Jimi goes bonkers on TV -- Dylan and Denzel! -- Aretha's first...

The Queen of Soul, c 1967. (Express/Getty Images)

1/3/1969 (49 years ago today) - The Jimi Hendrix Experience were booked to play two songs live on The Lulu Show on UK TV -- They get through a full-length version of "Voodoo Child" {awesome!!!}, followed by a verse and one chorus of "Hey Joe" when Jimi decides (unannounced-and-to-everyone's-surprise) to instead perform "Sunshine Of Your Love" as a tribute to Cream, who had just broken up a few days earlier -- What else but...Jimi goes crazy with the jamming and it's totally stupendous; the band runs over their allocated time slot on the live show, preventing host Lulu from closing the show properly like she usually does and, really, it's too late to care. Hendrix gets banned from future BBC live TV bookings {awesome again!!!}........

1/3/1976 (42 years ago today) - It was historic, all right: Bob Dylan's "Hurricane" peaks at No. 33 on the Billboard chart, helping to cause enough publicity to eventually get former boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter released from jail(!) -- The song promoted Carter's innocence and a movie about Carter's life, starring Denzel Washington, was released in 2000...

1/3/1987 (31 years ago today) - One year after the debut round of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions that featured male acts exclusively, on this date Aretha Franklin became the first woman to be inducted and even though it was an important and culturally significant first, the Hall continues to suffer an image problem due to their conceived gender gap, and yes, they deserve to be haunted for it...Aretha should have been on that very first list, and everybody in the world knows it.

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