This Day in Music — August 18

1955 : Pete Seeger testifies before the House Un-American Activities Committee, where he is asked if he has performed for communists. Seger replies: “I have sung for Americans of every political persuasion, and I am proud that I never refuse to sing to an audience, no matter what religion or color of their skin, or situation in life. I have sung in hobo jungles, and I have sung for the Rockefellers, and I am proud that I have never refused to sing for anybody.”

1969 : Jimi Hendrix closes out the Woodstock festival with “Hey Joe.” He was supposed to perform the previous night, but the festival ran long and he went on the morning after Woodstock was supposed to end.

1973 : Jazz drumming legend Gene Krupa plays what is to be his last live show, a gig with the Benny Goodman Quartet in New York City.

1977 : Elvis Presley’s funeral is held in at Graceland, where 150 guests are invited inside and about 75,000 fans pay their respects outside

2011 : During a severe storm, high wind and heavy rain cause a stage to collapse while Chicago band Smith Westerns are performing. Four are killed and over 70 injured. Organizers decide to cancelled the festival, where Eminem, Face to Face and Foo Fighters were scheduled to perform.

 

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