FARE THEE WELL 50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE SUMMER OF LOVE

In two days, summer will officially end taking with it the already fading memories of The Summer of Love. That summer feels long lost, I guess because it is. But the music which guided us remains. In my book, Under A Tie Dye Sky I described the prophetic power and teaching of that music. In bidding The Time of all Times farewell, in watching it become more ghostlike with each passing year, I am moved to show photos of those ballrooms that showcased our music. These ballrooms were holy places, sacred halls where our bands provided passage into spiritual regions through invisible doors.

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Now, to name some of the bands and solo artists that grooved their way through our ballrooms. I saw nearly all the ones listed below. Sigh . . .

  1. The Ace of Cups
  2. The Band
  3. Big Brother and The Holding Company
  4. Elvin Bishop
  5. Michael Bloomfield
  6. James Brown
  7. Buffalo Springfield
  8. Butterfield Blues Band
  9. The Blues Project
  10. Byrds
  11. The Charlatans
  12. The Chambers Brothers
  13. Country Joe and The Fish
  14. Cream
  15. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
  16. Doobie Brothers
  17. Doors
  18. Grateful Dead
  19. Jimi Hendrix
  20. John Lee Hooker
  21. Lightning Hopkins
  22. Howlin’ Wolf
  23. It’s a Beautiful Day
  24. Jefferson Airplane
  25. Albert King
  26. B.B. King
  27. Chuck Berry
  28. Loading Zone
  29. Love
  30. John Mayall
  31. Buddy Miles
  32. Steve Miller
  33. Moby Grape
  34. Wilson Pickett
  35. Procol Harem
  36. Quicksilver Messenger Service
  37. Otis Redding
  38. Roland Kirk
  39. Buddy Rich
  40. Miles Davis
  41. Boz Skaggs
  42. Sons of Champlin
  43. Steppenwolf
  44. Taj Mahal
  45. Ten Years After
  46. Ike and Tina Turner
  47. Little Richard (OH MY!!)
  48. Johnny Winter
  49. Sly and The Family Stone
  50. Muddy Waters
  51. Youngbloods
  52. Thirteenth Floor Elevators
  53. Richie Havens
  54. Santana
  55. Arlo Guthrie
  56. Mountain

Do you remember some of them? Most of them? Have I left any out?

At other venues throughout the years, I also got to see The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, The Who, Paul Revere and The Raiders, The Stones, Led Zepplin, and even the king himself, Elvis Presley.

I wish I could’ve seen Donovan, Leonard Cohen, Queen and The Moody Blues. Well, the list of “Wished-I-Could-Haves” would take up too much room.

Wear your LOVE like heaven.

XO

Comments

  1. Stealing stealing pretty momma don’t you tell on me. I’m stealing back to my same old used to be. Been doing that a lot recently. Remember Rusty teaching you to play this old Memphis Jug Band song in Boulder.When you see hippies at Speedway Meadows in Golden Gate those were the shows the Thirteenth Tribe made possible.The best of times and now I’m stealing back to my same old used to be.

  2. your memory about boulder, rusty, me and music astounds me! and that song was glorified by the dead, janis, arlo and who knows how many others.

    you’ve always maintained your same old used to be, my darling ‘catfish mcgill’

    xoxoxo
    catrina caterpillar

  3. Is that Bill Graham halfway up that ladder? He had to change his own marquis in those days?

    Hey hi Chuck, I remember that song! And yeah, this was the summer that my daughter turned fifty too (fifty, as well).

    And yeah Su Zeee, that was an incredible list. I think I saw some of those bands as well, but alot of that time was in a haze. A purple one.

  4. sir francis,

    indeed that IS bill graham

    yes, i have a picture of you (that electric one, remember?) when you were in a purple haze. you took it of yourself by accident when you were overly intrigued with and playing with the camera! it’s priceless!

    yep, you saw some of those bands with me at some of those places or in the park.

    xoxo
    suzee creamcheese

  5. OOOHHHHHH!!!!! Mr. Cool,

    that’s just really TOO MUCH, stoltzy. how the hell did you find THAT??? i’m sitting here in the dark yucking it up all by myself. and that’s a lovely thing. for which i heartily thank you.

    hey everyone, do click on the youtube directly above^^^^^, treat yourself to the stoltz find. you won’t be sorry.

    ha haha haha hah haw haw har har hardy har har har!!!

