Wednesday, April 11, 2018

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2012Robin Gibb's orchestral production Titanic Requiem (released to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of The Titanic) premieres in London.
2009Blues musician Rocky Hill dies at age 62 of undisclosed medical complications.
2007Jazz singer Dakota Staton, known for the 1957 hit "The Late, Late Show," dies at age 76. 
2004Two months after her "wardrobe malfunction" at the Super Bowl, Janet Jackson hosts Saturday Night Live and is also the musical guest.
2003Country singer Noel Fox (of The Oak Ridge Boys) dies at age 63, days after suffering a massive stroke.
2003Pop singer Little Eva dies at age 59, 18 months after being diagnosed with cervical cancer.
2002South Carolina Governor James Hodges declares James Brown the state's "Godfather Of Soul."
1999The all-star tribute concert Here There and Everywhere: A Concert For Linda is held at London's Royal Albert Hall, where Paul McCartneyGeorge MichaelChrissie Hynde (of The Pretenders), Elvis Costello and Sinead O'Connor raise money for animal charities while remembering Paul's wife Linda, who has recently succumbed to breast cancer.
1998Cleveland radio disc jockey Eddie O'Jay, a pioneer of R&B radio who inspired The O'Jays' moniker and became their manager, dies at age 73.
1995Lee Greenwood and wife, Kim, welcome a baby boy, Dalton Lee, in Nashville.
1992Brash stand-up comedian Sam Kinison, who also appeared in several music videos ("Bad Medicine," "Kickstart My Heart," "Wild Thing"), dies at age 38 when his car is hit by a teenage drunk driver. 
1991Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits guest stars as a rock star on the "Glitter Rock - April 12, 1974" episode of Quantum Leap.
1989The Cult release their fourth album, Sonic Temple, which peaks at #10 on the US chart. The album features some of The Cult's biggest hits, including "Fire Woman," "Sun King," "Edie (Ciao Baby)" and "Sweet Soul Sister."
1988George Michael and Madonna are "honored" at the 8th Golden Raspberry Awards, where the former Wham! singer takes Worst Original Song for "I Want Your Sex," the #2 hit featured in Beverly Hills Cop II, and Madonna is named Worst Actress for her role as Nikki Finn in Who's That Girl. It's Madge's second consecutive win in the category, having landed the prize the year before for her role in Shanghai Surprise.
1985Madonna begins her first tour, the Virgin Tour, in Seattle.
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Paul McCartney Quits The Beatles - Sort Of

In publicity materials released to promote his first solo album, Paul McCartneyindicates that he's done with The Beatles.

To promote the album McCartney, which was released a week later, Paul doesn't do any press, but instead releases a Q&A where he answers many questions about the album, but more importantly, discusses the future of The Beatles.

The key passages:

Q: "Is this album a rest away from the Beatles or the start of a solo career?"

McCartney: "Time will tell. Being a solo album means it's 'the start of a solo career... and not being done with the Beatles means it's just a rest. So it's both."

Q: "Is your break with the Beatles temporary or permanent, due to personal differences or musical ones?"

McCartney: "Personal differences, business differences, musical differences, but most of all because I have a better time with my family. Temporary or permanent? I don't really know."

Q: "Do you foresee a time when Lennon-McCartney becomes an active songwriting partnership again?"

McCartney: "No."

The Beatles haven't been active in months, with all four members of the group working on solo projects. Still, there has been no official announcement of their demise, so when McCartney makes these statements, it's seen as the first admission that the end has come. The press distills the statements into headlines like "Paul quits the Beatles," and word spreads fast, driving the wedge between McCartney and the other Beatles even deeper.

The Beatles never regroup, and later in the year their business partnership is legally dissolved.

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