Music Diary – 19th January

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 19th January!

Janis Joplin (19th January 1943 - 4th October 1970)

Janis Joplin (19th January 1943 – 4th October 1970)

 

Happy birthday to Janis Lyn Joplin, who was born on the 19th January 1943 in Port Arthur, Texas!

Janis started singing in the local choir and after graduation from High School in 1960, she attended the University of Texas in Austin. The campus newspaper published an article about the unique girl, who walked barefoot most of the time, with the headline „She Dares to Be Different” and when she was twenty, Joplin moved to San Francisco. There she met the future Jefferson Airplane guitarist Jorma Kaukonen. The duo recorded some Blues standards like “Hesitation Blues” and “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out“. During this time, Janis Joplin started living a Rock’n’Roll lifestyle. In 1965 she cleaned her mind and returned to her hometown in Texas and started performing as a singer. One year later, she was asked by the band Big Brother and the Holding Company to be the new singer – and Janis joined the group on 4th June 1966. During August of the following year, the debut album “Big Brother and the Holding Company” was released and on the 12th August 1968 the milestone “Cheap Thrills” hit the stores and went No. 1 in the US charts, while the single outtake “Piece of My Heart” reached No. 12. Shortly after that, Janis surprised the band by deciding to start a solo career. Her new backing group was called Kozmic Blues Band. Sadly the outstanding singer replapsed on drugs and alcohol again.


In 1969 Janis Joplin performed at Woodstock festival and one month later the solo debut “I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!” followed. Janis thought about avoiding drugs again and so she travelled in February 1970 to Brazil, where she became clean. But after her return a few months later, she relapsed again. While working on new songs with producer Paul A. Rothchild (who also worked with The Doors), Janis addicted more and more on drugs and alcohol. During the last recording sessions, she passed away on the 4th October 1970. Janis Joplin died after an accidental heroin overdose at the age of only 27 years. The fantastic results of Joplin’s last recordings were posthumously released on the album “Pearl ” (January 1971). It became the biggest selling album of her career and also the single outtake “Me and Bobby McGee” (a Kris Kristofferson track) went No. 1.

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Music Diary – 10th December

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 10th December!

Otis Redding (9th September 1941 – 10th December 1967)

Otis Redding (9th September 1941 – 10th December 1967)

On the 10th December 1967 the American soul singer Otis Redding was killed in a plane crash. The airplane (carrying the musician and his whole band) crashed at 3.28 pm into the Lake Monomo near Madison, Wisconsin. Beside Redding (born on 9th September 1941) the members of the Band „The Bar-Kays“ – Jimmy King (guitar), Ronnie Caldwell (organ), Phalon Jones (saxophone) and Carl Cunningham (drums) – died also. The only survivor was trumpet player Ben Cauley. Redding and his band were booked that day for a show at the Factory nightclub, which was located next to the University of Wisconsin. This tragedy happened just three days after Otis Redding recorded „(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay”. This song should become Redding’s biggest hit.

 

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Music Diary – 12th October

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 12th October!

Big Brother and the Holding Company - Cheap Thrills

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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Music Diary – 4th October

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 4th October!

Janis Joplin (19th January 1943 - 4th October 1970)

Janis Joplin (19th January 1943 – 4th October 1970)

On the 4th October in 1970 another great musician died far too young: Singer Janis Joplin followed Jimi Hendrix, who died only sixteen days before, the „27 Club„. After an accidental heroin overdose she was found dead at the Landmark Hotel Hollywood, Los Angeles.

Janis Lyn Joplin was born on the 19th January 1943 in Port Arthur, Texas. She started singing in the local choir. After graduation from High School in 1960 she attended the University of Texas at Austin. The campus newspaper „The Daily Texan“ ran a profile of her (27th July 1962) headlined: „She Dares to Be Different“. The story started with: „She goes barefooted when she feels like it, wears Levi’s to class because they’re more comfortable, and carries her Autoharp with her everywhere she goes so that in case she gets the urge to break into song it will be handy. Her name is Janis Joplin.“

In 1963 she moved to San Francisco and met the future Jefferson Airplane guitarist Jorma Kaukonen. With him Janis recorded a number of blues standards, accompanied by Margareta Kaukonen on a typewriter instead of a percussion instrument. They recorded tracks like „Typewriter Talk“, „Kansas City Blues“, „Hesitation Blues“ and „Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out„.

In 1965 she returned to her hometwown in Texas and changed her wild life style. She avoided drugs and alcohol and went to the Lamar University in Austin and started performing as a singer. One year later, the band Big Brother and the Holding Company asked to have her in the line up and Joplin joined on 4th June 1966.

