Tuesday Tidbits

By: sonofabeach96

Jan 19 2016

Category: Uncategorized


Quite a few notable births, recordings, and events from this date in music history.  Without further adieu, I’ll lay some useless info in your laps.

Making their first appearances on the stage of existence were:

In 1943, Janis Joplin, aka Pearl, was born in Port Arthur, TX.  She died in Los Angeles of a heroine overdose at the age of 27.  Her mix of soul, blues, and raspy voice made her exceptionally unique and her stage presence and passion during performances was legendary.

In 1946, Dolly Parton was born in Sevier County, TN.  She has been recording since she was 13 and moved to Nashville when she was 18, launching her reign as one of the first-ladies of country music.  Say what you will about her country affect, big hair, or bigger breasts, but this woman has one of the most powerful and recognizable voices in music.

In 1949, Robert Palmer was born in Batley, West Yorkshire, England.  Active in the recording industry for nearly 40 years, Palmer died in 2003 in Paris at the age of 54.  His most commercially successful period came during the mid-80’s to the mid-90’s during the MTV years.  Iconic videos for the songs “Addicted To Love” and “Simply Irresistible” made him a household name.

In other news and notes from this date:

On this date, in 1970, the soundtrack for Easy Rider was certified gold.  The film was co-written by Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper, produced by Fonda, and Directed by Hopper.  It’s a cult classic and must-see, and was added to the Library of Congress National Registry in 1998.  The soundtrack features songs by the likes of Jimi Hendrix, The Byrds, and the now iconic “Born To Be Wild” by Steppenwolf.

On this date, in 1953, Marty Robbins makes his debut at The Grand Ole Opry.  Robbins spent nearly 40 years in the music biz and became one of country music’s top selling stars.  Robbins died in Nashville in 1982.

On this date, in 1993, Fleetwood Mac performed “Don’t Stop” at Bill Clinton’s inauguration Presidential Gala.  The band had reformed to play the event, specifically because Clinton had used the song as his campaign song.  Michael Jackson, Elton John, Barbara Streisand, and others performed on the same evening.

Several deaths occurred on this date:

In 1998, Carl Perkins died in Jackson, TN at the age of 65.  He was best known for his rock-a-billy sound and for recording at the famed Sun Studios in Memphis.  His songs were recorded by the likes of Elvis Presley, The Beatles, and Jimi Hendrix.

In 2006, Wilson Pickett died in Reston, VA at the age of 64.  He was a legend of the Stax years, a pioneer of R&B, and just so happens to be buried in my hometown.  He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a songwriter and recording artist in 1991.

In 2007, Denny Doherty of The Mamas & The Papas died in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada at the age of 66.  He was a founding member of the folk group that produced numerous hits in their relatively brief and dysfunctional time together.  It was like a soap opera, with an affair with Michelle Phillips resulting in her being temporarily asked to leave the band only to be brought back due to fan backlash.  After the breakup of the band, Cass Elliot asked him to marry her but he declined.

Recorded on this date was one of my favorites: “A Day In The Life” by The Beatles.

And, speaking of The Beatles, their song “Helter Skelter” was entered as evidence in the trial of Charles Manson.  Manson claimed the song was about an impending race war and led him to commit murderous acts to precipitate said race war.  I’ve had to chuckle every time I’ve seen him come up for a parole hearing, with a Swastika tattooed on his forehead and those crazy darting eyes.  Not a good impression when attempting to convince them he’s ready to be returned to society.

In honor of all that, my songs of the day are:

“Summertime” by Janis Joplin

“Backwoods Barbie” by Dolly Parton

“Sneakin’ Sally Through The Alley” by Robert Palmer

“If 6 Was 9” by Jimi Hendrix Experience

“Don’t Stop” by Fleetwood Mac

“The Streets of Laredo” by Marty Robbins

“Boppin’ The Blues” by Carl Perkins

“Fire and Water” by Wilson Pickett

“A Day In The Life” by The Beatles

“California Dreamin'” by The Mamas & The Papas

“Helter Skelter” by The Beatles



20 comments on “Tuesday Tidbits”

  1. What an incredible day for music! Who knew?

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  2. Busy, busy music day 😊 I was thinking about Robert Palmer last week and dug out some of his old cd’s. Timely!

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  3. Useless knowledge is wonderful…..thanks..kat

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  4. Hearing mention of “Addicted To Love” took me back to the carefree spring days of my youth. Thanks for that!

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  5. Love A Day in the Life and California Dreamin’ are two outstanding songs. I love random knowledge too 🙂

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