By the time we got to Woodstock, we were half a million strong,
And everywhere was a song and a celebration.

— from Woodstock – Crosby, Still, Nash & Young

That would be the sentiment to describe such iconic superstars such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the Who and the Grateful Dead who were already established  when roughly half a million worshipful fans trekked up to Max Yasgur’s farm to see them in the summer of 1969.

The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin

The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin

Two years earlier, they were entirely unknown to most of those worshipers but these four iconic figures on the 1960s music scene entered the American popular consciousness at an event that preceded and provided the inspiration for Woodstock itself: the Monterey Pop Festival.


Held over three days during the height of the Summer of Love, the Monterey Pop Festival came to a close on June 18, 1967, with a lineup of performers that included all of the aforementioned acts as well as Ravi Shankar, Buffalo Springfield and the Mamas and the Papas.

The Monterey Pop Festival was a groundbreaking musical event, bringing together nearly three dozen acts of a variety of styles.  The great soul singer Otis Redding, the Indian sitar master Ravi Shankar and South African singer/trumpeter Hugh Masekala, for instance, all had their first significant exposure to a primarily white American audience at the Monterey Pop Festival, which also featured such well-known acts as the Animals, the Association, the Byrds, Jefferson Airplane and the Mamas and the Papas. In this sense, the festival not only pioneered the basic idea of a large-scale, multi-day rock festival, but it also provided the creative template that such festivals still follow to this day.

The Monterey International Pop Festival. Summer of 1967

The Monterey International Pop Festival. Summer of 1967

The organizers of the charitable Monterey Pop Festival also set a standard for logistical organization that the organizers of the for-profit Woodstock festival would attempt to follow, only to fall short under the immense pressure of overflow crowds and bad weather. In addition to arranging for private security and medical staff, the organizers of Monterey also deployed a staff of trained volunteers, for instance, whose sole task was to manage episodes among audience members partaking in the nearly ubiquitous psychedelic drugs.

Some 200,000 people attended the Monterey Pop Festival over its three-day schedule, many of whom had descended upon the west coast inspired by the same spirit expressed in the Scott McKenzie song “San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair),” written by festival organizer John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas expressly as a promotional tune for the festival. The Summer of Love that followed Monterey may have failed to usher in a lasting era of peace and love, but the festival introduced much of the music that has come to define that particular place and time.

Here is the amazing set list from the historical event.  Source:  Images from Google Images.  Videos from Youtube

Friday, June 16. Evening

The Association


Introduced by John Phillips

  1. Enter The Young
  2. Along Comes Mary
  3. Windy

Note: The Association set list is incomplete.

The Paupers

Introduced by David Crosby

  1. Magic People
  2. Think I Care
  3. Tudor Impressions
  4. Simple Deed
  5. Let Me Be
  6. Dr. Feelgood/Bass Solo/Dr. Feelgood

Lou Rawls

Introduced by Peter Tork

  1. Love Is A Hurtin’ Thing
  2. Dead End Street
  3. Tobacco Road[1]
  4. On A Clear Day You Can See Forever
  5. Autumn Leaves

Note: Lou Rawls set list is incomplete.

Beverley (Kutner)

Introduced by Paul Simon

  1. Sweet Joy (solo)
  2. Sweet Honesty (solo)
  3. Picking Up the Sunshine (with ‘house’ band)

Johnny Rivers

  1. Help Me, Rhonda
  2. Memphis, Tennessee
  3. Mountain of Love
  4. Midnight Special
  5. Do What You Gotta Do
  6. Tunesmith
  7. Baby I Need Your Loving
  8. Poor Side of Town
  9. Secret Agent Man

Eric Burdon & The Animals

Introduced by Chet Helms

  1. San Franciscan Nights
  2. Gin House Blues
  3. Hey Gyp
  4. Paint It, Black

Simon and Garfunkel

  1. Homeward Bound
  2. At The Zoo
  3. The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)
  4. For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her
  5. The Sound of Silence
  6. Benedictus
  7. Punky’s Dilemma

Saturday, June 17. Afternoon

Canned Heat

Introduced by John Phillips

  1. Rollin’ And Tumblin’
  2. Dust My Broom
  3. Bullfrog Blues

Note: Canned Heat set list is incomplete.

Big Brother and the Holding Company

Introduced by Chet Helms

  1. Down on Me
  2. Combination of the Two
  3. Harry
  4. Roadblock
  5. Ball ‘n’ Chain

Country Joe and the Fish


  1. Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine
  2. I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-to-Die Rag
  3. The Bomb Song
  4. Section 43

Al Kooper

Introduced by Paul Butterfield

  1. I Can’t Keep from Cryin’ Sometimes
  2. Wake Me, Shake Me

The Butterfield Blues Band

  1. Look Over Yonders Wall
  2. Mystery Train
  3. Born In Chicago
  4. Double Trouble
  5. Mary Ann
  6. Droppin’ Out
  7. One More Heartache
  8. Driftin’ Blues

Note: The Butterfield Blues Band set list is incomplete.

