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This Day in Music History: June 11th
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2005: It was announced that Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page & Queen guitarist Brian May were on Queen Elizabeth’s annual list of birthday honors. Page was named an officer of the Order of the British Empire & May was named a commander of the Order of the British Empire.

2002: Paul McCartney married Heather Mills. Guests included Ringo Starr, David Gilmour, Elton John & Chrissie Hynde. The couple would file for divorce four years later.

1988: At Wembley Stadium in London, a birthday tribute concert to Nelson Mandela took place. Some of the acts on the bill included Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Dire Straits, & Stevie Wonder.

1983: Alex Van Halen married Valerie Kendall in Los Angeles. Alex’s brother Eddie was the best man. The couple filed for divorce one year later.

1979: Chuck Berry pled guilty to income tax evasion. He would be sentenced to four months in prison.

1976: Rush began a three night stand at Massey Hall in Toronto. These three shows were recorded for what became the band’s first live album All the World’s a Stage.

1971: Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson accidentally put his right hand through a window pane & severed some nerves that kept him from drumming for three years.

1966: The Rolling Stones reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the third time with “Paint It, Black” which spent one week on top of the chart.

1966: European radio stations were abuzz with rumors that Roger Daltrey of The Who had been killed in a car accident, when it was Pete Townshend who was in the accident, but only had minor injuries.

Frank Beard-drummer for ZZ Top born in 1949
Donnie Van Zant-singer for .38 Special born in 1952


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