My friends and I saw Joe Cocker open for the Who at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit in 1969. This was the Premier of the Who‘s Rock Opera “Tommy” which turned out to be their biggest success. No camera’s allowed inside.
We used to be regulars and saw many well known acts, some I cannot recall but their regular bands at that time got to be friends/acquaintances of ours. Iggy & the Stooges, better known as Iggy Pop & The MC5 among them.We would sometimes get together at John Sinclair’s house and stuff “anti-war” literature in envelopes with some other very interesting people that will remain nameless, for now anyway. Enjoy the memories of Joe and “Delta Lady.”
I really wanted to be a groupie so bad! I was sort of one when I was very young. At age 12 the Beatles came on the scene.
I was a Beatlemaniac, as they called us back then. Saw all the movies and bought the 16Magazine and Tiger Beat and any other rag mag I could afford that wrote up articles on them. Next to them was the Herman’s Hermits! I loved Peter Noone!
My grandmother was secretary to the editor of the Detroit Free Press and she knew lots of photographers and journalists and since I used to go down there all the time from the time I was a child, I got to know some of them as well. Knowing the right people got be behind the scenes some places and I managed to collect quite a number of autographs behind stage at some concerts. That was so cool! Got to meet the Herman’s Hermits when I was 14 and then spoke to Peter Noone again in my hometown of Dearborn at a concert there a few years ago where he gave me his person email address so I could send him pictures of that 1965 concert I attended.
I am posting a couple of these pictures taken by Dick Tripp, and then just a few snapshots of my part of an album I have with concert tickets, autographs and photos taken by me and by the professional photographers that got them for me. Tony Spina became a well-known photographer and he gave me some of the Beatles photographs he took. Another photographer gave me some film he that he was not happy with of the Beatles in concert that I printed up and was thrilled. I may decide one day to post all the copyrighted pictures I have with more stories later. Not sure how many are interested in 1960’s pop music anymore. I plan on writing a little anecdote on how I met them and got their various autographs!