Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 12th October!
On the 12th October 1968 the LP „Cheap Thrills“ by Janis Joplin and Big Brother & The Holding Company went to No. 1 on the US album chart and stayed there for eight weeks. It’s also one of the most successful LPs of that year – over one million copies were sold. Although this was the big breakthrough for the band, Janis Joplin decided to leave the group and started her solo career in December 1968.
The cover was created by Robert Crumb and it was planned to use his drawing only for the back cover. But Janis Joplin was a big fan of his underground comic art and insisted that Columbia Records put it on the front cover. The record company obeyed but refused the original title „Sex, Dope and Cheap Thrills“ – so it was shortened just to „Cheap Thrills“.
The Rolling Stone magazin ranked „Cheap Thrills“ in 2003 on place No. 338 of the list „500 greatest albums of all time“ and the cover is on number nine on the list of „One Hundred Greatest Album Covers“.
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