In August 1967 the debut album „Big Brother and the Holding Company“ was released by Mainstream Records – just before the group has its breakthrough appearance at the famous Monterey Pop Festival. On the 12 August 1968 the mega seller „Cheap Thrills“ hit the stores and went No. 1 in the US charts and the single „Piece of My Heart“ reached No. 12. Shortly after that Janis Joplin decided to leave the band and started a solo career with her new backing group called Kozmic Blues Band. Unfortunately Joplin relapsed on drugs and alcohol in the meantime.


On the 16th August 1969, Janis Joplin appeared on the legendary Woodstock festival and one month later the solo debut „I Got Dem Ol‘ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!“ was released. For stopping her drug and alcohol abuse, Janis Joplin traveled in February 1970 to Brazil. Afer a few months she returned to the US and she relapsed again on drugs. Musically she formed her new band called Full Tilt Boogie Band and they started touring in May 1970. Prior that Joplin joined her old mates of the Big Brother and the Holding Company for only two shows in April. On the 12th August the final performance with the Full Tilt Boogie Band took place in Boston. After that the recording sessions for the new album began in Los Angeles with procuder Paul A. Rothchild, who had worked already for The Doors.

During the last recording sessions Janis Joplin died on the 4th October 1970 at the age of only 27 years.


The result of Joplin’s last recordings were posthumously released on the album „Pearl “ (January 1971). It became the biggest selling album of her career and also the single outtake „Me and Bobby McGee“ (a Kris Kristofferson track) went No. 1.

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Music Diary – 9th September

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 9th September!

Otis Redding (9th September 1941 – 10th December 1967)

Otis Redding (9th September 1941 – 10th December 1967)

On the 9th September 1941 Mr. Otis Ray Redding, Jr. was born in Dawson, Georgia. He was one of the most outstanding Soul singers in music history. At the age of 15 he left school and started supporting Little Richard‘s backing band „The Upsetters“. Then he joined Johnny Jenkins‚ group „The Pinetoppers“. In 1962 he recorded his first single „These Arms of mine“ for Stax records. Otis Redding’s debut album „Pain in my Heart“ was released two years later. In 1967 he performed at the legendary Monterey Pop Fesival and shortly after that he recorded with Steve Cropper from Booker T. & The M.G.’s „(Sittin‘ on) The Dock of the Bay“ . The final recordings of this song were done on the 8th December 1967.


Two days later, on the 10th December 1967, Otis Redding was killed in a plane crash. His very last recording „(Sittin‘ on) The Dock of the Bay“ became the first posthumous number-one record on the Billboard charts. The afterwards released album of the same name reached the first place in the UK charts.

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Music Diary – 15th February

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 15th February!

Michael Bernard "Mike" Bloomfield (July 28, 1943 – February 15, 1981)

Michael Bernard „Mike“ Bloomfield (July 28, 1943 – February 15, 1981)

 On the 15th February 1981, an outstanding guitar player passed away:
Mr. Michael Bernard „Mike“ Bloomfield died at the age of only 38 years.

Mike Bloomfied was born on the 28th July 1943 in Chicago, Illinois (USA). Already in his teenage years, Mike was addicted to Blues music and early he began to play with local black musicians like Sleepy John Estes, Yank Rachell and Little Brother Montgomery. Among his early supporters, who recognised Mike’s talent, were  B. B. King, Muddy Waters, Bob Dylan, Buddy Guy and Al Kooper, who said about him: „They knew this was not just another white boy; this was someone who truly understood what the blues were all about.“


In 1964, Mike joined the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, which included Elvin Bishop, Howlin‘ Wolf, Sam Lay and Jerome Arnold. Three years later, Bloomfield left the band, moved to San Francisco and founded Electric Flag with organist Barry Goldberg and singer Nick Gravenites. Drummer Buddy Miles completed the line-up and on the Monterey Pop Festival they performed for the very first time. In April 1968 the debut album „A Long Time Comin‘“ was released. Although the LP received excellent reviews, rivalries and Mike’s heroin abuse took a heavy toll on the band and so Bloomfield left with Gravenites Goldberg and bassist Harvey Brooks.

In 1968, Bloomfield crossed paths with Al Kooper again and they were thinking about, to record a jam album. With Mike’s mates Brooks, Goldberg and with drummer Eddie Hoh, the quintet recorded this legendary album. To complete the sessions, Kooper invited Stephen Stills – and the member of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young added his guitar parts for the LP, which was called „Super Session“ (released in July 1968).


One year later, Bloomfield’s first solo album „It’s Not Killing Me“ hit the stores and he worked with different artists and on several projects. Unfortunately Mike’s heroin addiction grew bigger and bigger and on 15th February 1981 he was found dead in his car. Mike Bloomfield died on an heroin overdors – he was only 38 years old.

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