The influence of Woodstock 1969 was a once in a lifetime occurrence, the impacts of the 1969 festival have continued to ripple outward for decades and inspiring millions, many of whom weren’t even born at the time, to honor the 50th anniversary of more than 400,000 gathering on a dairy farm in upstate New York for what was billed as “three days of peace and music”.
Many unknown bands at the time of performing at Woodstock saw their careers launch off, suddenly they were given the chance to be noticed, Santana, Sha na na, Sly and the family stone to name a few give credit to the concert as their starting point of their musical career.
Woodstock organizers told local residents they expected an attendance of up to 50,000 people, too guilty to confess they’d actually sold 180,000 tickets in advance. An event that was suppose be for three days only actually ended in four days. Many groups that were featured to be on stage, thinking not to take such a risk to perform, asked for their money upfront and many were paid almost double normal the amount that they usually charged for performing. The Who got paid $11,200, the Creedence Clearwater Revival the hottest band at the time was paid $10,000, the Grateful Dead and Santana were paid $2,250 each, Joe Cocker made $1,375 and the little known group “Quill” took home only $375.00 for playing to half a million people.
There were also acts that got nothing and also some acts performed without being booked, And last the group “Blood Sweat and Tears” got $15,000 for their performance.
Find out more on Woosdstock 1969 after we feature the festival event as we talk about some of the artists that were featured in the event. There are lots of stories and known facts to be told. All information and interesting facts about all artists of the month are by Wendy Johnson and also all shows are produced by Javier Martinez.