The Week In Music History: Hendrix, Lennon, and more


Let’s start with birthdays this week, as there are some important ones. 

On November 27, 1935, Al Jackson, drummer and one of the founders for Booker T & The MG’s was born. He was a key player in the rise of the influential Stax label, too.

If you aren’t familiar with his work, The Memphis Music Hall of Fame has a nice retrospective. 

Also, born on November 27, 1942, the one and only Jimi Hendrix. Here’s “Red House”, released on Are You Experienced in 1967. 


Other birthdays this week:

  • John Mayall was born November 29, 1933
  • Dick Clark, who cast a wide net in popular music history, was born November 30, 1929
  • And on December 1, 1951 Jaco Pastorius, one of the best bassists of all time. He had a hit with “Birdland” with Weather Report was born. He passed away at 35.

The Stones are in the news, and it’s fitting that on November 28, 1965, Colorado Gov. John A Love declared a Rolling Stone day throughout the state. The Stones played The Denver Coliseum that day. 

On November 28, 1974, John Lennon made his final concert appearance, with Elton John at Madison Square Garden. He performed “Whatever Gets You Through The Night”, “I Saw Her Standing There”, and “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”.

Other items:

On November 30, 2003, a block on East 2nd Street in New York City was renamed Joey Ramone Place, where he once lived, and near CBGB. “Joey Ramone Place” was reported as one of New York City’s most stolen street signs in 2010. 

In 2006 on the same date, Syd Barrett’s remaining belongings were sold during a charitable auction. All the items together totaled $200,000, including artwork, tools, books, and two bikes (if you like).

Notable albums released this week: 

The Beatles | Magical Mystery Tour | November 27, 1967 
George Harrison | All Things Must Pass | November 27, 1970 (Harrison also passed away on November 29, 2001.) 
The Kinks | Lola Vs. The Powerman & The Money-Go-Round, Pt. 1 | November 27, 1970
The Rolling Stones | Let It Bleed | November 28, 1969