Atlantic Records' Heavies Rock Around the Clock at Its Monster 40th Birthday Bash
updated 05/30/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 05/30/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Backed by the MGs, soul stars Ben E. King, Wilson Pickett, Rufus Thomas and Sam & Dave's Sam Moore turned in hot sets. But it was the supergroups of the '60s and '70s—Iron Butterfly, the Rascals, Yes, Genesis, Foreigner and Led Zeppelin, which closed the show with "Stairway to Heaven" at 1:35 a.m. Sunday—who owned the audience.
The concert raised more than $10 million for charities from Amnesty International to a fund for indigent entertainers. Dan Aykroyd said his Blues Brother, John Belushi, would have shown up if he could have. So, undoubtedly, would such other late Atlantic greats as Otis Redding, Duane Allman and Moore's partner Dave Prater, who died recently in a car crash. "We miss them and we love them," Aykroyd said. "This was for them tonight."