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This Day in Rock History: September 18

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On this day in rock history, Jimi Hendrix passed away from choking on his own vomit after overdosing on sleeping pills. The guitar legend, one of the many rockers who died at the age of 27, was discovered by his girlfriend in her London apartment.

Black Sabbath put out their second album, Paranoid, but only in the U.K. The record, which contained classics like “War Pigs,” “Iron Man” and the title track, wouldn’t get a U.S. release until early 1971. Fleetwood Mac‘s Kiln House, their fourth effort, saw them move even further away from traditional blues and adopt a sound that paid tribute to their favorite ’50s rock n’ rollers. Bob Dylan ended a creative drought with Oh Mercy. The Daniel Lanois-produced record was hailed as Dylan’s best in years.

In 1983, to coincide with the release of their newest album, Lick It Up, Kiss did something new: They appeared on MTV without their famous makeup. They would stay “unmasked” until the reunion of the original lineup in 1996. Four years later, coincidentally, they gave us Crazy Nights. It featured a synth-heavy production that fit in with what was on the radio at the times, and “Crazy Crazy Nights” became their highest-charting single in Britain, topping out at No. 4.

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 dies (1970)
Kiss remove their makeup (1983)

Album Anniversaries:
Fleetwood Mac, Kiln House (1970)
Black Sabbath, Paranoid (1970)
Kiss, Lick It Up (1983)
Kiss, Crazy Nights (1987)
Bob Dylan, Oh Mercy (1989)

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