, South African pianist and composer, dies at 88
  • Jun 8 Alan Rubin, American musician (Blues Brothers) known as "Mr Fabulous", dies of cancer at 68
  • Jun 11 Seth Putnam, American extreme heavy metal guitarist and vocalist, dies of heart attack at 43
  • Jun 12 Carl Gardner, American rock vocalist (Coasters-Yakety Yak), dies at 83
  • Jun 18 Clarence Clemons, American saxophonist, known as "The Big Man" (The E-Street Band), dies of complications from a stroke (b. 1942); flags in New Jersey are lowered to half-mast
  • Jun 20 Jerome Rosen, American composer, dies at 89
  • Jun 20 [Anna] Ottilie Patterson, Irish blues and jazz singer (Chris Barber Jazz Band), dies at 79
  • Jun 25 Goff Richards, British brass band music composer and arranger
  • Jul 5 Malcolm Forsyth, South African-Canadian trombonist and composer (Atayoskewin), dies of pancreatic cancer at 74
  • Jul 9 Facundo Cabral, Argentine musician (b. 1937)
  • Jul 9 Würzel [Michael Burston], British musician (Motörhead), dies of ventricular fibrillation at 61
  • Jul 10 Pierrette Alarie, Canadian operatic soprano, dies at 89
  • Jul 10 Roland Petit, French choreographer and dancer (b. 1924)
  • Jul 11 George Lascelles, English Earl of Harewood, Director of the Royal Opera House, dies at 88
  • Jul 12 David Carr, English rock keyboardist (The Fortunes), dies at 67
  • Jul 13 Jerry Ragovoy, American songwriter and producer ("Piece Of My Heart"; "Time Is On My Side"), dies following a stroke at 80
  • Jul 19 Karen Khachaturian, Russian composer, dies at 90

Person of interestAmy Winehouse

Jul 23 Amy Winehouse, British singer songwriter ("Stronger Than Me"; "Rehab"), dies from alcohol poisoning at 27

  • Jul 23 Johnny Hoes, Dutch musician and producer (Wished I'd stayed with my Mom), dies at 94
  • Jul 24 Dan Peek, American rock vocalist and guitarist (America), dies at 60
  • Jul 24 Jane White, African-American actress and singer (Strange Fruit, Once Upon a Mattress), dies at 88
  • Aug 2 DeLois Barrett Campbell, American gospel singer (b. 1926)
  • Aug 7 Marshall Grant, American bassist (Johnny Cash's Tennessee Two), dies at 83
  • Aug 11 Jani Lane [John Oswald], American heavy metal rock songwriter, and singer (Warrant - "Cherry Pie"), dies of acute alcohol poisoning at 47
  • Aug 13 Topi Sorsakoski, Finnish musician (b. 1952)
  • Aug 22 Jerry Leiber, American songwriter (Leiber & Stoller), dies at 78
  • Aug 22 Nickolas "Nick" Ashford, American songwriter, record producer ("Ain't No Mountain High Enough"; "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)"), and singer (Ashford & Simpson - "Solid"), dies of throat cancer at 70
  • Aug 28 George Green, American songwriter ("Hurts So Good", "Rain On The Scarecrow"), dies of lung cancer at 59
  • Aug 29 David "Honeyboy" Edwards, American delta blues guitarist, dies at 96
  • Sep 6 Wardell Quezergue, American jazz, blues, and funk composer, arranger, record producer and bandleader, known as the "Creole Beethoven", dies at 81
  • Sep 13 DJ Mehdi, French hip hop and electro producer (b. 1977)
  • Sep 18 Kurt Sanderling, German conductor (East Berlin Symphony 1960-77), dies at 98