The former Dire Straits frontman hit a particularly rich seam with his second LP in his own name.
Here is your essential guide to all of the biggest music festival gatherings across the globe.
Three lucky audiences on Eric Clapton's 1974 tour saw him joined on stage by half of The Who.
Despite the departure of Dave Mason, Traffic were a band again, returning in 1970 with an acclaimed fourth LP.
Affectionately known as ‘the Beano album,’ Bluesbreakers forever changed the landscape of rock music.
The 1977 album enjoyed an epic 127-week run on the Billboard chart, eventually going triple platinum.
The band's first performance was not, as often reported, at the National Jazz & Blues Festival in Windsor, but two days earlier in a famous north of England club.
Containing the belting ‘Since You Been Gone’, Rainbow’s ‘Down To Earth’ album was a muscular, radio-friendly classic from the Ritchie Blackmore-led band.
History has tended to overlook the festival that was bigger than Woodstock, Monterey or the Isle of Wight.
Their 1968 album 'In Search Of The Lost Chord' provided the real commercial breakthrough for the band's new album-oriented sound.
Before there was Woodstock, there was Woodinville. In July 1969, thousands gathered to watch an all-star line-up at the first Seattle Pop Festival.
On July 25, 1970, Eric's name appeared on the charts as a solo artist for the first time.
The success of the American rock band was amplified when The Who took them under their wing.
‘At Fillmore East’ cemented the band's live reputation for delivering incendiary southern rock.
On 22 July, 1978, Dire Straits had something to show for their early efforts in terms of a UK chart position – but only just.
In the grounds of a stately home in Hertfordshire, the Bucolic Frolic culminated in some mighty southern rock.