September 18 Rock and Roll History
It's time to take a trip in our Townsquare time machine and learn about some rock and roll history.
On this day in 1970, rock and roll legend Jimi Hendrix died in Kensington, England at the young age of 27 after taking too many sleeping pills. Soon after, people started spreading conspiracy theories about the event, including one that Hendrix’s own manager arranged it because the guitarist wanted to get out of his contract. In 1993 Scotland Yard reopened the investigation, but when they didn’t turn up any new evidence, the investigation came to an end.
In 1971, The Who reached the top of the U.K. album charts for the first and only time with their sixth LP release, Who’s Next. The song “Won’t Get Fooled Again” was featured on the album.
In 1974 on this day John Lennon was live in the studio at New York radio station WNEW-FM as a guest DJ.
In 1981, more than a decade after Jim Morrison’s death, The Door’s “Greatest Hits” album went platinum.
In 1983, KISS guest starred on MTV to promote their latest album, and this was the first time they appeared in public without wearing their iconic makeup.