May 24 – Eurovision #1, ‘Rock of Ages’ Fest, Good Morning Starshine

1956

No, not the ’56 logo

The first Eurovision Song Contest is held in Lugano, Switzerland.
 
Seven countries participate, each submitting two songs. The winner? Switzerland’s 30-year-old Lys Assia. Recording of 1956 contest 
 
And how about this:  ( Lys’ site And now you know the rest of teh story. Well ok, not quite:

the first person who wins and actually gets famous?
 
Lulu wins in 1969, but she is already famous for 1967’s To Sir, with Love.  ( Lulu site It is 1974 when Waterloo makes ABBA famous! There.  ( ABBA site
 
 ( Eurovision site 50 years of winners 

1969

The Haight-Ashbury ‘Rock of Ages’ Festival takes place in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park Panhandle.

It includes Country Joe McDonald (best-known for his ‘fish cheer’ song), Johnny Sunshine, The Pitschell Players & more.
 
It’s one of countless events listed in the intriguing San Francisco History Calendar.
 
On May 26, John and Yoko begin a week-long bed-in in Montreal.

See also: ▷SF Chronology ’65-69▹ , History of the hippie movement  ~ Love Haight    ~ Folklore  

1969

William Oliver Swofford’s version of song Good Morning Starshine from 1968 musical Hair climbs to #3 on the charts.
 
The title also appears on the 4th and last studio album by LA psych bubblegum band Strawberry Alarm Clock. Incense, Peppermints 
 
In the fall of 1969, Oliver has a US#2 hit with Jean, written by beatnik poet Rod McKuen. Then he goes into the real estate business.
 
 ( SAC site