From Jimi Hendrix to The Who: The Woodstock Performers Quiz

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Woodstock is the granddaddy of all music festivals. How much do you know about 1969's "three days of peace, love and music"? Take this quiz to test your knowledge.

How many acts played Woodstock?

There were 32 acts in the Woodstock lineup, spread out over Aug. 15-18, 1969.

Which band was the first to sign a Woodstock contract?

Creedence Clearwater Revival was the first band to sign in April 1969.

How much money did Creedence Clearwater Revival make for playing Woodstock?

CCR made $10,000 for its 50-minute set.

What was the payment cap per artist?

The Woodstock promoters put a $15,000 limit on each performer.

Which band made $15,000?

Blood, Sweat & Tears was a top earner at Woodstock.

Which artist made $30,000?

Jimi Hendrix got around the cap by agreeing to play two sets.

Besides Creedence Clearwater Revival, which artist made $10,000?

Joan Baez was the only other artist on the $10,000 level.

Who was the first artist to play at Woodstock?

Richie Havens took the stage at 5 p.m. on the opening day.

Why was Richie Havens' set extended?

Havens was scheduled to play four songs but had to kill time because other performers were stuck in traffic.

Who was the last artist to play at Woodstock?

Jimi Hendrix finally went on at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 18.

Which group was the lead-in to Jimi Hendrix?

Yes, that's right. Sha Na Na was the opener for Hendrix.

What was Jimi Hendrix's band?

Hendrix's band was introduced as the Experience, but it was actually Gypsy Sun and Rainbows.

Who gave the opening speech and invocation at Woodstock?

Indian guru Swami Satchidananda opened the festival by saying, "My beloved brothers and sisters, I am overwhelmed with joy to see the entire youth of America gathered here in the name of the fine art, music."

Which performer was six months pregnant at Woodstock?

Joan Baez gave birth to Gabriel Harris in December 1969.

Social activist Abbie Hoffman famously interrupted The Who's performance immediately after what song?

The Who had just finished "Pinball Wizard" when Hoffman rushed the stage.

Which band was scheduled to play but didn't, reportedly because the promoters wouldn't give the members a helicopter?

Woodstock lore has it that Iron Butterfly got stuck at an airport and couldn't make it through traffic to Woodstock, but festival co-creator Michael Lang claims the band demanded a helicopter and were refused.

Which Woodstock act had the biggest hit song at the time of the festival?

"Spinning Wheel" by Blood, Sweat & Tears was at No. 11 on the Billboard Top 200 for the week of Aug. 16, 1969.

Which act had multiple songs in the Top 200 that week?

Creedence Clearwater Revival had "Green River," "Bad Moon Rising" and "Commotion" on the charts at the time.

John Sebastian, the lead singer of this band, was pulled out of the crowd for an impromptu acoustic performance.

John Sebastian of Lovin' Spoonful was at Woodstock as a spectator but was pressed into action when there were technical difficulties.

The theme song to this TV show ended up being Sebastian's biggest hit.

Sebastian scored big with the theme song to "Welcome Back, Kotter" in 1976.

Which band's set was cut short because of equipment problems?

By all accounts, the Dead's Woodstock set was not its best.

What was the last song of the Grateful Dead's set?

Somewhat ironically, "Turn on Your Love Light" was the last song before the Dead went dark.

After this performer's set on Sunday, there was a three-hour thunderstorm delay.

Joe Cocker performed his iconic "With a Little Help From My Friends" just before the storm.

How old was Michael Shrieve, the youngest performer at Woodstock?

Twenty-year-old Shrieve, the drummer for Santana, is thought to have been the youngest.

Which Woodstock band had a Top 40 hit with "Going Up the Country" in 1969?

Canned Heat's "Going Up the Country" peaked at No. 11 in January 1969.

What was the name of Janis Joplin's band at Woodstock?

Joplin was backed up by the Kozmic Blues Band.

Who went on "The Dick Cavett Show" in his muddy Woodstock clothes?

Crosby and Stephen Stills chatted with Cavett in their performance outfits.

Who claimed to have had LSD hallucinations on stage that made him think his guitar was a snake?

It was Santana with the guitar snake.

This Woodstock band had a No. 1 and a No. 2 hit in 1969.

Sly and the Family Stone topped the charts with "Everyday People" in February and hit No. 2 with "Hot Fun in the Summertime" in October.

Woodstock was only the second live show for this group.

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young were all veteran performers, but they had played together only one previous time.

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