Saturday Night Solid Gold – Janis Joplin

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An October 1970 photo of Janis Joplin. (AP photo)

01/27/18 – “Janis Joplin” on Saturday Night Solid Gold

It’s “Saturday Night Solid Gold” on 100.9 The Eagle! Every Saturday evening from 6:00-10:00 pm, 100.9 The Eagle features 4 hours of your favorite Classic Hits from the 1960s and ’70s, plus your requests! We call it “Saturday Night Solid Gold” and we think you’ll really enjoy it!  You can call-in your requests (or text them to us) at (806) 350-1009!

In addition to all those great songs from radio’s rock ‘n’ roll heyday, we shine our spotlight on a different featured artist each week.  We’ll play their biggest hits and even some not-so-big ones, and share some information about the artist that you might not know. It’s a LOT of fun, and if you long for the golden age of rock radio, this is the show for you! Solid Gold Classic Hits, the way you remember them, on Saturday Night Solid Gold!


Janis Joplin

Janis.  You really only need that first name. Everyone knows who you mean. I tell a friend, “Oh, this week. we’re featuring Janis.” That’s really all we have to say. That voice, that laugh, that ever-present bottle of Southern Comfort. That deep inner blues that never left her during her short life.

Janis Lyn Joplin was born in Port Arthur, Texas n January 19th, 1943. Her parents felt that Janis needed more attention than their other children. (wiki) As a teenager, Joplin befriended a group of outcasts, one of whom had albums by blues artists Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, and Lead Belly, whom Joplin later credited with influencing her decision to become a singer. She began singing blues and folk music with friends at Thomas Jefferson High School.

Joplin stated that she was ostracised and bullied in high school. As a teen, she became overweight and suffered with acne, leaving her with deep scars that required dermabrasion. Other kids at high school would routinely taunt her and call her names like “pig,” “freak,”  or “creep.” She stated, “I was a misfit. I read, I painted, I thought.”

In 1967, Joplin rose to fame during an appearance at Monterey Pop Festival, where she was the lead singer of the then little-known San Francisco psychedelic rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company. After releasing two albums with the band, she left Big Brother to continue as a solo artist with her own backing groups, first the Kozmic Blues Band and then the Full Tilt Boogie Band. She appeared at the Woodstock festival and the Festival Express train tour. Five singles by Joplin went into the Billboard Hot 100, including a cover of the song “Me and Bobby McGee ,” which reached number 1 in March 1971. Her most popular songs include her cover versions of “Piece of My Heart,” “Cry Baby,” “Down on Me,” “Ball ‘n’ Chain,” and “Summertime“; and her original song “Mercedes Benz,” her final recording.

Joplin, highly respected for her charismatic performing ability, was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. Audiences and critics alike referred to her stage presence as “electric”. Rolling Stone ranked Joplin number 46 on its 2004 list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and number 28 on its 2008 list of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. She remains one of the top-selling musicians in the United States, with Recording Industry Association of America certifications of 15.5 million albums sold in the USA.

Janis was one of the biggest female rock stars of her era. After releasing three albums, she died of a heroin overdose at the age of 27. A fourth album, Pearl, was released in January 1971, just over three months after her death. It reached number one on the Billboard charts. We celebrate her life, her legacy and, most of all, her music.  This Saturday night, we’ll play her 10 greatest hits. And they’re all great!  Don’t forget to call-in your requests or text them to (806) 350-1009! It all happens this Saturday evening from 6:00 pm until 10:00 on 100.9 The Eagle!

 

 

 

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