5 march 1968 & hugh masakela, miriam makeba, wes montgomery in concert
#OTD Monday 5 March 1968 Washingtonians who were lucky enough to see Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masakela (pictured above on the left in striped shirt) and Wes Montgomery over the weekend were still talking about the concert at the Washington Hilton (1919 Connecticut Ave NW). They played two shows, the first starting at 5:30pm.
Miriam Makeba probably sang, "Pata, Pata," her #1 hit. Hugh Masakela undoubtedly sang his hit song, "Up, Up and Away."
Wes Montgomery (guitarist), was accompanied by Monk Montgomery (bass), Buddy Montgomery (piano), Billy Hart (drums), and Al Barrett (congas). They played "Windy," "Goin' Out of My Head," and "Shades of Your Smile."
According to Evening Star critic John Segraves, the 1st show was about half full because Dionne Warwick was performing at the same time at Constitution Hall.
Please comment below. Did you go to the concert? How was the Hilton as a music venue? Did you go to the Dionne Warwick concert? What songs do you remember from either concert? You may comment privately here.
Photo source: Courtesy DC Public Library Special Collections, 1967. Walter Oates, photographer. The photo is from a Hugh Masakela Quintet concert at the Emery Recreation Center (5701 Georgia Ave NW) on 25 July 1967. Chuck Carter (drums), Al Abrue (sax & tambourine), Cecil Bernard (piano), and Harry Franklin (bass).
Robert Jeffers, Jr., "Makeba, Montgomery, Masakela to Star at Hilton,” Hilltop 1 March 1968.
John Segraves, "Two Veterans, 'Rookie' Sparkle," Evening Star 4 March 1968.