Today in Acoustic-Rock History

1969 – The film “Candy” premieres, featuring Ringo Starr in his first non-musical movie role.

1970 – John Lennon’s “Instant Karma” is released in the U.S.

1971 – Gordon Lightfoot hits #5 with “If You Could Read My Mind.”

1998 – The first of two concerts honoring the late Nicolette Larson is held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Artists performing at the shows include Crosby, Stills and Nash, Joe Walsh, Carole King, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and Jimmy Buffett. The four hour show features CSN performing The Beatles song, “In My Life” and Carole King singing “Up On The Roof.” The concert raises funds for the UCLA Children’s Hospital in the name of Larson, who died in late 1997 of a cerebral edema.

1998 – Bob Dylan’s “Time Out Of Mind” LP comes out on top as 1997’s best album of the year in the “Village Voice’s” annual poll of U.S. pop music critics.

1998 – Elton John plays the first of two shows at The Great Western Forum.


Buffy Sainte-Marie 1941

Walter Becker (Steely Dan) 1950

Randy California (Spirit) 1951