Today in History with Chuck: Jimi Hendrix & Grateful Dead perform at Temple Stadium | CHS boys’ track & field’s 1986 District 1 title

Local historian Chuck Langerman has shared two memories that took place on today’s and tomorrow’s dates many moons ago.

Temple Stadium concert

On May 16, 1970, Temple Stadium on Cheltenham Avenue saw for the first time in history Jimi Hendrix and Grateful Dead perform on the same stage on the same day. It was also the first and last concert ever held at Temple Stadium.

An estimated 10,000 concert-goers paid $6.50 to sit on the stadium grass to see the show, which also included The Steve Miller Band and Cactus.

According to local historian Chuck Langerman, the music was so loud at times that it reverberated off the windows and walls of houses throughout the Mt. Airy and Wyncote neighborhoods. It was the first and last concert ever held at Temple Stadium.

Frank Rizzo, then Philadelphia’s Chief of Police who lived near the venue, termed the concert a “hippie catastrophe” and made sure it was one-and-done. It would also be one of Hendrix’s last concerts. Nearly four months after the show, Jimi Hendrix, arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music, passed away in London at the age of 27.

If you have any memories or stories from the concert, Langerman encourages you to share in the comments. A partial recording of the show is below:

CHS boys’ track & field: 1986

On May 17, 1986, the Cheltenham High School boys’ track and field team upended Coatesville High, 40-35, at Delaware Valley College to capture its first District 1 boys’ AAA championship since 1942.

The Panthers were led then-senior Marc Jones (pictured above), who, despite a sore hamstring, set a personal best 47.6 seconds in winning the 400-meter dash, won the 200 in 21.5, and ran the second leg on the Panthers’ third-place 1,600 relay team.

Senior Eric Vassall won the long jump with a leap of 23 feet, 1 and 3/4 inches.

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