The spotlight on this day shifts from one specific recording artist to an event that planted the seed for Woodstock. This specific festival drew 100,000 fans over three beautiful winter days, and featured many seminal acts of the time. All genres of music attended to broaden the audience's tastes and introduce new acts. 1968 ended with a roar!
Welcome into the Spotlight...
1968, Miami Pop Festival
The first major rock festival was held on the East Coast of the US for the nominal fee of seven dollars ($7) a day. The event featured fourteen daily acts on two stages including Chuck Berry, The McCoys, Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood Mac, Marvin Gaye, The Turtles, The Box Tops, Steppenwolf, Three Dog Night, Pacific Gas and Electric, Procol Harum, Canned Heat, Iron Butterfly and The Grateful Dead.
According to Rolling Stone (February 1, 1969), the festival was "a monumental success in almost every aspect, the first significant -- and truly festive -- international pop festival held on the East Coast." Woodstock, of course, took place in 1969, and Hallandale city officials, horrified by visions of stoned hippies dancing naked at Gulfstream, nixed plans for a second Miami Pop Festival. (Source: Miami Pop Festival)
Relive the Music of the Times...
2005 Pink Floyd were voted the greatest rock stars ever in a survey of 58,000 listeners from UK radio station Planet Rock. Led Zeppelin were voted into second place, 3rd was The Rolling Stones, 4th The Who, 5th, AC/DC, 6th, U2, 7th, Guns N’ Roses, 8th, Nirvana, 9th, Bon Jovi and in 10th place Jimi Hendrix. Listeners also named the 1970s as the golden age of rock, followed by the 1960’s.
Pink Floyd in January 1968, from the only known photo-shoot of all five members.
Clockwise from bottom: Gilmour, Mason, Barrett, Waters, Wright
And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...