Tuesday, April 4, 2017

April 4th

Johnny Carson quits The Tonight Show.  He returns three weeks later after NBC gives him a $30,000 a week raise.  (Man, how do you make THAT deal?!?!?)

Paul McCartney tells Beatles Press Secretary Derek Taylor about a hot new act he caught the other night ... the guitar player was nothing short of phenomenal ... and suggests that he might make a great addition to the line-up that Derek was putting together for a little summer music festival in California.

That act was Jimi Hendrix ... and that little festival was The Monterey Pop Festival, an event put together by Taylor, Producer Lou Adler, and John Phillips, leader of The Mamas and the Papas.    

Based on Paul's advice and recommendation, Taylor goes on to book The Jimi Hendrix Experience for the festival, where he proceeds to bring the house down with his incredible stage act.  (Also present at the event ... as spectators ... were Monkees Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork, who were so impressed with Jimi's show that they went on to book Hendrix as their opening act for their upcoming tour.  It was a match mad in hell ... there was no chance that an audience packed with 12 and 13 year old girls screaming "We want Davy! We want Davy!" was EVER going to accept Hendrix's participation.  When all is said and done, the pairing lasts for a total of seven shows.)

Brenda Lee appears on The Mike Douglas Show.