11 June

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2020 Country trio Lady Antebellum change their name to Lady A to avoid connotations with slavery. "Antebellum" refers to the period before the Civil War in America; the band name referred to the architectural style of Southern homes built during this period.

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.

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

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 Skid Row release the album Slave To The Grind, the follow-up to their 5-million-selling self-titled debut. It debuts at #1 in America and sells 2 million, but it doesn't have legs: none of the songs catch on with radio or MTV.

1991 Lynyrd Skynyrd return 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 its first Goodwill Ambassador to the environment. At first, she uses her position to encourage recycling and avoid chemicals harmful to animals, but later takes a more forceful and controversial stand in opposing fracking, which puts her at odds with the Australian mining industry.

1982 After much anticipation Grease 2, the sequel to the smash 1978 musical, lands in theaters... but crashes and burns.More

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

1976 Wild Cherry release "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.

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Bonnaroo Honors Namesake Dr. John Album


Bonnaroo celebrates its 10th anniversary by hosting a performance of Dr. John's Desitively Bonnaroo, the 1974 album that inspired the festival's name. The performance reunites the New Orleans R&B veteran with the album's producer, Allen Toussaint, and legendary backing band The Meters.

Bonnaroo co-founder Paul Peck tapped Dr. John to perform the classic album, the follow-up to his 1973 breakthrough, In The Right Place, on day three of the four-day music fest. Reuniting the supporting players made it all the more special. "The Meters hadn't played together in eight years, so I was able to reunite them for the first time in a very long time," Peck told the Songfacts Podcast. "That album is just a classic album and it was produced by Allen Toussaint, and I got him to play on it too." Although it's staged on a farm in Tennessee, the Bonnaroo festival's roots are in New Orleans, which makes it all the more fitting that the founders borrowed its name from one of the Big Easy's famous sons. The album, and its title track, is a made-up phrase meaning "everything's good."



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