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Today in Music History - April 11

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Today in Music History - April 11

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Today in Music History - April 11

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Today in Music History for April 11:

In 1958, Jerry Lee Lewis' first wife, Jane Mitcham, filed for divorce. Lewis had already secretly married his 13-year-old cousin, Myra Gale Brown.

In 1961, Bob Dylan made his first professional appearance in New York's Greenwich Village, sharing the bill with bluesman John Lee Hooker. Dylan sang an arrangement of "House of the Rising Sun" and his tribute to Woody Guthrie, "Song to Woody." Dylan drew much of his inspiration from Guthrie, whom he visited in a New Jersey hospital soon after he arrived in the New York area in early '61.

In 1963, "The Beatles'" single "From Me to You" and their album "Please Please Me" were released in Britain.

In 1965, "The Beatles" and "The Rolling Stones" shared the bill at the New Musical Express Poll Winners' Concert in London.

In 1970, Paul McCartney announced what he called a temporary break with "The Beatles," which proved to be permanent. McCartney cited personal differences, which were later revealed to be his disapproval of Yoko Ono, John Lennon's wife, and of the group's financial adviser, Allen Klein. A week after his announcement, McCartney released his first solo album.

In 1970, guitarist and vocalist Peter Green, one of the founders of "Fleetwood Mac," announced he was leaving the group to follow his religious beliefs. Green's departure put an end to the band's blues leanings and turned to a more melodic rock sound. Green stayed out of music until the late '70s, when he made two solo albums.

In 1980, disco star Barry White received an honorary degree from UCLA.

In 1983, "Up Where We Belong" from the movie "An Officer and a Gentleman" won the Oscar for Best Song. It was written by Jack Nitzsche, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Will Jennings and performed by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes.

In 1985, a court ruled that the rock group "Boston" had the right to record for MCA instead of CBS. The legal dispute had blocked the release of the band's third album for more than five years.

In 1991, the musical "Miss Saigon" opened in New York. Its $10 million budget, $35 million in advance sales and top ticket price of $100 were all Broadway firsts. The love story of an American marine and a Vietnamese prostitute prompted protests by Asian-American groups and Actors Equity. They were upset with the casting of British actor Jonathan Pryce in a Eurasian role. The union relented after producer Cameron McIntosh threatened to cancel the Broadway run.

In 1997, Paul McCartney gave a free rooftop concert in London, playing two songs from his soon-to-be-released album, Flaming Pie, for a documentary about the album. It brought back memories of "The Beatles'" final rooftop concert in 1969.

In 2006, singer June Pointer, the youngest member of "The Pointer Sisters," died in a southern California hospital of cancer. …

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