May 11 in Music History: The Woodstock album is released, Led Zeppelin goes to see Elvis

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1957 – At the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, The Everly Brothers make their stage debut.

1966 – Small Faces release their self-titled, debut album.

1970 – Featuring performances from the festival, the triple album Woodstock soundtrack is released on Cotillion Records.

1972 – John Lennon goes on the Dick Cavett Show and mentions that the FBI is monitoring him. (He turns out to be right.)

1974 – Led Zeppelin attend an Elvis Presley show at the Los Angeles Forum in California. After a shaky start to the show, The King stops his band and jokingly says, “Wait a minute, if we can start together fellas, because we’ve got Led Zeppelin out there, let’s try to look like we know what we’re doing.” All four members Zeppelin spend over 2 hours backstage meeting with him after the show. Elvis asks for their autographs for his daughter Lisa Marie.

1975 – Cher’s new boyfriend Greg Allman appears as a guest on her CBS-TV show Cher.

1981 – Jamaican singer-songwriter Bob Marley dies of lung cancer and a brain tumor at the young age of 36.

1993 – Aimee Mann releases her first solo album, Whatever.

1995 – Jimmy Vaughn, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and Robert Cray reunite for a tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughn in Austin, TX. All five had played with Vaughan at his last show on August 26, 1990 before he was killed in a helicopter crash the next day.

 

Information for this post was gathered from This Day in Music, The Music History Calendar, On This Day, and Wikipedia.

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