Exit Rocking

updated 11/18/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/18/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

WHEN MORE THAN 300,000 PEOPLE SHOWED UP FOR a day of Laughter, Love and Music in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park on Nov. 3, it seemed the only one missing was the man responsible. Paying musical tribute to concert promoter Bill Graham, who had died nine days earlier in a helicopter crash with two companions, were many of the same performers he had helped hoist to stardom, among them Santana, the Grateful Dead and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. In a scene reminiscent of many Graham-staged '60s happenings, Deadheads mixed with bikers, unreconstructed hippies, mods and rockers on the sun-drenched Polo Fields. As for Graham himself, "I wonder if Bill is in heaven organizing a show," mused comic Robin Williams. " 'C'mon, Elvis, you're on.' "

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