It's September 19th, and 38 years ago today Jimi Hendrix died in London, just days after appearing with War at Ronnie Scott's. He was 27, and just one of several notable rock burn-outs in 1970 – in the same year both Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison died.
Birthdays today include Freda Payne, best known for her hit Band of Gold, and original Status Quo sticksperson John Coghlan, along with the late Cass Elliott, of The Mamas and The Papas.
For those of a more classical inclination, on this day in 1809 a rebuilt Royal Opera House opened in Covent Garden after a massive fire the previous year. This new theatre was gutted again in 1856, and replace by the building currently at the heart of the present ROH.
Meanwhile here in whathifiland our November issue has just gone on sale, and in just four weeks the 2008 What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision Awards issue hits the shops.
Highlights this week here on whathifi.com include:
More after the break
Meanwhile on the Forums we now have well over 17,300 members, almost 78,000 threads and more than 124,000 posts. This week we have been wondering how far you go when upgrading, discussing the WHFSV listening rooms and finding out what you want from our forthcoming forum upgrade.