A news bulletin out of London on September 18, 1970 shocks the rock and roll music world. Jimi Hendrix according to the police had died from a drug overdose. They say he took nine sleeping pills and died of suffocation through vomit.
It was on this night in 1967 which was a Sunday on CBS television live from New York City on “The Ed Sullivan Show” that Jim Morrison of The Doors went against the media powers and sang the lyric from “Light My Fire”, “Girl, we couldn’t get much HIGHER”.
One of my favorite albums was released today in 1971, John Lennon’s “Imagine”. This would be John’s second collection and the first with just his name as the artist. The previous collection was credited to John Lennon and The Plastic Ono Band.
This the day August 28, 1964 The Beatles smoked marijuana for the first time when it was offered to them by of all people Bob Dylan. The event happened at hotel in New York City. Bob Dylan couldn’t believe The Beatles had never smoked cannabis.
It was 23 years ago that we learned the sad news that Stevie Ray Vaughan had been killed in a helicopter crash after a Wisconsin concert performance he did with Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy. Four others along with Stevie aboard the helicopter lost their lives.
Flashing back to August 1,1971George Harrison held his "Concert for Bangladesh" at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The benefit, featuring George, Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Ravi Shankar, and Leon Russell.
The first rock and roll power trio Cream (Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker) started their first tour today back in 1966, with a concert in Manchester, England. The band had their first public performance at the Windsor Festival prior to hitting the road.
George Harrison was in the recording studio today in 1968, working on his song “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” just George and his guitar. The electrified version of the tune with help of Georges close friend Eric Clapton would appear on The White album.
July 3rd a dark day in Rock and Roll. In 1969, one of the original Rolling Stones Brian Jones died in his swimming pool he was 27 years old. Alcohol and barbiturates were found in his blood. His death was declared death by accident.
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