Jimi Hendrix played his last show here in his hometown today in 1970, headlining in the rain not far from his Central District home at Sick’s Stadium on Rainier Avenue (The site is now home to a massive Lowe’s Hardware store), where Jimi had supposedly seen Elvis Presley perform in 1957. Hendrix family archives include a cartoon of Elvis with his guitar that Jimi had drawn when he was 15.  He would die at 27 a little less than two months later.

Management for The Rolling Stones hired graffiti artists to “tag” London with promotion for their new single “It’s Only Rock And Roll” today in 1974.

Elvis Costello was arrested by London Bobbies today in 1977 at the request of the Hilton Hotel as he was performing outside during a CBS Records sales conference. He was fined £5.

Led Zeppelin cancelled the final five shows of what would end up being their last American tour today in 1977, on learning of the tragic death of Robert Plant’s 5-year-old son Karac from a stomach virus.  They’d played Seattle’s Kingdome just a week before.

One of Paul McCartney’s first guitars, a cheap Rex acoustic, sold for £330,000 at an auction at Abbey Road Studios today in 2006.  Paul learned some of his first chords on it, and used it to persuade John Lennon to let him join the Quarrymen with his mastery of Eddie Cochran’s Twenty Flight Rock.

AC/DC singer Brian Johnson was the celebrity driver of the hit BBC show Top Gear’s “reasonably priced car” today in 2009. Brian’s lap time on the show’s abandoned WWII airfield track made him the second fastest driver of that season.  Host Jeremy Clarkson introduced him to the hangar-studio audience as “A man who has sold more records than the Beatles, and most of you don’t know who he is.”

Rock And Roll Birthdays

Darlene Love is 71, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010, largely for her work with the Phil Spector group The Crystals. She also joined Michelle Phillips as one of the cheerleader/backup singers on Cheech and Chong’s Basketball Jones.  She suffered a heart attack over the weekend, KZOK wishes her a swift recovery (See related story on the Music Page of KZOK.com)

One of the world’s most iconic celebrities, let alone Rock and Roll, Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger is 69. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003, the only member of the Stones so honored, and it caused friction in the band: Charlie Watts said “Anybody else would by lynched! 18 wives and 20 children, and he’s knighted. Fantastic!” Keith Richards dismissed the “F*%&ing paltry honour”, saying he did not want to take the stage with someone wearing “…a coronet and sporting the old ermine. It’s not what the Rolling Stones is all about, is it?”

Queen’s singing and songwriting drummer Roger Taylor is 63.


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