Herb Malsman Presents A Legacy Celebrated: Sid Bernstein
Sid Bernstein was one of the most visionary and influential individuals in American music history.
He arranged to bring the Beatles to America when they were virtually unknown and before they released a record or had any radio airplay in the States. He put the Beatles in Carnegie Hall, for their first concert ever in the United States and helped convince Ed Sullivan to have the Beatles on his show, introducing them to America and, the world. Sid produced the groundbreaking Beatles concerts at Shea Stadium, (15.7.65 and 23.7.66...) establishing the precedent of attracting huge crowds to large venues and setting the standard for all future concerts.
Sid, ("The Father of the British Invasion") was the first to present to America, eleven of the top thirteen British rock acts. These included: The Animals, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Herman's Hermits, The Kinks, Manfred Mann, the Moody Blues, and the Rolling Stones.
Sid produced the first concert at the new Madison Square Garden in New York City, establishing it as a concert venue, as well as the first rock concert at Radio City Music Hall, featuring Jethro Tull, establishing that institution as a pop music venue.
Sid also produced the Bethel 94 Festival for the 25th Anniversary of Woodstock, which featured, among many others, Country Joe & the Fish, Melanie, Santana, Sarah McLaughlin, and Arlo Guthrie.
Over the course of his career Sid promoted, produced, managed or acted as agent for numerous rock groups and performers including: James Brown, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Fats Domino, Fleetwood Mac, the Four Seasons, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Lesley Gore, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Elvis Presley, The (Young) Rascals, Sam & Dave, Paul Simon, Sly & the Family Stone, the Staple Singers, Tina Turner, and Jackie Wilson.
On June the 7th (the 70th Anniversary of Sid's Normandy Landing) his friends and fans will come together here, at Symphony Space to pay a musical homage to him.
Performing will be: Mick Francis, co-host of "The Beatle Bug Radio Show," WDAR/West Dublin, Ireland, "Diamonds In Jupiter," Newark, NJ's premier, Old and New School R & B, Pop and Funk band, and "Strawberry Fields" - The Ultimate Beatles Tribute!
Hosting "Legacy" will be Q104.3/NYC legendary, classic-rock jock and host of Q's "Breakfast With The Beatles," Ken Dashow.
All net proceeds will be donated to Robin Hood: Fight Poverty Like A New Yorker http://www.robinhood.org/
A Legacy Celebrated: Sid Bernstein is independently produced by Herb Malsman and not associated with Sid Bernstein Presents, LLC or the family of Sid Bernstein.