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Jimi sees Purple and Kansas rocks Canada in Today’s Rock History!

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 1967

Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze” was released. Although it is now considered a Rock ‘n’ Roll classic, the single only reached #65 on the Billboard chart.

1972

A New York quartet called Looking Glass had the number one tune in the US with “Brandy”. Despite the success of the song, the band could muster only one more chart entry, “Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne”, a #33 hit the following year.

 1978

 Nearly sixteen years after he topped the US record charts with “Sherry”, Frankie Valli had the number one song again with the title track from the musical Grease

 Also in ‘78

A crowd of 80,000 people attended the first Canada Jam Festival held at Mosport Park, just north of Bowmanville Ontario. The show featured sets by The Doobie Brothers, Dave Mason, The Commodores, The Atlanta Rhythm Section and Kansas.

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