Music History for

January 11


1856 - Composer Johann Christian Sinding was born.

1875 - Composer Reinhold Gliere was born.

1928 - "Ol’ Man River" was recorded by Paul Whiteman and his orchestra. Bing Crosby was the song’s featured vocalist. The song is from the Broadway musical, "Showboat".

1963 - The Whiskey-a-Go-G0 nightclub opened in Los Angeles, CA. It is recognized as the first disco in the U.S.

1964 - "Ring of Fire" by Johnny Cash became the first country album to top the U.S. pop album chart.

1965 - The Beach Boys recorded "Do You Wanna Dance."

1967 - Jimi Hendrix began recording "Purple Haze."

1968 - The Daily Mirror of London reported that Jimi Hendrix had moved into the London townhouse where George Frederick Handel was believed to have composed "Water Music" and "Messiah."

1977 - Keith Richards (Rolling Stones) was tried in London for possession of cocaine, found in his car after an accident, and fined £750.

1987 - Frankie Goes to Hollywood began what would be its final tour in Manchester, England.

1992 - Paul Simon began a concert tour in South Africa. He was the first international star to perform in South Africa following the end of the UN cultural boycott.

1995 - Michael Jackson released a statement saying, "I will no longer stand by and watch reckless members of the media try to destroy my reputation." The statement was a response to unsubstantiated rumors of a video depicting Jackson fooling around with a young boy.
Today in Michael Jackson History

1999 - Sean "Puffy" Combs and Dwight "Heavy D" Myers, along with the City University of New York (CUNY), were found negligent in a 1991 celebrity basketball game that killed nine people and injured dozens.

2001 - Whitney Houston was stopped for possessing marijuana at Keahole-Kona International Airport.