Janis Joplin Live At Woodstock (Aug 17 1969)
Posted: 13 Aug 2019 01:03 PM PDT
The short life and career of Janis Joplin hardly detracts from her
recognition of having one of the most beautiful voices in the history of
music. Her Woodstock performance was described as strong, but did little to
fully display the talent of the troubled muse.
Born in 1943 and sharing the curse of Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison of
early death as a result of drug use , the Texas born singer’s career
exploded when she drew the attention of psychedelic rock band Big Brother
and the Holding Company.
Big Brother and the Holding Company’s documented performance at the
Monterey Pop Festival launched her into the spotlight. The band’s second
album “Cheap Thrills” reached the number one spot on the Billboard charts
only eight weeks after its release. This is the album that contains the
popular gut-wrenching track “Piece of my Heart”. TIME magazine described
Joplin as “Probably the most powerful singer to emerge from the white rock
movement. “After breaking away from Big Brother, Joplin launched a solo
career which consisted of a new backup group called the Kozmic Blues Band.
Although the newly formed band’s release did not match the popularity of
Big Brother’s “Cheap Thrills”, the band did appear at Woodstock.
Unfortunately, Joplin’s shaky physical state during the performance
stemming from her heroin addiction and a ten hour wait after arrival
created a poor performance which was not included in the documentary;
although the director’s cut includes her performance of “Work me, Lord”.
The Kozmic Blues Band broke up after their performance at Madison Square
Garden soon after Woodstock 1969.Drifting in and out of heroin addiction,
Joplin was involved in another project known as Full Tilt Boogie Band; the
group she gave her last performance with. The band received mostly good
reviews from fans and critics alike. After her death in 1970 from a heroin
overdose, Full Tilt Boogie Band released its first album titled “Pearl”
which became Joplin’s biggest selling album.
Joplin remains an icon for female singers as breaking through in a male
dominated blues scene. She is listed as number 46 on Rolling Stone’s list
of greatest artists as well as number 28 on their list of greatest singers.
Aside from her music legacy, her rebellious style is recognized in some
artistic circles as being highly influential even to this day.
Since her death, Joplin’s albums have gone gold, platinum, and
"I hope for nothing, I fear nothing, I am free"
Herbie's People 1965-67
Posted: 13 Aug 2019 11:55 AM PDT
Originally known as Danny Cannon and The Ramrods, Herbie's People came from
Bilston, near Wolverhampton in the West Midlands. The band were managed by
Bill Bates, whose brother in law was Ken Lewis of The Ivy League. Bill
co-wrote "Sweet And Tender Romance" for P.J. Proby as well as "Will I
What", the novelty hit by Wendy Richard.
"Sweet And Tender Romance", together with "I Wonder Why", Pete
Walton's "She's Crying" and the band's second single "One Little Smile"
(1966) were played live on Brian Matthew's Saturday Club radio show. This
was followed by two headline shows at The Royal Albert Hall for the charity
organisation Toc H.
For the third single, the band had lined up what they thought was a sure
fire Carter - Lewis track. The song was a hit, but not for Herbie's People.
Despite being pressed up and ready for the shops, the single was shelved
when Manfred Mann heard it and decided to record it - the single in
question was "Semi-Detached Suburban Mr. James" although it was originally
Mr. Jones but changed due to the departure of Paul Jones from the Manfreds.
The Herbie's People version, unknown to the band, came out on the American
soul label Okeh (7265), whilst in England it was replaced by the
song "Humming Bird" (1967) - both singles had the track "Residential Area"
(written by the band) on the 'B' side. This song was featured as part of
the soundtrack to the British film "Poor Cow".
Another Carter - Lewis track "Thank You For Loving Me" was recorded as the
fourth single but was again shelved when it was used as an Ivy League
single. An album had been planned around this time but a residency in
Germany took it's toll on the band and never materialised.
By 1968, Pete Walton had left the band to be replaced by Pete Stevens and
the band had become Just William to record "I Don't Care" and the more
psychedelic "Cherrywood Green" for Spark Records. A final single, back on
CBS, as The Bullring followed. This was "Birmingham Brass Band" / "Lady Of
The Morning Sun" and was featured on the British TV quiz show "The Golden
Shot" in the musical part of the show, with the band filmed in Brass Band
outfits at various points of local interest around Birmingham!
Various members continued to work in the music business for a few years but
it wasn't until 1994 that the band played together again. This was after
the chance discovery of one of the Okeh labelled Semi-Detached... 45's
turned up, sparking an interest between the various members to do a
re-union show for charity, with a second show in 1995.
"I hope for nothing, I fear nothing, I am free"