Blues News

Woodstock 1969 – Canned Heat

Woodstock 1969 – Canned Heat – On The Road Again

Canned Heat is one band we particularly liked at Woodstock 1969. Even more, they had this raw genius and soul about them. which makes them and their music feel so authentic. It’s a magnificent time in history where you actually hear the raw sound of the guitars fed into huge tube amps.

Add some distortion and its music to your ears! Canned Heat turns to audience favorites after their Woodstock gig. In 1969 they already add psychedelic elements to their blues influenced songs and their boogie style of rock keeps the people dancing.

The music and attitude of Canned Heat attracts a large following and establishes the band as one of the popular acts of the 1960’s. They hit the stage on Saturday, the 16th at about 7.30 pm. The gig took place during sunset which occurred at 7:56 pm. The band also made appearances at the Monterey Festival earlier in June of 1967. Performing at these two major festivals, they acquired worldwide fame.

Line-up Changes

The line-up changed over the years with the three surviving members of the classic lineup: de la Parra (who has remained in the band since first joining in 1967), Mandel, and Taylor. For much of the 1990s and 2000s, de la Parra was the only member from the band’s 1960s lineup.

Larry Taylor, whose presence in the band has not been steady, is the other surviving member from the earliest lineups. Mandel, Walter Trout and Junior Watson are among the guitarists who gained fame for playing in later editions of the band. Enjoy!

Musicians: Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson – guitar, harmonica, vocals, Bob “The Bear” Hite – vocals, harmonica, Harvey “The Snake” Mandel – guitar, Larry “The Mole” Taylor – bass, Adolfo “Fito” de la Parra – drums

Help us with our mission of Keeping the Blues Alive in schools! To learn more or donate to Keeping The Blues Alive, visit our website at

Image: video screen shot

Credits: GenerikVapeer

Share this post