Today In Pop Music: June 16 – The First Major Rock Festival Gets Underway
JUNE 16 BIRTHDAYS
1941 – Lamont Dozier (legendary Motown songwriter/producer – wrote hits for The Supremes, Four Tops,Marvin Gaye, Marths and the Vandellas, Freda Payne, chairmen of the Board, among others.)
1942 – Edward Levert (The O’Jays)
1946 – Ian Matthews (Fairport Convention/Matthews Southern Comfort – ‘Woodstock’)
1949 – Peppy Castro (Blues Magoos/guitar-vocals – ‘We Ain’t Got Nothin’ Yet’)
1950 – James Smith (Stylistics – ‘You Are Everything’, ‘You Make Me Feel Brand New’)
ON THIS DAY
1965 – Bob Dylan recorded ‘Like A Rollin Stone’ at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City during sessions for his ‘Highway 51 Revisited’ album. The song became Dylan’s first top 10 hit on Billboard’s Hot 100.
1966 – The Beatles made a surprise appearance on the UK television show ‘Top Of The Pops’, performing ‘Paperback Writer’ and ‘Rain’. With the exception of the band’s worldwide broadcast of ‘All You Need Is Love’ a year later, it was The Beatles final live musical appearance.
1976 – The Jackson Five’s four week summer replacement show premiered on CBS-TV featuring the group and sisters LaToya, Rebbie, and a very young, very shy Janet Jackson.
1980 – The Blues Brothers movie starring Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi premiered in Chicago. One of the surprise hits of the year, the film also features musical legends Aretha Franklin, James Brown, and Ray Charles.
1990 – Roxette began a two week stay atop theBillboard Hot 100 Chart with ‘It Must Have Been Love’. Featured in the film ‘Pretty Woman’ starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, it became their third chart topper.
1967 – Musical history took a giant leap when the first major rock festival took place: The Monterey Pop Festival got underway, featuring the first major appearances in the united States of Jimi Henrdix, The Who, and Janis Joplin. All of the acts performed for free and all proceeds went to charity, ushering in the summer of love. Also performing over the three day event were The Byrds, The Grateful Dead, Otis Redding (in a breakout performance!), Simon and Garfunkel, Canned Heat, The Steve Miller Band, Laura Nyro, The Association, Jefferson Airplane, The Electric Flag, The Mamas and Papas, and Buffalo Springfield. Top ticket price: $6.50.
You will not believe who introduced Buffalo Springfield at Monterey!