The first Newport Pop Festival was held at the Orange County Fairgrounds in
Costa Mesa, California, on the weekend of August 3–4, 1968. It is believed to
have been the first pop music concert attended by more than 100,000 paying concertgoers who came out to hear Sonny And Cher, Tiny Tim, Jefferson
Airplane, Steppenwolf, the Grateful Dead, The Byrds, Iron Butterfly and
Eric Burdon And The Animals.