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#2979906 - 03/12/19 09:40 PM OT: 1969, 50th anniversary
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Hey guys, thought folks might be interested in this topic. I was a kid back then, but remember it well. Incredible music, man lands on the moon, Woodstock, hippies, on and on. Hendrix was huge back then and to this day. It was a glorious time to be alive!

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#2979907 - 03/12/19 09:48 PM Re: OT: 1969, 50th anniversary [Re: waygetter]
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And people refused to believe that Nords went back that far.

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#2979911 - 03/13/19 01:51 AM Re: OT: 1969, 50th anniversary [Re: The Real MC]
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I was only 10 years old in 1969, but I had already been turned onto some pretty awesome music by “borrowing” albums from my older siblings, especially my oldest sister— The Beatles Abbey Road, Rotary Connection Aladdin, Moody Blues On the Threshold of a Dream, and Iron Butterfly In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida were among my favorites at the time; and then in 1970 came Emerson, Lake & Palmer and Spirit Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus, among others. I was already in love with the sounds of synthesizers. smile
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#2979919 - 03/13/19 03:53 AM Re: OT: 1969, 50th anniversary [Re: SeaGtGruff]
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#2979934 - 03/13/19 07:01 AM Re: OT: 1969, 50th anniversary [Re: PianoMan51]
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I was 15, and remember those days fondly. Had a neighbor who was at Woodstock.

One random memory... I was in a friends basement listening to albums, when his cranky old Mom comes down and begins to randomly look at the album covers laying around, picks one up, and in a voice best described as a Phyllis Diller sound-alike asks “Who the hell names their kid Leo Zeppelin?”

For some reason, that moment lives on in my memory banks 50 years later.


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#2979952 - 03/13/19 10:17 AM Re: OT: 1969, 50th anniversary [Re: stillearning]
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I lived with my parents in SF, 7 blocks from Haight Asbury in the 60's. I was a precocious 12, read The Berkeley Barb, Rolling Stone, and had most of the great albums and posters; in '69 I was and playing a Gibson Les Paul Standard through a Fender Super Reverb in a blues band. One of my strongest memories was each night playing my white Fender Telecaster at night in bed through a Fender Princeton Reverb perched up on a tall chest of drawers with only the amps red light illuminating the room. The tubes gave off a sweet smell that was heavenly as they warmed the Tolex. My parents took me to B.B. King at the Fillmore West and two years earlier to The Beatles final concert at Candlestick Park. We also spent the summer of '66 in Atherton next door to Bob Weir's parents and I would spend the afternoon with them as Bob's band practiced beside their pool. They were called "The Weirlocks" at that time and later The Dead and went all tie dye... but at that time dressed in black clothes and boots and played blues and the Stones tunes... At my friend's school fair that fall back in SF, I stood beside Vince Guaraldi as he played a good upright piano that the staff had dragged out onto the middle of the grass covered soccer field. Vince and his trio played for an hour that sunny afternoon and most folks simply strolled past and ignored them, but not me.
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#2979956 - 03/13/19 10:53 AM Re: OT: 1969, 50th anniversary [Re: Jazz+]
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Great time in music not only for recording artists like Jimi who I remember seeing in concert. But as a young player there were clubs and bars everywhere with live music so lots of chances to learn your craft. During the days always a jam somewhere to let loose. It was a magic time.

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#2979964 - 03/13/19 11:26 AM Re: OT: 1969, 50th anniversary [Re: Docbop]
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A great year to be into pop/rock music. I love the fact I was born 1951. A great decade for music (IMO) was 1964-1974. I was 13-23 y.o. Perfect.
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#2980028 - 03/13/19 06:45 PM Re: OT: 1969, 50th anniversary [Re: ChiefDanG]
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The reason why I disliked being born in 1961.
Should have been 1951.
Being 18 in 1969.
Just imagine.

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#2980041 - 03/13/19 09:32 PM Re: OT: 1969, 50th anniversary [Re: Docbop]
stillearning Offline
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Originally Posted By: Docbop
Great time in music not only for recording artists like Jimi who I remember seeing in concert. But as a young player there were clubs and bars everywhere with live music so lots of chances to learn your craft. During the days always a jam somewhere to let loose. It was a magic time.

Yep. Clubs on every corner it seemed. We had no trouble being booked 5 nights a week. And when you weren’t booked, there were plenty of clubs to hang in, and often end up playing anyway!
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#2980140 - 03/14/19 03:46 PM Re: OT: 1969, 50th anniversary [Re: stillearning]
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Hell, you didn’t even need clubs back then. My first paying gig was a frat party in 1965 (I was 14) for the princely sum of $25.00. Did it with a Wurlitzer 140B and a Haynes Bass King amp. After that it was a steady diet of bowling banquets and K of C parties until college, when I started clubs and some touring.

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#2980192 - 03/15/19 03:49 AM Re: OT: 1969, 50th anniversary [Re: Fleer]
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Originally Posted By: Fleer
The reason why I disliked being born in 1961.
Should have been 1951.
Being 18 in 1969.
Just imagine.


Just imagine July of ‘70 when your draft number for Vietnam is drawn. The great music was a product of great social upheaval. I was 18 in 69. Being a teenager trying to enter an adult world that was violently chaotic. Imagine the inner city riots, rice paddy firefights, and political demonstrations where live ammo is used. On TV every night. Just imagine.

Sorry, enough of my rant. I know what you meant. Peace.

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#2980210 - 03/15/19 07:21 AM Re: OT: 1969, 50th anniversary [Re: lightbg]
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Originally Posted By: lightbg
Hell, you didn’t even need clubs back then. My first paying gig was a frat party in 1965 (I was 14) for the princely sum of $25.00. Did it with a Wurlitzer 140B and a Haynes Bass King amp. After that it was a steady diet of bowling banquets and K of C parties until college, when I started clubs and some touring.

Jake


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#2980211 - 03/15/19 07:32 AM Re: OT: 1969, 50th anniversary [Re: Fleer]
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Originally Posted By: Fleer
The reason why I disliked being born in 1961.
Should have been 1951.
Being 18 in 1969.
Just imagine.
I was born in 1960, but my sister was ten years older. I got to watch the Beatles live on the Ed Sullivan show, and follow along with everything happening in that era. Even trying to stay awake long enough to see the Apollo 11 astronauts walk on the moon at about 11:00 PM local time.

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