GARRY ROBERTS of The Boomtown Rats
IAIN MATTHEWS of Fairport Convention/Matthews Southern Comfort
JED MOTTLEY of Feed The Kitty
In 1967, The Monterey Pop Festival began in Monterey, California, unofficially ushering in the Summer Of Love. Over the course of three days, tens of thousands saw the first major appearances of The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Who, and Janis Joplin. The Byrds, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Simon & Garfunkel, The Steve Miller Band, Canned Heat, The Mamas & The Papas, and Buffalo Springfield also performed. John Phillips of The Mamas & The Papas wrote “San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)” to promote the festival, which later became a hit for Scott McKenzie.
In 1967, Pink Floyd released their second single, “See Emily Play.”
In 1972, David Bowie released his fifth studio album, The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, a concept album telling the story of a fictional alien rock star named Ziggy Stardust. The album has been consistently considered one of the greatest albums of all time.
In 1982, Pretenders guitarist James Honeyman-Scott, who was just 25, died of a heroin overdose in London. Chrissie Hynde later dedicated “Back On The Chain Gang” to him.
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