The Texas International Pop Festival took place featuring Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Sam & Dave, Santana, Johnny Winter, Grand Funk Railroad, Delaney & Bonnie, Nazz, Spirit, BB King, Canned Heat and Chicago. Over 120,000 fans attended the festival for 3 days starting on August 30, 1969.
The Texas International Pop Festival was a music festival held at Lewisville, Texas, on Labor Day weekend, August 30-September 1, 1969.It occurred two weeks after Woodstock. The site for the event was the newly-opened Dallas International Motor Speedway, located on the east side of Interstate Highway 35E, across from the Round Grove Road intersection.
The Texas International Pop Festival was the brainchild of Angus G. Wynne III, son of Angus G. Wynne, the founder of the Six Flags Over Texas Amusement Park.Wynne was a concert promoter who had attended the Atlanta International Pop Festival on the July Fourth weekend. He decided to put a festival on near Dallas, and joined with the Atlanta festival's main organizer, Alex Cooley, forming the company Interpop Superfest.
Artists performing at The Texas International Pop Festival were: Led Zeppelin, B.B. King, Canned Heat, Chicago (then called Chicago Transit Authority), Delaney and Bonnie and Friends, Freddie King, Grand Funk Railroad, Herbie Mann, Incredible String Band, James Cotton, Janis Joplin, Johnny Winter, Nazz, Rotary Connection, Sam and Dave, Santana, Shiva's Headband, Sly and the Family Stone, Space Opera, Spirit, Sweetwater, Ten Years After and Tony Joe White.
North of The Texas International Pop Festival site was the campground on Lewisville Lake, where hippie attendees skinny-dipped and bathed. Also on the campground was the free stage, where some bands played after their main stage gig and several bands not playing on the main stage performed. It was on this stage that Wavy Gravy, head of the Hog Farm commune, acquired his name. (At Woodstock, he was Hugh Romney.)
The Merry Pranksters, Ken Kesey's group, was in charge of the free stage and camping area. While Kesey was neither at the Texas event nor at Woodstock, his right hand man, Ken Babbs, and his psychedelic bus, Further (Furthur) were. The Hog Farm provided security, a trip tent, and free food.
Attendance at The Texas International Pop Festival remains unknown, but is estimated between 120,000 and 150,000. As with Woodstock, there were no violent crimes reported. There was one death, due to heatstroke, and one birth
Retro History for August 30 The 50s 60s 70s 80s
Retro History For The Decade 1980
1989 Roman Polanski marries actress Emmanuelle Seigner
1988 France performs nuclear test
1988 Julianne Philips files for divorce from Bruce Springsteen
1988 Kent Tekulve is 2nd pitcher in majors to appear in 1,000 games
1988 Tennis star Chris Everett weds skier Andy Mills
1987 87th U.S. Golf Amateur Championship won by Billy Mayfair
1987 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Nestle World Golf Championship
1987 Ben Johnson of Canada runs 100 m in world record 9.83 sec
1987 Kirby Puckett goes 6-for-6 with 2 home runs in Minnesota 10-6 win over Milwaukee
1987 Stefka Kostadonova of Bulgaroa sets high jump woman's record (6'10")
1987 Yves Pol of France runs complete marathon backwards (3:57:57)
1987 Knuckleballer Charlie Hough on the mound, Rangers catcher Geno Petralli ties the major league record by allowing 6 passed balls
1986 Gelindo Bordin wins Stuttgart marathon (2:10:54)
1986 Soviet authorities arrested Nicholas Daniloff (U.S. News World Report)
1984 12th Space Shuttle Mission (41-D)-Discovery 1-launched (6 days)
1984 Emmy News and Documentaries Award presentation
1984 Red Sox Jim Rice grounds into record 33rd double play en route to 36
1984 Sotherby's in London begins 2 day auction of rock memorabilla
1983 8th Space Shuttle Mission-Challenger 3-launched (6 days)
1983 Elizabeth R Zakarian (Devon Pierce), 17, New York, crowned 1st Miss Teen USA
1983 WKBC-TV (channel 48) ends broadcasting in Philadelphia
1983 Guion Bluford becomes 1st African-American astronaut in space
