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December 11th
Birthdays: Justin Currie - Del Amitri (47), Nikki Sixx - Mötley Crüe (53), Mike Mesaros - The Smithereens (54), Jermaine Jackson (57), Brenda Lee (67), David Gates - Bread (71)
2004. Two people are killed and 11 are wounded in Sri Lanka after a grenade goes off during a concert by Bollywood heartthrob Shah Rukh Khan.
2003. Gloom merchants The Cure play their smallest British gig in years at the Islington Carling Academy to benefit charity.
2003. The RIAA certifies AC/DC's Back In Black as the world's second-best-selling album of all time, behind Michael Jackson's Thriller.
2002. David Lee Roth sues Van Halen, alleging his old band didn't include him in a 1996 renegotiation of their contract with Warner Bros.
1998. At New York's Hammerstein Ballroom, Cher, Bette Midler and Ace of Base take part in the Miracle on 34th Street Concert.
1995. Folk critic Robert Shelton dies in Brighton, England. As a writer for The New York Times, Shelton was instrumental in bringing the unknown performer Bob Dylan to the city's attention. He also wrote the liner notes to Dylan's first album using the pseudonym Stacy Williams.
1988. Days after the death of the great Roy Orbison, Don Henley, Tom Petty, and Graham Nash perform a concert in his honor at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles.
1976. At a KISS concert in Florida, Ace Frehley accidentally touches a short-circuited light bulb and is electrocuted. An unconscious Frehley is taken off the stage, then wheeled back on ten minutes later to complete the concert.
1972. Genesis make their American live debut with a show at Massachusetts' Brandeis University.
1972. James Brown is arrested and charged with disorderly conduct following a show in Knoxville, Tenn. A man reported to police that Brown was trying to start a riot after the Godfather began discussing drugs with a group of people. Charges are dropped after Brown threatens to sue the city of Knoxville for $1 million.
1971. Blood Sweat & Tears singer David Clayton Thomas appears in a spot on Canadian TV supporting the Save the Seals Campaign.
1971. James Brown releases his 32nd album, Revolution of the Mind: Live at the Apollo, Volume 3, boasting the half-hour epic "It's a New Day So Let a Man Come In and Do the Popcorn." Rolling Stone is speechless.
1971. Ann Arbor, Mich., hosts a benefit concert for White Panther and former manager of the MC5 John Sinclair. Among the performers are John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Commander Cody, Allen Ginsberg, Phil Ochs, David Peel, and Stevie Wonder. Sinclair had been sentenced to ten years in prison for possession of two marijuana joints.
1969. The Magic Christian, starring Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr, receives its premiere at a Royal Command Performance in London. Outside the cinema, John Lennon and Yoko Ono parade with placards reading "Britain Murdered Hanratty," referring to a man many believe was wrongly executed for murder in 1962.
1968. The Rolling Stones begin taping their Rock 'n' Roll Circus TV special in England, as their album Beggar's Banquet debuts in the British album charts at No. 3. Guests include the Who, Eric Clapton, Jethro Tull and John Lennon appearing as the Dirty Mac Band, performing "Yer Blues." The Rolling Stones withhold the special from broadcast, a decision which many believe was due to the Who's superior performance on the night.
1968. Lennon also puts his home in Weybridge, England up for sale.
1967. The Beatles partnership Apple Music signs its first act, Grapefruit.
1966. Beatles manager Brian Epstein tries to sign Little Richard after promoting two of the wild rocker's London concerts. Richard declines the offer.
1964. Justin Currie, leader of Scotch rockers Del Amitri, is born.
1963. The Beatles appear on the BBC's Juke Box Jury, passing comment on that week's new records.
1960. Aretha Franklin performs live for the first time at New York's Village Vanguard.
1958. Motley Crue bassist and - some would say - mastermind, Nikki Sixx is born in Seattle. Although "mind" isn't the first thing that comes to, er, mind when you think "Motley Crue."
1957. Jerry Lee Lewis marries Myra Gale Brown in Hernando, Miss. There are quite a few things that make this wedding special. First, Myra is the daughter of his bass player Jay. Secondly, she's Jerry Lee's second cousin. Thirdly, she's 13 years old.
1954. Jermaine Jackson, who might be the third most important Jackson thanks to hits like "Let's Get Serious," is born in Gary, Ind.
1946. Tony Brown, who has played bass for stars like Bob Dylan and John Martyn, is born in Greensboro, N.C.
1941. J. Frank Wilson is born in Lufkin, Texas. With his band the Cavaliers, he enjoyed a huge hit with 1964's melodramatic "Last Kiss." Pearl Jam later successfully covered the song.
1940. Bread songwriter David Gates is born in Tulsa, Okla.
1931. New Orleans soul one-off Benny Spellman, who recorded the memorable "Lipstick Traces (On a Cigarette)," is born in Pensacola, Fla.
1926. R&B legend Big Mama Thornton, whose powerhouse vocals are heard to excellent effect on her rendition of "Hound Dog," is born in Montgomery, Ala.

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