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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.