Today in Pop Music: August 30, 1969 – Best Weekend Of All Time For Music Festivals
AUGUST 30 BIRTHDAYS
1935 – John Phillips (Mamas and Papas – died 2001)
1941 – John McNally (The Searchers – ‘Love Potion #9, Needles and Pins’)
1944 – Charles Colbert (The American Breed – Bend Me Shape Me)
1954 – Ronald Beitle (Wild Cherry – drums ‘Play That Funky Music’)
ON THIS DAY
1969 – Zager and Evans became the top one hit wonders of all time when ‘In The Year 2525’ spent 6 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100. They never had another chart single – not even at #100 for one week.
1972- John Lennon and Yoko Ono played Madison Square Gardens to raise money for the One On one charity event. Sha Na Na, Roberta Flack, and Stevie Wonder also performed, and John personally bought $60,000 worth of tickets which were given to volunteer fund-raisers. The shows were recorded and some of the tracks were included on Lennon’s ‘Live In New York city’ album.
1989 – Billy Joel fired his manager (and former brother in law0 Frank Weber. This after an audit revealed serious discrepancies. Billy took Frank to court and sued for $90 million.
1969 – Two weeks after the festival at Woodstock, the second Isle of Wright Festival got underway with over 150,000 people attending the two day event to see an amazing all star lineup that ncluded: Bob Dylan, The Band, Joe Cocker, Family, Free, Richie Havens, The Moody Blues, The Pretty Things, and The Who,. At the same time down in Texas, the Texas Pop Festival drew a crowd of over 120,000 who came to see Janis Joplin, Led Zepplin, Sam and Dave, Santana, Johnny Winter, Grand Funk Railroad, Delaney and Bonnie, Nazz, Spirit, B.B. King, Canned Heat, and Chicago.
Two huge festivals – one amazing weekend.
Here’s Led Zepplin’s set from the festival.