1968 Newport Pop Festival

The Newport Pop Festival was held here the weekend of August 3-4, 1968 with many huge stars. It was the first music concert ever to have more than 100,000 paid attendees.

Harvey “Humble Harve” Miller, a Top 40 disc jockey for 93 KHJ-AM in Los Angeles, was hired to promote the show and hosted the event with Wavy Gravy.

Some of the performers were: Steppenwolf, Jefferson Airplane, Country Joe McDonald, The Chambers Brothers, James Cotton Blues Band, Alice Cooper, Sonny and Cher, Canned Heat, Electric Flag, Butterfield Blues Band, Eric Burdon and the Animals, Blue Cheer, Iron Butterfly, The Byrds, Quicksilver Messenger Service and Tiny Tim who shared top billing with The Airplane!

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