Events in Music on November 11

Music History

1901 Maurice Ravel's piano composition "Jeux d'eau" premieres

Music Recording

1925 Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five begin their first recording session

  • 1931 Cornerstones laid for Opera House & Veteran's Building in San Francisco, California

Music History

1933 Billie Holiday's second song and first hit, "Riffin' the Scotch", is released

Music History

1939 Kate Smith first sings Irving Berlin's "God Bless America"

Music Single

1957 Sun Record's release single "Great Balls of Fire" by Jerry Lee Lewis; sells a million copies in first ten day

  • 1958 "La Plume de Ma Tante" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 835 performances

Music History

1968 John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear nude on cover of "Two Virgins" album

Music History

1969 Beatles with Billy Preston release "Get Back" in UK

Music History

1969 Jim Morrison arrested on an airplane by the FBI for drunkenness

Album Release

1973 Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen's second album "The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle"

Music History

1974 Operatic soprano Maria Callas makes her final public appearance in Sapporo, Japan

  • 1977 Wings release "Mull of Kintyre" & "Girl's School"
  • 1981 Donald Driver and Michael Valenti's musical comedy "Oh, Brother!" closes at ANTA Theater, NYC, after 3 performances
  • 1982 Susan Cooper and Hume Cronyn's stage drama with songs "Foxfire", strring Jesica Tandy, Keith Carradine, and Cronyn, opens at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, NYC; runs for 213 performances and wins a Tony Award for Tandy
  • 1984 "Three Musketeers" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 9 performances
  • 1987 "Roza" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • 1989 Don Sebesky and Gloria Nissenson's musical "Prince of Central Park", starring Jo Anne Worley, closes at Belasco Theater, NYC, after 4 performances

Music History

1990 William Nicholson's drama "Shadowlands", based on the life of C.S. Lewis, opens at Brooks Atkinson Theatre, NYC; runs for 169 performances and wins a Tony Award

  • 1993 Krzysztof Penderecki conducts premiere of his revised version of "A Polish Requiem" in Stockholm, Sweden

#1 in the Charts

2003 Josh Groban releases his second album "Closer"; it goes to #1 on US charts and becomes his biggest seller

Album Release

2008 Taylor Swift releases her second studio album “Fearless” (Billboard Album of the Year, 2009; Grammy Album of the Year, 2010, American Music Awards, 2009)

  • 2009 43rd Country Music Association Award: Taylor Swift & Brad Paisley win
  • 2011 25th Soul Train Music Awards: Cee-Lo Green, Jill Scott win

Music History

2022 Advertisement poster for ill-fated "Winter Dance Party" concert featuring Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens on February 3, 1959 - the day they died in a plane crash - sells at auction for $447K [1]