On This Day in Music for August 11

Events in Music

  • 1966 The Beatles arrive in Chicago, Illinois for their third (and final) US tour
  • 1968 Beatles launch "Apple Records" label
  • 1976 "The Who" drummer Keith Moon collapses and is hospitalized in Miami, Florida
  • 1978 "C'est Chic" second studio album by Chic is released featuring single "Le Freak" (Billboard Album of the Year 1979)
  • 1979 British rock band Led Zeppelin performs for what becomes the final time in England at Knebworth Park, Hertfordshire, before over 200,000 fans
  • 1985 "Tap Dance Kid" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 669 performances
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Musicians Born on Aug 11

  • 1600 Paul Hallmann, German composer, born in Friedland, Silesia (now Frýdlant, Czech Republic) (d. 1650)
  • 1613 Cristoph Kaldenbach, Prussian poet, born in Schwiebus, Prussia (now Świebodzin, Poland) (d. 1698)
  • 1720 Martin Gerbert, German composer, music historian and Benedictine abbot, born in Horb am Neckar, Duchy of Württemberg (now Germany) (d. 1793)
  • 1744 Johann Gottlieb Schwencke, German bassoonist, born in Breitenau, Saxony (now Germany) (d. 1823)
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Divorces in Music

  • 2019 American singer Miley Cyrus (26) and Australian actor Liam Hemsworth (28) announce their separation and intention to divorce, after 8 months of marriage

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Musicians Who Died on Aug 11

  • 1563 Bartolomé de Escobedo, Spanish composer, dies at about 63 [birthdate uncertain, circa 1500]
  • 1729 Nicola Francesco Haym, Italian composer, dies at 51
  • 1757 José Pradas Gallén, Spanish composer, dies at 67
  • 1778 Augustus Montague Toplady, British hymn writer (Rock of Ages), dies at 37
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