Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Monkeying around with Hendrix in the Summer of Love

Morning memories, summer of 1967.

Bobby Dick and his band The Sundowners performed at Forest Hills Stadium in July with Jimi Hendrix - who was not yet known across mainstream America - and The Monkees, who had the second top-selling album in the country, behind The Beatles' " Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," which was released a month earlier. 

 “The Monkees were being maligned at the time for being a bubble-gum group,” says  Dick, a resident of Saratoga County, and who can be found performing across the region.   "They thought they would get more credibility by having someone like Jimi Hendrix playing with them. But when Jimi came on stage and started playing the fans just wanted their Davey Jones. They started chanting , 'We Want the Monkees! We Want the Monkees!’
 "Well, Hendrix looked right at them and gave them the finger. Then he threw his Stratocaster into the audience,” Dick says. “Somebody must have caught it. It would be interesting to know what ever happened to that guitar.”

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