18 September

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2013 Roger Pope (frequent drummer for Elton John) dies of cancer in Southampton, England, at age 66, just hours after marrying his longtime companion, Sue Tresidder.

2012 Annie Lennox, formerly of the bands The Tourists and Eurythmics, gets hitched to her third husband, a London doctor named Mitch Besser.

2008 The Village People get a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame at 6529 Hollywood Blvd.

2006 Willie Nelson's tour bus is stopped near Lafayette, Louisiana, and Nelson, along with four members of his band, are arrested for possession of marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms.

2005 Dashboard Confessional donates proceeds from its Toronto show to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

2004 The Fugees reunite for a concert hosted by the comedian Dave Chappelle on a corner in Brooklyn. Other performers at the show, which is later released as the film Dave Chappelle's Block Party, include Kanye West, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott and The Roots.

2001 Tori Amos releases Strange Little Girls, a concept album where she sings from the perspective of the female characters in songs written by males, including Eminem's "'97 Bonnie And Clyde," Neil Young's "Heart Of Gold," The Beatles' "Happiness Is A Warm Gun," and The Stranglers' "Strange Little Girl."

2000 Papa Roach release their breakthrough single, "Last Resort." The track goes on to top the US Modern Rock Tracks chart.

1998 On the Grand Ole Opry, Jett Williams pays tribute to her late father, Hank Williams, who would have been 75 the day before. Daughter salutes father by performing "Your Cheatin' Heart," a song released after his death on New Year's Eve, 1952. "He never sang the song on the Opry. He never sang it live," Williams tells the audience.

1997 Jump blues singer Jimmy Witherspoon dies of throat cancer in Los Angeles, California, at age 77.

1992 Earl Van Dyke, keyboardist for Funk Brothers, Motown's in-house band, dies of prostate cancer at age 62.

1985 The Gladys Knight/Flip Wilson sitcom Charlie And Company premieres on CBS.

1981 Genesis release their "abstract" album, Abacab, in the UK.More

1981 The Doors Greatest Hits album is certified Platinum.

1980 The tenth anniversary of Jimi Hendrix' untimely death is marked by a multimedia event, featuring Experience members Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell, held at the Paradise Club in Amsterdam.

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Jimi Hendrix Dies


Jimi Hendrix is found dead in his basement. He had taken nine pills of the barbiturate Vesparax, that along with alcohol, caused a fatal overdose.

Hendrix is 27 when he dies in a girlfriend's house in Notting Hill, London. The guitarist and singer had a history of drug use: a year earlier he appeared in court in Canada, where he was acquitted of possession of hashish and heroin but admitted using marijuana, cocaine and LSD. His death comes a fortnight after that of Canned Heat founder Alan Wilson - also from an overdose of sleeping pills - and within a year he will be joined by Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison (all are 27 when they die). Hendrix had been struggling with a recent influenza-like illness, exacerbated by exhaustion caused by a lack of sleep and overwork on a recent tour of Germany with his band The Jimi Hendrix Experience. He had fallen out with his manager, Michael Jeffery, and was also embroiled in two legal battles - a paternity suit and a dispute with his record label. The post mortem investigation finds that Hendrix has asphyxiated on his own vomit after taking 18 times the recommended dose of barbiturates, but despite media speculation that he has committed suicide, the coroner records an open verdict. Despite only recording three studio albums before his death - Are You Experienced (1967), Axis: Bold as Love (1967) and Electric Ladyland (1968) - Hendrix is widely acknowledged as being one of the greatest guitar players of all time. His unique sound is partly due to his unorthodox playing style: unlike most left-handed guitarists who string their instruments in mirror image, he simply flips a regular guitar upside down. A natural showman, he is known for playing the guitar behind his head, picking out notes with his teeth, and even on occasion lighting his instrument on fire at the climax of his shows. A year before his death, Hendrix told a reporter, "I tell you when I die I'm going to have a funeral. I'm going to have a jam session. And, knowing me, I'll probably get busted at my own funeral." This prediction almost comes true at his wake beneath the Seattle Space Needle, thanks to childhood friend and promoter Tom Hulett. After a full set from The Buddy Miles Express, Miles Davis is joined on stage by Experience members Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell, who improvise together into the early evening, with Hendrix's cousin Eddie Hall playing guitar.



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