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July 11, 2018

On July 11, 1937, composer George Gershwin died of a brain tumor in Beverly Hills, California. Among Gershwin’s works are “An American in Paris,” ″Rhapsody in Blue” and “Porgy and Bess.”

In 1959, Joan Baez made her first recording. It was a duet with Bob Gibson, recorded live at the Newport Folk Festival.

In 1964, The Supremes released their first hit, “Where Did Our Love Go.”

In 1970, the “Woodstock” soundtrack hit number one on the U.S. album chart, the first triple album to do so.

In 1979, Neil Young’s concert film “Rust Never Sleeps” premiered in Los Angeles. The album of the same name was released simultaneously.

Also in 1979, the first digital rock album, “Bop Till You Drop” by Ry Cooder, was released.

In 1989, actor Laurence Olivier died. He was 82.

In 1995, R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills had abdominal surgery. The band was touring in Germany at the time.

In 2008, singer Steven Page of Barenaked Ladies was arrested in Fayetteville, New York, on drug charges.

Today’s Birthdays: Singer Jeff Hanna of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is 71. Ventriloquist Jay Johnson (“Soap”) is 69. Actor Bruce McGill (“Animal House”) is 68. Singer Bonnie Pointer of the Pointer Sisters is 68. Actor Stephen Lang is 66. Actress Mindy Sterling (“Austin Powers”) is 65. Actress Sela Ward is 62. Singer Peter Murphy of Bauhaus is 61. Reggae singer Michael Rose of Black Uhuru is 61. Actor Mark Lester (“Oliver”) is 60. Jazz saxophonist Kirk Whalum is 60. Guitarist Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) is 59. Singer Suzanne Vega is 59. Actress Lisa Rinna is 55. Bassist Scott Shriner of Weezer is 53. Actress Debbe Dunning (“Home Improvement”) is 52. Actor Greg Grunberg (“Heroes,” ″Alias,” ″Felicity”) is 52. Actor Justin Chambers (“Grey’s Anatomy”) is 48. Actress Leisha Hailey (“The L Word”) is 47. Actor Michael Rosenbaum (“Smallville”) is 46. Rapper Lil’ Kim is 43. Actor Jon Wellner (“CSI”) is 43. Singer Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie is 42. Rapper Lil’ Zane is 36. Actor David Henrie (“Wizards of Waverly Place”) is 29. Actor Connor Paolo (“Revenge”) is 28. Singer Alessia Cara (ah-LES’-ee-ah KAR’-ah) is 22.

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