Since the Beatles played here in 1964, the Hollywood Bowl has become the ultimate venue for any rock band to play.
Probably the first genuine pop star to play here was Frank Sinatra in 1943.
The Hollywood Bowl is the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. It's a tradition to go to the Bowl to hear Symphonies Under the Stars.
However, in the '60, the Bowl decided to present a few pop concerts under the stars that would sure to please a younger audience.
Sampling of rock/pop shows at the Hollywood Bowl 1960 - 1969
To start off the new decade, the Bowl was outfitted witha new stage floor, new water proof plastic shield for the shell, andnew dressing rooms with showers under the stage.
Percy Faith Music in a Summer Place w/ Shirly Jones, Jack Cassidy JULY 16Jazz Festival w/ Miles Davis, Stan Kenton, Gerry Mulligan, Duke Ellington, Paul Horn, Sarah Vaughan, The Four Freshmen, Horace Silver, JimmyWitherspoon JUNE 17 & 18Ella Fitzgerald JULY 29Percy Faith JULY 16Sterio at the Bowl w/ Henry Mancini, Kingston Trio, Peggy Lee, George Shearing SEPTEMBER 16 & 17Louis Armstrong w/ Velet Middleton SEPTEMBER 23
Judy Garland SEPTEMBER 16Stereo at the Bowl (Concerts Inc.) w/ Limelighters, Henry Mancini, Julie London SEPTEMBER 23Dick Clark's Rock and Roll Show w/ Little Caesar and the Romans, Vibrations, Chubby Checker, Jan and Dean, the Blue Jays, Jerry Fuller, Bobby Rydell, Freddie Cannon AUGUST 11Percy Faith AUGUST 26Folk Songs Around the World w/ Odetta, Kinsmen, the Weavers SEPTEMBER 1Oldies but Goodies Art Laboe w/ The Penguins, The Safaris, The shields, Ron Holden, Sonny Knight, The Five Satins SEPTEMBER 3
Kinston Trio, Dave Brubeck Quartet, Keely Smith JUNE 23Tony Bennett, Shirley Jones, Jule Styne JULY 13Folk Song Night w/ Mariam Makeba, Smothers Brothers, Marais & Miranda, Dave Guard's Whiskeyhill Singers JULY 20Music for Teens w/ Brenda Lee, Jimmy Dean, The Lettermen AUGUST 3Donald O'Connor AUGUST 24Sammy Davis Jr, Peter, Paul & Mary, George Shearing SEPTEMBER 14 & 15Limeliters, Peter Nero SEPTMEBER 22
Teen Night - An Evening of Folk Songs w/ Peter, Paul and Mary, Odetta, Bud and Travis AUGUST 2Hootenanny at the Bowl w/ Smothers Brothers, Rooftop Singers, Brothers Four SEPTEMBER 28Stereo at the Bowl w/ Sammy Davis Jr., Barbra Streisand, Dave Brubeck QuartetOCTOBER 5Joan Baez OCTOBER 12
Peter, Paul & Mary, Thelonious Monk Quartet MAY 23The Phantom, Gary Crosby JUNE 19Folk Night w/ Judy Collins, Clancy Brothers, Bud & Travis, Odetta JULY 17Connie Francis, Peter Nero JULY 24Sing Along with Mitch Miller AUGUST 21 & 22The Beatles AUGUST 23rdThey came, they conquered, they left - Playing for only 30 minutes before 18,700 screaming fans, the Beatles took off with $58,000).Modern '64 Sounds w/ Miles Davis Quintet, Gerry Mulligan Quartet, Nana Simone SEPTEMBER 4Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, the Dillards, Modern Folk Quartet, The Dillards, Theodore Bikel, Bessie Griffin and the Gray Singers SEPTEMBER 23Stereo at the Bowl w/ Smothers Brothers, Pete Fountain SEPTEMBER 26Night of Stars w/ Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Nat King Cole, Kingston Trio, Henry Mancini, Nancy Wilson OCTOBER 41965
