Today in History: Hendrix plays Newport '69 Fest
On June 20, 1969, the infamous Newport '69 Festival kicked off at Devonshire Downs. Over 150,000 people flocked to the festival in San Fernando Valley, Calif., making it the largest rock 'n' roll concert of the time.
The three day festival included Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Ike And Tina Turner, Jethro Tull, The Rascals, Steppenwolf, Marvin Gaye and many other incredible acts. Hendrix reportedly received $100,000 to play at the festival, which at the time was among the highest fee ever paid to an artist for a single performance.
The audience ranged from teens to college students, each paying $15 for a three-day ticket.
Check out part of the Hendrix set below: