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December 11

Music History for Wednesday, 12/11/19

2013 - Tommy Ruger, the drummer with the Nightcrawlers, died. He was 67.

2012 - Public Enemy was named the fourth hip-hop act to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They joined inductees Rush, Heart, Albert King, Donna Summer, and Randy Newman.

2012 - Ravi Shankar, Indian sitar master who taught George Harrison how to play the instrument, died following complications from heart valve surgery. Shankar was 92.

2012 - Bruno Mars released the album Unorthodox Jukebox.

2008 Dierks Bentley performed "Feel that Fire," "Beautiful World" and "Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)" at the Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo, Norway.

2005 - Rascal Flatts and Carrie Underwood were among the stars performing for President George W. Bush at the annual Christmas in Washington concert, which aired on TNT at a later date.

2002 - Willie Nelson performed "Georgia on my Mind" at the Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo, Norway, in honor of award recipient Jimmy Carter.

2002 Diamond Rio shot their video for "I Believe" in Nashville.

2000 - Radiohead premiered re-recordings of four songs from their album Kid A on BBC Radio.

1999 Brad Paisley went to number one for the first time with "He Didn't Have to Be."

1998 - Afghan Whigs lead singer Greg Dulli got into a fight with a security guard following the band's concert at the Liberty Lunch Club in Austin, Texas. Dulli fractured the base of his skull in the fight.

1997 - JewelEmmylou Harris and Sinead O'Connor performed the Beatles classic "In My Life" at the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo.

1995 - "Gangsta's Paradise" by Coolio, featuring L.V., was at the top of the year-end Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. 

1995 - Cracked Rear View by Hootie & The Blowfish topped the year's Billboard Albums chart.

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

1976 - Bob Seger released the album Night Moves.

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

1971 - Carly Simon's Anticipation was released.

1970 - Ringo Starr's movie, The Magic Christian, premiered in London.

1964 - Singer Sam Cooke was shot to death by the female manager of a California motel. A coroner's jury ruled the shooting justifiable homicide.

1963 Hank Williams Jr. had his first recording session at age 14 in Nashville. He recorded several of his father's songs, including "You Win Again," "Your Cheatin' Heart," "Cold, Cold Heart" and "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry."

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

1957 - Jerry Lee Lewis married his 13-year-old cousin, Myra Gale Brown.

1951 - Hank Thompson recorded "The Wild Side of Life" and "Waiting in the Lobby of Your Heart" at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles.

1946 - Hank Williams had his first recording session at the WSM Studios in Nashville.