February 11th



  • 1915. Bluesman Josh White born in Greenville, South Carolina.

  • 1935. Gene Vincent born Eugene Vincent Craddock in Munden Point, Norfolk, Virginia.

  • 1939. Gerry Goffin born in Queen's, New York.

  • 1940. Bobby "Boris" Pickett born in Massachusetts.

  • 1941. Latino-jazz legend Sergio Mendes born in Niteroi, Brazil.

  • 1942. R&B vocalist Otis Clay born in Waxhaw, Mississippi.

    1942. Leon Haywood born in Houston, Texas.

  • 1943. R&B singer "Little" Johnny Taylor born in Memphis, Tenness.

  • 1947. Simon Dupree born Derek Shulman in Glasgow, Scotland.

  • 1955. The Sports Arena, Carlsbad, New Mexico: Elvis Presley.

  • 1961. Lathom Hall, Seaforth, Liverpool, and also The Cassanova Club, Liverpool: The Beatles.

  • 1962. Sheryl Crow born in Kennett, Missouri. Before making a career for herself as a solo artist, she works as a backing singer for a variety of acts, including Don Henley and Michael Jackson.

  • 1962. Casbah Coffee Club, West Derby, Liverpool: The Beatles.

  • 1963. The Beatles are recording in Studio Two at EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London. During a 585 minute session, they complete ten songs for their first album (not an unusual feat in those days). The session was hampered by the fact that John Lennon was suffering from a bad cold and had to take frequent breaks for tea, cigarettes and cough drops. Tracks worked on: 13 takes of "There's a Place", 12 takes of "Seventeen" (later renamed "I Saw Her Standing There"), 7 takes of "A Taste of Honey", 8 takes of "Do You Want to Know a Secret", 11 takes of "Misery", 3 takes of "Anna (Go To Him)", 1 take of "Boys", 4 takes of "Chains", 3 takes of "Baby It's You", and two takes of "Twist and Shout" (the first take recorded was the one used on the album). The Beatles also recorded 13 takes of "Hold Me Tight", but were unhappy with the results and put it aside (it will be re-recorded later, on September 12, 1963, and included on The Beatles' second album, "With the Beatles"). The four songs from The Beatles' first two singles make up the balance of the album, "Love Me Do", "P.S. I Love You", "Please Please Me", and "Ask Me Why". The album, "Please Please Me", was released on the Parlophone label on March 22, 1963, and it was the #1 LP in the UK for 30 weeks, until it was replaced at the top by "With the Beatles". Released in the US as "Introducing the Beatles" (only 12 songs) on the VeeJay label, the album was on the charts for 49 weeks and made it up to #2, held out of the #1 spot by Capitol Records' "Meet the Beatles" (the US LP that is more or less equivalent with "With the Beatles").

  • 1964. The Beatles travel from New York to Washington, D.C. by train, during a blizzard, for their first concert in the United States. In the evening, they perform for 8,092 fans at the Washington Coliseum. The set list is: "Roll Over Beethoven", "From Me to You", "I Saw Her Standing There", "This Boy", "All My Loving", "I Wanna Be Your Man", "Please Please Me", "Till There Was You", "She Loves You", "I Want to Hold Your Hand", "Twist and Shout", and "Long Tall Sally". The support acts are Tommy Roe, the Caravelles, and the Chiffons. The stage was situated in the middle of the auditorium and, as a result, the band had to stop three times and turn Ringo's drum kit around and move their microphones so that each part of the audience would get to face the group. The concert was filmed and later transmitted as a closed-circuit broadcast to theaters in March minus the closing number, "Long Tall Sally". After their performance at the Coliseum, The Beatles attend a reception at the British Embassy, which turns out to be an unpleasant experience. At one point a woman even sneaks up behind Ringo and cuts off a lock of his hair.

    1964. Coronation Hall, Kingston-upon-Thames: The Yardbirds.

  • 1965. Andrew Burnett (The Close Lobsters) born in Johnstone, Scotland.

    1965. Mike Pinder (The Moody Blues) is attacked onstage at the Locarno Ballroom in Montrose, Scotland by a fan described as a "female amazon". The assailant escapes with a piece of the pianist's scalp having ripped a clump of hair from his head.

    1965. Ringo Starr (24) marries Maureen Cox (18) at an 8.15 a.m. ceremony carried out by the Registrar, D.A. Boreham, in Caxton Hall, London. Brian Epstein is best man. George Harrison arrives on a bicycle. John is also in attendence but Paul is on vacation in Africa. The couple are spending their honeymoon in a flat in Princes Crescent, off the sea-front in Hove, Sussex, belonging to show-biz lawyer David Jacobs

    1965. Johnny Cash's album, "Ring Of Fire" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A. (Recording Industry Association of America).
    Barbra Streisand's album, "The Third album" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

    1965. On Television: (U.K.) Top Of The Pops. Presented by Alan Freeman. Featuring Del Shannon - "Keep Searchin'"; Herman's Hermits - "Silhouettes"; Jim Reeves - "It Hurts So Much" (Promo film); The Animals - "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood"; The Hollies - "Yes I Will"; The Ivy League - "Funny How Love Can Be; The Kinks - "Tired Of Waiting For You"; The Seekers - "I'll Never Find Another You"; Tom Jones - "It's Not Unusual"; Val Doonican - "The Special Years"; Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders - "The Game Of Love.

  • 1966. The Marquee Club: The Buzz (including David Bowie).

    1966. Roger Miller's album, "Golden Hits" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1967. On Television: (U.K.) BBC-TV's "Juke Box Jury" broadcasts part of the promo video for The Beatles' next single, "Penny Lane" which is released in the U.K. on February 17th.

    1967. New release: The Rolling Stones' new album, "Between The Buttons" is released in the US. Highest chart position: 2.

    1967. Baths Pavillion, Matlock, Derbyshire (England): Cream.
    University of Sussex, Brighton, East Sussex, England: Pink Floyd.

  • 1968. The Beatles are recording in Studio Three at EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London. Track worked on: "Hey Bulldog" which will replace the still unfinished "You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)" in the film, "Yellow Submarine". Strangely, the song will only appear in British prints of the film, not in American copies. During the day, The Beatles are also filmed at work for the making of a promotional video for "Lady Madonna".

    1968. Pink Floyd record a session for John Peel's Top Gear show.

    1968. Robertson Gym, Santa Barbara, California: Jimi Hendrix. Support: Soft Machine.

  • 1969. Deep Purple record a BBC Radio session for "Sounds Like Tony Brandon". Studio 4, Maida Vale. Tracks performed: "Emmaretta", "Bird Has Flown", "Hush", "Hey Boppa Re Bop". Session fee: 40.

  • 1969. Sussex University, Brighton: Feathers. The trio, who recently lost Hermione Farthingale play the gig as a contractual commitment. Now a duo with David Bowie and John Hutchinson, they fill in the spaces between songs with a comedy routine.

    1969. Fillmore East: Janis Joplin And The Kosmic Blues Band, The Grateful Dead.

  • 1970. John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band tape a performance of "Instant Karma" for BBC-TV's "Top of the Pops", to be broadcast tomorrow evening. The Plastic Ono Band features John on vocals and electric piano, Klaus Voorman on bass, Alan White on drums, Mal Evans on occasional tambourine, and Yoko Ono blind-folded, knitting and card-holding. Two different takes are recorded with one being broadcast on Feb. 12 and the other on Feb. 19.

    Also today: John Lennon pays 1,344 in outstanding fines imposed on 69 people who protested against the South African rugby match against Scotland last year.

    1970. New release: Ringo Starr's soundtrack album for "The Magic Christian", a movie in he also starred is released in the U.S. The song "Come and Get It" was written by Paul McCartney, who also produced the track. The album contains some of Ringo's movie dialogue. (It will be released in the UK on April 10).

    1970. Birmingham, England: Pink Floyd.
    Electric Factory Theatre, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Delaney and Bonnie.

  • 1972. On television: (U.S.A.) The Partridge Family in an episode entitled, "My Heart Belongs To A Two-Car Garage".

    1972. Free Trade Hall, Manchester: Pink Floyd.
    Hull University: Wings.

  • 1975. Toulouse, France: Hatfield And The North.

    1975. The Carpenters' single, "Please Mr. Postman" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A. (Recording Industry Association of America).

  • 1976. Natalie Cole's album, "Inseperable" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Rhythm Heritage's single, "Theme From S.W.A.T." is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1977. New release: George Harrison's single "True Love" / "Pure Smokey" in the U.K.

    1977. Status Quo's album, "Golden Hour Of Status Quo" is certified silver by the B.P.I.

  • 1978. On television: (U.S.A.) Soul Train featuring: The Temptations; William Bell; Pattie Brooks.

  • 1979. R&B singer Brandy born Brandy Norwood in McComb, Mississippi.

  • 1980. Maurice Gibb (The Bee Gees) flies to New York for a break after spending a month in a London hospital recovering from nervous exhaustion.

    1980. Neil Diamond's "September Morn" is certified gold by the B.P.I.
    The Nolans' album, "Nolans" is certified silver by the B.P.I.

    1980. Captain & Tennille's single, "Do That To Me One More Time" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Alan Parsons Project's album, "Eve" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer's single, "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough), 7" and 12" versions are certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

    1980. The Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California: Pink Floyd.

  • 1981. Fleetwood Mac's album, "Fleetwood Mac - Live" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Emmylou Harris' album, "Luxury Liner" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

    1981. Marquee Club: Weapon.

  • 1982. On television: (Germany) Rockpalast featuring Gruppo SportivoGRUPPO SPORTIVO (Markthalle Hamburg)

    1982. Marquee Club: The Mechanics.

  • 1983. Bob Seger's Silver Bullet Band's album, "The Distance" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.

    1983. Marquee Club: Connolly Encore.

  • 1984. On Television: (U.S.A.) Saturday Night Live with musical guest Adam Ant.
    (U.S.A.) Soul Train featuring The O'Jays; The Romantics.

    1984. Marquee Club: Diamond Head.

  • 1985. Marquee Club: The Babysitters. Support: The Lovers.

  • 1985. The soundtrack album, "Beverly Hills Cop" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Foreigner's album, "Agent Provocateur" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.

  • 1986. Grace Jones' "Island Life" is certified gold by the B.P.I.

    1986. Chicago Bears Shufflin' Crew's single, "Superbowl Shuffle" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Al Jarreau's album, "High Crime" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

    1986. Marquee Club: The Sweet. Support: Kau Tau.

  • 1987. Marquee Club: Whang Chung. Support: Alan Darby.
    Rhein Neckar Halle, Heidelberg, Germany: Deep Purple.

  • 1988. Genesis' albums, "And Then There Were Three" and "Duke" is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A. Their album "Abacab" is certified 2 X platinum by the R.I.A.A.

    1988. Marquee Club: The Name. Support: The Auctioneers.
    Thebarton Oval, Adelaide, Australia: Pink Floyd.

  • 1989. Marquee Club: Paddy Goes To Holyhead. Support: Alice McGuire + The Bohemians
    Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, Australia: R.E.M. Support: Hoodoo Gurus, The Go-Betweens.

  • 1990. Marquee Club: The Children. Support: Sister Midnight & Chapterhouse.

  • 1991. Marquee Club: Engine Man. Support: Blue Blood + Head To Head.

  • 1992. Dave Mustaine's wife, Pam, gives birth to a son, Justis David, in Burbank, California. It's not known if the Megadeth guitarist was on hand for the new arrival.

  • 1993. Paperboy's single, "Ditty" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A. (Recording Industry Association of America).

  • 1995. On television: (U.S.A.) Saturday Night Live with musical guest Des'ree.
    Soul Train featuring 69 Boyz; Tanya Blount; Y.N. Vee.

  • 1996. On television: (France) Taratata No. 115. Recorded 10 janvier 1996. Solos: Florent PAGNY; I Muvrini. Duos: Florent Pagny & I Muvrini; Florent Pagny & Toure Kunda.

  • 1997. A plain clothes detective sneaks ex-East 17 star Brian Harvey into Charing Cross Police Station in London to be charged with criminal damage and affray following last week's attack on a photographer outside Stringfellows nightclub.

  • 1998. The original lyrics to Elton John's "Candle In The Wind 1997" are sold at a benefit auction in Los Angeles for $ 442,500. The three pages of handwritten lyrics along with a printed version autographed by Elton and Bernie Taupin was bought by The Lund Foundation (created by Walt Disney's daughter) which raises funds for disadvantaged children.

    1998. GLAAD, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation announces K.D. Lang will be one of the honourees at their 9th Media Awards ceremonies.

  • 2000. Geri Halliwell appears at the High Court in London to give evidence in the case brought by Italian motorcycle company, Aprilia, against the Spice Girls. Appearing before Mrs. Justice Arden, Halliwell told the court that leaving the Spice Girls was like leaving a marriage, saying, "... there wasn't one defining moment when I consciously made that decision". Aprilia are suing the group for 1.6 million which they claim they lost as a result of Miss Halliwell leaving the group. The company had signed a contract with the group to bring out a range of "Spice Sonic" scooters featuring photographs of all five group members. Aprilia contests that the group entered into the contract knowing Miss Halliwell would leave and their scooters would instantly become "a total marketing flop". After she left the court, a spokesman for the 27 year old former Ginger Spice, said that Miss Halliwell was not a party in the case and had volunteered as a witness "to help out the girls". The group is countering with another suit claiming 212,000 in unpaid sponsorship and royalties. The case continues.

