1966 – Chas Chandler offers Noel Redding the job of bass player in Jimi Hendrix’s new band, the Experience.
1966 – At London’s Birdland club, Eric Burdon’s New Animals are holding auditions for a new guitarist. The band members are unimpressed by Noel Redding’s guitar skills, but invite him to play bass. He jams with Chas Chandler’s new find Jimi Hendrix and the two head off to a pub. Redding would go on to […]
1966 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Cherish,” the Association. The group’s record company is afraid radio stations would think the song was too long, so the running time is listed as three minutes, which is 13 seconds short of the truth. David Cassidy of TV’s “The Partridge Family” takes the song to No. […]
1966 – Jimi Hendrix’s second day in London is an eventful one. He’s in bed with Cathy Etchingham, a 19-year-old hairdresser who has taken his fancy, when Keith Richards’ ex Linda Keith bursts into his hotel room, steals a guitar she bought for him in New York, climbs under the covers, and says he can […]
1966 – On the American albums chart, Stevie Wonder is a new entry with Uptight. The album gives a hint of the precocious genius’ emerging maturity with a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind.”
1966 – Jimi Hendrix arrives in London in the company of his new manager, Chas Chandler. Chandler was a bassist with the original Animals and discovered Hendrix playing in a Greenwich Village go-go club. On the flight to England, Hendrix changes the spelling of his name from “Jimmy” to “Jimi.” Chandler immediately takes his new […]
1966 – The Rolling Stones kick off a British tour at London’s Royal Albert Hall, supported by an all-star cast of Ike & Tina Turner, the Yardbirds, Peter Jay & the Jaywalkers, the Kings of Rhythm Orchestra, Jimmy Thomas, Bobby John, and Long John Baldry. But the band has to leave the stage after 10 […]
1966 – Guitarist Nuno Bettencourt of Boston metal band Extreme is born in Portugal this day in rock history! Nuno Duarte Gil Mendes Bettencourt (born September 20, 1966) is a Portuguese-American guitarist and singer-songwriter best known for his role as the lead guitarist of the Boston hard rock band Extreme whose hits include the acoustic […]
1966 – George Harrison journeys to India to meet with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi for the first time.
1966 – John Lennon flies to Spain to shoot the Richard Lester film How I Won the War.
1966 – The Doors appeared at Bido Lito’s, Hollywood, California. Also on the bill The Seeds.
1966 – A slow day at Britain’s Houses of Parliament is enlivened when MP Tom Drilberg asks the House to “deplore” a magistrate who condemned the Rolling Stones as “complete morons … who wear filthy clothes.” Thanks, Dad.