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Turns Out Santana Received $750 for the Iconic Woodstock ’69 Performance

Woodstock '69 payments listPresenting an interesting piece from the archives, Ultimate Guitar recently revealed a list of payments given to the performers of the iconic Woodstock ’69 festival.

Jimi Hendrix was on top of the list with a sum that might seem minuscule today – $18,000, while another guitar legend, Carlos Santana, received just $750 for the gig.

When adjusted to inflation though, Mr. Hendrix’s sum rises up to $112,000, which does seem a tad more reasonable.

As for Santana, the logical explanation is that Carlos and co. were just kicking off their stellar musical journey at that time, and were far from a household name they are today. Therefore, they only got $750 and were probably quite OK with it.

On the rest of the list, Blood, Sweat & Tears come at No. 2 with $15,000, Joan Baez and Creedence Clearwater Revival share the No. 3 spot with $10,000, while other notable names include The Band, Jefferson Airplane and Janis Joplin with $7,500, Canned Heat with $6,500, Mountain with $2,000, late great Joe Cocker with $1,350, The Incredible String Band with $2,250 and more.

Anyhow, the full list of earnings awaits below.

  1. Jimi Hendrix – $18,000
  2. Blood, Sweat and Tears – $15,000
  3. Joan Baez – $10,000
  4. Creedence Clearwater Revival – $10,000
  5. The Band – $7,500
  6. Janis Joplin – $7,500
  7. Jefferson Airplane – $7,500
  8. Sly and the Family Stone – $7,000
  9. Canned Heat – $6,500
  10. The Who – $6,250
  11. Richie Havens – $6,000
  12. Arlo Guthrie – $5,000
  13. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young – $5,000
  14. Ravi Shankar – $4,500
  15. Johnny Winter – $3,750
  16. Ten Years After – $3,250
  17. Country Joe and the Fish – $2,500
  18. Grateful Dead – $2,500
  19. The Incredible String Band – $2,250
  20. Mountain – $2,000
  21. Tim Hardin – $2,000
  22. Joe Cocker – $1,375
  23. Sweetwater – $1,250
  24. John B. Sebastian – $1,000
  25. Melanie – $750
  26. Santana – $750
  27. Sha Na Na – $700
  28. Keef Hartley – $500
  29. Quill – $375

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