Quicksilver Messenger Service

  1. Dino’s Song (All I Ever Wanted to Do)
  2. If You Live
  3. Acapulco Gold and Silver
  4. Too Long
  5. Who Do You Love?

Lineup: Jim Murray, Gary Duncan, John Cipollina, David Freiberg, Greg Elmore.

Steve Miller Band

  1. Living in the USA
  2. Mercury Blues

The Electric Flag

Introduced by David Crosby

  1. Groovin’ Is Easy
  2. Over-Lovin’ You
  3. The Night Time Is the Right Time
  4. Wine

Saturday, June 17. Evening

Moby Grape

Introduced by Tom Smothers.

  1. Indifference
  2. Mr. Blues
  3. Sitting By the Window
  4. Omaha
  5. Fall On You

Hugh Masekela

  1. Here, There And Everywhere
  2. Society’s Child
  3. Bajabula Bonke (Healing Song)

Note: Hugh Masekela set list is incomplete.

The Byrds

Introduced by Mike Bloomfield

  1. Renaissance Fair
  2. Have You Seen Her Face
  3. Hey Joe
  4. He Was a Friend of Mine
  5. Lady Friend
  6. Chimes of Freedom
  7. So You Want to Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star

Laura Nyro

  1. Wedding Bell Blues
  2. Poverty Train
  3. Eli’s Coming

Note: Laura Nyro set list is incomplete.

Jefferson Airplane

Introduced by Jerry Garcia

  1. Somebody to Love
  2. The Other Side of This Life
  3. White Rabbit
  4. High Flying Bird
  5. Today
  6. She Has Funny Cars
  7. Young Girl Sunday Blues
  8. The Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil

Lineup: Paul Kantner (vocals, guitars), Marty Balin (vocals), Jack Casady (Bass), Jorma Kaukonen (guitars, vocals), Spencer Dryden (percussion), Grace Slick (vocals)

Booker T. & the M.G.s

  1. Booker Loo
  2. Hip Hug-Her
  3. Philly Dog
  4. Green Onions

Note: Booker T. & the M.G.s set list is incomplete.

Otis Redding

Introduced by Tommy Smothers

  1. Shake
  2. Respect[1]
  3. I’ve Been Loving You Too Long
  4. Satisfaction
  5. Try a Little Tenderness

Sunday, June 18. Afternoon

Ravi Shankar

  1. Rãga Bhimpalasi
  2. Rãga Todi-Rupak Tal (7 Beats)
  3. Tabla Solo In Ektal (12 Beats)
  4. Rãga Shuddha Sarang-Tintal (16 Beats)
  5. Dhun In dadra and fast teental (6 and 16 beats)

Sunday, June 18. Evening

Introduction by Tom Smothers.

Blues Project

  1. Flute Thing
  2. Wake Me, Shake Me

Note: Blues Project set list is incomplete.

Big Brother and the Holding Company

Introduced by Tommy Smothers

  1. Combinaton of the Two
  2. Ball and Chain

Note: Big Brother and the Holding Company second set list incomplete. Also, this set was filmed for Monterey Pop. The first set was not filmed, but the band wanted to get on the film after their first set went down to huge acclaim.

The Group With No Name

Set list unknown.

Buffalo Springfield

Introduced by Peter Tork

(With David Crosby guesting in place of Neil Young, plus Doug Hastings)

  1. For What It’s Worth
  2. Nowadays Clancy Can’t Even Sing
  3. Rock and Roll Woman
  4. Bluebird
  5. A Child’s Claim to Fame
  6. Pretty Girl Why

The Who

Introduced by Eric Burdon

  1. Substitute
  2. Summertime Blues
  3. Pictures of Lily
  4. A Quick One, While He’s Away
  5. Happy Jack
  6. My Generation

Grateful Dead

  1. Viola Lee Blues
  2. Cold Rain and Snow
  3. Alligator/Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)

The Jimi Hendrix Experience


Introduced by Brian Jones.

  1. Killing Floor
  2. Foxy Lady
  3. Like a Rolling Stone
  4. Rock Me Baby
  5. Hey Joe
  6. Can You See Me
  7. The Wind Cries Mary
  8. Purple Haze
  9. Wild Thing

The Mamas & the Papas

Introduced by Paul Simon.

  1. Straight Shooter
  2. Spanish Harlem
  3. Somebody Groovy
  4. Got a Feelin’
  5. California Dreamin’
  6. I Call Your Name
  7. Monday, Monday

Scott McKenzie

(Backed by The Mamas & the Papas)

  1. San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)

The Mamas & the Papas & Scott McKenzie

  1. Dancing In The Streets (Finale)

6 responses

  1. gpcox says:

    Whoa! What a post!! Forgot how caught up in the music we were back then.


  2. Ah, I had just graduated high school. Love that music! Well, most of it anyway! 🙂


  3. Birgit says:

    Turbulent times brought great creativity and amazing music. I was too young for that time but what a time it was to see in a documentary.(oops I am a poet:)) This is a great post with great music