April 11 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
April 11

1956 : Elvis Presley's tour plane develops engine trouble while flying the singer from Amarillo, Texas, to Nashville, forcing an emergency landing in Arkansas. When he calls his mother Gladys to tell her, she begs him to never fly again, instilling a fear of flying in Elvis which will take him years to get over.

1958 : 15 year-old Ral Donner appears onstage at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem with Sammy Davis Jr., Steve Allen and Redd Foxx.

1961 : Bob Dylan plays for the first time at Gerde's Folk City in Greenwich Village, opening for John Lee Hooker and performing a new song entitled "Blowin' In The Wind".

1965 : The British music trade paper New Musical Express holds its Third Annual NME Poll Winners Concert at London's Wembley Empire Pool, featuring The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Animals, The Moody Blues, Tom Jones, Them, Donovan, The Seekers, Freddie and the Dreamers, Herman's Hermits, and Cilla Black.

1967 : Flying back to England after participating in The Beach Boys' aborted Smile sessions, Paul McCartney comes up with the idea for The Beatles film and album "Magical Mystery Tour".

1970 : Fleetwood Mac founding member Peter Green announces he is leaving the group, to devote himself to "What God would have me do". After a few member changes, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks join the band for their most successful lineup in 1974.

1983 : Future Megadeth founder Dave Mustaine is fired as the guitarist for Metallica. Mustaine is kicked out of the band because of his drug and alcohol addictions. He forms Megadeth soon after and goes on to become one of the most successful metal musicians of his generation.

1988 : Cher wins Best Actress for the romantic comedy "Moonstruck" at tonight's Oscar Awards in New York.

1997 : Paul McCartney gives a twenty-minute concert from the roof of a building he owns in London.

2002 : Aretha Franklin and seven other Motown stars are honored with street names in Detroit's new low-income housing project.

Texts from calendar.songfacts.com

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