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Roy Rogers Was Supposed To Play Last

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Jimi Hendrix was not supposed to be the festival closer; it was intended to be singing cowboy Roy Rogers. Michael Lang and his co-organizers wanted to have the show closed out with the famous song “Happy Trails.”

However, Rogers turned it down because he was a Republican, a pro-Vietnam War, and the antithesis of everything they stood for. It all worked out, though, because Hendrix closed the weekend with an iconic performance.

Written by Camille Moore

Camille has a master's degree from Saint Joseph University's Writing Studies program, and she currently works as the Writing Center Assistant Director at a small university in western Pennsylvania. Camille's writing has been published on several websites, and she enjoys writing articles and short stories in her spare time. You can follow Camille on Twitter @CamealAshley.