Ike and Tina Turner performing at the Newport Pop Festival on June 20, 1969 at Devonshire Downs in Northridge, California.
Attended by an estimated 200,000 fans on June 20–22, 1969, the festival billed as Newport 69 was the largest pop concert at that time. Ike and Tina performed on the first day of the 3-day festival. The festival’s lineup included Marvin Gaye, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Byrds, The Rascals, Steppenwolf, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Johnny Winter, Eric Burdon and Love. A 3-day ticket cost $15. Hendrix was paid $125,000 for his appearance, at the time it was the highest fee ever paid to a rock act for a single appearance.
Fun Fact: Early in Jimi Hendrix’s career he briefly played in Ike and Tina’s band under the name Jimmy James. Ike fired him because his ostentatious guitar solos became “so elaborate they overstepped the bounds”.