The following is a quick history of Mar Y Sol. For a more detailed version please click here.
The ‘Mar Y Sol Pop Festival’ has been referred to as “the last of the great festivals”. It took place in Puerto Rico in 1972 and was produced by the legendary promoter Alex Cooley who had previously produced three rock festivals: The Atlanta International Pop Festival and the Texas International Pop Festival both in 1969 and the 2nd Atlanta International Pop Festival in 1970.
The idea of the festival was not conceived by Cooley. Instead he resuscitated a dying project; a festival being planned on the island in 1971 which was to be called “Fiesta Del Sol” (Party of the Sun). Cooley took over and the festival was to take place in the same area. However he brought his own bands and changed the name to Mar Y Sol (Sea And Sun).
The list of performers was great and included acts like BB King, ELP, Alice Cooper, Billy Joel, The Allman Brothers Band, J. Geils Band, Faces and many others. Even John Lennon sent a recorded message stating his willingness to attend the festival along side Yoko, but due to well publicized US government issues could not.
So what’s so special about Mar Y Sol?
a) A rare festival for outsiders:
Normally rock festivals of this magnitude took place in the U.S. or Europe. This time a festival was going to be held in a unique location; a “foreign” island. You couldn’t just drive there.
It was held very close to the beach and the area also included a nice creek. This was without a doubt a great bonus, specially for outsiders.