I remind you, these shows are from 2007, so every time I say 40 years just think 45!
We continue our travel back to Monterey, California in the year 1967.
The Monterey Pop Festival was the model for all future festivals- and in terms of pure innocence none came close.
And it was a BENEFIT concert, with all proceeds STILL all these years later being contributed to the recipients.
This time, I’ve got some Canned Heat (who I used to call Sterno) doing some old Elmore James.
Without question, Monterey sparked access to acts who changed not only the music, but the culture as well.
So we move on to Otis Redding, who hit the ground running with Shake- the old Sam Cooke song.
And he did Sam proud. Then he sang one for the “Love Crowd”, as he called it.
He never expected such a reception from an overwhelmingly white audience, and was deeply touched by it.
Otis later said it, but you can hear it in his voice. He knew he had tapped into something, and he was so palpably happy.
Incredibly, Otis died only a few months later in that plane crash!
I will read some statements from the legendary Lou Adler on the smooth running of the Festival. That never happened again!
Then it is on to the Who, who destroyed their instruments at the end of their set- something they had been doing all along in their native England, but left festival-goers here open-mouthed and stunned.
And set the stage for Jimi Hendrix to later try to top it!
Plus, trying to cover all bases, I’ve got a song for you for Fathers Day.
If you can remember this one (it was the B-side of a single in 1970), you are GOOD!
We are halfway through this series now- two more chapters to come.
Here's the link to some more extraordinary live performances , at WLSO.FM: