Morgen was an American psychedelic rock band formed in Long Island. Their only album, “Morgen”, is considered one of the best heavy American psychedelic rock albums of the 1960s.
Morgen was founded in 1968 by Steve Morgen, Bobby Rizzo, Murray Schiffrin, Mike Ratti, and Barry Stock. Originally, the band was named “Morgen’s Dreame Spectrum” but was later changed to simply “Morgen”.
In 1969, record label Probe (ABC) released the group’s sole offering.
John Robert “Joe” Cocker OBE (20 May 1944 – 22 December 2014) was an English rock and blues singer, who came to popularity in the 1960s, and was known for his gritty voice, his spasmodic body movement in performance.
His cover of the Beatles’ “With a Little Help from My Friends” reached number one in the UK in 1968, and he performed the song live at Woodstock in 1969.
On 22 December 2014, Cocker died of lung cancer at his home in Crawford, Colorado at the age of 70.
David Bowie Space Oddity. Bowie’s first major European TV appearance 1969.
A very early clip of David Bowie performing “Space Oddity” on Swiss TV’s music series Hits a Go Go in 1969. The show was hosted by Graham Bonney, best known for his sixties’ chart single “Super Girl” and for later hosting the UK kids music show Lift Off.
1. Trick Bag
2. I Ain’t Flattenin’ No More Frogs For Snakes
3. Cold Biscuits and Fish Heads
4. Stoned Age Man
5. I’m Gonna Build a Mountain
6. Mojo Gumbo
7. The House of the Rising Sun
8. Gotta Get Away
9. Come the Sun Tomorrow
Moondog, born Louis Thomas Hardin (May 26, 1916 – September 8, 1999), was a blind American composer, musician, poet and inventor of several musical instruments. Moving to New York as a young man, Moondog made a deliberate decision to make his home on the streets there, where he spent approximately twenty of the thirty years he lived in the city. Most days he could be found in his chosen part of town wearing clothes he had created based on his own interpretation of the Norse god Odin. Thanks to his unconventional outfits and lifestyle, he was known for much of his life as “The Viking of 6th Avenue”
Ummagumma was released on 25 October 1969, through Harvest Records. The album’s title supposedly comes from Cambridge slang for sex, commonly used by Pink Floyd friend and occasional roadie, Ian “Emo” Moore, who would say “I’m going back to the house for some ummagumma“. According to Moore, he made up the term himself.
Richard Pierce “Richie” Havens
The folk singer who opened the legendary ’69 Woodstock rock festival, has died of a heart attack at 72.
He is best known for his intense and rhythmic guitar style (often in open tunings), soulful covers of pop and folk songs, and his opening performance at the 1969 Woodstock Festival.
Havens’ reputation as a live performer earned him widespread notice. His Woodstock appearance proved to be a major turning point in his career. As the festival’s first performer, he held the crowd for nearly three hours (in part because he was told to perform a lengthy set because many artists were delayed in reaching the festival location), and he was called back for several encores. Having run out of tunes, he improvised a song based on the old spiritual “Motherless Child” that became “Freedom”. The subsequent Woodstock movie release helped Havens reach a worldwide audience.