The Day That Music Changed Forever As We Know It

May 18, 2017

On this day in history, music forever changed. Not once, not twice, but several times, involving some very reputable and unforgettable musical legends.

Spanning over a time frame of just four years, monumental milestones in the music industry propelled artists directly into the Hall of Fame and history alike. These moments and movements will be forever etched into the carefree hearts of those that had the pleasure of experiencing the 60’s.

We begin in 1963 when the first Monterey Folk Festival, in Monterey, California was held. It lasted three days and included performances by well-known artists such as Bob Dylan, Peter Paul & Mary, and Joan Baez. This year also marked the year that Janis Joplin made her first major stage appearance.

The Monterey Folk Festival later transformed itself in 1967 to the Monterey Pop Festival. Upon the debut of a new name, as well as genre, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, and Ravi-Shankar also made their first major U.S. debuts on this stage.  Otis Redding also performed during this festival, in front of a predominately white audience for the first time. Considering he is still a legend of his time and beyond, I’d say he did just fine.

Wanting More Good News From May 18? You got it!

  • 1792: The New York Stock Exchange is formed under the Buttonwood Agreement.

  • 1875: An American Thoroughbred racehorse named Aristides wins the first Kentucky Derby.

  • 1939: The Columbia Lions and the Princeton Tigers play in the United States’ first televised sporting event, a collegiate baseball game in New York City.

  • 1990: The General Assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO) eliminates homosexuality from the list of psychiatric diseases.
  • 2004: The first legal same-sex marriages in the U.S. are performed in the state of Massachusetts.

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