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This Day in Rock History: August 26

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On this day in rock history, the Beatles launched Apple Records with one of their most incindiary tracks, the classic “Revolution.” However, it was only a b-side. The a-side belonged to another pretty good song, “Hey Jude.”

Two events centered around Jimi Hendrix took place in 1970. He officially launched Electric Lady Studios in New York’s Greenwich Village with a party. But Hendrix didn’t get to spend much time in the facility, which took a year to construct at the cost of $1 million. He left shortly thereafter for the Isle of Wight Festival, which began on Aug. 26. Hendrix, who played the closing night, was part of a five-day lineup that included the Who, the DoorsSupertrampJethro Tull and many more. It would be Hendrix’s last performance in the U.K. before his death on Sept. 18.

In 2003, Warren Zevon put out his last album, The Wind. Zevon had been diagnosed with mesothelioma, a form of lung cancer, shortly before the sessions began and he turned it into a moving epitaph, with guest appearances by old friends like Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and Jackson Browne. He passed away only two weeks after it was released.

Watch an exciting recap of many of the day’s biggest rock anniversaries above, narrated by our radio host Zach Martin. And learn more about these important events by clicking the links below.

News Anniversaries:
Jimi Hendrix launches Electric Lady Studios (1970)
The opening day of the Isle of Wight Festival (1970)

Song Anniversaries:
The Beatles, “Hey Jude” b/w “Revolution” (1968)

Album Anniversaries:
Warren Zevon, The Wind (2003)

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