We’ll open up with some more about that groundbreaking sound system developed for the concert.
Then it is off to Janis!
I can still remember the first time I heard Ms. Joplin.
I had never heard a woman…I had never heard ANYONE sing like that!
That VOICE! It was amazing, and I totally flipped over it!
From the album Cheap Thrills with Big Brother & The Holding Company, we’ll hear the classic Ball And Chain. And that album and this song, made her an instant star.
I should point out that if you have seen the movie documentary of the Monterey Pop Festival, or intend to see it, there is that wonderful scene where the camera switches to Mama Cass Elliott as she mouths the words “WOW!” after Janis’ performance! It just blew everyone away!
Along with Hendrix and Otis Redding, this was the 3rd act that came before an unsuspecting audience and blew everyone away. All of them bringing magic and shockwaves to the music world!
Beaver & Krausse were at the Festival, trying to sell Moog synthesizers.
They later signed a recording contract with Warner Bros.
And believe it or not, I still have some old vinyl records by them. They were a bit odd, and it might be too much for you, but I just may dip into their stuff and give you taste someday.
Part of the Festival organizers were the Mamas & Papas, and they were the act that closed it all out on that concluding Sunday night. We’ll hear from that set.
I am gonna close THIS whole series out with a number released later in that remarkable year of 1967, by Eric Burdon & The Animals.
It is called “Monterey”, a terrific song that not only mentioned the feeling of the scene and the acts that played Monterey Pop, but included credible impressions of those artists- and the instruments they used too!
Please give a close listen to this one.
It’s a sadly neglected gem, even to this day.
And it contains one of my favorite lines in all of Rock & Roll:
“If you wanna find truth in life, don’t pass MUSIC by”.
Amen to that!
Here's the link that closes out the Festival, at WLSO.FM: