On This Day

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 "(I'm A) Road Runner" by Jr Walker & The All-Stars peaks at #20
  • 1966 "I Am A Rock" by Simon & Garfunkel peaks at #3
  • 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
  • 1977 "I'm Your Boogie Man" by KC and the Sunshine Band peaks at #1

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1979 Chuck Berry pleads guilty to income tax evasion, sentenced to 4 months

Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Chuck Berry
Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Chuck Berry
  • 1983 "Always Something There To Remind Me" by Naked Eyes peaks at #8
  • 1983 "Cool Places" by Sparks & Jane Wiedlin peaks at #49
  • 1983 "Faithfully" by Journey peaks at #12

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

  • 1983 "Theme From Doctor Detroit" by Devo peaks at #59
  • 1983 "When I'm With You" by Sheriff peaks at #61
  • 1986 Amnesty International megaconcert
  • 1988 "Everything Your Heart Desires" by Daryl Hall & John Oates peaks at #3
  • 1988 "Rooty Toot Toot" by John Cougar Mellencamp peaks at #61

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1988 "We All Sleep Alone" by Cher peaks at #14

Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 1994 "Meet The Flintstones" by The B-52's (stylized as The B.C. 52's) from the 1994 film The Flintstones peaks at #33

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 2018 72nd Tony Awards: "The Band's Visit" best musical, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" best play

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019 "The New York Times" reveals an estimated 500,000 song titles, including masters of Chuck Berry, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, lost in 2008 warehouse fire on Universal backlot in Los Angeles

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong
Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Chuck Berry
Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Chuck Berry

Birthdays in Music

  • 1672 Francesco Antonio Bonporti, Italian priest and amateur composer, born in Padua, Italy (d. 1749)
  • 1697 Francesco Antonio Vallotti, Italian organist, composer and theorist, born in Vercelli, Piedmont, Italy (d. 1780)
  • 1704 José António Carlos de Seixas, Portuguese composer, born in Coimbra, Portugal (d. 1742)
  • 1740 Luigi Gatti, Italian composer, born in Lazise, Verona (d. 1817)
  • 1849 Joseph Vezina, Quebec composer, born in Quebec City (d. 1924)
  • 1861 Sigismund Vladislavovich Zaremba, Ukrainian-Russian composer, born in Zhytomyr, Ukraine (d. 1915)

