Thursday, May 11, 2017

11 MAY

In Music History

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2014Ed Gagliardi (bass guitarist for Foreigner) dies at age 62 after an eight-year battle with cancer.
2008John Rutsey (original drummer for Rush) dies of a diabetes-related heart attack at age 55.
2007The Mamas & The PapasOtis Reddingand Al Kooper are all inducted into the Hollywood Rock Walk.
2006Guitarist Dave Baksh announces he is leaving Sum 41 to pursue a career with his new band, Brown Brigade.
2004John Whitehead (of the R&B duo McFadden & Whitehead), age 55, is murdered outside of his Philadelphia home when he's shot while fixing his car. The crime, thought to be a tragic case of mistaken identity, remains unsolved.
2004Willie Nelson cancels ten upcoming concerts in order to get some much-needed carpal tunnel surgery.
2003Noel Redding (bassist for the Jimi Hendrix Experience), age 57, is found dead in his Ireland home from a hemorrhage related to cirrhosis of the liver. 
2003Jackson Browne appears on the "Brake My Wife, Please" episode of The Simpsons.
1997Ernie Fields - trombonist, pianist, and arranger who had a hit R&B version of Glenn Miller's "In The Mood" in 1959 - dies at age 92 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
1997Country singer Trace Adkins marries Rhonda Forlaw in Nashville.
1996The wonderfully titled Fairweather Johnson, which is the second album by Hootie & the Blowfish, debuts at #1 on the charts.
1995Jimmie Vaughan, Eric ClaptonB.B. KingBuddy Guy and Robert Cray play a tribute concert for Stevie Ray Vaughan in Austin, Texas. They had all played with Vaughan at his last concert on August 26, 1990.
1990The late Ritchie Valens is finally awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6733 Hollywood Blvd.
1989The late Roy Orbison is posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York, with Eric Clapton presenting the award to Orbison's widow. Orbison enjoyed a career resurgence in the '80s, but died on December 6, 1988.
1988A grand gala is held at New York's Carnegie Hall to celebrate Irving Berlin's 100th birthday; it features such stars as Ray Charles and Frank Sinatra.
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Bob Marley Dies

Bob Marley dies at age 36 after a long battle with cancer.

Marley became the first international reggae superstar after blending elements of rock and R&B into his sound, making it appealing to a wider audience.

During his ascent, Marley is injured in a soccer game when another player's cleat punctures the big toe of his right foot. It gets infected, and in 1977 doctors tell him that he needs to have it amputated.

Marley ignores the advice on the basis of his Rastafarian religion, figuring his faith will heal him. He continues to deny treatment even as melanoma develops in the toe and spreads through his body, eventually killing him.

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