Today in Acoustic-Rock History

1963 – Bob Dylan and Joan Baez team up with Pete Seeger at the first Monterey Folk Festival.

1967 – Grateful Dead’s self-titled first album is released, featuring a potpourri of blues, bluegrass and psychedelic rock.

1967 – The Bob Dylan documentary film, “Don’t Look Back” premieres in San Francisco.

1969 – The Chicago Transit Authority release their self-titled debut double album. The band was later sued by the real Chicago Transit Authority and had to shorten their name to Chicago.

1973 – Yes receive gold records for both “Yessongs” their triple-record live set and “The Yes Album.”

1975 – Elton John is awarded a platinum record for his album “Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy.” It is the first album to sell one million copies on its first day of release.

1988- The Traveling Wilburys — a low-key supergroup consisting of Tom Petty, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison –- come together to record their first album, which is released in October.


Taj Mahal 1942

Jesse Winchester 1944

Bill Bruford (Yes, King Crimson) 1948