11 June

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2011 Lily Allen marries the decorator Sam Cooper in Gloucestershire, England.

2011 Jessie J ruptures tendons in her foot while rehearsing for the Capital Radio Summertime Ball. She does her set the next day from a throne; 13 days later she would perform a seated set once again at the Glastonbury Festival.

2008 Nancy Sinatra appears before the US Congress pleading for legislation that would require all performers, not just songwriters, to get paid for songs played on commercial analog radio.

2000 Busta Rhymes rides atop his own float in the National Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York. "I'm here to thoroughly represent the entire spectrum of the urban community," Rhymes says.

1992 U2 invites ABBA's Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson to join them onstage at their concert in Stockholm for a rendition of ABBA's 1976 smash "Dancing Queen."

1991 Lynyrd Skynyrd returns to recording with Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991. It's their sixth album, following Street Surviors, but is their first since the plane wreak take took three band-members lives in 1977. The new lineup initially uses the name "Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991," but eventually has to drop this name after the media and fans essentially ignore it and continue to call them Lynyrd Skynyrd.

1990 The United Nations appoints Olivia Newton-John as its first Goodwill Ambassador to the environment.

1977 KC and the Sunshine Band's "I'm Your Boogie Man" hits #1.

1976 Wild Cherry releases "Play That Funky Music."

1976 The Carpenters release A Kind Of Hush.

1971 A drunken Dennis Wilson, drummer for The Beach Boys, accidentally puts his hand through the glass door of his home, severing nerves that keep him from his instrument for the better part of three years.

1969 Dan Lavery (bass guitarist for Tonic) is born.

1966 Elvis Presley begins shooting his 26th film, Double Trouble, in Hollywood.

1966 The Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black" hits #1 in America.

1966 European radio is abuzz with rumors that Roger Daltrey, lead singer of The Who, has been killed in an auto accident days earlier. In fact, guitarist Pete Townshend was in the wreck, but survived with minor injuries.

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Rockers Rally To Free Nelson Mandela


Dozens of big-name acts, including Peter Gabriel, Sting, Whitney Houston and Stevie Wonder, rock the stage at the Free Nelson Mandela Concert at Wembley Stadium in London.

Broadcast to 67 countries and an estimated audience of 600 million people, the concert is part of a push to end apartheid in South Africa and free Mandela, a leading light in opposing the policy, from prison in that country, where he has been held since 1962. The event coincides with his 70th birthday, which is a week later. Highlights of the show include Gabriel's "Biko" (about another South African activist, Steve Biko) and an all-star performance of "Sun City," a song Steven Van Zandt put together in 1985 to take a stand against the Sun City resort in South Africa, where popular entertainers often performed for wealthy whites who benefited from apartheid. Near the end of the show, Dire Straits and Eric Clapton join forces to perform several of their hits. Simple Minds, which helped organize the event along with Jerry Dammers of The Specials, act as the backing band for many of the artists, including Dammers, who performs his 1984 song "Free Nelson Mandela," the first hit song to tackle the subject. When Stevie Wonder has an equipment problem, Tracy Chapman, who released her debut album two months earlier, covers for him in prime time, giving her career a huge boost - in August her album goes to #1 in America. On February 11, 1990, Mandela is freed from prison. On April 16, he takes part in another star-studded Wembley concert, this one to celebrate his release and give him a stage to call for further action.



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