On this day in 1969, the Rolling Stones; Jefferson Airplane; Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young; Santana; and The Flying Burrito Brothers performed at the controversial (and fatal to one concertgoer) Altamont Speedway Free Concert at Livermore, CA.
The Rolling Stones are named after the Muddy Waters song "Rollin' Stone".
Muddy Waters has four songs listed in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame "The Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll": Rollin' Stone, Hoochie Coochie Man, Mannish Boy, Got My Mojo Working.
The Sex Pistols were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006 but refused to attend the ceremony.
Though the Sex Pistols were responsible for initiating the punk movement in the UK they only produced four singles and one album.
The Ramones are generally considered the band that started the punk movement.
Though arguably the most influence band of pop music, The Ramones had only one album, Ramones Mania compilation, that went gold in the US.
Joey Ramone, lead singer of the Ramones, shares a birthday with Pete Townshend from The Who.
Tommy by The Who was the first rock opera; it is reported that the term "rock opera" was coined at a party given by Pete Townshend.
David Bowie, Frank Zappa, and Pink Floyd all also made rock operas in the 1970s.
What group would you most like to see perform?