1967, The Summer Of Love

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This week in music history, the three day Monterey Pop Festival in California began. All proceeds went to charity when all the artists agreed to perform for free, and the “Summer of Love” was born. The festival saw the first major US appearances by [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Who[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jimi Hendrix[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Janis Joplin[/lastfm]. Also on the bill: [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Byrds[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Grateful Dead[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Otis Redding[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Simon & Garfunkel[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Steve Miller Band[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Canned Heat[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Mamas And The Papas[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jefferson Airplane[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Buffalo Springfield[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Electric Flag[/lastfm]. Tickets cost $3.50-6.50. [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]John Phillips[/lastfm], of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Mamas and The Papas[/lastfm] would later write, ‘San Francisco’ (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair) about the festival, which became a hit for [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Scott McKenzie[/lastfm].  Click “more” to learn other interesting facts, this week in music history.


This Week in Music Over the Years (June 12- June 18)

June 12, 2000 -  [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Sinead O’Connor[/lastfm] announced that she was a lesbian. The mother of two told the American magazine Curve that she had been in the closet for years saying “I am a lesbian. I haven’t been very open about that, I’ve gone out with blokes because I haven’t necessarily been terribly comfortable about being a lesbian.”

June 13, 1988 - The biggest charity Rock concert since Live Aid three years earlier took place at London’s Wembley Stadium, to denounce South African apartheid. Among the performers were [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Sting[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Stevie Wonder[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Bryan Adams[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]George Michael[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Whitney Houston[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Dire Straits[/lastfm]. Half the money raised went towards anti-apartheid activities in Britain, the rest was donated to children’s charities in southern Africa.

June 14, 1987 – [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Madonna[/lastfm] played the first date on her Who’s That Girl World Tour at the Osaka Stadium, Osaka, Japan. The tour became the highest-grossing tour ever, grossing over $20 million.

June 15, 1977 – [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Sex Pistols[/lastfm] held a party on a boat as it sailed down The River Thames in London. The Pistols performed ‘Anarchy In The UK’ outside The Houses Of Parliament resulting in members from the party being arrested when the boat docked later that day.

June 16, 1967 – The three day Monterey Pop Festival in California began. All the proceeds went to charity when all the artists agreed to perform for free, the “Summer of Love” was born. The festival saw the first major US appearances by The Who, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. Also on the bill: The Byrds, Grateful Dead, Otis Redding, Simon & Garfunkel, The Steve Miller Band, Canned Heat, The Mamas And The Papas, Jefferson Airplane, Buffalo Springfield and The Electric Flag. Tickets cost $3.50-6.50. John Phillips, of The Mamas and The Papas would later write, ‘San Francisco’ (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair) about the festival, which became a hit for Scott McKenzie.

June 17, 1977 – After [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jimmy Helms[/lastfm] pulled out of a gig at Shoreditch College, the members of the social committee decided to call upon famous local, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Elton John[/lastfm] who lived up the road and ask if he would perform. Elton did the gig for two bottles of wine.

June 18, 2010 – [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]John Lennon[/lastfm]‘s handwritten lyrics to[lastfm link_type="artist_info"] The Beatles[/lastfm] song ‘A Day In The Life’ sold for $1.2m at an auction at Sotheby’s in New York. The double-sided sheet of paper with notes written in felt marker and blue ink also contained some corrections and other notes penned in red ink.

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