On This Day In Music 11th June

1933 Jud Strunk (Justin Strunk Jnr) born in Jamestown, New York. US Singer. He suffered a heart attack while taking off in the aircraft at Carrabassett Valley Airport in Maine and was killed instantly along with his passenger, local businessman Dick Ayotte. He was 45 years old.
1940 Joey Dee ( Joseph DiNicola) born in Passaic, New Jersey. US singer with his band Joey and the Starlighters. (1962 US No.1 single ‘Peppermint Twist, Part 1’). Jimi Hendrix was a member of the band during 1964. 
1946 John Lawton born in in Halifax, England. UK Singer. He joined Uriah Heep in 1976 and stayed for two years. 
1947 Glenn Leonard born in Washington, D.C. American R&B and soul singer best remembered for serving as the first tenor/secondary lead singer of the Motown quintet The Temptations from 1975 to 1983.
1948 Alan Skipper born in Westminster, London, England. Drummer with The Pretty Things, (1964 UK No.10 single ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’). 
1948 Pat Wilson is born. Australian Singer & former wife of Ross Wilson. He worte her 1983 hit ‘Bop Girl’.
1949 Frank Beard born in Dallas, Texas. Drumer with ZZ Top, (1984 US No.8 & 1985 UK No.16 single ‘Legs’). 
1950 Graham Russel born in Nottingham, England. English musician and singer/guitarist of the soft rock duo Air Supply. In 1975, with Russell Hitchcock, he formed Air Supply in Australia. The duo have been singing and performing romantic songs and ballads, such as “Lost in Love”, “All Out of Love”, “Every Woman in the World”, “The One That You Love”, “Goodbye” and “Making Love Out of Nothing at All”, for more than forty years.
1950 Lynsey De Paul (Lynsey Rubin) born in London, England. UK Singer & Songwriter. Real Surname Rubin. 1972 UK No.5 single ‘Sugar Me’). Became the first woman to win an Ivor Novello song-writing award. She suffered a brain haemorrhage on the morning of 1 October 2014 and died in a London hospital.
1952 Ronnie Van Zant – US Singer & Songwriter. He formed 38 Special in 1975. 
1960 Nick Hallam, DJ, producer, co founder of Gee Street Records, Stereo MC’s, (1992 UK No.12 single ‘Step It Up’). 
1960 Drummer Tommy Moore made the fateful decision to quit The Beatles and return to his job of driving a forklift at Garston bottle works. He was briefly replaced by Norman Chapman, who was called into National Service after just three gigs. After going drummerless and mostly jobless for a few weeks, the band hired Pete Best on August 12th, only one day before they were to go to Hamburg to play a string of club dates. 
1961 Robert Birch, vocals, Stereo MC’s, (1992 UK No.12 single ‘Step It Up’). 
1962 The Beatles recorded a BBC radio program, “Here We Go”, at the Playhouse Theatre in Manchester, in front of a studio audience composed largely of loyal Cavern fans. This was the last recording on which Pete Best played drums. 
1964 Manfred Mann recorded Do Wah Diddy Diddy. 
1966 The Rolling Stones started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Paint It, Black’, the group’s third US No.1 single. Also a No.1 in the UK, it was the first No.1 single to feature a sitar on the recording. 
1966 European radio stations mistakenly reported that The Who’s lead singer Roger Daltrey was dead. Actually, it was guitarist Pete Townshend who had been injured in a car accident a few days earlier. 
1967 Printed in this week’s music weekly Melody Maker’s ad’s pages, ‘Freaky lead guitarist, bass and drummer wanted for Marc Bolan’s new group. Also any other astral flyers like with car’s amplification and that which never grows in window boxes, phone Wimbledon 0697.’ 
1968 Working at Abbey Road studios in London on The White Album, John Lennon worked on ‘Revolution 9’ in studio 3, while Paul McCartney recorded ‘Blackbird’ in studio 2. 
1969 Steven Drozd, American musician, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter for the Flaming Lips and Electric Würms. 
1969 David Bowie released the single ‘Space Oddity’. To coincide with the Apollo 11’s trip to the moon, during which Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, landed and walked on the moon. 
1969 The Beatles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Ballad Of John and Yoko’ the group’s 17th UK No.1. Only two Beatles that played on the track were, John Lennon and Paul McCartney. 
1973 Faith Evans born in Ladeland, Florida. US Singer. 
1976 AC/DC appeared at Glasgow City Hall, Scotland, on the first night of their Lock Up Your Daughters 19 date UK tour. 
1977 Joe Strummer and Topper Headon were detained overnight in prison in Newcastle upon Tyne having failed to appear at Morpeth Magistrates on May 21st. Both Clash members were to answer a charge relating to the theft of a Holiday Inn pillowcase. They were both fined £100 ($170).
