Woodstock 50th Anniversary: Videos of Iconic Performances by Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Santana

It was 50 years ago today that the famous Woodstock Music and Art Fair started, with Richie Havens leading the performers as the opening act.

It's believed that half a million people flooded the site, owned by local farmer Max Yasgur. Traffic jams stopped performers getting into the festival, meaning helicopters were called in to bring over artists. The U.S. Army was drafted in to help provide a field hospital and medical teams.

But most importantly, some of the most renowned artists of the era, including Jimi Hendrix, Santana, The Who, Janis Joplin and Joe Cocker performed.

Taking place between August 15 to August 18, 1969, Woodstock had its hiccups, including electricity not being linked up to the stage on the first night.

This is why Richie Havens opened the show; he was an acoustic act. He played for three hours, according to the Woodstock website, performing hits such as "From the Prison", "Get Together" and "Freedom (Motherless Child)."

Folk singer and anti-war protester Joan Baez was the last act on Friday evening, starting 1:00 a.m. According to the Woodstock website, during her performance, it was drizzling, and by the time she had finished, it started to rain heavily. She performed songs such as "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," "We Shall Overcome," and "Oh Happy Day."

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August 1969: Profile of American folk musician Joan Baez singing and playing the guitar at the Woodstock Music Festival, Bethel, New York. Fotos International/Getty Images
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August 1969: Mexican-born guitarist Carlos Santana (right) and bassist David Brown perform with the group Santana at the Woodstock Music Festival in Bethel, New York. Tucker Ransom/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
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August 1969, The crowd at the Woodstock Festival in Bethal, New York. Around half a million people attended the festival in Bethel, New York. Archive Photos/Getty Images
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Singer Grace Slick performs with the American rock group Jefferson Airplane at Woodstock music festival. Getty Images
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American musicians Stephen Stills (left) and David Crosby from the group Crosby, Stills, & Nash performs on stage at the Woodstock Music and Art Festival, Bethel, New York, August 17, 1969. Fotos International/Getty Images
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Fans sitting on top of a painted bus at the Woodstock Music Festival, Bethel, New York, 15-17 August 1969. Archive Photos/Getty Images
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A couple attending the Woodstock Music Festival smiles while standing outside the shelter they built during the concert, Bethel, NY, August 1969. Ralph Ackerman/Getty Images
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Three men attending the Woodstock music festival hug each other, Bethel, NY, August 1969. Ralph Ackerman/Getty Images
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Indian musicians Ravi Shankar (center) and Alla Rakha (left) perform on stage at the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair, Bethel, New York, August 15, 1969. With them, though partly obscured, is fellow musician Maya Kulkarni. Ralph Ackerman/Getty Images
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A sound technician near the Free Stage, at the Woodstock music festival, August 1969. Ralph Ackerman/Getty Images
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What a smile--two kids in blue--torn jeans, old leather camera bag, blue midriff t-shirt, long hair, amazing smile, at the Woodstock music festival, August 1969. Ralph Ackerman/Getty Images
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(Original caption) On foot, in cars, atop cars, young people leave the great love-in of the sixties, the Woodstock Music Festival. Three hundred thousand young people descended upon Bethel, New York, and to the surprise of most, took part in a festival that will, no doubt, go down in history. Peace reigned supreme and youth, for once, told of its disdain of the establishment in a manner that could be understood by all. Coming at a time when the young generation's public relations was at its worst, the Woodstock Music Festival may have helped lessen the ever-widening generation gap. It was beautiful baby. Bettmann/Getty Images

The second day didn't start until 12:15 p.m. with a band known as Quill. But at 2:00 p.m. an act known as Santana began to play. It was then unknown to the audience, but the "powerful and magical" set brought the group international stardom after the festival.

Acts such as The Grateful Dead followed that day, with Creedence Clearwater Revival and Jefferson Airplane. The Who, a band which has absolutely stood the test of time, started playing on Sunday morning around 5:00 a.m. They played their Tommy album, which is a rock opera.

Joe Cocker was the first act of the Sunday (officially) starting his set at 2:00 p.m. His performance is known for his cover of The Beatles' "Little Help From My Friends" which was the second cover of the song at the festival.

Jimi Hendrix's headlining act has also gone down in history as one of the most iconic moments of his career. His rendition of "Star-Spangled Banner," played during sunrise, was also one of the most iconic moments of the festival.

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