1982 PLO leader Yasser Arafat leaves Beirut
1981 Joanne Carner wins Columbia Savings LPGA Golf Classic
1980 Polish government recognizes Solidarity
Retro History For The Decade 1970
1979 1st recorded occurrance-comet hits sun (energy=1 mil hydrogen bombs)
1979 Ian Botham makes 1000 runs/100 wkts in Tests in his 21st match
1979 Kathy Horvath (14y5d) is youngest to play in U.S. Tennis Open, she loses
1979 President Carter attacked by a rabbit on a canoe trip in Plains Ga
1979 Wildest U.S. Tennis Open match, McEnroe defeats Ilie Nastase 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Nastase was defaulted by the umpire then reinstated
1976 Tom Brokaw becomes news anchor of Today Show
1976 Turks and Caicos Islands adopts constitution
1975 KTW-AM in Seattle Washington changes call letters to KYAC (now KKFX)
1974 Express train runs full speed into Zagreb, Yugo rail yard killing 153
1974 Launching of 1st Dutch satellite, ANS, from Vandenberg
1974 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1973 Danny Seiwell quits Wings
1972 John Lennon and Yoko Ono played Madison Square Gardens to raise money for the One to One charity. Stevie Wonder, Sha Na Na and Roberta Flack also appeared at the event. Lennon personally bought $60,000 worth of tickets which were given to volunteer fund-raisers. Several of the performances were later included on Lennon’s, Live in New York City album.
1971 WNPI TV channel 18 in Norwood, New York (PBS) begins broadcasting
Retro History For The Decade 1960
1969 The Texas Pop Festival took place featuring Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Sam & Dave, Santana, Johnny Winter, Grand Funk Railroad, Delaney & Bonnie, Nazz, Spirit, BB King, Canned Heat and Chicago. Over 120,000 fans attended the festival for 3 days.
1969 25,000 attend 2nd Annual Sky River Rock Festival, Tenino Wash
1969 69th U.S. Golf Amateur Championship won by Steve Melnyk
1969 Racial disturbances in Fort Lauderdale Florida
1968 1st record under Apple label, Beatle's Hey Jude
1967 U.S. Senate confirm Thurgood Marshall as 1st black justice
1965 Casey Stengel announces his retirement after 55 years in baseball
1965 Section of Allalin glacier wipes out construction site at Mattmark Dam near Saas-Fee, Switzerland
1964 Clifford Ann Creed wins LPGA Riverside Ladies Golf Open
1963 Hot Line communications link between Washington D.C. and Moscow begins
1961 J B Parsons is 1st African American judge of a U.S. District Court
1961 Last Spanish troops leave Morocco
1961 Oriole Jack Fisher walks 12 LA Angels in a 9 inning game
1961 U.S.S.R. says it will resume nuclear testing
1960 Boston 2nd baseman Pete Runnels goes 6-for-7
1960 East Germany imposes a partial blockade on West Berlin
Retro History For The Decade 1950
1958 U.S. performs nuclear test at S Atlantic Ocean
1957 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1957 U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond speaks 24hrs 27m against civil rights
1956 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test (atmospheric tests)
1956 White mob prevents enrollment of blacks at Mansfield HS, Texas
1954 Hurricane Carol, kills 68
1953 Future New York City mayor David Dinkins marries Joyce Burrows in New York City
1951 U.S. and Philippines sign mutual defense pact
Have a groovy vintage retro day!
- Retro Rebirth
If you liked this article then make sure you subscribe to the feed via RSS It's Free and easily visible on your iPad or iPhone and favorite news reader. You can also follow me on Twitter too!
Become a Retro Rebirth Fan on our Facebook Page a simple LIKE is a great way to support us.
Watch Retro Videos on our Retro Video YouTube Page
Check out the Retro Rebirth Shop - hand made crafts, t-shirts, videos, comic & pop art
Vintage Retro Music & Retro Pop Culture is our passion and what we LOVE. We keep it going everyday for the love of producing it for you to enjoy. Thanks for viewing. Much Peace! The Texas International Pop Festival takes place for 3 days starting on August 30, 1969.