Today in music history, September 18th
1970 - Jimi Hendrix was pronounced dead on arrival at the age of 27 at St. Mary Abbot’s Hospital in London. Earlier that night, he left the message “I need help man” on his manager’s answering machine. There have been many rumors surrounding his death. The official cause of death was that Hendrix aspirated on his own vomit and died of asphyxia while intoxicated with barbiturates.
1970 - Black Sabbath released “Paranoid”. The album has been the inspiration for a new genre of music - Heavy Metal. It is ranked on Rolling Stone magazines' list of “The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time” and included in the book “1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die”.
1979 - The Eagles released “Heartache Tonight” the first single off of “The Long Run” album. The song came together during a jam session between Glenn Frey and J. D. Souther. They wrote the first verse while listening to Sam Cooke songs, then called Bob Seger to sing him the first verse. Bob Seger then came up with the chorus on the spot.
1983 - An important date in Kisstory. Kiss appeared without make-up for the first time during an MTV interview. They were promoting the release of their brand new album “Lick It Up”.
-- Doug O’Brien