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Gram Parsons Memorial Country Rock Festival, 1976

Posted on January 16, 2015 | in Uncategorized | by
Chuck Berry performed at the Gram Parson's Memorial Country Rock Festival Friday July 2, 1976 in UK's Memorial Coliseum. Berry went on at 1 am and after a lengthy set refused to leave the stage. Promoters finally turned the power off at 2:30am. What was billed as a three-day music festival met with financial problems and Sunday's show, which was to feature Harry Chapin, was canceled. Some of the performers that did take the stage on Friday and Saturday included the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Doug Ross,  Ian Gillan, The Flying Burrito Brothers,  Roger McGuinn and The Band. Ray Charles was backstage Saturday night but refused to go on unless he was paid in advance. Photo by Ron Garrison | Staff

Chuck Berry performed at the Gram Parsons Memorial Country Rock Festival on July 2, 1976 at the University of Kentucky’s Memorial Coliseum. Berry went on at 1 a.m., and after a lengthy set, he refused to leave the stage. Promoters finally turned the power off at 2:30 a.m. What was billed as a three-day music festival met with financial problems, and Sunday’s show, which was to feature Harry Chapin, was canceled. Some performers who did take the stage Friday and Saturday included the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Doug Ross, Ian Gillan, Roger McGuinn and The Band. Ray Charles was backstage Saturday night but refused to go on unless he was paid in advance. Photo by Ron Garrison | Staff

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