Today In Music History – January 21st.

Marty Miller
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‘Rolling’ in for a Jimi Hendrix session and goodbye to the Colonel, all today in music history for January 21st.

I can’t imagine this in 2019, what must it have been like, in 1965, when over 3,000 screaming fans met The Rolling Stones and Roy Orbison at Sydney Airport when they arrived for a 16 date tour of Australia and New Zealand.


1966, George Harrison married Patti Boyd a Registry Office in Surrey with Paul McCartney as Best man. George had first met Patti on the set of The Beatles movie ‘A Hard Day’s Night’. She left Harrison in the mid-’70s and started an affair with Harrison’s friend Eric Clapton, who wrote the song “Layla” about her.

1968, Jimi Hendrix recorded his version of the Bob Dylan song ‘All Along the Watchtower’ at Olympic Studios in London. Brian Jones  played percussion and Dave Mason from Traffic  played twelve-string guitar on the session.

1982, B.B. King donated his entire record collection of over 20,000 discs to Mississippi University’s centre for the Study of Southern Culture! Do you think he had a copy of ABBA Gold in there?

1984, Soul singer Jackie Wilson died aged 49. He’d been a coma for since 1975 after falling off stage.

1992, Billy Idol pleaded guilty to assault and battery charges after an incident outside a West Hollywood restaurant. He was fined €2,500 and ordered to appear in a series of anti-drug commercials.

1997, ‘Colonel’ Tom Parker, Elvis Presley’s manager and agent died of a stroke in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the age of 87.

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