April 11 – Today In Rock Music History

Musician’s Born On April 11

1943 Tony Victor (Classics)
1946 Bob Harris (DJ)
1956 Neville Staples (Fun Boy 3)
1958 Stuart Adamson (Big Country)
1963 Nigel Pulsford (Bush)
1966 Lisa Stansfield
1970 Delroy Pearson (5 Star)

Number 1 In The Charts On April 11

1963 Gerry and the Pacemakers: How Do You Do It UK 45
1970 Beatles: Let it Be US 45
1981 Hall and Oates: Kiss on My List US 45
1992 Def Leppard : Adrenalize : UK LP
1998 Pulp : This Is Hardcore : UK LP

Various Music Events On April 11

1956 James Brown debuts on R&B chart with Please Please Please

1958 Jerry Lee Lewis hits UK chart with Breathless

1961 Bob Dylan plays his first ‘professional’ gig at Gerde’s Folk City. He is on the same bill as John Lee Hooker. He sings House of the Rising Sun and Song to Woody, supported by Joan Baez who is in the audience

1963 Chiffons’ He’s So Fine Hits UK chart

1964 Beatles occupy a record-breaking fourteen positions on US Hot 100 chart – Can’t Buy Me Love (1), Twist and Shout (2), She Loves You (4), I Want to Hold Your Hand (7), Please Please Me (9), Do You Want to Know a Secret (14), I Saw Her Standing There (38), You Can’t Do That (48), All My Loving (50), From Me to You (52), Thank You Girl (61), There’s a Place (74), Roll Over Beethoven (78) and Love Me Do (81)

1965 NME poll-winners concert at Wembley, with Beatles, Rolling Stones, Moody Blues and Kinks

1967 Flying back to London from US, Paul McCartney writes Magical Mystery Tour and sketches ideas for film

1981 Eddie Van Halen marries Valerie Bertinelli

1987 Robert Cray Band’s Strong Persuader LP moves to No. 13 on US LP chart, becoming the highest-charting blues LP for 24 years

1987 Anita Baker’s Rapture LP achieves certified sales of twelve million in the USA.

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