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1968 - 8th National Jazz & Blues Festival

National Jazz Blues festival

8th National Jazz & Blues Festival
Kempton Park Racecourse, Sunbury, UK
August 9-11th, 1968

After the disaster at Windsor the festival moved in 1868 to Kempton Park Racecourse in Surrey. Some of the highlights of this year were the rock 'n' roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis and Tyrannosaurus Rex. The line-up was also completed with some of the latest acts at the Marquee club, such as the Nice, Jethro Tull and Ten Years After.

This year, the organization of the festival went through some difficulties when the Windsor Borough Council refused to grant a dancing licence. As expressed by the secretary of the Marquee John Gee on the programme of the club published in February 1868, on January 8th the NJF appealed at the Windsor Court. Witnesses called on behalf of the Festival organisers included Mr. Robin Scott, controller of BBC's Radio One and Two, Mr. George Melly, pop music critic of "The Observer", and Mr. Frederick Woods, critic of "The Gramophone". Windsor's police chief, Supt. John Snowley said that the police had no objection to the festival and that last year they had received full co-operation from the Festival Organisers. Harold Pendleton described the decision of the Windsor Magistrates as "an anormous, staggering relief".

Time Box, Marmalade, Mike Westbrook Band, Ronnie Scott Quintet, Jon Hendricks, Don Rendell, Ian Carr Quintet, Alan Haven Trio, Joe Cocker and the Grease Band, Deep Purple, Tyrannosaurus Rex, The Jeff Beck Group, The Nice, Ginger Baker, Arthur Brown, Eclection, The Johnstons, Sonya, Nite People, Al Stewart, Fairport Convention, Tramline, John Mayall, Jethro Tull, Ten Years After, Chicken Shack, Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, Dynaflow Blues, John Peel, Savoy Brown, Duster Bennett, The Herd, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Taste, Incredible String Band

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