It’s time once again to delve deep into some of the classic albums of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s and find those superb “deep tracks” that the radio stations never play. So many of the albums that topped the charts back then have three, maybe four songs that get all the airplay even though there are some jewels just sitting there, waiting to be rediscovered and savored.
This blog is dedicated to shining a bright light on a number of neglected tracks from famous albums. Later, I promise to draw attention to great songs from albums that were NOT major-selling albums. But for now, bear with me as we expose the wonderful “diamonds in the rough” among the top-selling albums of the glorious decades of 30, 40, 50 years ago.
Rock music festivals — where multiple acts perform on one site for thousands over two or three days — are everywhere now, and very big business these days. But it wasn’t all that long ago when the very idea was dismissed as too costly, too unwieldy, maybe even too dangerous.
It’s generally agreed that the concept of assembling many musical artists on one outdoor stage for a day or two was born in the mid-’50s, when the first Newport Jazz Festival was held in 1954 to bring jazz to the Rhode Island resort town. Impresario George Wein assembled many top jazz artists of the day, and the event attracted 13,000 over two days. That festival has changed venues and even cities over the years, especially in the 1970s, but returned to Newport in 1981 and still operates there today, where the 62nd Festival was held three months ago.
Wein also initiated the Newport Folk Festival in 1959, staging a two-day event that featured folk, blues, country and bluegrass artists of the period. It stopped operating in the late ’60s but resumed in 1985 and still attracts crowds of 10-12,000 today.