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May 18 – 30, 1963, – “If You Wanna Be Happy” by Jimmy Soul #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Miami Pop Festival
May 18 – 19, 1968 – The first Miami Pop Festival. An estimated 100,000 people attended this concert, which was promoted by Richard O'Barry & Michael Lang. From Wikipedia: The first Miami Pop event ...was originally publicized on promotional materials as the "1968 Pop and Underground Festival," and "The 1968 Pop Festival". An estimated 25,000 people attended this event, which was promoted by Richard O'Barry and Michael Lang, later famous as promoter of Woodstock. Bands featured at the festival included The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Mothers of Invention, Blue Cheer, Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker and The Crazy World of Arthur Brown. The opening act on Saturday was a little-known group called The Package, and the closing act was The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Originally scheduled as a two-day event, Sunday's concert was rained out. But there was at least one beneficial result - it inspired Hendrix to write "Rainy Day, Dream Away." see May 18 - 19)
Northern California Folk-Rock Festival
May 18 – 19, 1968: The Northern California Folk-Rock Festival was held at Family Park in the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in San Jose, California and promoted by Bob Blodgett. It was the first of two such festivals held at the venue, being followed by the 1969 Northern California Folk-Rock Festival. The festival featured Country Joe and the Fish, The Animals, Jefferson Airplane, The Doors, Big Brother and the Holding Company, The Youngbloods, Electric Flag, Kaleidoscope, Taj Mahal, and Ravi Shankar. And although not mentioned in the promotional material, Grateful Dead also performed. (see Aug 3 & 4)
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Archie Bell and the Drells
May 18 – 31, 1968: "Tightin’ Up” by Archie Bell and the Drells #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. From Wikipedia: "Tighten Up" was written by Archie Bell and Billy Buttier. It was one of the first songs that Archie Bell & the Drells recorded, in a session in October 1967 at the Jones Town Studio in Houston, Texas, along with a number of songs including "She's My Woman". The instrumental backing for "Tighten Up" was provided by the T.S.U. Toronadoes, the group which had developed it in their own live shows before they brought it to Archie Bell & the Drells at the suggestion of Skipper Lee Frazer, a Houston disk jockey who worked with both groups. At the recording session, the Drells worked late into the night with the Toronadoes as Archie Bell perfected the vocals.
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