APRIL 11: The Daily Flashback
1727: Johann Sebastian Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” was performed for the first time in Leipzig’s St. Thomas Church.
1921: The first live sports event on radio took place this day on KDKA Radio – a boxing match between Johnny Ray and Johnny Dundee.
1936: SPEBSQSA (Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America) was founded.
1952: “Singin’ in the Rain,” starring Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and newcomer Debbie Reynolds, was released in the U.S.
1961: Bob Dylan made his professional singing debut in Greenwich Village, opening for John Lee Hooker at Gerde’s Folk City and performing the new song, “Blowin’ in the Wind.”
1966: Jim Kweskin & the Jug Band performed on “The Mike Douglas Show.”
1968: Janis Joplin made her television debut when Big Brother & the Holding Company performed on ABC-TV’s “Hollywood Palace.”
1970: Fleetwood Mac founding member Peter Green announced he was leaving the group to devote himself to “what God would have me do.”
1981: Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen married actress Valerie Bertinelli.
1983: R.E.M.’s debut album Murmur was released.
2002: Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson got engaged.
1950: Bill Irwin
1954: Chris Difford
1956: Neville Staple
1957: Jim Lauderdale
1966: Lisa Stansfield
1987: Joss Stone
2001: Sandy Bull
2006: June Pointer
2014: Jesse Winchester
2017: J. Geils