Music History for

December 11

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1803 - Composer Louis-Hector Berlioz was born.

1876 - Composer Mieczyslaw Karlowicz was born.

1957 - Jerry Lee Lewis secretly married his 13-year-old third cousin Myra Gale Brown. The marriage caused Lewis to be blacklisted from many radio stations and he was dropped from Dick Clark's shows.

1958 - The Coasters recorded "Charlie Brown."

1960 - Aretha Franklin made her New York debut at the Village Vanguard.

1964 - Sam Cooke was shot to death at a the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles, CA.

1965 - Velvet Underground made its performance debut at a high school dance in Summit, NJ.

1967 - The NBC-TV special "Movin' with Nancy Sinatra" aired.

1970 - Ringo Starr's movie "The Magic Christian" premiered in London.
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1970 - The albums "John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band" and "Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band" were released.
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1971 - James Brown 32nd album, "Revolution of the Mind," was released.

1972 - James Brown was arrested after a show in Knoxville, TN, and charged with "disorderly conduct" after being accused of trying to incite a riot. The charges were dropped when Brown threatens to sue for $1 million.

1972 - Genesis played their first show in the U.S. at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA.

1976 - Bob Seger released his album "Night Moves".

1976 - KISS guitarist Ace Frehley was nearly electrocuted during a concert in Florida. He had touched a short-circuited light. He was carried from the stage but returned 10 minutes later to continue and finish the show.

1985 - The single "The Super Bowl Shuffle" by Chicago Bears Shufflin' Crew was released.

1988 - Don Henley, Tom Petty, Graham Nash and Bonnie put on a benefit show at The Wiltern Theatre to pay tribute to Roy Orbison.

1989 - The musical "City of Angels" opened.

1997 - Jagged Internetworks, Mick Jagger's Internet company, debuted with an exclusive live webcast of the Akai Singer Champions Trophy, an international cricket tournament in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

1997 - Jewel, Sinead O'Connor and Emmylou Harris performed the Beatles' "In My Life" together at the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo.
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1998 - Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs) was injured after a performance in Austin, TX. He sustained a fracture to the base of his skull after an altercation with one of the club's security guards.

2001 - Gene Simmons (KISS) did an interview with Matt Lauer on NBC's "Today" to promote his book "Kiss and Make-Up." The book was released for sale on December 4, 2001.

2001 - Lionel Richie sang "Just Put Some Love in Your Heart" on CNN's "Larry King Live."

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