16 June 1967


On this day, fifty years ago:

Monterey Pop

Grace Slick, who played there with Jefferson Airplane described it in her autobiography as “The only festival I can think of that was excellent in every way”. Day one, the Friday evening, opened with the Association, followed by one of Al Grossman’s lesser-known acts the Paupers, jazz/soul singer Lou Rawls, Johnny Rivers, from the UK Beverley (later with John Martyn) and Eric Burdon with his New Animals and top-of-the-bill, Simon & Garfunkel


Author: pompeypop

University lecturer, longtime local musician and recently historian of popular music - especially in and around Portsmouth. My blog is entirely about that topic

6 thoughts on “16 June 1967

  1. If you have a couple of hours to spare this was recorded in 1997 to commemorate it.

  2. If anyone doubts the impact of Flower Power, MRA is currently watching BBC’s 50th anniversary of Gardeners’ World, which began in 1967, with that old hippy Percy Thrower.

    • Meanwhile I listened to Albie’s pick – very interesting. Lots of memories from the Monterey acts and lots of songs – and thankfully they play the whole song not just an extract, although the balance isn’t perfect. When Simon & Garfunkel sing “Sound of Silence” the harmony vocal dominates and the lead melody drifts away

  3. On day two (Saturday) at Monterey, the afternoon is very interesting – quite ‘bluesy’ and all USA, with Electric Flag, Steve Miller, Canned Heat, Paul Butterfield, Big Brother & the HC, Al Kooper, and two of the Bay Area’s finest, Quicksilver MS and good old Country Joe & the Fish.

    The evening session is more varied: Moby Grape, Hugh Masekela, Laura Nyro, Jefferson Airplane, Butterfield (again), the Byrds and Otis Redding with Booker T & MGs and the Mar-Keys. His show in the movie is fabulous

    More memories tomorrow.

  4. On the final day (Sunday) Ravi Shankar played the whole of the afternoon session. Maybe it helped that the acid was said to be particularly fine …

    The evening kicked off with the Blues Project, then Janis Joplin & BB & HC returned to reprise their performance so that it could be filmed. She went down a storm again and was followed by The Group with No Name (?), Buffalo Springfield, the Who, the Grateful Dead, the Jimi Hendrix Experience and to close the whole thing, the Mamas & Papas – with a guest ‘song’ (guess) by Scott McKenzie.

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