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This Day in Music History: September 18th

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2008: Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder released the single “All the Way” a tribute to the Chicago Cubs. Vedder wrote the song after baseball hall of famer Ernie Banks requested that Vedder write a song about the Cubs. 

1983: Kiss appeared without makeup in public for the first time when they were on MTV to promote the release of their latest album Lick It Up.

1981: The Doors’ Greatest Hits released the prior year was certified Platinum in the U.S. & later went on to sell three million copies.

1978: All four members of Kiss simultaneously released solo albums. Each album shipped one million copies & was certified Platinum, but sales failed to match the expected demand. Ace Frehley’s solo album was the most successful.

1971: The Who reached number one on the U.K. Album Chart for the first and only time with their fifth studio album Who’s Next.

1970: Jimi Hendrix died in his girlfriend’s apartment in London after choking on his own vomit after taking nine of sleeping pills prescribed to his girlfriend with red wine. He was 27 years old.

1970: Black Sabbath released their second album Paranoid which went on to reach number twelve on the Billboard 200 Album Chart, sell four million copies in the U.S. and regarded by many as Black Sabbath’s best album and one of the best Heavy Metal albums of all time.

1968: Rush performed their first paying concert at The Coff-In United Church in Toronto. Their setlist included covers of Jimi Hendrix’s “Foxy Lady”, Cream’s “Spoonful” & “Crossroads” & The Yardbirds’ “Shapes of Things”. “Crossroads” & “Shapes of Things” were later recorded by Rush for their 2004 covers EP Feedback.

1968: The Beatles recorded “Birthday” which would be included on their self-titled album. While recording the song they took a break to watch the British television premiere of the movie The Girl Can’t Help It starring Little Richard.

Kerry Livgren-pianist for Kansas born in 1949
Michael Hossack-drummer for The Doobie Brothers born in 1950
Dee Dee Ramone-bassist for The Ramones born in 1951

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