This Day in History: 2022-08-11

AUGUST 11th
“My Sharona.”  For a week or two… maybe five, The Knack are the next Beatles. “Get The Knack” is #1 on the Billboard 200.  1979
“The Pretenders” containing the stellar “Brass In Pocket” goes platinum three years after its release. 1982
A court ruling states that anyone who purchased Evanescence’s “Anywhere But Home” CD/DVD package at Wal-Mart stores in Maryland prior to the first of the year can get a refund because the disc did not carry a parental-advisory sticker warning of explicit lyrics. A Maryland couple sued Sony BMG Music Entertainment and its Wind-Up Records subsidiary over the absence of a sticker. 2005
Arcade Fire’s third album, “The Suburbs,” debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 selling 156,000 copies. It beats out Eminem’s “Recovery” by a mere 4,000 units. 2010
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Iron Butterfly guitarist Erik Brann is born.  He played on the group’s classic “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” album.  1950
Elvis Presley’s most successful song of the ’50s, “Don’t Be Cruel,” is released. 1956
The Ramones drummer, Ritchie Ramone (born Richard Reinhardt), enters the world.  1957
John Lennon issues a televised apology in Chicago for his “we’re more popular than Christ” comment. The apology has little impact on Beatle bans, boycotts and record burnings – mostly in the Bible Belt. Memphis city officials weigh in requesting the upcoming Beatles concert in their city be cancelled. 1966
After five years or marriage, Elvis and Priscilla Presley file for divorce. Lisa Marie is their only child. 1972
The Edgar Winter Group releases “Free Ride.” 1973
Aerosmith goes gold with their “Toys In The Attic” LP. 1975
Benjamin Gibbard, vocalist for Death Cab For Cutie, is born in Bremerton, WA. 1976
Simon LeBon’s sailboat capsizes during a race. The Duran Duran singer, a sailing enthusiast, and members of his 24-person crew, are rescued by the Royal Navy. 1985
A decade after going platinum in the U.S., Ozzy Osbourne’s solo debut, “Blizzard Of Ozz,” with the songs “Crazy Train” and “Suicide Solution,” becomes a double platinum album. 1992
KISS receive their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 1999
The four surviving founders of the Allman Brothers Band initiate a lawsuit against Universal Music Group (UMG) over alleged unpaid royalties from sales of CDs, digital downloads and ringtones. The musicians are seeking more than $10 million in damages. 2008
I Will Not Bow,” the lead single from Breaking Benjamin’s fourth album “Dear Agony,” arrives. 2009
Linkin Park’s “The Catalyst” debuts at #1 on Nielsen’s Rock Songs chart, making it the first track to debut atop the survey since its creation in ’09. 2010
London & Co. and Courtney Love settle a $1 million lawsuit over the profits from the sale of Nirvana’s publishing catalog. The management company sued Love claiming the Hole frontwoman and widow of Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain failed to share the earnings from the sale of a portion of Nirvana’s catalog totaling nearly $20 million. 2010
Jani Lane, the lead singer of the Glam Metal band Warrant, dies in L.A. at age 47. Lane was the primary songwriter for Warrant and penned the band’s signature hits “Heaven” and “Cherry Pie.” 2011
Paul McCartney makes a special appearance at the third annual Apollo Theater fundraising concert at the Hamptons home of Ron Perelman (MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc.). The benefit draws 260 guests and raises more than $2 million for the theater. 2012
Aaron Lewis, frontman for Staind, holds his first charity golf tournament. The Bernardston, MA, event raises over $150,000 for It Takes A Community Foundation which supports the R.H. Conwell Community Education Center. The foundation, founded by Lewis and his wife Vanessa, helps schools acquire desks, books and school supplies and funds teachers’ salaries. 2012
Paramore perform “Still Into You” at the Teen Choice Awards where they win the award for Choice Rock Group. “We’re just stoked that we have fans that want to come out to shows,” says Paramore bassist Jeremy Davis. 2013
Former Killswitch Engage singer Howard Jones duets with current vocalist Jesse Leach on the song “The End Of Heartache” during the band’s London concert. 2018