Music History August 11


1939 – Ronnie Dawson, American singer and guitarist (d. 2003)
1942 – Mike Hugg, English drummer and keyboard player (Manfred Mann and The Manfreds)
1943 – Jim Kale, Canadian bass player (The Guess Who)
1943 – Denis Payton, English saxophonist (The Dave Clark Five) (d. 2006)
1949 – Eric Carmen, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Raspberries)
1950 – Erik Brann, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Iron Butterfly) (d. 2003)
1952 – Bob Mothersbaugh, American singer, guitarist (Devo)
1954 – Joe Jackson, English singer-songwriter
1957 – Ian Stuart Donaldson, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Skrewdriver) (d. 1993)
1957 – Richie Ramone, American drummer (Ramones)
1958 – Jah Wobble, English singer-songwriter and bass player (Public Image Ltd and The Damage Manual)
1968 – Charlie Sexton, American guitarist, singer and songwriter
1975 – Davey von Bohlen, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Cap’n Jazz, The Promise Ring, Maritime, and Vermont)
1976 – Ben Gibbard, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Death Cab for Cutie, The Postal Service)
1981 – Sandi Thom, Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist


2011 – Jani Lane, American singer/songwriter (Warrant) (b. 1964)


1956 – Elvis Presley’s double sided hit “Don’t Be Cruel” b/w “Hound Dog” was released. The single went to No.1 on the US chart, where it stayed for 11 weeks – a record which stood for 36 years.

1964 –  The High Numbers, (later to become The Who), played at The Railway Hotel in Harrow, England. Just before the band were due on stage, Roger Daltry’s father-in law came into the venue and dragged the singer outside and hit him. The band started their set and Daltry appeared back on stage after the fight.

1966 – At a press conference held at The Astor Towers Hotel in Chicago, John Lennon apologised for his remarks that The Beatles were ‘more popular than Jesus’. Lennon told reporters “Look, I wasn’t saying The Beatles are better than God or Jesus, I said ‘Beatles’ because it’s easy for me to talk about The Beatles. I could have said ‘TV’ or ‘Cinema’, ‘Motorcars’ or anything popular and would have got away with it.’’

1976 – Keith Moon of the Who is hospitalized after having a complete mental breakdown and trashing his room at the Fountainbleau Hotel in Miami, FL.

1979 – Led Zeppelin played their last ever UK show when they appeared at Knebworth House, England. The set list included: The Song Remains The Same, Celebration Day, Black Dog, Nobody’s Fault But Mine, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I’ve Been Loving You, No Quarter, Hot Dog, The Rain Song, White Summer/Black Mountainside, Kashmir, Trampled Under Foot, Sick Again, Achilles’ Last Stand, In The Evening, Stairway To Heaven Rock And Roll, Whole Lotta Love and Communication Breakdown.

1989 – Bruce Springsteen joins Ringo Starr onstage at a concert in Holmdel, NJ, to sing four songs: “Get Back,” “Long Tall Sally,” “Photograph,” and “With A Little Help From My Friends.”

1992 – Throwing Muses released their fifth studio album ‘Red Heaven.’ The album was the first for the band since the departure of co-founder Tanya Donelly. ‘Red Heaven’ was recorded by Kristin Hersh and drummer David Narcizo with help from former bassist Leslie Langston. Former Hüsker Dü vocalist/guitarist Bob Mould took time off from his new band Sugar to record vocals for “Dio.” Initial copies of the album came with the otherwise unavailable Kristin Hersh solo acoustic album ‘Live at Maxwell’s Hoboken.’

2002 – Bruce Springsteen topped the album charts in both the US and UK with his latest album ‘The Rising.’ It would be the Boss’ fifth US No.1 album.