June 27 1970


The music industry has changed like all other industries. Live performances, both locally and nationally, are small and rare. Groups that filled stadiums are trying to fill small auditoriums. Clubs and bars hire duos and singles, if they even hire live acts.

Every club has at least one night of karaoke. Every karaoke singer believes a talent scout for the “Voice” is probably watching them. Who needs recording acts when the stars are walking among us?

I picked today’s date as a good place to look back at the music industry…back forty six years.
The concert venues were busting at the seams… rock, blues and country rock bands were becoming living legends.

I wish I was riding the Canadian National Railways train across Canada 46 years ago.
Of course I might not have lived through it. What a great tour that was.
THE FESTIVAL EXPRESS.

Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, Flying Burrito Brothers, Buddy Guy Blues Band, The Band, and Delaney and Bonnie.
Janis

All these groups together, traveling by train to do shows in Toronto, Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Calgary. In between shows the train trip was a huge party of jamming musicians, drugs and alcohol. Each show was a two or three day festival. Most ticket prices were $9 for one day, $16 for two days.

On this same date in 1970, a group called “SMILE” was booked for a show in Cornwall, England. This group had just hired a new singer named Fred Bulsara. The guitarist, Brian May, and the drummer, Roger Taylor, had formed “Smile” and wanted to change personnel. So singer, Fred, along with bassist Mike Gross joined the group and they arrived to do the gig.

Fred Bulsara walked on stage and said, “Hi, my name is Freddie Mercury and we are the band, “Queen.”
Queen

Back in the USA, things were also rocking. An American band had their third NUMBER ONE hit of the year. On this date in 1970, the song “The Love You Save” hit #1 on Billboard. It was by The Jackson Five.
Don’t know what happened to those guys.

UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Jackson 5 Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

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2 Responses to June 27 1970

  1. Robert D. Levinson says:

    What a glorious time for rock and roll, except for the loss of Jimi, Janis, and Jim. I was a high school sophomore pup, on the verge of growing up during a most productive era in music with a destructive war as a backdrop. Was just reading a bio about Gram Parsons of the “The Flying Burrito Brothers”, another casualty of that era. (but what a great name for a band)

    • bakoheat says:

      The saddest part of Gram and his drug/alcohol ventures was the night Chris Hillman had to fire him from his own band. Not only did he miss rehearsals and show up late for the gig…he was singing different tunes then the band was playing.

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