Peter , Paul and Mary, Dave Brubeck Quartet JULY 2The Beach Boys Summer Spectacular w/The Beach Boys, The Righteous Brothers, The Byrds, Dino, Desi and Billy, The Kinks, Donna Loren, Sam the Sham, Ian Whitcomb JULY 3rdFolk Night w/ The Brothers Four, Judy Collins Josh White, Bud and Travis, Ian and Sylvia AUGUST 13Ella Fitzgerald, Nelson Riddle AUGUST 14Judy CollinsBob Dylan SEPTEMBER 3Johnny Mathis, Herb Alpert and Tijuana Brass SEPTEMBER 11The Beatles AUGUST 29 & 30th(The Beatles played from 9:22 p.m.- 9:55 p.m. - presented by KRLA and Bob Eubanks)
Sonny & Cher, the Righteous Brothers, Otis Redding, the Modern Folk Quintet, Donavan, the Knickerbockers, Jan and Dean and the Turtles KHJ radio to benefit the Braille Institute of America APRIL 2Beach Boys Summer Spectacular KRLA presents w/ Beach Boys, Lovin' Spoonful, Chad and Jeremy, The Byrds, the Leaves, Love, Capt. Beefheart, the Outsiders, Percy Sledge JUNE 25Jazz Night at the Bowl Sarah Vaughan, Stan Getz, Jimmy Smith JULY 15Sounds of Summer Percy Faith, George Shearing Quintet JULY 16Rolling Stones, the Standells, the McCoys JULY 25Rowan and Martin, Mrs Miller with the Young Folk, Roger Williams AUGUST 6Folk Song Night Judy Collins, Miriam Makeba, Josh White AUGUST 12Duke Ellington, William Kraft AUGUST 25Count Basie, Tony Bennett SEPTEMBER 17James Brown SEPTEMBER 16
Source: Hollywood Bowl Museum
The Supremes, Johnny Rivers, Buffalo Springfield, the Seeds, Brenda Holloway, 5th Dimension (KHJ radio presents benefit UCLA) APRIL 29The Monkees JUNE 9Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington JULY 1The Country Sound w/ Buck Owens, Glen Campbell, Merle Haggard, Tex RitterPeter Paul and Mary JULY 8Barbra Streisand JULY 8Liberace JULY 21Jazz at the Bowl w/ Michel Legrand, Stan Getz, Carmen McRae JULY 22Lovin' Spoonful, Simon & Garfunkle JULY 28Petual Clark JULY 29Ravi Shankar AUGUST 4Wayne Newton, Jackie Kahane, Roger Williams AUGUST 5Lou Rals, Count Basie AUGUST 11Dizzy Gizzy Gillespie AUGUST 12Mama's and Papa's, Jimi Hendrix Experience AUGUST 18The King Family AUGUST 26The San Francisco Scene w/ Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Big Brother the Holding Company (Janis Joplin) Bill Graham presents w/ KRLA SEPTEMBER 15thRay Conniff SEPTEMBER 16Donovan SEPTEMBER 23Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass and Sergio Mendes and Brazil '66 SEPTEMBER 29 & 30KHJ Sam Riddle and White Front presents Who, the Animals, Everly Brothers, The Association, Sopwith Camel NOVEMBER 19
Festival of Music w/ Chet Atkins, Glen Campbell, Jerry Reed, Floyd Cramer JUNE 8The Doors, Chamber Brothers, Steppenwolf JULY 5thBarbra Streisand, Herb Alpert & the TJB, Harry Belafonte, Bill Cosby JULY 17Duke Ellington, Vikki Carr AUGUST 3Percy Faith AUGUST 10Young Rascals, Tommy James & Shondells, The Animals AUGUST 16Henry Mancini, 5th Dimension AUGUST 17Simon and Garfunkle AUGUST 23Big Brother & The Holding Co. (w/ Janis Joplin), Iron Butterfly SEPTEMBER 6Jimi Hendrix, Soft Machine, Vanilla Fudge SEPTEMBER 14Donovan NOVEMBER 28
Creedence Clearwater Revival JUNE 14B.B. King, Canned Heat JULY 11Sergio Mendes and Brazil '66 JULY 25Blood, Sweat and Tears, Johnny Winters, Kaleidoscope AUGUST 1Peter, Paul and Mary, Gordon Lightfoot AUGUST 8Iron Butterfly SEPTEMBER 5The Rascals, Sly & the Family StoneAretha Franklin, B B King SEPTEMBER 13Janis Joplin, Youngbloods, Santana SEPTEMBER 20Donovan SEPTEMBER 26Johnny Cash, June Carter SEPTEMBER 26