    love you
    suzee C. cheese

    • You are one sweet girl, Suzee…I will love you ’till the end of time.
      Did ‘ja catch one of the last group names?
      “The Psychedelic Postage Stamps”
      Al Jazzbo Collins, who did this routine with Steve Allen, had a radio show in San Francisco when I was a little kid growing up in the city of San Francisco. I used to dig him when I was a wee kid at around 10 years old…until today. So…remembering “Sonny Cool” came to my mind. You know, they say we never forget anything! It is all stored away somewhere in the vastness of our brain cells.
      Al Collins had been around since, like, before the beatniks even…
      I started listening to Al Jazzbeau Collins when I was 10 years old. Life growing up in the City and County of San Francisco.
      Here is Al on the air when I was 10.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzN7rBrNXZ0

  6. Suz…just can’t believe you saw all those performers !! I can only remember seeing Dylan and The Turtles.

    See you soon. Love in the air. BILL.

    • yup, see you like REALLY soon, charming billy!!

      as in day after tomorrow !!!

      being in san francisco enabled me to see so many bands. that was the ticket!

      love
      suzee B

  7. …some of those are on my list too, though not nearly so many. HOWEVER, I did see the Moody Blues in living acid color! Purple Ozzly I think…

  8. Remember and have seen most of them too, but I had to look up the Thirteenth Floor Elevators, did not remember them at all until I heard a bit. Went to all those venues over the years and saw, but who knows in what years:

    Leon Russell. Mose Allison. Dr John. Simon & Garfunkel. Led Zeppelin. Tower of Power. Santana. Dylan. Vanilla Fudge. Iron Butterfly. Joe Cocker. Electric Flag. Velvet Underground. Zombies. Credence Clearwater Revival. Pink Floyd. Leonard Cohen. Traffic. Blood, Sweat and Tears. Eric Burdon and the Animals. Strawberry Alarm Clock.

    But Jim Morrison…what I’d give to see him just one more time. And Jimi. Man oh man. Just. One. More. Time. Never got near either back in the day. Damn. Missed the moment.

    As for the 50 year thing. Didn’t do a thing for me. But oh, the memories of a stretch of years back then. Sweet. So sweet.

    Have fun walking down memory lane back home. xoxox

    • loopy,

      ooooh, i wouldn’t so gotten off on seeing the velvet underground, pink lloyd traffic and leonard colen. envy rising as i type!

      got stuck in minnieapolis due to storms in moline so the lovely linda came got me so i didn’t need to sleep on the airport floor on a mat they provide nowadays! linda is only 5 minutes from the airport and has saved me in just the fashion more than once. bless her!

      so will get home a day late today 🙂

      many loves coming to you from me
      zsa zsa

  9. Sweet Sue, Those bonker times
    that opened my mind might stay intwined for a long time as sure as burgundy wine and a mountain to climb on a day so fine, long ago and tomorrow at the forest shrine.
    Your Friend Always, Lido

  10. OH, Suzee, I saw Led Zep at Winterland in fact that was how I got to Iowa City but I missed the show by one day. I did saw the Yardbirds at Old Fillmore and the Doors before they were famous. I can’t believe I saw so many wonderful groups and paid so little for the tickets. Sunday afternoon at the Old Fillmore was only $2.50 for a ticket, I used to go with my friend Cathline McCune and her sister Rosemary (who had a driver’s license) we (a bunch of people would pile in the car) chip in for gas and go.
    Rosemary was a tyrant but as long as the gas was paid for she cut us some slack. (That was before seat belts.) We usually had about 6 to 8 kids in that car. I remember seeing the Rolling Stones and the Beatles but not at the Fillmore.
    P.S. My Aunt Betty was on Al Collins T.V. show giving a knitting machine demonstration, (must have been to fill air time). My Uncle was a D.J. for KJaz in San Francisco when I was growing up. Strange but true # 796
    Sarah or should I say Alice in the palace, sort of forgot my handle, but that doesn’t mean I don’t still love you!

    • alice/sarah 🙂

      oh i KNOW you saw a lot of those bands.

      a knitting machine?

      i forgot to look at stoltzy’s 2nd youtube offering. i’ll go do that right now!

      miss and love you,
      soooooozee or as spike used to call me slooozy!

  11. Gee Suzee,
    I’m one of those people that don’t believe in giving up anything so now we are in the 50th big year of 1967. Hey, you know we all like to party so let’s keep it goin baby.
    Alice in the palace

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