How would you like to hire Pink Floyd for just £250 (US$334.47) a night? Back in 1969, in the UK, such a thing was possible. As you can see from this vintage price-list, Joe Cocker, the Moody Blues and Jethro Tull cost you £350 ($468) nightly; and Ten Years After, even less.

Rory Gallagher’s band was still called The Taste in 1969, and going for just £150 ($200) per gig, as was Grapefruit. Grapefruit, as mentioned in my last post, was a band founded by an elder brother of AC/DC’s Young brothers, Angus and Malcolm, and the Easybeats’ guitarist, George Young.

You might notice Simon Dupree and the Big Sound on the list. Formed by the three Shulman brothers, they became the highly-regarded progressive rock band Gentle Giant the following year (1970) when I worked with them at Tony Barrow International. Also, the iconic Pretty Things cost just #150 to hire and the Godfather of British blues, Alexis Korner (misspelt on the list), a paltry £100. Most expensive to hire were the Small Faces, and the UK’s top blues band, Fleetwood Mac.

Fleetwood Mac at £500 ($668.94) a gig.

In 1969, Fleetwood Mac were at the top of their game, and the price-list shows how much extra they earned per gig, compared to other UK bands. This was the classic Mac line up: Peter Green, lead guitar and vocals; Mick Fleetwood, drums; John McVie, bass; Danny Kirwan, guitar; and Jeremy Spencer, slide guitar. Their single ‘Albatross’ had topped charts in Britain and worldwide, reaching number 4 on Billboard’s US Hot 100.

Another Mac song, ‘Black Magic Woman’ was covered by Santana in 1969, also reaching number 4 in the USA. Peter Green had yet to be slipped the dodgy acid that stuffed his mind and killed his career, and John McVie’s wife, Christine McVie was still to join. In 1969, Christine McVie, working under the name Christine Perfect, was lead singer with a rival blues band, Chicken Shack, for hire for £200 a night. Christine did well for herself, didn’t she? Check out the Mac in their prime below.

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