1942 – Paul McCartney is born in Liverpool, England. The Beatles have 20 No. 1 songs, more than any other recording act, and McCartney by himself or in duets has another nine. His biggest post-Beatles hits are “Ebony and Ivory,” a duet with Stevie Wonder that stays at No. 1 for seven weeks, and “Say […]
2006 – Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett dies aged 60. He defined British psychedelic eccentricity with songs like “Arnold Layne” and “See Emily Play,” but LSD and a mental breakdown forced him out of the band in 1968.
1971 – At San Francisco’s Winterland Auditorium, 36 Deadheads have to be treated for hallucinations after ingesting apple drink at the venue. Not surprisingly, the drink was spiked with LSD.
1970 – Jimi Hendrix is found dead from barbiturate overdose. The Jimi Hendrix Experience is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 and Hendrix is posthumously voted a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1992. Jimi Hendrix Jimi HendrixAKA Johnny Allen Hendrix Born: 27-Nov-1942 Birthplace: Seattle, WA Died: 18-Sep-1970 Location of death: […]
1970 – Grace Slick and Abbie Hoffman leave a White House party without having dosed young Tricia Nixon with LSD as planned. The Jefferson Airplane singer was invited to the bash by Tricia, and took along the outlaw Hoffman as her date. Hoffman was turned away at the gate. Slick went with him.
1969 – Jimi Hendrix appears in Toronto Supreme Court to answer charges of hashish and heroin possession. Hendrix admits he has used pot, hashish, LSD, and cocaine a handful of times. But he tells the judge he has “outgrown” drugs. The jury, presumably unfamiliar with Hendrix’s catalog, finds him not guilty.
1968 – Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band wins four Grammys. From the Editor of TDIR: I remember when I was 8 years old.. and I had gotten my Big brother to buy this album for me, as i was already a Beatles fan from the age of 5 from watching the cartoons. There was […]
1967 – Paul McCartney tells a British television audience that he has taken LSD. It had worn off by the time he got around to recording “Silly Love Songs.”
1965 – The Beatles record “Day Tripper” this day in rock history! “Day Tripper” is a riff-driven rock song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and released by The Beatles as a “double A-side” single with “We Can Work It Out”. Both songs were recorded during the sessions for the Rubber Soul album. The […]