This weekend in the CBS-FM Hall of Fame we remember the Woodstock Music & Art Festival from this week in 1969. The three-day event will be remembered for peace, love, great music and some “brown acid” the over half million in attendance were warned about.
But something you might have never known is how much the performers were paid to appear at Woodstock. On top of the list; Jimi Hendrix. As the headliner of the festival, Hendrix delivered a memorable performance that reportedly earned himself a cool $18,000. Another significant performance was turned in by Joe Cocker, notably his rendition of The Beatles “With a Little Help from My Friends.” Sadly, memorable doesn’t get you paid; According to a photo from Woodstock festival producer Michael Lang, Cocker only earned $2,750 for his time in Bethel, New York.
Cocker’s pockets weren’t as light as some other Woodstock performers. Santana only earned $1,500.
Some of the bigger names in attendance did bring home larger purses; Blood, Sweat and Tears didn’t cry when they brought a $15,000 check to the bank and Creedence Clearwater Revival was paid handsomely, earning $10K for the day.
Be sure to tune into the CBS-FM Hall of Fame all weekend long as we play some great hits from artists who performed at the legendary Woodstock Music & Art Festival. But unlike in 1969, we won’t have to pay $15,000 to play some Janis.
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