Montreux musical history in 1970
Golden Rose 1970
The year after, from April 23rd to 20th 1970, was the 10th anniversary of the Golden Rose Festival and the gala program for this second edition was just fabulous.
For those who do not believe there’s a real heavy scene in any other place than in the US or England, in Holland for instance, well it’s too late to go there and find out ! The Golden Earring, who has been a major force on the Dutch scene from 1967, flew to US in spring 1970 and hit the audience like a rocket.
Johnny Winter et Edgar Winter
Johnny Winter really became famous when he first stepped on stage at Fillmore East. He became a celebrity in a little less than 60 minutes!
March 1958, Ekseption was still named The Jockers, and except the inhabitants of Haarlem in Holland, nobody knew about this great orchestra.
Jerry Goodman, Flock’s violinist, invented the term "cosmiclassi-rock". "Yes it’s true but there is something else", he said: "It’s hard to fit us in a musical category but what we are doing is probably more musical than anything else in rock music.
In fact, Flock is a cross between every group you’ve ever heard and a group you’ve never heard".
Ashton, Gardner & Dyke
Since it’s formation in April 1968, AGD have become a musically tight-knitted band with ideas which veer off at a gentle tangent from the circle of popular music towards jazz inclined styling.
If is like something you’d never heard before, only more so.....playing/singing with incredible virtuosity. Rock, jazz and blues, years of struggle finding each other and themselves and getting it together...
Imagine, if you want so, a marriage between Eastern philosophy, mythology and magic, and the demanding, arrogant electric sounds that is Western rock music today.
Imagine too, if you can, six exceptionally gifted musicians and writers, joined together by a common love of music, of art, of love and brotherhood and faith that Truth and Light are the real powers in the world. Imagine – and you get Quintessence!
It’s quite simply one of the best new bands in the ‘70’s working in Europe. Individually they sparkle, and collectively they shine.
It’s A Beautiful Day
A band formed in San Francisco in 1967, the brainchild of violinist and vocalist David LaFlamme. The other members are his wife Linda (keyboards), Pattie Santos (vocals), Hal Wagenet (guitar), Mitchell Holman (bass) and Val Fuentes (drums).
The band, opens for such well known acts as The Grateful Dead, The Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother and The Holding Company (Janis Joplin's band), and performs at Cream's farewell.
Although it’s one of the earliest and most important San Francisco bands to emerge from the Summer of Love, It’s a Beautiful Day appearance never quite achieves the success of its contemporaries such as The Grateful Dead and Santana, with whom it has connections. It created a unique blend of rock, jazz, folk, classical and world beat styles during the seven years the members of the band were officially together.
Former Yardbirds members Paul Samwell-Smith, Keith Relf, and Jim McCarty organised a new group in 1969, devoted to experimentation between rock, folk, and classical forms.
The composition of the quintet in 1970 is Relf on guitar & vocals, McCarty on drums, plus bassist Louis Cennamo, pianist John Hawken, and Relf's sister Jane Relf as an additional vocalist.
In her early teens, Flack so excelled at classical piano that Howard University awarded her a full music scholarship. Flack then taught school for some years in Montgomery County, Maryland. During this period, her music career began to take shape on evenings and weekends in Washington, D.C. area night spots. At the Tivoli Club, she accompanied opera singers at the piano. During intermissions, she would sing blues, folk, and pop standards in a back room, accompanying herself on the piano.
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