11 February

Pick a Day

11 FEBRUARY

In Music History

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2013 Rick Huxley (bassist for The Dave Clark Five) dies at age 72 after a long struggle with emphysema.

2011 Featuring footage from his 2010 tour, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never is released in theaters. It becomes the highest-grossing concert film of all time, earning $73 million at the box office.

2011 Ne-Yo plays a charming hitman on the "Smooth Criminal" episode of CSI: NY.

2009 Chris Squire (bassist for Yes) undergoes successful surgery on his leg. However, he is advised by his physician that he needs a one month rest period, hence the reason for the cancellation of the rest of the tour dates.

2009 Estelle Bennett (of The Ronettes) dies of colon cancer at age 67.

2007 Two songs from Justin Timberlake's FutureSex/LoveSounds album earn Grammy nods: "My Love" (with T.I.) wins Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and "SexyBack" is named Best Dance Recording.

2007 The 49th annual Grammy Awards are held in Los Angeles, rewarding recordings released during the Eligibility Year October 1, 2005 through September 30, 2006. Among the winners: Tony Bennett & Stevie Wonder's "For Once In My Life" in the Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals category.

2000 Diana Ross officially divorces her husband, Norwegian businessman Arne Naess.

2000 Near the concession area of an Isley Brothers concert in Los Angeles billed as the "Valentine's Super Love Jam," a 24-year-old man shoots three concert-goers and is shot by a police officer working the show. The assailant is killed but his victims survive.

1998 Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses is arrested at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, charged with threatening a security worker. He pleads guilty to a misdemeanor charge of disturbing the peace.

1989 Eazy-E's solo song "We Want Eazy" becomes his first hit to enter the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, where it debuts at #43.

1986 On The A-Team episode "Cowboy George," Culture Club performs "Karma Chameleon" in a cowboy bar while Mr. T enjoys the music.

1983 Bob Seger's The Distance is certified platinum.

1982 The Rolling Stones Let's Spend the Night Together, a concert film from their 1981 tour, opens in New York to miserable reviews.

1981 Kelly Rowland (of Destiny's Child) is born in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Whitney Houston Dies

2012

Whitney Houston is found dead in the bathtub of her suite at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles, where she was slated to perform at Clive Davis' annual Pre-Grammy party later that night.

Houston, 48 years old, is discovered by her assistant face down in the tub. When paramedics can't revive her, she is declared dead at 3:55 p.m. PST. (The Clive Davis party goes on anyway, with Davis claiming it's in tribute to the singer.) The death is ruled an accidental drowning, with heart disease and cocaine use contributing factors. The coroner's report reveals that Houston had been using cocaine and was taking various prescription drugs.

Houston's death comes as a shock, and at the Grammy Awards the next night, host LL Cool J opens the ceremony with a prayer for Houston. Later in the show, Jennifer Hudson sings "I Will Always Love You," a song Houston performed at the 1993 ceremony, in tribute. Houston is Grammy royalty, with six wins in her lifetime.

At the time of her death, Houston is working on a comeback, with a starring role in the film Sparkle alongside Jordin Sparks. The film is released later in 2012.

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