Greatest songwriting duo ever opens for business... -- Jimi as opening act is always kinda funny... -- Givin' it up for Charles Edward Anderson Berry...

(Courtesy of Chess Records)

10/18/1957 (61 years ago today) - Paul McCartney makes his first appearance with The Quarry Men at New Clubmoor Hall, Norris Green, Liverpool. The official line-up for the group at this time was John Lennon and Paul alongside future-footnotes-to-rock-history Eric Griffiths, Colin Hanton and Len Garry -- This was the gig where Paul played John some songs he had written, to which John then added some touches of his own, effectively marking the birth of the Lennon/McCartney songwriting partnership. Life as we know it on Planet Earth is about to change in a bigly way...

10/18/1966 (52 years ago today) - The Jimi Hendrix Experience played their first gig as a band on this date: they were the opening act for headliner and French pop star Johnny Hallyday at the Paris Olympia in France. Though he's sold millions of records {how about 18 platinum albums!} and toured the world over 200 times, Mr. Hallyday, sometimes called "The French Elvis" and who passed away last December, remains pretty much unknown outside of the Francophone world -- In English speaking countries, his nickname was "the biggest rock star you've never heard of". Jimi, on the other hand...

10/18/1926 - Born on this day, the (truly) one and only Chuck Berry. It's simple, really: No Chuck? No Beatles. No Stones. How'd ya like to live in that world? Charles passed away at age 90 on March 18th last year, gone like a cooooooool breeze...

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