Today in Music History: The Jimi Hendrix Experience played their final gig

Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix (Sony Music, via NPR)

History Highlight:

Today in 1969, The Jimi Hendrix Experience played at Mile High Stadium in Denver in what was to be their final gig together. The group formed in Westminster, London, in September 1966. They released three studio albums - Are You Experienced (1967), Axis: Bold as Love (1967) and Electric Ladyland (1968), all featured in the top 100 of the Rolling Stone list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time", at positions 15, 82 and 54 respectively. In 1992, the Jimi Hendrix Experience was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Also, Today In:

1957 - The government of Iran officially banned rock and roll after declaring rock dancing "as harmful to health". The ban stayed in place until the 1990s.

1966 - Neil Diamond played American Bandstand for the first time, performing his hit "Cherry, Cherry."

1970 - NBC presented the Liza Minnelli special "Liza", also starring songwriters Anthony Newley, Jimmy Webb and Randy Newman.

1975 - An upbeat Elton John turned up unannounced at a concert at the Oakland Coliseum featuring the Eagles and The Doobie Brothers; he sang with both bands.

1976 - The Memphis City Council voted to change Elvis' home street, Highway 51 South, to "Elvis Presley Boulevard."

1979 - Lowell George, frontman for Little Feat, died of a heart attack at age 34.

1985 - John Lennon's 1965 Rolls-Royce Phantom V limousine, with psychedelic paintwork, sold for a record sum of $3,006,385 at a Sotheby's auction in New York.

1987 - Meeting at a London pub, a group of record label executives decided to use the term "World Music" to promote their international artists. This new designation became a section in many record stores and made it much easier to classify artists that didn't fit traditional genres.

1988 - The Guardian newspaper reported that many music CDs would fade and distort over the next few years due to manufacturing faults, sending shockwaves through the music industry.

1991 - De La Soul's second album, De La Soul Is Dead, debuted at No. 24 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

1993 - George Harrison announced that he would be undergoing chemotherapy for throat cancer, with assurances that, "I'm not going to die on you folks just yet." He succumbed to the disease three years later.

1994 - Barbra Streisand set a new record after grossing $16 million for a series of Madison Square Garden comeback shows.

1994 - Oasis made their debut on BBC TV's Top Of The Pops performing their new single "Shakermaker."

1995 - Ringo Starr's first-ever TV commercial, for Pizza Hut, debuted in the U.S., as did a similar spot by the newly reformed Monkees.

1996 - Record producer George Martin received a Knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for his services to music.

2001 - "Dream A Little Dream: The Almost-True Story of the Mamas & the Papas", a stage musical penned by former Papas member Denny Doherty, premiered in Toronto.

2002 - Rosemary Clooney died of lung cancer at age 74.

2004 - Rush released their 18th studio album, Feedback, comprised of eight cover songs selected from tunes that influenced each band member in their younger years.

2007 - Lily Allen was questioned by police over an alleged assault on a photographer outside a nightclub in London. She was freed on police bail after questioning.

2007 - George McCorkle, guitarist for The Marshall Tucker Band, died shortly after a cancer diagnosis at age 59.


Celebrated American singer and actor Nelson Eddy was born today in 1901.

Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice is 72.

Little Eva, known for the hit "The Loco-motion", was born today in 1943.

Colin Hay, singer-songwriter and former Men at Work frontman, is 67.

Sam Farrar of Phantom Planet is 42.

Highlights for Today in Music History are gathered from This Day in Music, Paul Shaffer's Day in Rock, Song Facts and Wikipedia.

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