Jimi Hendrix and Elvis Presley, their Early Days.

Private James Hendrix of the 101st Airborne, playing guitar at Fort Campbell Kentucky in 1962.

Image: Earliest known photo of a very young Elvis Presley, with parents Gladys and Vernon in 1938:

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“The Who” at Monterey, California 1967.

BN-IZ091_061715_J_20150617172919The rock band The Who performs on stage at the Monterey Pop Festival on June 18, 1967, in Monterey, California.
The introduction as the band took the stage: “And this is a group that will completely destroy you in more way than one. This is The Who.” At the end of the set, they destroyed their instruments.
A flip of a coin reportedly determined that The Who would take the stage before Jimi Hendrix.
Then in an effort to one-up the Who, Jimi Hendrix lit his guitar on fire at the end of his own set.
Photo: Paul Ryan/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
via #TBT: The Who Plays a Destructive Set at Monterey Pop Festival 1967 – Photo Journal – WSJ.

In 1964 when the Beatles came to Adelaide they sped past me at 100 kmh.

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It was 1964 and I was in my 4th Year at Plympton High School. I was an overweight geek who was called “Humphrey darling” by two blond scrubbers every time they saw me in the schoolyard.
I had already split my pants trying to vault the “wooden horse” out on the oval and a young Greg Chappell had told me to “fuck-off” in the short time that he was there!

My best friend was John Ward, who talked like a girl and walked everywhere on tippy toes. I was a “Loser”.
But magic was on the horizon “The Beatles” were coming to Adelaide minus Ringo Starr. Big “Blob” Francis (5AD) had convinced Brian Epstein in 1963 to bring them here.
Paul McCartney said he would like to see Adelaide and the Plympton girls squealed with delight.
So, as the Big Day approached when they would whizz past the back of Plympton High down Anzac Highway the excitement grew and grew!
And then, the Headmaster of Plympton High School, a Mister Goldsworthy, nicknamed “Chrome Dome”, who was the spitting image of Adolph Eichmann, said “NO!”
“The Beatles are rubbish and you shouldn’t be wasting valuable study time going over to Anzac Highway!”
The student mass gasped in astonishment when the announcement was made in the middle of a dusty quadrangle.

Quickly the rebellious sheilas organised a Strike Committee and had quickly served a “Log of One Demand only” on the balding demagogue. “Let us see the The Beatles”.
Goldsworthy relented and we saw John, George, Paul and Jimmy Nicol (Ringo’s replacement) go roaring past in a blur!
WOne girl knocked herself out on a stobie pole in her mad chase after the Fab Three’s car.

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The Beatles: When, Where, Who? United Kingdom.

All right World tell me who, where and when? 
Oh stuff it! Anyone out there, yes, I know most are a doddle but it’s the odd ones I’m interested in.
What year and where were the photos taken?
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NPG P1690; The Beatles (Pete Best; George Harrison; John Lennon; Paul McCartney; Stuart Sutcliffe) by Astrid Kirchherr
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Elvis Presley’s Army Days, 1958-1960.

26 March 1958, Fort Chaffee, Arkansas:
Private Elvis Presley contemplates his next two years of army service while awaiting issue of more clothing.
Presley was sent to Fort Hood, Texas, for eight weeks of basic training with the tough Second Armoured Division.
Image Credit: Photograph by Bettmann/Bettman Archive.

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The Macabre Tale of Joseph Haydn, Austria 1809.

joseph-haydn--dBy George Hamilton
Joseph Haydn was one of the most prolific composers in the history of music, and one of the most influential. He was the man whose template gave us the symphony as we know it.
It certainly helped that his place of work was out in the country.
He was based in a small town called Eisenstadt, 50-odd kilometres from Vienna, which was the musical capital of the time. Haydn was the resident bandleader for the Esterházys, one of the wealthiest families in the Austrian empire.
With the finest of talent at his disposal in the in-house orchestra, and with no concerns about what everybody else was up to, Haydn could follow his instincts into new territory, and that is precisely what he did.
By the time his prosperous patron passed away, leaving the estate to a son who didn’t much fancy spending his money on music, Haydn had built up a formidable body of work that had made his name right across Europe.
London beckoned. By now, almost 60, he made his way there, en route catching his first sight of the sea! The English loved him, and he repaid their loyalty with 12 new symphonies that took his tally past a hundred.
Haydn ended his life in Vienna, where he produced his masterwork, The Creation.
Then the plot thickens, for something curious happened after he died at the age of 77 in 1809.
Some days after the funeral, a plot was hatched to steal Haydn’s head. There was a theory at the time that various aspects of an individual’s mental make-up could be determined by examining bumps on the skull. Phrenology was the name of this pseudo science.
Haydn was deemed a suitable case, because he was unquestionably a genius. So the local prison governor – whose own investigations into criminal behaviour gave him reason enough to test the theory – conspired with a former employee of the Esterházys.
They bribed a gravedigger, he opened the coffin, took off the head, and they took it away.
The theft only became apparent when plans were made to honour Haydn by removing his remains from the municipal ceremony where he’d been buried and reinterring them at the Esterházys’ country seat.
It didn’t take long to find out who was responsible, and they were pressed into returning the head. Except they didn’t want to give up their prized possession. They bought another skull and handed it over.
The reinterment took place, while Haydn’s real head continued a journey that eventually brought it to Vienna’s principal musical society. It was put on display in the Musikverein, and stayed there for over 50 years.
It wasn’t until 1954 that this macabre tale reached a conclusion.
A congregation of several hundred, among them the President of Austria, gathered at the church in Eisenstadt to witness Haydn’s skull being ceremoniously reunited with the rest of his remains and placed in his white marble tomb.
There was a final twist. The substitute skull was not removed. The final resting place of Joseph Haydn contains two heads.
via Classical Music: The macabre tale of a musical genius – Independent.ie.