A musical look back at Ohio University’s history

In 1977, Billy Joel performed in The Convo. In 2015, Waka Flocka Flame turned up the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium stage.

Times have changed.

Here’s a quick look back at who has performed at Ohio University throughout the years:

  1. The Grateful Dead, 1968

The Grateful Dead performed in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium for a free concert, according to Robert L. Williams II, an OU professor who compiled A Bulleted/Pictorial History of Ohio University. According to Willams, members of the band Jerry Garcia and Pigpen were later seen at the Union Bar.

  1. Simon and Garfunkel, 1968

    Simon and Garfunkel concert Ohio University 10-29-1968
    Simon and Garfunkel concert Ohio University 10-29-1968. Via Steinhoff.

The folk duo played the Convocation Center to a crowd of guys in ties and girls in skirts that were “delightfully short,” at least that’s how photographer Ken Steinhoff described it. Simon and Garfunkel broke up two years later.

  1. Led Zeppelin, 1969

To see an almost unknown Led Zeppelin at OU at The Convo, you would only have needed $2.50, according to Williams. That’s about $16 or $17 in today’s standards.

  1. The Who, 1969

According to Willaims, when the already-famous band performed at The Convo, Keith Moon’s whiskey was confiscated because it was a dry campus at the time.

  1. Bruce Springsteen

The Boss himself played on the same ticket as The Eagles, Blood, Sweat and Tears, and Billy Preston.

  1. Billy Joel, 1977

Billy Joel sang OU a song because he was the piano man in a concert hosted by ACRN, according to a previous Athena yearbook.

  1. Neil Young, 1980

When Neil Young stepped on stage, the drinking age had recently been changed to 21. According to Williams, that greatly affected the future of Convo concerts, because less money could be made off alcohol.

And here’s where we are in 2015:

-Waka Flocka Flame, 2015

Waka Flocka Flame was the Sibs Weekend performer and when asked by a Post reporter what goes through his mind when he’s on stage, he answered: “Turn the f—k up Waka.”

-Sam Hunt, 2015

Hunt performed at the first Country Night Lights and sang his hits “House Party” and “Take Your Time,” according to a Post article. And a bunch of ladies thought he was hot.

To listen and take a little stroll down memory lane using the Spotify playlist below:

 

Author: Rebekah Barnes

My name is Rebekah Barnes. I'm the managing editor for The Post. The dream: living in London, writing features and owning a dog named Miss Chanandler Bong.

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