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1961 - Jimi Hendrix enlists in the Army and is stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, as a member of the 101st Airborne Division. He signs up for three years, but is honorably discharged a little over a year later, ostensibly because he hurt his ankle in a parachute jump, but really because he is a lousy soldier, constantly thinking about or playing his guitar.

1968 - Working on what will become The White Album, The Beatles added overdubs of bass and vocals on ‘Revolution’. After numerous overdubs have been added, the final six minutes of the song evolved into chaotic, jamming, with Lennon repeatedly shouting "alright" and Yoko Ono speaking random phrases. The jam becomes the basis for ‘Revolution 9’, and this session is the first that Yoko attends.

1976 - The Who entered the Guinness Book of World Records for performing the loudest concert in history. Their concert at England's Charlton Athletic Grounds had reached 76,000 watts at 120 decibels. This record would stand for nearly a decade.

1986 - Genesis is everywhere on the charts. Their song "Invisible Touch", made it's debut while Mike and the Mechanics (guitarist Mike Rutherford's band) had "All I Need Is A Miracle" out. That joined Phil Collin's single "Take Me Home", which was climbing the charts along with Peter Gabriel's (original singer of Genesis) "Sledgehammer." And let's not forget "When The Heart Rules The Mind", by former guitarist Steve Hackett and his band GTR.

2019 -Roky Erickson died age 71. Erickson co-founded the 13th Floor Elevators in late 1965 who released their debut album The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators the following year. Like Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd, a common point of reference, Roky Erickson rose to cult-hero status as much for his music as for his tragic personal life; in light of his legendary bouts with madness and mythic drug abuse, the influence exerted by his garage-bred psychedelia was often lost in the shuffle.


Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary is 84.

John Bonham, drummer for Led Zeppelin, was born today in 1948. Often referred to by his nickname "Bonzo," was one of the most important and influential drummers of the 1960s and '70s -- as a member Led Zeppelin, he was also a bona fide superstar for the last decade of his life and, along with Ringo Starr of the Beatles, Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones, Keith Moon of the Who, and Ginger Baker, one of the most well-known drummers in rock. Revered in the rap and hip hop world as well, Diddy, Eminem, 2Pac, The Beatie Boys and many others all sampled his beats.

Karl Bartos of Kraftwerk is 70.

Fritz Hilpert of Kraftwerk is 66.

Darryl "D.M.C." Matthews McDaniels is 58.

On this Day In Music History are gathered from This Day in Music, XXL Mag, Allmusic, Song Facts and Wikipedia.

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