    2000. An Isley Brothers concert at the Los Angeles Sports Arena ends abruptly after several shots are fired and a man is shot dead near a concession stand. It's believed that the man wounded three people before being confronted by a uniformed policeman. When the man pointed his gun at the officer, the policeman fired one shot. Paramedics later pronounced him dead at the arena. One of the wounded was hospitalised with a serious stomach injury.

    2000. A log book kept by Flight Engineer Derek Thurman is sold at Sotheby's in London for 550. It's thought that the log may explain the mysterious disappearance of band leader Glen Miller on December 15th 1944. Thurman was onboard a Lancaster bomber returning from an aborted raid on Siegen, Germany. Before returning to base, the bomber was dumping its bombs in an area of the English Channel when some crew members saw a light aircraft below them spin out of control into the sea after being hit by one of their payload. Thurman himself didn't see the plane but reported what his crewmates told him. Last year, another flight log belonging to the navigator on Thurman's flight, the late Fred Shaw, sold for 21,000. In that log, Shaw clearly identified the light plane as a C-64 Norseman, the plane that Miller was lost in. Neither log has done anything to silence the conspiracy theorists who believe that the bandleader actually died of a heart attack in a Paris brothel. They think the tale of the missing plane was adopted by military commanders as better for the morale of a war-weary public.

    2000. Diana Ross divorces Arne Naess, her husband of 14 years at a "quickie" hearing in a court in Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic. The couple had announced their separation in April 1999. To satisfy Dominican law, one of the spouses must attend such ceremonies. Ross, however, was not in court but sent a written document authorizing the divorce through "mutual consent".

    2000. Death In Vegas's album, "The Contino Sessions" is certified silver by the B.P.I. It was released on September 13th 1999.
    Gabrielle's album, "Rise" is certified gold by the B.P.I.
    Garbage's album, "Version 2.0" is certified 2 x Platinum by the B.P.I. It was released on May 11th 1998.
    Gomez' album, "Bring It On" is certified platinum by the B.P.I. It was released on April 13th, 1998.
    Donell Jones' single, "U Know What's Up" is certified silver by the B.P.I. It was released on January 10th, this year.
    Oasis' single, "Go Let It Out" is certified silver by the B.P.I. It was released four days ago on February 7th.
    William Orbit's album, "Pieces In A Modern Style" is certified gold by the B.P.I. It was released on January 17th, this year.
    Primal Scream's album, "Exterminator" is certified silver by the B.P.I. It was released on January 31st, this year.
    Puff Daddy's album, "Forever" is certified silver by the B.P.I. It was released on August 23rd 1999.
    Santana's album, "Supernatural" is certified silver by the B.P.I. It was released on August 23rd 1999.

    2000. New release: McFarlane's Psycho Circus Comic #27 starring Kiss is released today.

  • 2000. The Beach Boys' album, "Pet Sounds" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.
    Sarah McLachlan's album, "Touch" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

    2000. On Television: (U.K.) Top Of The Pops. Presented by Jayne Middlemiss. Featuring Andreas Johnson Glorious 11-Feb-00 Jayne Middlemiss Performance Britney Spears Born To Make You Happy 11-Feb-00 Jayne Middlemiss Repeat Performance Dru Hill Got To Get It 11-Feb-00 Jayne Middlemiss Performance Fierce Sweet Love 11-Feb-00 Jayne Middlemiss Performance Gabrielle Rise 11-Feb-00 Jayne Middlemiss Performance Gabrielle Rise 11-Feb-00 Jayne Middlemiss Performance Oasis Go Let It Out 11-Feb-00 Jayne Middlemiss Performance Sash Adelante.

  • 2001. Johnny Cash is admitted to the Baptist Hospital in Nashville, with pneumonia. He's described as being in a "serious but stable" condition, later in the day. Cash was hospitalized with the illness for two weeks in 1999 and twice in 1998.

  • 2002. Chris Kirkpatrick (N-SYNC) debuts his FuMan Skeeto spring and summer ranges of sportswear clothing at "Girls Rule!". The show, which opens New York Fashion Week, is the first time Kirkpatrick has had a range modelled at a major fashion event.

    2002. Shakira's album, "MTV Unplugged" is certified 2 X platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    P.O.D.'s album, "Satellite" is certified 2 X platinum by the R.I.A.A.
    Charlie Zaa's album, "De Un Solo Sentimiento" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

  • 2003. La Onda's album, "A Toda Onda" is certified gold by the R.I.A.A.


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