Person of interestRichard Strauss

1864 Richard Strauss, German composer (Also sprach Zarathustra, Don Quixote), born in Munich, Germany (d. 1949)

Composer and Conductor Richard Strauss
Composer and Conductor
Richard Strauss
  • 1874 Richard Stöhr, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1967)
  • 1899 George Frederick McKay, American composer, born in Harrington, Washington (d. 1970)
  • 1902 Vissarion Yakovlevich Shebalin, Soviet composer, born in Omsk, Russia (d. 1963)
  • 1904 Clarence "Pinetop" Smith, American jazz pianist and singer (Boogie Woogie Piano), born in Troy, Alabama (d. 1929)
  • 1904 Emil František Burian, Czech author and composer, born in Plzeň, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1959)
  • 1907 Marino Barreto, Cuban pianist and singer, born in Havana, Cuba (d. 1995)
  • 1910 Carmine Coppola, American composer and conductor (The Godfather II, Apocalypse Now), born in NYC, New York (d. 1991)
  • 1912 Mukhtar Ashrafi, Soviet-Uzbek composer, born in Bukhara, Uzbekistan (d. 1975)
  • 1920 Hazel Scott, Trinidadian singer and pianist, born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (d. 1981)
  • 1920 Shelly Manne, American 'West Coast' jazz and session drummer, percussionist, composer, and bandleader, born in New York City (d. 1984)
  • 1922 Tony Charmoli, American dancer, choreographer, and director (Dinah Shore, Danny Kaye), born in Mountain Iron, Minnesota
  • 1926 Brother Dave Gardner, American comedian, drummer and singer, born in Jackson, Tennessee (d. 1983)
  • 1926 Carlisle Floyd, American opera composer (Slow Dusk), born in Latta, South Carolina
  • 1927 Beryl Grey, English prima ballerina, born in Highgate, London
  • 1927 Josef Anton Reidl, German composer, born in Munich, Germany (d. 2016)
  • 1929 Lennie Niehaus, American jazz saxophonist and film composer (Clint Eastwood films), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2020)
  • 1931 Audrey Schuh, American operatic soprano, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1934 Thornton James "Pookie" Hudson, American vocalist (The Spaniels- "Goodnite Sweetheart Goodnite"), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 2007)
  • 1936 Jud Strunk, American singer and comedian (Laugh-In), born in Jamestown, New York (d. 1981)
  • 1939 Wilma Burgess, American country-pop singer, born in Orlando, Florida (d. 2003)
  • 1939 Bernard Purdie, American session drummer, born in Elkton, Maryland
  • 1940 Joey Dee [DiNicola] American singer (The Starliters), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • 1947 Glenn Leonard, American R&B singer (Temptations), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1948 Skip Alan, English drummer (Them, Pretty Things), born in Westminster, London
  • 1948 Lynsey de Paul, British singer and actress (Sugar Me), born in London (d. 2014)
  • 1949 Frank Beard, American country rock drummer (ZZ Top), born in Frankton, Texas
  • 1950 Graham Russell, Australian rock vocalist (Air Supply), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1952 Donnie Van Zant, American rock vocalist (.38 Special), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1954 Johnny Neel, American musician, singer and songwriter (The Allman Brothers Band, Gov't Mule, Dickey Betts), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1956 Jamaaladeen Tacuma [Rudy McDaniel], American jazz bassist (Ornette Coleman), born in Hempstead, New York
  • 1958 Kevin Wilkinson, English drummer (The Waterboys), born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire (d. 1999)
  • 1965 Gioia Bruno, Italian-American rocker (Exposé), born in Bari, Puglia, Italy
  • 1969 Nancy Blogg, Swiss dancer (Josephine)
  • 1969 Steven Drozd, American drummer (The Flaming Lips), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1970 Chris Rice, American singer-songwriter, born in Clinton, Maryland
  • 1976 Tai Anderson, American musician (bass player for Third Day), born in Georgia
  • 1985 Chris Trousdale, American pop singer and dancer, born in New Port Richey, Florida
  • 1985 Josh Ramsay, Canadian singer and songwriter (Marianas Trench), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1987 TiA, Japanese pop singer (Ryuusei), born in Yokohama, Japan

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding 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
Activist and Media Personality Heather Mills
Activist and Media Personality
Heather Mills
  • 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, Italian cellist and composer, dies at 83
  • 1896 Friedrich Gottlieb Schwencke, German organist and composer, dies at 72
  • 1900 Charles Swinnerton Heap, English composer, dies at 53
  • 1924 Theodore Dubois, French composer, dies at 86
  • 1955 Marcel Samuel-Rousseau, French organist and opera composer (Le Bon Roi Dagobert), dies at 72
  • 1970 Earl Grant, American musician and singer (b. 1931)
  • 1975 Floro Manuel Ugarte, Argentine composer, dies at 90
  • 1981 Albert Markos, Romanian composer (Torso I), dies at 66
  • 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
  • 2001 Amalia Mendoza, Mexican singer (Échame a mi la culpa), dies at 77
  • 2003 William Marshall, American actor, director, and opera singer (Blacula, Scream Blacula Scream), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 78
  • 2005 Ghena Dimitrova, Bulgarian operatic soprano, dies at 64
  • 2011 Seth Putnam, American musician (b. 1968)

Person of interestOrnette Coleman

2015 Ornette Coleman, American jazz saxophonist and composer (Free Jazz), dies at 85

Jazz Composer Ornette Coleman
Jazz Composer
Ornette Coleman
  • 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