This Day in Music History: February 11th
1998: Bernie Taupin’s hand-written lyrics for Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind ‘97” sold for $442,500 at Christie’s in Los Angeles. The proceeds benefitted the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.
1992: Motley Crue fired singer Vince Neil, claiming Neil didn’t have a passion for music. Neil claimed he was fired for taking a stand against the group’s new musical direction. Neil later re-joined Motley Crue in 1997.
1985: The Firm, a band which featured Free & Bad Company singer Paul Rodgers & Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page released their self-titled debut album. The album was recorded at Page’s Sol Studios & went on to be certified Gold in the U.S.
1984: Genesis peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “That’s All” which was their first top ten single in the U.S.
1983: The Rolling Stones’ concert film documentary Let’s Spend The Night Together, which was a film on their 1981 North American tour in support of Tattoo You premiered in New York City.
1982: U2 kicked off their fourth North American tour aboard the SS President Riverboat as it floated along the Mississippi River in New Orleans.
1972: David Bowie performed as Ziggy Stardust in concert for the first time in Tollworth, U.K.
1965: Ringo Starr married longtime girlfriend Maureen Cox at Caxton Hall Register Office in London. Manager Brian Epstein was the best man. Starr’s bandmates in The Beatles were in attendance with the exception of Paul McCartney who was on vacation.
1964: The Beatles performed their first concert in the U.S. at the Washington Coliseum in Washington, D.C.
1963: The Beatles recorded ten of the fourteen songs which appeared on their debut album Please Please Me at EMI Studios in London.
Gene Vincent born in 1935
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