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Today In Pop Music: September 18 – Jimi Hendrix’ Last Words

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Reprise Records - 1967

Reprise Records – 1967

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SEPTEMBER 19 BIRTHDAYS

1933 – Jimmie Rodgers (‘Honeycomb’,’ Kisses Sweeter Than Wine’,’ Secretly’)

1939 – Frankie Avalon (‘Why’,’Venus’,’ Beauty School Dropout’)

1946 – Alan King (Ace – guitar -’How Long’)

1950 – Mike Hossack (Doobie Brothers – percussion – died 2012)

1961 – Martin Beedle (Cutting Crew – ‘I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight’)

ON THIS DAY

1960 – On his 21st birthday, Frankie Avalon was given $600,000 that he had earned from his hits as a minor. Unlike other child acts, he actually got what was owed him.

September 18, 1968 – The Beatles recorded 20 takes of “Birthday” which would be included on their “White” album.  Roadie Mal Evans provided handclaps, while Yoko Ono and George Harrison’s wife Pattie contributed backing vocals.

September 18, 1976 – Wild Cherry began a three week run at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.  They would follow with four more chart singles, none of which cracked the top 40, before falling off the charts for good in the spring of 1978.

September 18, 1983 – Kiss appeared without their makeup for the first time during an interview in MTV

September 18, 1970 – Jimi Hendrix was pronounced dead on arrival at a London hospital – he was just 27 years old.  Earlier that night Jimi had left the message “I need help man” on his manager’s answering machine, but it was too late.

Seven days earlier, he had given his final interview.

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