1977 As Britain celebrated the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, The Sex Pistols reached No. 2 in the singles chart with ‘God Save The Queen’. 
1977 KC and the Sunshine Band became only the second group after The Jackson Five to achieve four US No.1’s when ‘I’m Your Boogie Man’ went to the top of the charts. 
1978 The Top ten posters for sale in this weeks NME included Deborah Harry, Olivia Newton- John, Saturday Night Fever, Cheryl Ladd in hot pants, Yes live and Genesis, all priced at £1.10. 
1983 Drummer Alex Van Halen married Valeri Kendall in Los Angeles, California. Brother Eddie Van Halen was best man. 
1987 Dappy, English singer, songwriter, rapper, and actor, best known for being the lead singer of grime trio N-Dubz. 
1988 Nelson Mandellas 70th birthday tribute took place at Wembley Stadium, London, featuring Whitney Houston, Phil Collins, Dire Straits, Stevie Wonder, Tracy Chapman, George Michael, Eric Clapton, UB40, The Eurythmics and Simple Minds. The event was broadcast live on BBC 2 to 40 different countries with an estimated audience of 1 billion. 
1997 Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall received a Master of Science Degree at UMIST, Manchester for his fund-raising work following an IRA bombing in the city the previous year. 
2000 Aaliyah went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Try Again’. It became the first “airplay-only” song to reach No.1 on the US singles chart (no points from a commercial single release). 
2001 Sir Paul McCartney married Heather Mills at St Salvator Church, Ireland. Guests included Ringo Starr, David Gilmour, Jools Holland and Chrissie Hynde. Heather walked down the aisle clutching a bouquet of 11 ‘McCartney’ roses. 
2003 Adam Ant was arrested after going berserk and stripping off in a London cafe. The former 1980’s pop star had thrown stones at neighbour’s homes smashing windows before going to the nearby cafe. 
2004 Courtney Love surrendered to US police after allegedly assaulting a woman at the home of her former manager and ex-boyfriend. Ms Love was charged with assault with a deadly weapon. She was later released on bail. The charges related to an incident on 25 April 2004, when Ms Love allegedly assaulted a woman with a bottle and a torch at the LA home of Jim Barber. 
2005 Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin founding member and guitarist, was awarded an OBE in the Queen of England’s Birthday Honours list and Queen guitarist and founding member Brian May was awarded a CBE.
2006 Sandi Thom went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Smile … It Confuses People’ the Scottish singer, songwriters debut album which featured the hit ‘I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker, (with flowers in My Hair’).
2007 James “Pookie” Hudson the lead singer of the fifties doo-wop group The Spaniels died. Their 1954 hit ‘Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite’ was featured in such films as Three Men and a Baby and American Graffiti. The Spaniels became one of the first artists to sign with Vee-Jay Records, the first large, independent Afro-American owned record label. Hudson died on 16th January 2007. 
2008 The American Federation of Musicians filed a federal lawsuit against the producers of American Idol, claiming musicians were underpaid because the show’s live music was re-recorded for re-runs. The union filed the suit seeking unspecified damages in the US District Court in Los Angeles, alleging that American Idol Productions Inc. and its subsidiary Tick Tock Productions Inc. violated a collective bargaining agreement.
2009 Peter Doherty was released on £50,000 bail to await trial accused of driving dangerously after a gig. The Babyshambles frontman was stopped after police saw a car being driven erratically in Gloucester. The 30-year-old appeared at Stroud Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty to possessing heroin and to having no driving licence or insurance.
2011 Pink Floyd’s 1973 album The Dark Side Of The Moon, re-entered the Billboard Album chart at No. 47, and reached the milestone of 1,000 weeks on Billboard’s charts. The album which was released in 1973 has done consistently well reaching No.1 on more than one occasion. The Dark Side Of The Moon 
2015 The Kinks’ front man and principle song writer Ray Davies was awarded with a London Legend Award at a ceremony held at the Camden Roundhouse. Davies said: “I accept this on behalf of all the young writers coming through, all the young people embarking on careers and as a symbol of the future.” 
2016 Singer Christina Grimmie, who had competed on the US TV programme The Voice, died of her wounds after being shot in Florida. A man opened fire on her when she was signing autographs after a concert in Orlando. The assailant who was tackled by Ms Grimmie’s brother, then shot and killed himself. The 22-year-old singer died in a local hospital.

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