On this day in rock history, Jimi Hendrix was joined on stage by bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell for the first official appearance by the Experience. They were introduced by former Animals bassist Chas Chandler, who caught a Hendrix show in New York City and then convinced the guitarist to take a shot at fame in the U.K.

Genesis released their first great album, Foxtrot. Home to both "Watcher of the Skies" and "Supper's Ready," the project found Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford, Steve Hackett and Phil Collins beginning to coalesce into the legendary act they would one day become.

Meanwhile, King Crimson released Red, the last studio effort to feature both John Wetton and Bill Bruford. Kiss issued Sonic Boom, the first album to feature their current lineup.

Today was also a signature day for George Harrison, as he notched a first-ever A-side single with Beatles – "Something" from Abbey Road. At that point, the group was some seven years into releasing music together. Harrison had worked his way up to a series of B-sides, including on the Beatles' most recent single when as "Old Brown Shoe" was coupled with "The Ballad of John and Yoko."

News Anniversaries
Jimi Hendrix Experience perform for the first time (1966)
The Beatles release George Harrison's first A-side, 'Something' (1969)

Album Anniversaries
Genesis - Foxtrot (1972)
King Crimson - Red (1974)
Kiss - Sonic Boom (2009)

Beatles Albums Ranked, Worst to Best

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