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Performers Before Woodstock

Performers Before Woodstock

The following is a list of all the Woodstock Music and Art Fair’s performers in the order that they released their first albums. Oh so young!

November 1960, future Woodstock performer Joan Baez (age 19) released her first album, Joan Baez

In 1962 future Woodstock performer Ravi Shankar released his 4th album, Improvisations. He released his first  at age 17 in 1937.


August 1965,The Lovin’ Spoonful (future Woodstock performer John Sebastian age 19) released their first single, “Do You Believe in Magic”


October, 1965, future Woodstock performer The Paul Butterfield Blues Band album released. (Paul Butterfield age 23).


December 3, 1965,  future Woodstock performer The Who [Pete Townsend, 20; Keith Moon, 19; Roger Daltrey, 21; and John Entwistle, 21] released My Generation album.


June, 1966, future Woodstock performer Incredible String Band (Robin Williamson, age 22 , and Mike Heron, age 22 ) released first album, The Incredible String Band.

July, 1966: Tim Hardin (age 25) released first album, Tim Hardin 1. 

August 15, 1966: Jefferson Airplane released their debut album, Jefferson Airplane Takes Off. The personnel differs from the later “classic” lineup and the music is more folk-rock than the harder psychedelic sound for which the band later became famous. Signe Toly Anderson was the female vocalist and Skip Spence played drums. Both left the group shortly after the album’s release and were replaced by Grace Slick and Spencer Dryden, respectively.( Jorma Kaukonen (age 25), Paul Kantner (age 25), Jack Casady (age 22), Marty Balin (age 24), Grace Slick (age 26), Spencer Dryden (age 28).

Quill formed in Boston in 1967 and performed mainly throughout the mid-east. They will release their only album in 1970.

March 17, 1967 future Woodstock performer Grateful Dead released their first album,  The Grateful Dead.

April 1967 future Woodstock performer  Country Joe (age 25 ) and the Fish released first album, Electric Music for the Mind and Body.

May 12, 1967: Jimi Hendrix Experience album, Are You Experienced, released in the UK. Jimi Hendrix age 24.


July, 1967 future Woodstock performer  Canned Heat released first album, Canned Heat. (Bob “The Bear” Hite, age 24; Alan Wilson, age 24)

Performers Before Woodstock

August 1967 future Woodstock performer Big Brother and the Holding Company released first album.  Janis Joplin age 23.

Performers Before Woodstock

August 16, 1967 future Woodstock performer Richie Havens (age 26) released Mixed Bag.


September 1967 future Woodstock performer  Arlo Guthrie (age 20) released first album, Alice’s Restaurant.


Performers Before Woodstock

October 1967 future Woodstock performer Sly and the Family Stone released first album, “A Whole New Thing.” (Sly Stone, 24)


October 27, 1967 future Woodstock performer Ten Years After released its first album, Ten Years After. Alvin Lee, age 22.

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In 1968 Johnny Winter (age 22) released first album, The Progressive Blues Experiment.

Performers Before Woodstock

February 21, 1968 future Woodstock performer Blood, Sweat, & Tears released its first album, Child is Father to the Man.

July 1, 1968: The Band released its first album, Music From Big Pink. Rick Danko, age 26; Robbie Robertson, age 25; Levon Helm, age 28; Richard Manuel, age 25; Garth Hudson, age 31.

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July 5, 1968  future Woodstock performer Creedence Clearwater Revival released first album, Creedence Clearwater Revival. John Fogarty, age 23

Performers Before Woodstock

November 1968  future Woodstock performer Melanie (age 21) released her first album, Born to Be.

In 1968 Sweetwater released its first album entitled Sweetwater.

Performers Before Woodstock

In 1968 Bert Sommer (age 18) released his first album, The Road to Travel. It was produced by Artie Kornfeld. Sommer was a schoolmate of Leslie West.

In 1969 Keef Hartley Band (Keef Hartley age 25 whose career began as the replacement for Ringo Starr as drummer for Rory Storm and the Hurricane) released first album, Halfbreed.

Performers Before Woodstock

In 1969   Mountain formed. Leslie West age 24. They will not release their first album until 1970.

Performers Before Woodstock

Sha Na Na released its first album, Rock and Roll is Here to Stay in 1969.

April 23, 1969  Joe Cocker (age 24) released first album, With a Little Help from My Friends.

Performers Before Woodstock

May 29, 1969  Crosby, Stills, & Nash released first album.  (David Crosby age 28; Stephen Stills age 24; Graham Nash, age 27)

Performers Before Woodstock

August 1969 Santana (Carlos Santana,  22) released its first album, Santana.

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Performers Before Woodstock


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