On This Day in Music for June 11

Events in Music

  • 1964 Chicago police break up Rolling Stones press conference
  • 1964 Queen Elizabeth orders Beatles to her birthday party, they attend
  • 1966 "On A Clear Day You..." closes at Mark Hellinger NYC after 280 performances

Music release#1 in the Charts

1966 "Paint It Black" by The Rolling Stones peaks at #1 in the US

Drummer Charlie Watts
Charlie Watts
  • 1966 "Skyscraper" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 248 performances
  • 1966 "Sloop John B" by The Beach Boys hits #1 in UK

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1966 Janis Joplin plays her 1st gig (San Francisco)

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin
  • 1969 "The Ballad Of John & Yoko" by The Beatles hits #1 in UK
  • 1976 Beatles "Rock & Roll Music" LP is released in USA

Film release premierFilm Release

1978 Film "Grease" opens, starring John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John, based on the 1971 musical

Actor John Travolta
John Travolta
Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and actress
Olivia Newton-John

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983 "My Love" by Lionel Richie peaks at #5

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1990 UN appoints Olivia Newton-John environmental ambassador

Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and actress
Olivia Newton-John

Music releaseAlbum Release

1991 Natalie Cole releases "Unforgettable...with Love", covering her father's standards, (Grammy Album of the Year)

Singer and Songwriter Natalie Cole
Singer and Songwriter
Natalie Cole

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2002 "American Idol" created by Simon Fuller with judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson premieres on Fox

Recording Executive Simon Cowell
Recording Executive
Simon Cowell
Singer & Judge of American Idol Paula Abdul
Singer & Judge of American Idol
Paula Abdul
  • 2017 71st Tony Awards: "Dear Evan Hansen" best musical, "Oslo" best play

Birthdays in Music

  • 1672 Francesco Antonio Bonporti, Italian priest and amateur composer, born in Padua, Italy (d. 1749)
  • 1697 Francesco A Vallotti, Italian organist/composer/theorist
  • 1704 Jose Antonio Carlos de Seixas, composer
  • 1740 Luigi Gatti, Italian composer, born in Lazise, Verona (d. 1817)
  • 1861 Sigismund Vladislavovich Zaremba, composer
  • 1864 Richard Georg Strauss, composer (Don Quixote), born in Munich, Germany (d. 1949)
  • 1874 Richard Stohr, composer
  • 1899 George Frederick McKay, composer
  • 1902 Vissarion Yakovlevich Shebalin, composer
  • 1904 Clarence "Pinetop" Smith, jazz pianist/singer (Boogie Woogie Piano)
  • 1904 Emil Frantisek Burian, composer
  • 1907 Jose Bernabe Marino Barreto y Casanova, pianist vocalist bandleader
  • 1910 Carmine Coppola, composer/conductor (The Godfather II, Apocalypse Now), born in New York City
  • 1912 Mukhtar Ashrafi, composer
  • 1913 Revaz Kondrat'yevich Gabichvadze, composer
  • 1920 Hazel Scott, Trinidad, singer/pianist (Hazel Scott)
  • 1922 Tony Charmoli, American dancer, choreographer, and director (Dinah Shore, Danny Kaye), born in America
  • 1926 Brother Dave Gardner, Novelty singer/comedian
  • 1926 Carlisle Floyd, Latta SC, composer (Slow Dusk)
  • 1927 Beryl Grey, prima ballerina
  • 1927 Josef Anton Reidl, composer
  • 1931 Audrey Schuh, American soprano
  • 1933 Jud Strunk, singer/comedian (Laugh-In), born in Jamestown, New York
  • 1934 Pookie Hudson, vocalist (Goodnite Sweetheart Goodnite-Spaniels)
  • 1936 Jud Strunk, American musician and comedian (d. 1981)
  • 1939 Wilma Burgess, country-pop singer
  • 1939 Bernard Purdie, American session drummer
  • 1940 Joey Dee, singer (Hey Let's Twist, 2 Tickets to Paris), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • 1947 Glenn Leonard, R&B singer (Temptations)
  • 1948 Skip Alan, [Alan Skipper], drummer (Them, Pretty Things)
  • 1948 Lynsey de Paul, British singer and actress (Sugar Me), born in London, England (d. 2014)
  • 1949 Frank Beard, Frankston Texas, US country rock drummer (ZZ Top)
  • 1950 Graham Russell, Australian rock vocalist (Air Supply), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1950 Lindsey de Paul, singer
  • 1952 Donnie Van Zant, rock vocalist (.38 Special)
  • 1957 Jamaaladeen Tacuma, American musician
  • 1958 Kevin Wilkinson, English drummer (The Waterboys), born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire (d. 1999)
  • 1965 Giola Bruno, rocker (Expose)
  • 1969 Nancy Blogg, Swiss dancer (Josephine)
  • 1969 Steven Drozd, American drummer
  • 1970 Chris Rice, American singer-songwriter, born in Clinton, Maryland
  • 1976 Tai Anderson, American musician (bass player for Third Day)
  • 1985 Chris Trousdale, American pop singer and dancer
  • 1985 Josh Ramsay, Canadian singer-songwriter (Marianas Trench)
  • 1987 TiA, Japanese R&B singer

Weddings in Music

HeartWedding of Interest

2002 Musician Paul McCartney (59) weds former model and anti-landmines campaigner Heather Mills (34) at Castle Leslie in County Monaghan, Ireland

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 2005 "Clueless" actress Alicia Silverstone (28) weds musician Christopher Jarecki in Lake Tahoe, California

Deaths in Music

  • 1764 Christoph Stoltzenberg, composer, dies at 74
  • 1775 Egidio Romoaldo Duni, Italian composer, dies at 67
  • 1808 Giovanni Battista Cirri, composer, dies at 83
  • 1896 Friedrich Gottlieb Schwencke, composer, dies at 72
  • 1900 Charles Swinnerton Heap, English composer, dies at 53
  • 1924 Theodore Dubois, French composer, dies at 86
  • 1955 Marcel Louis Auguste Samuel-Rousseau, composer, dies at 72
  • 1970 Earl Grant, American musician and singer (b. 1931)
  • 1975 Floro Manuel Ugarte, composer, dies at 90
  • 1990 Clyde McCoy, American jazz trumpeter (wah wah sound), dies at 86
  • 1995 Lovelace Watkins, American singer known as "The Black Sinatra" (The Big, Big Voice of Lovelace Watkins), dies at 58
  • 1996 Ulysses Dove, dancer/choreographer, dies at 49
  • 1999 DeForest Kelley, American actor, screenwriter, poet and singer (Star Trek), dies of stomach cancer at 79
  • 2001 Amalia Mendoza, Mexican singer (b. 1923)
  • 2003 William Marshall, American actor, director, and opera singer (Blacula, Scream Blacula Scream), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 78
  • 2011 Seth Putnam, American musician (b. 1968)
  • 2015 Ornette Coleman, American jazz saxophonist and composer (Free Jazz), dies at 85
  • 2015 Ron Moody [Ronald Moodnick], British composer, singer and actor (12 Chairs, Oliver!), dies at 91
  • 2015 Jim Ed Brown, American country music singer (Nashville on the Road), dies at 81
  • 2016 Alberto Remedios, British opera and concert singer, dies at 81