Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Final Day of Woodstock Was 47 Years Ago Today; Here's What Musicians Were Paid

by VVN Music

47 years ago today, on August 17, 1969, Woodstock was starting to wind down.

Before the final day was through, festival goers would see Joe Cocker, Country Joe & the Fish, Ten Years After, The Band, Johnny Winter, Blood Sweat & Tears, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Sha Na Na and Jimi Hendrix.

Actually, only the first four artists actually played on Sunday. A thunderstorm after Cocker's 2 PM set pushed the second act, Country Joe, off until 6:30. From there, everything was late with CSNY going on at 3 AM and Hendrix finishing things up from 9:00 to 11:10 AM Monday.

The festival has become mythical. Millions have claimed to be there although the estimates never went higher than 400,000. Of course, a majority of those never paid for tickets as it was impossible to control the influx of people who showed up for the show.

The band list was a who's who of the greats of the day and, of course, they were paid royally for their efforts to get to the site and perform. Well, if you think $750 (the equivalent of $5,000 today) would be a good payday. That's what Santana was paid, split among all of the band members, for their efforts. The mostly unknown band Quill only got $375.

The established stars (or those with good negotiating skills) did get a handsome payday. Jimi Hendrix received $18,000 ($120,000 in today's dollars). Blood, Sweat and Tears received the second highest payday with $15,000 ($100,000) and Joan Baez and Creedence Clearwater Revival each took home $10,000 ($66,500).

Here's a list of the payments made to each of Woodstock's artists with the 2016 equivalents:

  • Jimi Hendrix – $18,000 ($120,000 in today's dollars)
  • Blood, Sweat and Tears – $15,000 ($100,000)
  • Joan Baez – $10,000 ($66,500)
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival – $10,000 ($66,500)
  • The Band – $7,500 ($50,000)
  • Janis Joplin – $7,500 ($50,000)
  • Jefferson Airplane – $7,500 ($50,000)
  • Sly and the Family Stone – $7,000 ($46,500)
  • Canned Heat – $6,500 ($43,000)
  • The Who – $6,250 ($41,500)
  • Richie Havens – $6,000 ($40,000)
  • Arlo Guthrie – $5,000 ($33,000)
  • Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young – $5,000 ($33,000)
  • Ravi Shankar – $4,500 ($30,000)
  • Johnny Winter – $3,750 ($25,000)
  • Ten Years After – $3,250 ($21,500)
  • Country Joe and the Fish – $2,500 ($16,500)
  • Grateful Dead – $2,500 ($16,500)
  • The Incredible String Band – $2,250 ($15,000)
  • Mountain – $2,000 ($13,500)
  • Tim Hardin – $2,000 ($13,500)
  • Joe Cocker – $1,375 ($9,000)
  • Sweetwater – $1,250 ($8,500)
  • John B. Sebastian – $1,000 ($6,500)
  • Melanie – $750 ($5,000)
  • Santana – $750 ($5,000)
  • Sha Na Na – $700 ($4,500)
  • Keef Hartley – $500 ($3,500)
  • Quill – $375 ($2,500)

Figures were not available for the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Bert Sommer.


1 comments:

56dinosaur said...

A reproduction of The Who's Woodstock contract(included with the various bits of paper memorabilia included with the original L.P. of "The Who Live at Leeds") indicates that The Who were paid $10,000 for their Woodstock Performance

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