A Day on The Green

July 21, 1974 at County Stadium in Milwaukee.

Shakey, The Captain, Croz and Willy were in fine form.

So was an incoming senior at Oshkosh West High School …

Live Aid ’85

July 13, 1985 ~ Bob Geldof’s dream of an all-day concert at venues in the USA and Europe to benefit those suffering from the famine in Ethiopia comes to fruition.

The monster music event happens at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia and London’s Wembley Stadium with over 100,000 fans in the USA and 72,000 in the UK attending. The event is broadcast live across the world to an audience of around 2 billion people in 150 nations.

The Beach Boys, The Four Tops, Paul McCartney, Tina Turner, Elton John, David Bowie, The Who, Queen, Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan all lend a hand.

Estimates are that Geldof and crew raise upwards of $50M. However, according to a story done by SPIN Magazine, it’s debatable how much actually reached those in need versus the pockets of Mengistu Haile Mariam, Ethiopia’s corrupt head of state.

The Fillmore East

Bill Graham opened the Fillmore East in March, 1968 at 2nd Avenue and 6th Street in New York City. With spectacular light shows, dancing, and extraordinary performances from rock’s biggest names, it quickly became legendary. Graham’s success with his Fillmore’s East and West contributed to the changing demands of the musicians he featured, opening the door to a commercial atmosphere of bigger salaries and larger venues. Anticipating those changes, Graham closed the Fillmore East with a month-long celebration that culminated in the June 27, 1971 concert…

With Albert King, the J Geils Band, Edgar Winter, Mountain, the Beach Boys, Country Joe McDonald, and the Allman Brothers Band all featured on the bill, it was an appropriately epic and genre-spanning lineup. Admission into the venue was invite-only, but it was broadcast in New York over WNEW-FM and WPLJ-FM.  ~ Concertvault.com


Carol Kaye: The Boss of the Bass Guitar … 

Though not a fan of the hat tip and notoriety created by “The Fabulous Mr. Maisel” homage, Carol Kaye is someone every fan of rock n roll should know about and respect …

Carol Kaye started as a jazz solo guitarist, working the club scene of 1950s LA, when she was asked to work on some studio tracks for Sam Cooke. Though she loved the bebop jazz scene, Carol was a single mother with three kids and so to the studios she went, eventually switching to bass. She ultimate changed the very sound and role of that instrument in pop music as a member of what drummer Hal Blaine dubbed The Wrecking Crew (but which Carol has called The Clique).