1969 Palm Beach Pop Festival 
  B&W Photos By Ken Davidoff Color By Bob Davidoff
  • The 1969 Palm Beach Pop Festival, a 3 day event "Woodstock South" rare photos by Ken Davidoff
  • rolling stones, janis joplin, johnny winter, spirit, sweetwater, jefferson airplane, rotary connection, iron butterfly, sly stone,
   "The Palm Beach Pop" Lyrics
        By Richard Hott, Jack Connell, Ken Davidoff

In sixty-nine I cudda' been in a foxhole
When Lightnin' struck I was there at the crossroad
Peace and love was in the air,
The Sheriff didn't care.
he was pistol packin' nasty acting,
but still he didn't dare.

There were clouds of smoke,
dancing-floating high above the crowd.
Then a new day broke, the music spoke
the -notes- were all around. ........ 
  It started as a crap shoot to see how dice rolled,
The Palm Beach Pop Cudda been a Big No-Show.

hippie ministers plead the case carry on the faith
all the time bands of angels were guarding at the gates.
cold and rain couldn't stop the show,
from going on like a wonder of creation.

There was a time
we had it all
cause it was big
but it was small
and it was part
yet it was whole
(and) though it was hard
still it had soul
so we recall
our love was all
at the Palm Beach
Pop Palm Beach Pop Festival

Courtesy of Dan Bekins
Mike Davidoff, Rev. Arthur Blessitt, Ken Davidoff, Backstage at The 1969 Palm Beach Pop Festival
      

The "Hippie Minister"  Rev. Arthur Blessitt
Slide Shows Above Photos by ŠKen Davidoff
Bill Hanley (center) 
     Backstage at The Palm Beach Pop Festival.
Bill Hanley Woodstock & Palm Beach Festival Sound
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Ken Davidoff Backstage waiting for the Rolling Stones at The 1969 Palm Beach Pop Festival ( First Annual Palm Beach Music and Arts Festival ) with Grace Slick after The Jefferson Airplane performed in the early morning in the freezing Florida weather. The Rolling Stones started playing at 4:00 A.M.. 
   Photo by Bob Davidoff

Courtesy of Royce Emley
Courtesy of Jack Croizer
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1969 Palm Beach Pop Festival Documentary Trailer
    On November 24th 2012, at Palm Beach International Raceway, 17047 Beeline Highway, in Jupiter Fl., there was an historical marker unveiling to commemorate the 1969 Palm Beach Pop Festival. It was the 43rd anniversary of that event. Jason Rittenberry, Pres./CEO of PBIR, Mark Stein, an original member of Vanilla Fudge, a band that played at the '69 festival, Jack Connell and Ken Davidoff of OLDROCKPHOTO were present to help with the unveiling..
   This festival was one the most important ROCK FESTIVALS of the summer of '69. It was the only festival appearance of The Rolling Stones, who were the closing act. This festival featured the Janis Joplin, Johnny Winter and Vanilla Fudge Jam. It also had the majority of the rock bands that played at Woodstock, including the first band to perform there, Sweetwater. This festival almost never happened; the combination of government opposition and extremely bad weather conditions was almost overwhelming.




Courtesy George E. Manosis

Commemorative Marker Unveiling November 24th, 2012

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