Classic Rock Almanac September 18, 2016

ANNIVERSARIES

2005-Founders Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young — as well as board member Dave Matthews — headline Farm Aid 2005 at the TweeterCenter in Tinley Park, Illinois. The 20th anniversary concert also features Kenny Chesney, Emmylou Harris, John Mayer, Arlo Guthrie, Widespread Panic, Los Lonely Boys, Wilco and Buddy Guy.

1997-Blues singer Jimmy Witherspoon, who recorded with Eric Burdon and Eric Clapton, dies at age 74.

1983-The members of KISS appear on MTV without their makeup for the first time.

1981-The Who‘s Face Dances album is certified platinum.

1976-Boston releases “More Than a Feeling” as a single. The highest it reaches in Billboard is number-five, while the album it’s on goes on to sell many millions.

1971-Pink Floyd become the first rock group to appear at the Classical Music Festival in Montreux, Switzerland, performing “Atom Heart Mother.”

1970-Jimi Hendrix dies in a London apartment. The coroner rules it accidental, saying the 27-year-old died of asphyxiation, having inhaled his own vomit while intoxicated on barbiturates.

1968-After Paul McCartney writes the song “Birthday” in the studio in the afternoon, The Beatles record and mix it by 5:00 a-m the next morning.

1967-The Beach BoysSmiley Smile is released in place of the similarly titled but aborted Smile. It contains the hits “Good Vibrations” and “Heroes and Villains.”

BIRTHDAYS

Lita Ford – 58 years old
Solo/ex-Runaways singer-guitarist. Born in 1958.

Dee Dee Ramone (Douglas Colvin) – Died in 2002
The Ramones‘ original bassist and singer, who also wrote books, worked solo and published a fanzine, died of a drug overdose in Los Angeles on June 5th, 2002. Born in 1952.

Kerry Livgren – 67 years old
The ex-Kansas/ex-Proto-Kaw guitarist-keyboardist suffered a stroke in September, 2009. He returned to action in 2011 and now makes Christian music. Born in 1949.

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